Sew Easy: Curved Piecing

Sew Easy: Curved Piecing

This method, with just a dash of patience, will result in beautifully curved patchwork. Below you’ll find both video and image+text tutorials for this technique with clear, step-by-step instructions. PLUS—if you’ve found this lesson useful, you can download a copy of this AND many more Sew Easy lessons in our FREE eBooklet Sew Easy Lessons: The Essential Collection of Quilting Techniques. Click here to download your copy of this lesson plus many other tried-and-true patchwork tutorials!

Video Tutorial

Step-by-Step Sew Easy Instructions

  1. Mark center of curve on both patches by folding in half and creasing.
  2. Working with background patch on top, pin at curve centers, taking a small bite with pin. Pin at both ends of seam, taking deep bites with pins.
  3. Align pieces at beginning of seam. Sew to middle of curve, using your fingertips, a stiletto, or a wooden skewer to help keep curved edges aligned.
  4. Leaving needle down, raise presser foot and re-align curved edges as needed. About 1″ from end, adjust top fabric so ending edges are also aligned. Sew to end.
  5. Using straight-tipped snips, clip curved seam to allow it to fold easily.
  6. Gently press seam allowance toward background patch.

TIP: Patience is a virtue. Take your time when piecing curves to get the best result.

Products used: Havel’s Self-Healing Cutting Mat and Havel’s 6″ Serrated-Blade Fabric Scissors with larger finger loop. Check out Havel’s Sewing for more information and a complete catalog.

Other products used include Aurifil 40wt. cotton thread (fuschia), glasshead pins, wool pressing pad, travel iron, starch.

Machine featured is the performance icon™ by PFAFF®. To find a retailer near you, visit

Fabric from Garden Glory collection by Maja Ronnback and Abstract Collage collection by Ampersand, both for Paintbrush Studio Fabrics.

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