Sunday, December 18, 2011

Paper Piecing Tutorial with Video

What is paper piecing? Paper Piecing is the art of cutting various shapes of paper and piecing it all back together like a puzzle. The finished paper project is called a paper piecing. The term "Paper Piecing" describes both the process and the end product. Quilters use a similar process for applique when making a quilt, we just happen to do it with paper. No sewing machine required.
Using patterns, you trace the shapes onto colored cardstock or decorative papers. You then cut and assemble the pieces in layers to create animals, cards, boxes and decorative elements.
Hi Bev here today. At the end of each month with MSW I then share here my previous months video and tutorials. So today we have some easy tips to use when paper piecing.

After watching the video you are ready to grab some of the free templates and start your own. My Sketch World is home for Lucy Chesna Design Sketches. She has amazing monthly sketches to share with you. So today I am using the November Layout Sketch (sample below) to make my layout and also highlight the paper piecing accents.

So using the paper piecing as accents I put the adorable dove and the watering can of flowers on my page. Below are the detail shots of them. I choose some of the easier ones first so I wouldn't scare you off. You really need to try these cute accents.. use up some of that paper stash pieces.
I added some copic marker accents to the watering can and the bakers twine tag is so cute.
The heart is a brad but you could use any sticker or cut one too.

So many thanks to Scrapbook Etc.. for their amazing paper piecings. Be sure to visit their site for many more that are available for free.
These are the 2 above that I used on my layout and below are some more just to peak your interest.... Would love to see you try this technique and share with us over at My Sketch World gallery and forum. We love to see your creative projects.
So until next time ... hope you have a great day and a scrappy one too.


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