27 April 2013

Paper-Piecing Tutorials: Do It Your Way

Over time, I've received many requests from people who want to learn paper-piecing, but aren't sure where to start. I've created a Paper-Piecing page on this blog that shows the basic steps I take, but I want to give credit to the amazing work others have done, and avoid reinventing the wheel!  

In addition, I urge you to find the method that looks the most normal and logical to you, since there are endless ways to achieve wonderful results.  

My preferred method involves stitching fabric directly on to paper templates, illustrated so very well by:
There are also many quilters who swear by an elusive and mysterious (to me) method using freezer paper, with the idea that there is much less fabric waste, and that the template pieces are reusable, and there is no need to remove paper at the end.
  • At verykerryberry  and Pink Penguin, you can see a (scary to me) method of using individual template pieces, which greatly reduces fabric use. Both sites have impressive, detail-oriented techniques, and these two are super-talented original block designers, too. 

My first original paper-pieced block was based on a sketch I made on some graph paper and then photocopied. Basically, I just created a books and teacup design using straight lines and figured out the order in which the fabrics needed to be added.


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  1. Nice collection of tips and techniques....thanks for sharing :-) I too just use paper since I have already printed it out, save some time in my opinion.

  2. Thank you for putting this all together. I've been scared of paper piecing for ages, but I think it's time I tried it! :)

  3. Thank you so much for sharing. I really appreicate this.

  4. I can't wait to look up all of these tutorials/techniques. I JUST made my FIRST paper piecing project this weekend! I bought the Patchwork Please! book to make the adorable pincushion. It isn't perfect, but I finally got past my fear of even trying. I sewed backwards and inside out a couple of times, but I persevered and can't wait for my next project. Thank you for sharing all your fave sights and your own experience and projects!

  5. What a wonderful collection of resources! I'm going to bookmark this and come back to it when I'm ready to try paper piecing again. Right now I've been procrastinating another new-to-me technique, needle-turn applique.


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