this tutorial is for a 6 inch rug mug......
First, choose your fabrics - assorted strips & scraps in small prints, monotones, or solids
- amounts will vary according to the mood of the muse....
keep in mind that paper piecing is not a frugal method of fabric consumption... 8-)
...if you are in my NewBees class, this pattern has been sent to you...
Your stitches should not separate the paper pattern until you are ready to remove the paper.
|glue first fabric piece over the #1 space, leaving at least 1/4" seam allowances on both sides of the first two stitching lines....|
|let fabric extend past paper so it is easier to see position..... you only need a little dab of glue - don't go over the lines with it!|
|align piece #2 along edge of piece #1 - sew ON THE SOLID LINE between sections 1 and 2 with paper side up.|
|finger press piece 2 open - confirm that all of area #2 is completely covered with seam allowance...|
|fold on line - use an index card to get a nice straight fold|
|align ruler over seam - trim seam allowances to 1/4"|
|after trimming pieces 1 and 2|
|it's okay to trim outside edge now....|
|piece 3 has been added and pressed open|
|piece 3 is trimmed- allowing 1/4" seam allowance - note the little paper ^ at the bottom has come away - that's okay!|
|paper side up - showing stitching ON LINES - trimmed - ready for pieces 4 & 5|
|trim to dotted lines - I put the ruler on the dotted line and trim - leaving 1/4" seam allowances all the way around...|
|all trimmed - ready to sew!|
|trimmed sections ready to join - yes, I ran out of the original red paisley and had to use a different red for the last two blocks, but I like it better this way!|
|last set of seams rotate around center - remove all paper now and press.|
|use the tweezers on those tiny points!|
|add a border - I used a solid red 1 1/2" strip from my scrap stash.|
|press first two sides out before adding next borders....|
|use a skewer to guide the machine over those bumpy seam intersections!|
|press open - I used a piece of parchment paper under my block|
so that nasty brown scorch mark on my ironing board wouldn't transfer to my block...
|layer - backing fabric right side up, finished block, and batting trimmed to size of block.|
|sew all the way around... 1/4" seam of course!|
|trim off corners to reduce bulk|
|turn right side out through slit cut into back ..... insert scrap of MystyFuse or Stitch Witchery or whatever fusible you like.|
|be sure to read directions... and seal the opening!|
you can also close the opening with a small iron-on applique that matches the back for a more 'professional' appearance 8-)
|Add top stitching all around to finish|
Hope you enjoyed your paper piecing experience - there are some other paper piecing links to refer to if you get stuck:just go to "YOU TUBE" and search for "paper piecing tutorials". New videos are added and removed all the time, so just look for something from a publisher that sounds familiar to you - they are usually better than the ones on blogs.
The ones by Fons & Porter and C&T are excellent.
on the C&T tutorial, Karen Johnson of Connecting Threads teaches the most common version of Foundation Piecing - usually known as Paper Piecing - to make a baby bib with fussy cutting using the 'add a quarter' ruler.