Get Started with English Paper Piecing

Sew For Fifteen is all about finding those sewing techniques or patterns that are on our “Someday I’d like to try…” lists and diving in together.  English Paper Piecing (EPP) is next on our list of techniques to learn.


My basted (still yet unsewn) EPP Party Block #7

English Paper Piecing was on my list for a long time before a nudge from a friend finally inspired me to dive in.  I was intrigued by the fun new patterns being released – The Mischief Quilt and Brimfield blocks were high on my list – but I was intimidated by all the things I thought I needed.  New supplies, new skills – too much, right?!

Thankfully, I discovered a few really helpful resources that taught me how to EPP and even provided files for the templates I needed to dive right in. Having extra supplies is so helpful, but I’m a firm believer that with a little creativity, we can usually find what we need to start a new craft hidden among the things we already have at home.


I have a limited budget for crafting supplies, so I was very happy to find that I could purchase single block packs for some of my favorite blocks for less than $10. I have papers for a few of my favorite Brimfield blocks, and have since splurged on one complete Obsession Quilt Kit from Karen The DIY Addict. If treated gently during the basting and removal process, EPP block papers are reusable.

I’ve rounded up a few tutorials and supply lists to help get you started. If you can, I definitely encourage you to get started with the Brimfield blocks or a quilt kit by The DIY Addict.  There are also tutorials that walk you through a few hexagon projects and some other popular EPP shapes. I’ll let you know, soon, what my favorite EPP supplies are. In the meantime, jump on in and feel free to ask questions in the comments.


Karen The DIY Addict: Comprehensive Guide to EPP

Brimfield Awakening: Introducing the Avon Block (The template is free!)

The EPP Party hosted by Mister Domestic and Pat Bravo

Sometimes Crafter: Adventures in Hexagons

Emily Dennis at Quilty Love: English Paper Piecing

String & Story: EPP

Curved EPP Tutorial by Mister Domestic




*Linked products are not paid endorsements.  Rather, they are items and tutorials that I use and enjoy.




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