Tara (and Cat’s) no-faff odd-angle foundation paper piecing tutorial

Hi all!

I wanted to show you all a quick and easy way to deal with those weird odd angles that you sometimes get when you’re foundation paper piecing (hereafter referred to as just paper piecing, but not to be confused with English paper piecing).

There are lots of tutorials out there, and this is not necessarily the right way to do it, but it works for me (and after telling Cat my revolutionary discovery, it turns out she does it this way as well, so I’m sure we’re not the only ones!)

This is not a tutorial for paper piecing, there are lots out there that explain it far better than I ever could. Craftsy has a good one, but it was the one from Juliet at Tartan Kiwi that made everything click for me.

This is just the way I deal with those funny angles that you don’t want to cut a huge piece for, or for when you want a section fussy cut a certain way. You don’t need to worry about lining up folds, or trimming seam allowances first, or even making freezer paper templates.

(Note, when I talk about right and wrong sides, I’m taking the side of paper that has the lines printed on it as the right side, and the blank side as the wrong side.)

I’ve sewn the first two pieces (G1 & G2), and piece G3 is a much bigger piece, kind of an odd shape, with a shortish but sharp angle. All you need to do to make sure you get it in exactly the right spot is line it up on the wrong side of the paper, with the wrong side of the fabric towards the wrong side of the paper, and then on the right (printed) side of the paper, pin exactly on the line that you are going to sew on.

 

 

 

 

Then flip your piece over, and fold the fabric back over itself, using the pins on the sewing line as the fold line, and pin it to another part of the paper (making sure not to catch the seam allowance, as you need to unfold this next).

Once you’ve done this, take the pins out of the sewing line, unfold the fabric, and because you’ve pinned it place it will be in exactly the right spot for sewing, without needing to line up the fold, as the fabric hasn’t moved.

Then flip over, sew along the line, and trim the seam allowance as usual.

I actually end up using this method for most of my paper piecing now, it saves a lot of waste, and it’s great for lining things up perfectly. And I think, based on the photo below, you could even use this technique to pattern match (I didn’t but I reckon I could have lined up those little constellations and it would be bang on.) Let me know if you try it!

I hope that was useful, and that I’ve explained it adequately! If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments.