Tutorials

Paper Piecing Tutorial

Tools needed:  Cutting mat, ruler, rotary cutter, add-a-quarter ruler, & thin straight edge. I am using a Add-A-Quarter Plus ruler which has a thin straight edge on one side (used for folding), and a thicker edge on other side with ¼” ridge (used for cutting.)

Block pieces: Unit C paper (right side up), fabric pieces C1, C2 & C3 (right side down)

Lay piece C1 onto back of paper (wrong sides together).  Use a bit of glue stick on the wrong side to hold it in place. (Paper & fabric are always wrong sides together)

Hold it up to the light to make sure the fabric is covering the entire C1 area with an extra ¼” all the way around.

With the paper facing up and using a thin straight edge, fold the paper on the line between C1 & C2

With the paper still folded over, place Add-A-Quarter ruler to the right of folded edge of paper and trim the fabric edge ¼” from paper edge.

Flip over and align edge of C2 to cut edge of C1, right sides together.

Holding fabric in place, flip over and stitch on line between C1 & C2, starting and stopping ¼” or more from beginning and ending of line.  Use a 1.8-2.0 stitch length.

Fold C2 up and press open.

Let’s do the other side…

Fold paper between C1 & C3.  (You may need to tear the paper slightly where this fold crosses the previous stitching line.)

With the paper still folded over, place Add-A-Quarter ruler to the right of folded edge of paper and trim the fabric edge ¼” from paper edge.

Flip over and align edge of C3 to cut edge of C1, right sides together.

Holding fabric in place, flip over and stitch on line between C1 & C3, starting and stopping ¼” or more from beginning and ending of line.

Fold C3 up and press open.

Turn over to paper side and trim all 4 sides on outside lines.

This is what it looks like on the fabric side.  Remove paper gently.