Quilting Tutorial: How to Use Dritz Paper Piecing Shapes

Three common basting methods and when to use them.

Paper piecing is addicting! It’s a fun and easy way to make small fabric shapes that are precise and perfectly shaped every time. You’ll use these fabric shapes in many quilting, sewing and craft applications. When using the new Dritz® paper piecing shapes, you’ve got some options when it comes to basting. In this blog post we outline three common methods: thread basting, glue basting, and liquid starch basting. Ready? 

Quilting Tutorial: How to Use Dritz Paper Piecing Shapes

 


Quilting Tutorial: How to Use Dritz Paper Piecing Shapes

First, the supplies. You’ll need Dritz® Quilting paper piecing shapes, fabrics of your choice, fabric scissors and the tools needed for your desired method of basting.

When selecting the paper piecing shapes, you’ve got some choices: hexagons, diamonds and tumblers. Each Dritz® Quilting paper piecing shape is available in two sizes.


Quilting Tutorial: How to Use Dritz Paper Piecing Shapes

Prepare fabric pieces by positioning paper shape on fabric and cutting around the shape with at least 1/4″ seam allowance. You don’t need to be completely accurate. All of your seam allowances will be folded over the paper shape leaving you with a fabric shape that is the exact size as the paper piecing shape.


Quilting Tutorial: How to Use Dritz Paper Piecing Shapes

Secure paper shape to fabric with a small dab of fabric glue, pin, or a plastic-coated paper clip. Now you are ready to baste.

There are many different methods of basting. We’re going to show you three common methods. Choose the one that is best for your project.


Quilting Tutorial: How to Use Dritz Paper Piecing Shapes

Thread Basting: this method is best for pieces that will be stitched directly to one another. Use a contrasting thread (for easier removal) and fold seam allowance over the edge of the paper piece. Make long running stitches directly through paper and both layers of fabric. Continue around paper shape, making sharp creases at each corner. Leave a 1″ tail. You’ll remove the paper pieces after fabric shapes are joined together, pressed and basting is removed.


Quilting Tutorial: How to Use Dritz Paper Piecing Shapes

Another way to thread baste is to simply stitch through the fabric in the seam allowance. This basting does not have to be removed after stitching and is best for smaller shapes. Fold fabric over edge and crease at each corner. Take a backstitch through all fabric layers at each corner. Make a running stitch through just the seam allowance fabric on each side to reach the next corner.


Quilting Tutorial: How to Use Dritz Paper Piecing Shapes

Glue Basting: here you’ll lightly apply temporary fabric glue to seam allowances and fold seam allowances over paper piecing shape. Continue around shape until all edges are glued down. After stitching, gently lift seam allowances off paper piece with a stiletto to remove shape. Dritz® Quilting paper piecing shapes are made from coated card stock so a small amount of glue will not stick permanently.


Quilting Tutorial: How to Use Dritz Paper Piecing Shapes

Liquid Starch Basting: with this method the paper shape can be removed before the fabric shapes are stitched to fabric. This method is best for appliqueing shapes to a base fabric. Mix equal parts of liquid starch and water in a bowl. With a 1/4″ wide paint brush, paint the starch mixture on the seam allowance fabric. Fold the starched fabric over the paper piecing shape while it is wet, and press. The Dritz® Petite Press™ works great with this method. Press until the starched fabric is dry. Paper can be removed after all the sides are pressed.


Quilting Tutorial: How to Use Dritz Paper Piecing Shapes

To join fabric shapes together, stitch pieces with a whip stitch. Just catch the edge of the fabric and not the paper. Do not remove paper or basting until all edges of a shape have been stitched to another shape.


Quilting Tutorial: How to Use Dritz Paper Piecing Shapes

Remove basting stitches with a seam ripper.

Notice the small hole in the center of each shape – it’s there to aid in the removal of the paper shape. Insert a crochet hook into the hole and catch it on the edge of the hole. Pull hook to remove paper shape.


Dritz paper piecing on a pillow, tote bag and flower vase

What might you do with these lovely little fabric shapes that you’ve made? The sky is the limit! Quilts, bags, pillows, totes, table runners, accessories – you name it.

We hope you find this information about basting methods helpful. The details that are found on the packaging of the paper piecing shapes are here.  

If you’ve got tips, techniques or ideas to share, please let us know! The comments section is ready and waiting for you, and we really would love to hear from you. 

 

This entry was posted in how to quilt, quilting product info and tagged new products, paper piecing. Bookmark the permalink.