ENGLISH PAPER PIECING has always been of interest to me, but I have never actually done it.
Now that a lot of
customers have asked about it, I thought I would try it and then put instructions down here.
I did a lot of research
before I dove in to see this technique and found several websites regarding the technique.
I took a little from each
and put together my thoughts and some techniques here with pictures to help anyone intersted.
The first thing I found
out is that this is strictly a hand sewing technique. . .and I can see why! It doesn't lend itself to any method of sewing
on the machine.
It is a very old technique dating way back into the 1800's. This technique helps the sewer with accuracy
in the points where diamond, hexagons, triangles and such join.
The first thing you need to do is cut hundreds or
so pieces of paper into the shapes that you will be using. If you use regular bond paper, you will have to pin each one to
the fabric to keep it stable while you cut the shape out of the fabric.
To me, it is easier to use a freezer paper
shape that is precisely cut, which we sell here. FREEZER PAPER SHAPES INDEX
The ease of use of freezer paper is that there is no pinning.
After ironing the freezer paper shape onto your selected
fabric, cut the fabric about 1/8 to 1/4 inch away from the edge of the freezer paper. That fabric allowance is what will be
folded over the freezer paper as a seam allowance.
When you cut your selected fabric into the freezer paper shape,
do not remove the freezer paper yet. Cut several of these shapes with the freezer paper still ironed on the wrong side of
the fabric, and lay aside for later.
When cutting the fabric into the shapes you need, take into account the pattern
that you will be making. For instance, if you are making hexagon shapes for Grandma's Flower Garden, you will need to cut
one yellow for the center of the flower and 6 like colored fabric for the shape of the flower that goes around the yellow
You can see the fabric with the freezer paper shape ironed onto the wrong side in picture 1 below