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How to Fussy Cut for English Paper Piecing

English Paper Piecing Tutorial: Part V Fussy Cutting

Now that you know the basics of English paper piecing, I thought it might be fun to give you a quick tutorial on fussy cutting. Fussy cutting is the act of cutting a specific spot on your fabric, usually finding repeats, in order to create a specific effect in your project.

They are by no means a requirement when doing English paper piecing.  Some people don't enjoy it. It uses a lot of fabric since you're looking for specific repeats, rather than just cutting edge to edge. It can also be tricky lining up the papers exactly the same on each cut piece of fabric. If you don't, then your centers may not line up properly.

It's work, but in my opinion, so worth it. You can achieve some amazing results when you fussy cut fabric. I feel like it adds a little something to my projects and can be used to tie different sections of the project together.

Fabric Selection

Some fabrics are better than others for fussy cutting. Once y…
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English Paper Piecing: Sewing It All Together

English Paper Piecing Tutorial: Part IV Sewing Your Pieces Together

Finally! You've put together your kit, decided on a pattern, and got your pieces all ready for sewing.  Now it's time to start sewing them together.  As with everything else, there is more than one way to sew in English paper piecing.  I use a whip stitch to piece them together. You can also use a ladder stitch or a flat back stitch.  I'll go into that a little more towards the end of the tutorial.

Choosing Your Thread

First, you'll need to decide on a thread color.  As I mentioned in my EPP kit tutorial, I said that you only really need a handful of colors to get started.  Even if you only had cream, medium gray, and black, you're off to a good start.  I like to have more in my kit to choose from, but you'll figure that out as you go along.

It can be easy to choose a color if your pieces are relatively close in color, but what do you do if you are sewing together light and dark pieces together, …

Getting Ready for English Paper Piecing

English Paper Piecing Tutorial: Part III Getting Your Pieces Ready
Welcome to Part 3 of my English paper piecing tutorial.  I apologize for taking so long to get this post out.  You know that expression "when it rains, it pours?" Well, life has been pouring of late, complete with holidays, a toddler birthday, and a wicked cold.  But I'm finally getting time to sit down and get this tutorial together, and I'm excited, because that brings us another step closer to the actual steps for sewing together your pieces (next tutorial).  I'm also working on a project that should be easy for beginner English paper piecers so that you can try out your new skills!  But first things first!

Getting your pieces ready is super easy and, like the sewing, can be done just about anywhere. You'll need your paper pieces, fabric, scissors or rotary cutter, and (if you decide to glue baste) a glue stick.  Other miscellaneous tools may come in to play depending on how you go about cut…