I Love Tools!

I’m working on a paper pieced store sample and want to share a tip with you. Paper piecing is one of my favorite things, but the miniatures are sometimes a little tricky to work with. I’ve started using my fabric glue pen to hold the little pieces in place before I sew them together. Here you see me putting dots of glue on the seam line. I put dots a few places on the seam, depending on how long the pieces are, but definitely at the beginning and at the end.

I like the Fabric Glue Pen, which I’ve mentioned before, because the glue is blue and you can see where you’ve put it. (There’s a search box in the upper left of the page so you can find older projects or items.) The color goes away and becomes clear, and of course washes away, but it stays blue so you can see it while you need to. We have refills, (53458) too, but it’s surprising how long one glue cartridge lasts.

Something else I like for the miniatures is the Add-An-Eighth tool. It lets you trim excess fabric and provides a straight line for placement of the next fabric piece.

Here’s one of the sections of Think Spring (29013). It still needs the ribbon for the vine, as you can see in the package cover photo. There are a lot of pieces, but it goes together easily, and I love the precision of paper piecing. There’s no way I would attempt something like this with traditional piecing and templates! We have a fabric pack if you like the convenience of being ready to go. (68768)

(To find the item on our web page after clicking on the link, hold down the “Ctrl” key and touch F. Enter the 5 digit number in the box, and you’ll be taken to that item!)

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