Paper piecing is a relatively new trend in paper crafts, mostly used by scrapbookers to create images that can't be found with stickers, stamps or diecuts. The art of paper piecing has long been used by quilters, however, to create intricate designs and patterns. It basically involves taking a pattern and cutting colored pieces of paper to fill it in. The paper pieces are then arranged and glued to the background, creating a colorful and personalized image.
Choosing a pattern is the most difficult part of paper piecing. There are a number of ways to get your patterns ready to go.
- Paper piecing patterns can be purchased from craft stores or in book form at craft suppliers or booksellers. You can also find patterns online to print out.
Now it's on to the fun stuff! Here's how to get started with paper piecing.
- Paper piecing pattern
- Backing paper (use card stock, bristol board, or other thick paper)
- Colored paper
- Glue (for best results, use glue that can be repositioned without damaging the backing paper)
- Cut the pieces of your pattern out and label each one on the back in pencil. For example, if you're designing a flower, label each piece as "petal," "center," "stem," "leaf," etc.
- For beginners, it's best to choose a pattern that doesn't feature too many small, fussy bits that will need careful attention. When you work your way up to these intricate patterns, you can use toothpicks or straws to help you nudge your paper bits in place.