I designed this block to be beginners friendly, but also included some smaller pieces to give you something to practice on ;)
The pattern is divided up in sections from A to F, each section is pieced individually and then all sections are pieced together. I will be using the freezer paper method for this tutorial but feel free to paper piece whichever way you like best of course!
With freezer paper piecing each pattern piece has it's own freezer paper template. I like to print a paper copy of the pattern to keep next to my sewing machine for reference as I piece each section. Rather than tracing the pattern on freezer paper by hand, I print a copy of the pattern directly on to the dull side of my freezer paper and save some time. Doing this does mean you will have to cut with a 1/4" seam allowance around the pattern once ironed on.
Cuppa tea love? a paper piecing tutorial
Finished size: 5 3/4" x 8 1/2"
What you will need:
Download the free PDF pattern - be sure your printer is set to 100% or no scaling when printing.
-fabric, you don't need large pieces, scraps, layer cake squares or fat eights will do just nicely
- freezer paper
- a clear ruler with 1/4" mark
- normal sewing equipment
Print out a copy of the PDF Pattern. Like I mentioned earlier I like to keep one paper copy of the pattern for reference and I print my pattern templates straight unto the freezer paper.
Cut out each section of the freezer paper templates and save a piece of the excess freezer paper for later.
We will start with the pieced heart tea bag in section A. Cut out each piece of your freezer paper template.
Iron the templates to the right sides of the fabric and cut with 1/4" seam allowance on all sides, except for section 3 & 5 where the seam allowance was already added to the new freezer paper template.
( remember to iron the template to the reverse of the fabric for section 3!)
Step Two - section A
Iron the pattern templates for section A to the right sides of the fabric and cut with 1/4" seam allowance on all sides.The smaller corner triangles of sections 1 & 2 are conveniently the same size as the corner triangles 3 & 5 of the heart tea bag so we can use this template again. Remember to iron one to the right side and one to the wrong side of the fabric, and no added 1/4" seam allowances for these pieces!
Step 3 - section B
Iron the pattern templates for section B to the right sides of the fabric and cut with 1/4" seam allowance on all sides. If you find the corner triangles a tad on the small side trace new freezer paper templates including a 1/4" seam allowance, like we did before.
I used the freezer paper templates from my printed copy.
Step 4 - Section C
Iron the pattern template for section C to the right sides of the fabric and cut with 1/4" seam allowance on all sides. Sew to section C to section A
Iron the pattern templates for section D to the right sides of the fabric and cut with 1/4" seam allowance on all sides. Piece together in the order in which they are numbered.
Iron the pattern templates for section E to the right sides of the fabric and cut with 1/4" seam allowance on all sides. Piece together in the order in which they are numbered.
Almost done now! So at the risk of repeating myself ;).. Iron the pattern templates for section F to the right sides of the fabric and cut with 1/4" seam allowance on all sides. Piece together in the order in which they are numbered.
And you are all done!
I added a little embroidery for the tea bag on this block. It is not finished yet but I think I will add some borders and make a cushion cover with it once I find the time!
I also experimented with the scale of the pattern and made a smaller version that is just right as a mug rug. Change the scaling in your printer settings or edit the pattern size in a photo editing program if you would like to try this as well.
I just wanted to show you how you can play around with the pattern and make it fit your own needs.
If you make this block or anything else from one of my tutorials I would love to see it! Please add your photo's to my Flickr group here
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial! If you have any questions just shoot I will do my best to answer them.