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Want to Start Paper Piecing? These 6 FREE Patterns Are For You

Free English Paper Piecing Patterns to TryHave you ever wanted to learn English paper piecing (EPP)? This hand-piecing technique can be creative and relaxing, giving projects a handmade look and feel. Many quilters make the switch from machine piecing to hand piecing with hexagons or simple squares, but there are actually a variety of English paper piecing patterns that you can try.

If you want to try English paper piecing, free patterns like the ones featured below are a great place to start!

Make It Simpler Hexagon Cutting PatternPhoto via Craftsy member Make It Simpler

1. Hexagon Cutting Pattern

Using 10″ layer cake squares, you can learn to cut seven hexagons and four half hexagons without fabric waste or any measurements. Can you believe it? For tips on cutting hexagons for your next EPP project, check out this post on the Craftsy blog and download the free cutting template.

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Pool Party Tea TowelPhoto via Craftsy member The CraftyPod Shop

2. Pool Party Tea Towel

Some people think English paper piecing is just for quilt blocks, but an instant-gratification project like this nautical tea towel will help you hone your hang piecing skills without the commitment to an entire quilt. Make the jump from hexagons to diamonds and triangles with this free English paper piecing pattern. The finished appliqué size is 5½” square.

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Hexie Hoop EPP PatternPhoto via Craftsy member Buttons and Butterflies

3. Hexie Hoop

Another take on the hexagon flower, this English paper pieced hoop makes a darling wall decoration. Practice your hand stitching with this beginner-friendly motif on an 8″ embroidery hoop. Add some decorative rows of stitching around the flower, or personalize it with the name of a friend or loved one!

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Changing Diamonds EPP templates onlyPhoto via Craftsy member ayliN–Nilya

4. Changing Diamonds Pillow

Diamonds of different shapes and sizes join together in this English paper piecing project. Hand-stitch a single block in this 20″ patchwork pillow cover, or join several blocks into a 46″ x 46″ floral starburst quilt. This is a great scrap-buster project!

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   Urban Meadow Block pattern
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5. Urban Meadow Block

Are you ready to get into a detailed EPP pattern? This free paper-pieced block is a hand-stitcher’s dream, with hexagons and triangles to show off your favorite fabrics. Detailed instructions for this hexagon flower block are included on the designer’s blog. You can turn this block into a pillow or join it with other blocks to make a nice table topper!

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Instavase Jar Wrapper
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6. ‘Instavase’ Jar Wrapper

Are you ready to turn your needle loose on English paper piecing diamonds? This jar wrapper is a fun project to stitch in an afternoon, and you can use the vase to hold flowers, pencils or anything you choose! An old peanut butter jar will do, plus several scraps of your favorite quilting cotton prints. Make this free EPP project for a friend or family member who needs some cheering up!

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6 Comments

Kathy O'Connor

I love the EPP patterns and designs! I’m majorly excited about starting my first project. My question today is what type of paper do you use to make a pattern to be used in a quilt? I imagine its more than a regular paper bond as I read some else. If a card stock was used would this make a huge mess coming apart when washed?
I make some baby quilts to donate to our local nicu unit. During the last two years I was not able to donate but I want to return to it and still remain anonymous since I donated this way for years.
One final question, for today, since I am on a fixed income and working on getting more materials a little at time, is there somewhere that donates scraps or small amounts of fabric that I can use in my quilts. I would love to donate more than I do but due to income its harder to do. I’d appreciate any advice here.
Thank you so much for your youtube video and all the free crafting techniques and shortcuts. I have been able to learn so many things that I would not of had the opportunity to do before. Thank you for your knowledge and blessing through teachings.

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Terri Bray

I also use freezer paper. It holds to the fabric with light ironing and once your seams are sewn, the paper pulls away nicely so NO PAPER in your washing machine.

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Marla

Hi, if you are happy to pay for postage..$8.50 in Aus. Post satchel, I am happy to help you by sending 500 grams of scraps to you.
I am also on a pension so I know how it is trying to get fabric together.
Have been quilting for over 22 years so have accumulated a lot of scraps.

Cheers.

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Pam

Kathy O’Connor, I’d be happy to mail you a package of fabric scraps or a dozen fat quarters. I was getting ready to start de-stashing so email me at Pam at QuiltsByPamela dot com and let’s chat. It’s wonderful that you want to donate more and are asking for assistance. Makes my heart happy 🙂

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Bridie Sullivan

I I can send you fabric. Send me your address if your still interested. Bridie Sullivan

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Terri Bray

I check the Salvation Army and Goodwill stores for used cotton shirts, skirts, etc to glean fabric from. There’s actually quite a bit of fabric in a skirt. Hope this helps.

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