Booklet: Paper Piecing Tutorial for Beginners


Designed by: Michele Foster
Finished size: Each block finishes at 6″
Skill Level: Beginner
Technique: Foundation Paper Piecing
Price: $10.00 Springtime Savings, just $5.00 (USD)
Format: PDF file (download and save instantly) [29 pages]

Foundation piecing, commonly referred to as paper piecing, is a way to construct quilt blocks whereby the pattern is created by stitching the patches to the foundation in numerical order to create the design. The foundation material can be paper, muslin, lightweight broadcloth, etc.

Included in this detailed photo tutorial, aimed at beginners to paper piecing, are six paper pieced blocks that finish at 6″ square. Each block has been chosen as it provides a learning opportunity for a specific aspect of paper piecing. Once all six blocks are complete, you will have the necessary knowledge and skills to tackle any beginner/intermediate project. You can use the blocks to create a mini sampler quilt or table runner or whatever you like.

Included in this Booklet:


  • Introduction
  • Recommended Tools
  • Getting Started – Preparation is Key
  • Basic Paper Piecing Technique
  • Trimming and Removing the Paper
  • Completing the Sample Blocks
  • How to Measure Patches for Paper Piecing
  • Cutting Mirrored Rectangle Patches Diagonally
  • Additional Resources
    • Online Videos
    • Tutorials and Teacher Web Sites
    • Books/DVDs
  • Cutting Charts for Sample Blocks
  • Sample Block Templates
    • Deluxe Square-in-a-Square
    • Heart
    • Basket
    • Star
    • Bluebell
    • Twisted Log Cabin

Please note: This entire booklet is included as an appendix of the Delightful Stars Quilt. If you have already purchased that booklet, you do not need to purchase this one too.

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Cost: $10.00 Springtime Savings, just $5.00 (USD)

Purchase the Breezy Beginners Sampler Pattern

The booklet can also be purchased from my Craftsy library.

This booklet, photos, drawings and sample block templates are copyright Michele Foster of Mishka’s Playground. Please respect my copyright and do not copy the booklet or republish it, for free or for sale, in print or online. You may use this tutorial and sample block templates for your own personal use to create products for free or for sale. No mass production is allowed.


You only need a small amount of fabric to complete the block templates. Four fat eighths, for variety, plus a fat quarter of background will be sufficient.

General quilting supplies are required. I also highly recommend the paper designed specifically for paper piecing (Carol Doak’s (C&T) | Martingale’s), as well as, investing in an Add a Quarter Ruler.

Student Photos

If you have a photo of the paper piece blocks that you’d like to share, please email it to me.

By Alex G. - first time paper piecing

By Alex G. – first time paper piecing

By Chris S. – first time paper piecing

By Chris S. – first time paper piecing

Completed by Carol K.

By Carol K.

By Kimberly S.

By Kimberly S.

By Billie W.

By Billie W.

By Sharon

By Sharon

By Linette G.

By Linette G.

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Kim L. - Persimon Dreams

By Kim L. – Persimon Dreams