How to Paper Piece

The quilt in the previous post was my first attempt at paper piecing and the seam rippers saw a lot of action. Today I’ll give you a quick and dirty look at how to use this technique.

Find the spaces for piece 1 and piece 2 on the paper pattern.

Paper Piecing Tutorial

Place first piece on the pattern, right side up, making sure you cover the entire space including seam allowances. Lay the piece 2 on top of piece 1 with right sides together.

Paper Piecing Tutorial

Holding the fabric in place, turn the whole stack of paper and fabric over and sew directly onto the line between piece 1 and piece 2. Backstitch at both ends of the seam.

Paper Piecing Tutorial

Turn the stack back to the front and open out piece 2. Make sure that piece 2 covers the whole space including seam allowances. (If not- it’s ripper time!)

Paper Piecing Tutorial

Now fold piece 2 back onto piece 1. Fold the paper pattern to the back along the line you just sewed.

Paper Piecing Tutorial

With a rotary cutter or scissors, trim the seam to 1/4 inch.

Paper Piecing Tutorial

Unfold the paper pattern so it is flat again, open out piece 2 and press into place.

Paper Piecing Tutorial

Continue with all other pieces.

Paper Piecing Tutorial

Paper Piecing Tutorial

Paper Piecing Tutorial

Paper Piecing Tutorial

With the seam allowances trimmed, you can see the pattern emerging.

Paper Piecing Tutorial

f you are on the fence about paper piecing, go ahead and try it. Here is a beginner lesson with an easy block to get you started. You can find more tips and advice on About.com.

Ok so it’s not rocket science. What could go wrong?  I’ll answer THAT question in the next post 🙂

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One Response to “How to Paper Piece”

  1. Diane Says:

    I can’t tell you how perfect the photos and writing are. You’ll be up there with crazy mom quilts in instructing people.

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