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A preface to the paper piecing patters

December 20th, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

First of all, paper piecing in this article does not refer to the ways to write an English paper. Please look elsewhere if you are looking for instructions on how to write an English paper. If you’re looking for an arts and crafts tutorial, on the other hand, you are in the right place. English paper piecing patterns are a very common type of quilting pattern that can also be used in other crafts. Each one-patch pattern is made of just one shape- a hexagon. Hence, a common name would be English paper piecing hexagons. Small pieces of fabrics can be used for this instead of being discarded as scraps. You can also choose to use various larger bolts of fabric and cut shapes in a repetitive pattern for a neater look for your English paper piecing patterns.

The same technique can be used for smaller items, like placemats or pillowcases. To make the pieces, print out a template for the hexagons. You will need firm fusible interfacing, scissors, thread, pins, and an iron for this. Cut out the shapes from the template and pin them to the wrong side of each piece of fabric, with a ¼ seam allowance all around the template shape for the piece of fabric. Fold the seam allowance and baste in place through the fabric and paper. Make more of these basted hexagons until you have enough to finish your project.

When you have enough hexagons of each fabric, sew them together so that there are no gaps between them. This should form a honeycomb pattern if your hexagons are all the same shape. Trace your completed work on another piece of fusible interfacing and continue the rest of your project. The portion involving English paper piecing hexagons is finished, and now you can work on the rest of your project.

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