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Basting English Paper Piecing Triangles

In these instructions I am going to describe how to baste a triangle precut paper shape.

With a piece of plastic or cardboard create a cutting template that has a 1/4" seam allowance added to the size of the paper piece.  Use the template to trace around on the fabric for cutting out your fabric triangles.

Center a paper piece triangle on the back of the fabric triangle as show in Figure 1.

Figure 1

Take one edge of the Fabric and wrap it around the paper piece.   Use tape to hold the fabric in place as show in Figure 2.


Figure 2

Wrap the opposite corner of fabric over the paper piece as shown in Figure 3. Be very careful not to bend the tip of the paper piece.  Hold the fabric with your fingers.


Figure 3

Wrap one edge of fabric over the paper piece as show in Figure 4.


Figure 4

Wrap the opposite edge and make a whip stitch to gather the corner as shown in Figure 5.  Make sure you do not sew the fabric to the paper piece (When working with pieces that have edges that are 2" long or longer, you will need to make a stitch into the paper piece along the edges.  This helps keep the nice crisp edge). You may end up with a tail under at the corner. I just leave it there.


Figure 5

Work your way around the triangle until all 3 corners are fixed.   For 2" or larger shapes you will need to baste to the paper piece between the corners.  Remove the tape when you get to that edge. The back of the triangle should look like Figure 6.


Figure 6

Your Triangle shape is now basted and ready to be whip stitched to another basted shape.

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