May 4, 2013

English Paper Piecing: My New Favourite Craft

I didn’t know much, if anything, about English paper piecing until a couple of weeks ago. I happened to stumble upon this article at Flossie Teacakes (her blog is lovely too) and it really made me want to try it. I love how intricate the finished pieces end up looking and how much time and effort you put into something that you’ll treasure forever!

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You may have already noticed that I’ve got lots of scraps of Liberty fabric lying around so I thought I’d use some of them for the project. I bought all the bits and bobs I needed and got started! What do you think of my efforts so far?

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For anyone out there who’s thinking about trying this old craft I urge you to give it a go, it’s honestly so satisfying and deceptively simple. Here’s a very quick step by step guide but if you’re looking for more detail do go and look at the post I mentioned earlier, it’s much better!

You will need:  a rotary cutter, a cutting mat and some template shapes. I opted for an octagon and square set.

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Using your rotary cutter cut your fabric out into the shapes you want. Make sure the ones you choose will fit together correctly! Then cut out paper shapes half an inch smaller than your fabric. The shape templates I have are great as they include a line half an inch inside the fabric cutting line.

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Tack your fabric onto the paper, making sure that the fabric is taut across the paper. Iron the edges of your fabric to ensure they are lying straight and flat.

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With right sides together whip stitch two of your pieces together at their joining side.

Continue this process until you think your piece is big enough!

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I’m hoping to be motivated enough to make a bed-sized piece. I think this would look really beautiful and would be something I’d cherish forever. I’m aware this will take an absolute age however and I may end up making something smaller – we shall see! English paper piecing does take a long time and is labour-intensive but I think that that’s what makes the finished items so special! My advice is to enjoy the process of creating something completely hand-stitched and watching it come together slowly.

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I’ll keep you updated on my progress but if you’d like to see more regular updates follow me on instagram @rozbazscoz. I’m off to do some more stitching…

R.

4 Comments

siannifer

First time visiting your blog and I was so excited to see this article. About 3 weeks ago I was visiting my Mum and found my old sewing box from when I was a kid. Inside it were 7 hexagons filled with card and sewn into a flower shape. I was completely mystified as to what they were or what to do with them but this explains everything! Thank you!

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