Sewology Sunday - Paper Piecing February 17 2013, 12 Comments

Before you start, you will need to gather:

  • an Add-A-Quarter ruler
  • template plastic or index card (we use a postcard printed on thick card stock)
  • small rotary cutter
  • all your paper foundations printed to 100% scale (on the thinnest paper you can find)
  • your fabrics cut from the templates provided


Set the stitch length on your sewing machine to 18-20 stitches per inch. On some machines that will be a 1.5. The smaller stitches make it easier to rip off the paper. All right, we are ready to begin! (We are using our Lombard Street pattern as an example in the photos. Lombard Street is coming soon!)

The lines on the Template indicate where to sew and the numbers indicate the sequence in which to sew. The only seam allowances that are shown are the ones that go around the unit.  The lines and numbers are printed on the front of the pattern. This is the side to sew on. The back of the pattern is the blank side. This is where the fabric will be placed. Let the paper-piecing begin!

Place fabric 1 right side up on the blank side of the pattern. Turn the foundation pattern over, look through the paper towards your light source and make sure the fabric extends over the lines on each side by at least ¼”. Pin in place.



Place your template plastic or an index card on the sewing line between Section 1 and Section 2.


Fold back the foundation pattern over the edge of the template plastic. You will see the excess fabric from Section 1.


Place the Add-A-Quarter ruler up against the fold of the foundation paper with the lip side down.



Use the rotary cutter to trim the extra fabric from Section 1. You will now have a straight line to help you place fabric 2.



Position Fabric 2 of the pattern on the trimmed edge of Fabric 1 RST.


Turn the foundation paper over and stitch on the line between Section 1 and Section 2. Sew a few stitches before the line begins and a few stitches after the line ends.


Flip the paper over and open Fabric 2. Press.



Place your template plastic or an index card on the sewing line between Section 2 and Section 3.



Fold back the foundation pattern over the edge of the template plastic.  You will see the excess fabric from Sections 1 and  2.



Place the Add-A-Quarter ruler up against the fold of the foundation paper with the lip side down.  Use the rotary cutter to trim the extra fabric from Sections 1 and 2.  You will now have a straight line to help you place fabric 3.



Position Fabric 3 of the pattern on the trimmed edge of Fabric 2 RST.



Flip the paper over and open Fabric 3.  Press.



Repeat those steps for Section 4.



And Section 5....



Flip the piece over.  There should be excess fabric on all sides.



Trim the piece up, leaving a 1/4" around all the sides.



And Voila!  If you can sew a straight line, you can paper-piece! It really is that simple!

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We will have a few patterns coming out soon that are paper-pieced; one will be appearing in Quiltmaker's July/August issue and the one featured today will be here soon!  Thanks you for stopping by for Sewology Sunday!