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English Paper Piecing Diamonds Tutorial

Updated January 31, 2018
English Paper Piecing Diamonds Tutorial
English Paper Piecing Diamonds Tutorial
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Making gorgeous quilting patterns is not necessarily the easiest task to take on, but this technique can help you perfect your star shapes! This English Paper Piecing Diamonds Tutorial will make quilting gorgeous star patterns as easy as 1, 2, 3.

This craft video tutorial is super helpful because it walks you through how you can use English paper piecing to create a really pretty star or other more extravagant shapes if you would like. This diamond pattern is definitely one that you will fall in love with, and the technique is so easy you will want to do it over and over!

Project TypeLearn a Technique

Primary TechniqueQuilting


Materials List

  • Fabric
  • Sharp fabric sicissors
  • Blue basting pen
  • Water soluable marker
  • Coordinating thread
  • Needles
  • Comfortable thimble
  • Paper pieces (2-1/2 inch diamonds are used in this tutorial)
  • For Fussing Cutting: Ruler, cardstock, pencil

English Paper Piecing Diamonds Instructions:

  1. For Fussing Cutting: Make a template by tracing the diamond onto the cardstock.

  2. Use the ruler to trace the seam allowance. This tutorial uses a 3/8-inch seam allowance.

  3. Use paper scissors to cut around the edge and a craft knife to cut down the center. The template will look like the image shown below.

  4. Use the template to find the design you want to use on your fabric.

  5. Use your pencil to make registration marks on your template so you can line it up each time.

  6. Use your water soluble pen to trace your template. For this tutorial, 6 diamonds are needed.

  7. Cut the fabric with your fabric scissors.

  8. After the pieces have been cut, glue them to the paper shapes using the basting pen.

    Tip: Make sure your fabric has a little bit of tension but do not make it tight. You also do not want to put glue at the very edge of the paper because that will make it more difficult to sew later.

  9. Make sure the paper shapes line up and then put them together with the patterns facing each other.

    Note: Do not trim the excess fabric from the diamond, just move it out of the way when sewing.

  10. Insert the thread from the seam allowance up.

  11. Stitch three stitches in place right at the tip.

  12. Continue to stitch along the edges with stitches between 1/8 and 1/4-inch apart.

    Tip: Do not go through the paper.

  13. Add three stitches in place at the end of your seam, and bring it underneath the seam allowance and cut the thread to bury it.

  14. Add a third diamond to create a half star, and create two half stars.

  15. Place the two half stars right sides together and stitch them together using the same method as above, starting in the middle.

    Note: The shape will shift, so it's best to line up one side and stitch across and then line up the other and finish.

  16. Be sure to tuck in your dog ears at the points of your stars before you applique it down.

    Tip: Experiment with different fabrics and cuts to create many distinctive designs.

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I think paper piecing is one of most interesting quilting techniques. It's also super fun to play around with designs using the shapes.


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