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We love the soothing nature of hand-piecing. Boost your skills with our video and step-by-step walkthrough, then try our top tips for best results.
9 top tips for hand piecing
- Copying templates onto template plastic or thick card will be easier and more accurate to draw around than paper. Be sure to transfer all markings and grain lines. It is also useful to record how many pieces to cut, and from which fabric.
- When drawing around templates, remember to leave enough space to add a ¼in seam allowance around each one.
- Always use a fine sharp pencil to draw around the template. Angle the pencil in towards the shape to get an accurate and consistent shape.
- A small quilt ruler or add-a-quarter is useful for adding seam allowances.
- When pieces are cut, lay them out in the order of the block so as not to get in a muddle.
- If you want to reverse the direction of the block, flip templates over before drawing around them. Just be sure that you do this for all templates in the block.
- Short applique pins are ideal for hand-piecing.
- Practise your running stitch to get even, small stitches.
- Keep a sewing pouch nearby with all your supplies so you can easily take your sewing on-the-go.