Our tech­ni­cal ex­pert Sarah Grif­fiths shows you the ba­sics of Foun­da­tion Pa­per Piec­ing. It’s easy when you know how!

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For each block, you’ll need to make a pa­per tem­plate to piece. Cut a square of pa­per to the ex­act size you want your fin­ished blocks to be (with no outer seam al­lowance). Di­vide each square up into sec­tions us­ing a ruler and pen­cil, and cut the sec­tions apart. Then draw one or two straight lines across each piece of the block. The lines can meet, but keep them from cross­ing over each other (Fig a).

You can line up your pieces again to see how the fin­ished block will look. Keep in mind that the fi­nal de­sign will be a mir­ror im­age of the drawn block.

When you’re first start­ing, use sim­ple shapes like squares, tri­an­gles or rect­an­gles of even sizes (Fig b). Once you get the hang of this method, you can use lots of dif­fer­ent shapes and sizes. As you get more con­fi­dent, you can also add more lines to make more sec­tions to piece.


The pho­tos for each step show the front and back of the lay­ered pieces.

Start with a piece of fab­ric in the cen­tre sec­tion, on the back of your pa­per tem­plate. Make sure the fab­ric over­laps the sur­round­ing lines by at least in. Also make sure the fab­ric is at least in larger than the outer pa­per edges. Place a se­cond piece of fab­ric on top, also over­lap­ping its en­tire area by in. Pin along the drawn line be­tween the two sec­tions.


Fold back the outer sec­tion of fab­ric along your pinned line, so it’s RST with the cen­tre fab­ric. Pin in place through both lay­ers of fab­ric and the pa­per. Try to only pin the top layer of the outer sec­tion of fab­ric, be­cause this will make the next step eas­ier.


Re­move the pin from the drawn line. Your fab­rics should be held in place just by the pin from the pre­vi­ous step. Care­fully un­fold the edge of the outer sec­tion fab­ric, so the two pieces are com­pletely RST. Flip your tem­plate pa­per side up and sew along the drawn line be­tween the two sec­tions, ex­tend­ing the line at least in out­side the pa­per edges. Make sure you shorten your stitch length to about 1.5, which will help to per­fo­rate the pa­per.


Fold the pa­per back along the sewn line. With the pa­per side up, line up the in mark of your ruler and trim the seam. Press the fab­ric open, over the pa­per.

Fold the pa­per back along the re­main­ing drawn line. Trim the re­main­ing edge of the cen­tre fab­ric in away from the fold in the pa­per.


Us­ing the edge of the trimmed cen­tre fab­ric as a guide, place the next piece of fab­ric RST with the cen­tre piece. Pin along the line and fold the fab­ric out to check it will cover the en­tire outer sec­tion plus in all the way around. Then flip over and sew along the line as be­fore.


Piece the re­main­ing sec­tions of your block us­ing the same method, then line them up in or­der. Then trim the side edges where the sec­tions will join (just the long sides in this ex­am­ple), leav­ing a in seam out­side the edge of the pa­per.

Join the sec­tions to­gether, press and re­move the pa­pers by care­fully tear­ing along the seam lines. Square up your block to the de­sired size.

Di­vide up your

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