How to Paper Piece + Free Pattern!

by Kim on September 14, 2009

Do you ever come across a DIY kind of project where you just think, “Wow! I’d love to learn how to do that, but it looks too hard!” That’s exactly what I thought when I learned about paper-piecing (also known as foundation piecing) a few years ago. It looked really neat, but that must be something that OTHER people know how to do…definitely not me.  Well, I decided to give it a whirl one day and I have been hooked ever since!  Paper-piecing is one of my favorite quilting type of projects!

 So I wanted you to try it out, too!  We’ve put together a step-by-step tutorial on how to do this. Plus, we’ll give you a pine tree pattern to practice with. Think reds and greens for Christmas…blues, pinks, and creams for Winter…or navy blue and reds for a cabin-kind-of-feeling. 

While there are several popular ways to paper-piece, I’m going to show you a very economical, easy way that works for me every time.

Here are 2 great things about paper piecing:
1- You can use your fabric scraps!  You’re really going to enjoy this!
2- There is little room for error…I promise! ;) If you’ve ever said “the only thing I can do is sew a straight line…” well, you’re in luck! Because that is just what you’ll be doing with this project! Straight lines!

So let’s do this together! Let me know if you’re going to take on a new challenge and give it a whirl! Why not? Tell me where I can find your photos, too, so I can come and check out what you are making. I have a feeling you won’t stop with only making one. You’ll want to make a lot of these! Have fun!

Find more paper-piecing patterns at


1 carol c. 09.14.09 at 4:47 pm

I’ve also fallen in love with this type of quilting… just wish the state fair had a category for this type of quilting.


2 Rachel 09.15.09 at 6:27 am

Thank you so much! I will have to try this! And I’ll let you know how it turns out! :)

~Miss Rachel~

3 Mama Lusco 09.18.09 at 4:57 pm

I did 3! They are adorable. Thank you for the tutorial – never would have tried without it :)

4 Terri Eagan 10.12.09 at 2:52 am

I loved your paper piecing tutorial and I definitely want to try it. Could you do one for a kaleidoscope square? I’d like to try that. I’m already signed up on YCMT and I LOVE IT! In fact, I’m overloaded with ideas!

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