Sew Easy: English Paper Piecing

Sew Easy: English Paper Piecing

Hexagons are one of the more common shapes for English paper piecing (EPP), but this method can be applied to any EPP shape. 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. Cut hexagons to desired finished size from cardstock, or use purchased paper hexagons.
  2. Using a hexagon template, cut hexagons from fabric approximately ¼” larger all around than desired finished size.
  3. Turn seam allowance over cardstock and either glue-baste or thread-baste seam allowance in place.
  4. With right sides facing, whipstitch pieces together, using stitches approximately ⅛” apart, just catching fabric edges. Sew from corner to corner, knotting at each end.
  5. Continue adding units. For inset seams, bend unit slightly in order to align right sides, and sew from corner to corner.
  6. Remove cardstock templates once unit is completely sewn.

Products used: Martelli’s Color-Contrasting Cutting Mat, Martelli’s 28mm Ergonomic Rotary Cutter, Martelli’s Round-About Cutting Mat, Martelli’s Hexagon Templates and Fussy-Cut Set. For a complete catalog of Martelli notions, as well as useful how-to videos, visit their website.

Other products include Aurifil 40wt. cotton thread (fuchsia), fabric glue pen, cardstock, hand sewing needle.

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


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