Paper Piecing Technique

For this month’s project, we will be learning a technique called “paper piecing” – not to be confused with paper piercing. This can be done in a simple way (as shown here) or you can go more elaborate by using a sewing machine and the whole nine! I learned this technique from a wonderful crafter on Youtube. Here is her link:

I began by finding an image online and printing it on my printer. I printed about a half-dozen copies of the same image for this technique. The image I used was Hello Kitty, but you can use any image you like. Okay, okay – so here’s my disclaimer: If images are found online, please restrict it to personal use only. So, now that the legalities are out of the way – let’s get started!

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Finished project

Supplies Needed:

*Light pink cardstock

*Dark pink cardstock

*Pink glitter cardstock

*Ribbon (You choose color/ribbon sentiment)

*Printed images on white computer paper or cardstock

*Glue runner and Glue pen

*1 small pink gemstone (flatback)

*Glue Dots

*Foam Squares

*Thin black ribbon

*Fine Point Sharpie in black

*Fiskars Paper Trimmer (or scissors)


*Rubber Stamp (with sentiment of your choice)

*Purple ink pad

*Corner Punch


*Step One – Cut light pink cardstock base to desired size. Cut coordinating dark pink to go in center and adhere down with glue runner (see image above). Cut 3 thin strips of pink glitter cardstock; this will frame your ribbon up top and the bottom of the dark pink cardstock. You can adhere ribbon with glue runner as well as the glittery strips.

 *Step Two – Stamp your sentiment on the bottom of the card in the center. I used “Happy Birthday” but you may use whatever you like. I also used purple ink – but again, you can use whatever color you like the best. Now that the base of the card is complete, you may round your corners with a corner punch. I used a Martha Stewart corner punch I bought at Michael’s craft store, but many brands make these.

*Step Three – Now it’s time for the paper piecing technique. Look at your image in sections. For example, I looked at this Hello Kitty image as a bow, a dress, a shirt, and balloons and picked out the colors I wanted for each section. Using the color of cardstock you choose, place the colored paper under the image you printed and cut out (tracing lines on printout) one section at a time. This is why I printed more than one copy of the image. After you cut out all sections, adhere down onto a whole/uncut image with glue runner or glue pen (see images below for detail). Use your fine point Sharpie to finish the edges or to outline.

*Step Four – Place some Pop Dots (dimensional foam) under the image to “pop it up” off the card base. This will make your image stand out. I also used Glue Dots to secure her gemstone in her bow and the tiny black ribbon to her balloons. Depending on your image, you can decorate as you like.

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~For small pieces, it is best to adhere with a glue stick or a Zig 2-Way Glue Pens.


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5 thoughts on “Paper Piecing Technique

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  3. Thank you for the very clear tutorial on paper piecing theis cute wee image. Thank you so much for taking time to post your very creative art with us this week at Word Art Wednesday in our 200th Celebration Week’ challenge!
    Blessings and Hugs, Carole

  4. What a cute card with great paper-piecing tutorial. Thank you for joining our Challenge this week at Word Art Wednesday. Just want to leave you with God’s Word from James 1:12 which says, “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”

    God bless always!
    JO ANN

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