Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A quick paper piecing lesson


         
I truly enjoy paper piecing for fun quick gifts: coasters, trivets, table runners, even mini quilts are easy to make and rewarding.  My favorite paper piecing books are by Carol Doak because of the photos and her attention to details.  There are so many different shapes and decorative blocks.  This project is to give you a sample taste of creating a paper pieced block. Far from fancy but it is quick and easy to try! You can decide from here if you want to learn more.  I simply dabble in it!



Supplies:  
Sewing machine with stitch length at 20 stitches per inch for fabric with all purpose thread or a glue stick for paper.  Paper or Fabric cut out as listed in step #2.  Scissors, paper piece templates and most importantly a big smile J
Definition:  Sewing side – side of paper with template. Plain side – flip side of template


1.              Sample template is easy to draw add 1/4" around 4 sides for cutting line.(Or Like us on Facebook and download it on the projects page this summer 2013) Make your template and cut it out adding the 1/4" seam line to all 4 sides. The size of the square should be large enough to work with the drinking glass you will be using it with or make a trivet instead. The embroidery design is from the Mini designs available at cookiescreations.com or learn how to make your own design. Want to learn how to make a design?  Join me in Digitizing Machine Embroidery Designs Class  featured on Craftsy.com!




2.              Cut out fabrics as follows:  One 2-1/2” square block of color 1, Four 2 X 3 strips of color 2, Four 2-1/2 X 3-1/2 strips of color 3
3.              Place sewing side of the paper template face down on the table.
4.              Stitch wrong side of square over center marked area of plain side, making sure you have a ¼” minimum seam around all four sides.  (You may wish to hold it up to a light or bright window to ensure this.) This first piece is the only piece you will apply the wrong side of the fabric to the plain side of the paper. Pin it in place from the sewing side of paper template.
5.              Lay the next piece (color 2) right side face down to plain side over line #1 covering the area and, ensuring a 1/4” seam.  You can see the fabrics through the paper when checking the seam allowances from the sewing side. Pin from sewing side to secure in correct position.
6.              Flip paper to sewing side so and sew along line #1 with no back stitching at the beginning or end.
7.              Fold paper under the ¼ seam and with a ruler cut away the excess.
8.              Flip it back and press or finger press.
9.              Lay the next piece (color 2) right side face down to plain side over line #2 covering the area and, ensuring a 1/4” seam.  Remember, you can see the fabrics through the paper when checking the seam allowances from the sewing side. Pin from sewing side to secure in correct position. 
10.           Flip paper to sewing side so and sew along line #2 with no back stitching at the beginning or end.
11.           Fold paper under the ¼ seam and with a ruler cut away the excess.
12.           Flip it back and press or finger press.
13.           Repeat steps 9 through 12 until all areas are covered.
14.           Trim Square up along leaving 1/4" seam line on outer edge.
15.           Remove paper carefully starting from the outside and working in.


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