Paper Piecing Quilting Technique

This week on Show Me How, Gloria Bastos is joined by Anette van Rensburg from Mezomade Quilting & Sewing. She shows us how to make a placemat using patterned fabrics and hand stitching techniques.  She will teach us various skills such as working with templates, mixing patterns, sewing using a blind hem stitch and so much more!  Anastacia Manyosi from Priti Print also joins us in studio to show us how to use machinery to cut fabric into any desired shape.

Paper Piecing Quilting Technique
By Annette van Rensburg
Mezomode Quilting & Sewing


  • English Paper piecing template printed on paper or thin carton
  • 100% Cotton fabric scraps of contrasting prints or colour
  • Hand quilting thread
  • Paper scissors & Fabric scissors
  • Hand quilting needle
  • Pins
  • Iron & Ironing board


  • Step 1: Select the fabric you want to work with. Decide on the size of the Hexagon template you want to use for your quilt. Check whether the template you have selected to use has included a ¼ inch seam allowance. Should the seam allowance be excluded, a ¼ inch seam allowance has to be added to the size of the template. The seam allowance should be added on all 6 sides of the hexagon template.
  • Step 2: Cut the paper templates. Cut the fabric at least a quarter inch bigger than the paper template.
  • Step 3: Place the paper template in the middle of the fabric block. Secure the paper template with a pin.
  • Step 4: Fold one side of the fabric over the same side of the paper template. Be careful not to fold it too deep. The paper template should guide you in respect of the depth. Finger press the fabric on the side which you have worked on. Secure the folded side with a pin. Repeat the process on all six sides.
  • Step 5: Use needle and thread to tack the seams on to the paper template. Ensure that the corners are tucked in tight. The corner should be as sharp and flat as possible. Tack all six sides of the template. At the end of this stage, the paper template would be fully covered by fabric and be on the inside of the fabric.
  • Step 6: Repeat Step 1 – 5 with all the paper templates which will allow you to complete your project.
  • Step 7: Take 2 completed hexagons and place them with right sides together. Work the side seams with small stitches. Attempt to work the stitches in such a way that it is invisible. Take care not to stitch through the paper template. Once a “flower” has been completed it should be ironed. The iron should not be moved up and down on the flower. Rather touch the flower. Remove the iron and touch another spot.
  • Step 8: Once the hexagon “flower” has been completed, cut away all the access fabric. Remove the thread which was used to tack the fabric to the paper template. Remove the paper templates carefully from within each “petal”.
  • Step 9: Mark where the “flower” should be placed on the background fabric. Place the “flower” on the markings and pin it to the background fabric.
  • Step 10 : Stitch the “flower” to the background fabric with a blind hem stitch or a blanket stitch.


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