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with Helen Stubbings
Online Class

Quick & Easy English Paper Piecing

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Join designer Helen Stubbings for step-by-step guidance through English paper piecing hexagons, diamonds and more. First, learn how to wrap fabric around paper templates, gluing and stitching each piece to quickly create precise hexagons. Helen will reveal the simple swap that virtually eliminates the need for time-consuming paper removal, before helping you whipstitch your hexies to one another. Next up: appliqué! Follow along to secure your hexagons to background fabric using the appliqué stitch. Then, apply your new skills to create a range of versatile shapes, including pentagons and clamshells. Along the way, you'll discover tried-and-true tips for hiding fabric tails, avoiding gaps and achieving professional, polished results. You'll finish class with the confidence to apply English paper piecing to all your favorite patterns and projects!


  • intermediate
  • 6 episodes
  • 1h56m

Included in this Class

1. Introduction to English Paper Piecing

1. Introduction to English Paper Piecing

Meet pattern designer Helen Stubbings. Helen kicks off the class with an overview of English paper-piecing basics and walks you through the process of creating hexagons. Plus, she shares the simple material that makes this technique faster than ever.

2. Stitching Shapes Together

2. Stitching Shapes Together

It's time to start stitching! Armed with the best needle and thread for the job, you'll learn professional tips for joining your hexagons together. And, find out how to make the perfect whipstitch, which you'll use to stitch all of your shapes.

3. Applying Shapes to a Background

3. Applying Shapes to a Background

After you've joined your hexagons, Helen shows you how to apply them to background fabric using an appliqué stitch. You'll also learn how to turn a cluster of hexies into a versatile fabric panel.

Recommended with this class

  • English paper piecing iron-on pre-cuts or appliqué paper and the provided pattern templates
  • Lightbox, lightpad or other light source
  • Open-toe embroidery foot