English Paper Piecing Tutorial!

23 March 2013

I have been working on paper piecing projects for quite some time, and some of my readers have mentioned that they would love to learn.  So today I bring you an English Paper Piecing Tutorial!  One of my long term projects right now is an English Paper Piecing (EPP) project.  This project will take me forever, and I am quite all right with that!

I love EPP and I hope that you will find that you begin to love it too!
For this tutorial I used:
5" charm squares
2" Hexagon templates (Find them here)
Sewline glue pen (Find it here)
Thread Snips

First off let me say that there are many different ways to English Paper Piece, I will share my methods with you today!  Okay, let's get ready to have some fun!

1. Start by using the glue pen on one side of the paper template.

2.  Place sticky side of the template on the center of the wrong side of the fabric.

3. Trim the edges, I usually leave a 1/2" allowance on all sides.

4. Lightly glue one edge of the hexagon.

5. Fold fabric over and press along glued edge.

6. Fold next edge over as well.

7. Get your needle and thread ready!  It's time to sew!  At NO point will you sew through the paper template.  With your needle sew through the first fold. 

8.  Pull the needle through and repeat.

9.  Fold over next corner.

10. Sew through the fold again.
  11.  Pull needle through and repeat.

12. Repeat the process until you have have completed all corners of the hexagon.

13.  Once you have two hexagons based, you can join them together with a ladder stitch.  First place hexagons on top of each other right sides together.

14. Start at one corner.  Sew through both hexagons. Your needle will go right below the top edge of the hexagon and right above the paper template.  Pull the needle and thread through.

15.  Come back through the other side, just a bit over from the first stitch.  Pull the needle through.

16. Continue the ladder stitch until you reach the other corner.

17.  When you reach the other corner tie off the thread, and you're done!  It's as easy as that, the ladder stitch will be your best friend!

Now go have fun English Paper Piecing!


  1. Perfeito,faço como você,porém sem cola.Parabéns por ensinar,eu já sou viciada nestes,para as outras de plantão ....Viciem-se!!!!!

  2. wow, I do it quite differently :-) I do more of a hidden whip stitch, but yours look really nice. have you tried the hexagon Ahhhh's (have a link on my blog)
    And I thread baste thru the paper, your is neat...

  3. I do it like Bea above, but next time, I think I'll try your way. It looks so nice and neat. Thanks for the tutorial. :) xo

  4. Can you tell me how you remove the paper after you have glued it?

  5. Love the ladder stitch! It really looks just SOOO beautiful. I'm going to have to try to encorporate that into my EPP work.

  6. Oh wow, thanks for such a great tutorial. I have not tried this because for some reason I had envisioned this so much more difficult. Being new to quilting, Im so excited to learn new things. Thanks

  7. Fabulous tutorial, Lori! I think so many people are intimidated by EPP (I know I was for a long time), but it's so much simpler than they imagine. I'm so glad you shared this!

  8. That looks so neat! But what do you do with the paper afterwards? Just leave it?

    1. I've haven't yet done English paper piecing, but I've been reading about it and watching YouTube videos. From what I understand, after one piece is attached to other pieces all around (for a hexagon, it must been sewn to other pieces on all six sides), you can remove the paper with a pair of tweezers so that you can re-use it. Make sure it is attached on all sides before removing paper. Hope this helps!

  9. This is so cute! Thanks for the tutorial.

  10. So glad to have found this post! I'm trying my hand at EPP'ing the center for the Marcelle Medallion quilt and my stitches were visible from the front. Tried the ladder stitch- much neater!


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