You will need:
Pattern, cut out to include outer seam allowance
Washable glue stick
Presser foot with center guide (edgestitch foot or blind hem foot)
Cutting ruler with quarter inch marking. (A purpose made PP ruler is ideal.)
Rotary Cutting mat
Rotary Cutter (28m preferred)
Scissors (optional, for rough cutting)
Let’s get started:
1. On the front of your pattern find piece #1.
Rough cut a piece of fabric large enough to cover this area with at least a ¼” overhang on ALL sides. I hold it up to the light and look through the pattern to be sure. Turn pattern printed side down. If you have pre-folded your lines it should be easy to locate this section on the back. Apply a liberal coat of glue within the section. Center your fabric, pretty side up, over this section and stick it down.
2. Turn pattern back to printed side. Fold back along the line between #1 and #2, leaving the fabric hanging out (this is the seam allowance.) Place on mat. Cut ¼” from fold. (This is where a pp ruler is worth is price! The ridge lines up on the paper perfectly.)
3. Take a piece of fabric large enough to cover area #2 with at least a ¼” overhang on ALL sides and place it, pretty sides together, along the cut edge of your previous piece. NOTE – be sure your piece is big enough to cover the area AFTER IT IS STITCHED AND TURNED OUT. Ask me how I know to put this in CAPS! This piece does not need to have a straight edge, as it can be trimmed after sewing. It took me a really (really, really) long time to realize this, like as in I just realized it right now, while taking the pictures for this tutorial: The pattern will tell you if your fabric piece is big enough. Your seam allowance is matched up (or bigger than required to be trimmed later) and the folded down pattern is in the exact position of your unsewn fabric. You will be looking through a lot of layers, but you can see, or feel if your light is not good, how much fabric is back there. Yay!
4. Put the whole thing on the machine so the folded paper pattern is on top. Stitch along the edge of the paper. Finger press fabric #2 open. Double check that it fills the area with at least ¼” overhang into all adjacent areas (again, a light source helps.) Trim seam allowance if necessary. Press or finger press.
5. Locate area #3, fold back the pattern, trim the fabric at ¼”, repeat Step
6. Continue for all sections.
The pattern I'm using here is one section the teapot from
"Grandma's Tea Party"
by Beth Maddocks / Piece By Number copyright 1999
The sections were joined together using a 1/4" piecing foot