Sunday, 30 October 2011

Tutorial - Quick Paper Piecing

  • In this tutorial you will be learning how to create a professional looking  image within a minimum amount of time and without wasting a scrap of paper.
  • The papers I have used here are my current addiction; BasicGrey Picaddilly 6x6*
  • The owls are digital downloads from Charmed Cards and Crafts designed be me, Louise Brigden.*
* To view or purchase these items please click on the shop at the top of the page

Paper Piecing is my fave technique and if you use a simple, large enough image it is very quick and simple to achieve fabulous results.......
  1. Open MS Word. In the settings alter your paper size to; custom/ 15 X15 cm
  2. Now insert your desired picture and re size if desired.
  3. Insert 4 6x6 (15cmx15cm) papers of your choice into your printer. NOTE two of these pieces will be the background papers for two cards so I would advise you to keep two of the papers fairly neutral.
  4. Print out.
  5. Now take your two patterned pieces of paper and cut the elements of the image you wish to adhere to your background image. All the little bits will now be pieced together like a jigsaw onto your neutral background image.
Please Note; On completion of the two owls I decided  I wanted the eyes to be white so I printed the eyes another two times onto white paper. If you have the 'know-how' it would be good to crop the eyes and duplicate them to save on paper and ink.
Now you can create your cards and use up all the little bits that are left over. Here I have made two easel cards. Making these torn crumpled flowers and leaves is a great way of using your scraps and it's cheap too!
Have a go It's easy!


  1. You are so generous in posting this tutorial, are'nt those owls just gorgeous.
    Vee xx

  2. Super tut and wonderful owls Louise. I can see why you love those papers.

    Edna x

  3. Fantastic tutorial and such cute owls. Lee x

  4. These are so cute, I love the eyes on these owls
    Lindsay xx

  5. Wow! these are gorgeous! I love those owls !!! -so Cute!
    Sue xx

  6. Ooh, this looks so cool. I haven't done any paper piecing, maybe I might give it a start soon! Hugs, Hanneke

  7. These are just adorable. Love them
    Anne x