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English Paper Piecing

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March 15, 2019

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Calm the inner perfectionist in you by slowing down your sewing.

English paper piecing, also known as EPP, is a technique where the fabric is first attached to pieces of paper by glue or large temporary basting stitches.  The shapes are then sewn together with a whip stitch.  This sort of craft is not for those wanting a quick finish but you can speed it up by using larger shapes and because it is portable it’s easy to put down and pick up again.

Step 1 | Cut the fabric using the paper shape and scissors or alternatively use a plastic template and rotary cutter or cut the fabric using a die cutter.

Tips

Choose fabrics that spark joy.  When you pick up the fabric you want it to evoke memories or make you smile while working with it.

Use quality tools.  Stitching my hand can involve hundreds of hours of work and quality tools, especially sharp needles, will make those hours more enjoyable.

Experiment.  By slowing down the process you have more freedom to try new techniques.  While making my first quilt I tried three different techniques for cutting my hexagons, three brands of paper pieces, two techniques for attaching the fabric to the paper, two brands of glue pen, four brands of needles, three brands of thread and I’m still experimenting with how I do my whipstitch.

Step 2 | Attach the fabric to the paper shapes using a glue pen or basting with needle and thread.
Step 3 | Hold the shapes right side together and starting at the very edge of the shapes sew together with a whip stitch. Try to just catch just the edges of the folded fabric and not the paper as you join the two shapes..

Favourite Resources

Europe Based:
Sew and Quilt

Asia/Pacific Based:
Tales of Cloth

For Liberty Tana Lawn I usually buy from The Strawberry Thief or Alice Caroline and have recently subscribed to Ava and Neve’s Liberty club because they come with cards that help you remember the name of the fabric.

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March 15, 2019

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Needles by Clover

Glue pen by Sewline

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