Thursday, August 20, 2009

Paper Piecing Tip

For paper piecing, you will need a copy of the pattern for each paper-pieced block. A common method is to copy the pages at the nearest copy machine. I prefer another method of making the needed copies.

Staple the pattern to the top of several sheets of tracing paper. With no thread in your machine and a heavy needle, stitch along all the lines of the pattern. The stitching will perforate the tracing paper making your paper-piecing copies. Remove the staple and carefully pull the copies apart. Mark numbers and fabric choices on the copies and you are set to stitch.

The thinner paper makes it easier to see if your fabric is correctly placed and the perforations make the paper easier to remove.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting concept (and a "why didn't i think of that?") I plan to try this on my next paper-piecing project, but right now i am knee deep in a church banner using the stained glass window technique.


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