Dec 27

Paper Piecing Tutorials

Because I must learn to paper piece, I have recently been checking out online tutorial videos. Below is a list of some of the videos I have watched in my quest to learn paper piecing. Please note this is not an exhaustive list, nor is it a list of all the videos I actually watched – just some of the most useful. You can find many more on YouTube. If you find some excellent ones, please let me know!

Crafty Gemini      The instructions and video are very clear – but this method would maybe waste lots of fabric (or make lots of tiny scraps if you like to look at it that way).

Jen Ofenstein of     The instructions are clear but this is not a live action video. This appears to be a movie made with something like PowerPoint (TM), but it is still helpful.  Marci Baker gives instruction in this teaser video. She doesn’t actually give complete instruction on paper piecing (you have to purchase the full video at, but she does show how to measure the pieces to cut strips for foundation piecing.  This is a live action tutorial and is easy to understand, but it ends abruptly at 10 minutes. Maybe there is a part two that I haven’t yet found. The demonstrator actually puts the fabric on the printed side of the foundation paper after having drawn sewing lines on the other side. I found that different from the other tutorials I had seen.

Leah Day also has a very good paper piecing tutorial at 

Artisiana has a set of video tutorials here. She breaks her tutorial into several different steps. I’m not sure I want to spend as much time as she does cutting out each piece. I like the sounds of cutting strips and using them for piecing. We’ll see once I really get started.

Fons & Porter: Sew Easy, Paper Foundation Piecing   This one is a pretty basic tutorial that illustrates sewing together two pieces of fabric on a foundation. The instructions are pretty clear and she encourages fabric wasting, at least in the beginning. 

My favorite is the video by These were available in the fall of 2010 on iTunes for free (and 7 of them still are as of today), but now this one is only available if you are a member of The membership costs $9.95 a month and you can find out more about it at  In this video, the hint that I really liked was to fold your foundation paper along the sewing lines before you do anything else.(Yes, I know the several of the other videos show that also, but I saw it here first.) As far as I can tell, this does two things for you. First, you can see when you are putting your fabric scraps on the back of the paper whether or not they will really fit the space needed. Second, it weakens the paper so that when you go to tear it off, it tears a little more easily. I also felt that the rest of this video was well planned and stated.

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