Foundation Paper Piecing Tutorial

I love foundation paper piecing!  I think it is the easiest way to get perfect quilt blocks.  Unfortunately, the technique is not as straight forwards as patchwork and requires us to think a little backwards!  I wanted to take the mystery out of the foundation paper piecing technique for you.  Let me break it down for you by showing you what you need and how to do it.  Soon enough you will be wanting to make everything using this technique.

I wanted to take the mystery out of the foundation paper piecing technique for you. I made a step-by-step video tutorial so you can easily learn how! #Tutorial #Free #Pattern #Printables #Quilts #Heart #Easy #Templates #ValentinesDay #Valentine #ForBeginners #Beginner #Art #Design #ArtDesign #Block #Hip #Trendy #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore

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tools and supplies needed

I used a free pattern from the Valentines Day Table Runner post.  You can find that right here.  Most of that pattern is patchwork, with the exception of a few end border hearts.  You will find those on page 2 of the pattern.

I am a visual learner and could never figure out how to perfect the FPP technique by reading instructions.  I figured it would be better if I made a video to explain the process.  I hope you find this video helpful!

I just love that little heart block!  I think I might make more and turn them into a cute little Mug Rug!

What would you do with a few of these little blocks?  

Let us know in the comments below!

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Valentines Day Table Runner

Valentines Day Mug Rug

 

Valentines Day Mug Rug

Valentines Day Mug Rug

I love Valentines Day!  Not just because it is a day dedicated just to LOVE, but also because this special day is a great reason to make something for someone you love!  Making a Valentines Day Mug Rug is a great way to show someone you care.  These fun and simple sewing projects are just the thing to make for your special Valentine!  Let me show you how!

Valentines Day Mug Rug Main Picture

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Valentines Day Mug Rug materials LIst

Qty (1) Charm Pack (check your Local Quilt Shop)
Qty (1) Acrylic Template (I used this template)
Qty (1) The Purple Thang
Qty (1) Fat Quarter background fabric
Qty (1) piece of 18″ x 24″ batting  (this is my all time favorite brand)

Valentines Day mug rug Basic Supply List

Sewing Machine (here are some machines I recommend)
Cotton Thread (I have a recurring order for this thread – I love it!)
Rotary Cutter with sharp blade (I use this brand – 45mm)
Rotary Cutting Mat (I recommend this rotating mat – it’s amazing!)
Iron & Ironing Board (I’m currently using this brand of iron)

Valentines Day mug rug Making the dresden PLATE

One of the cutest things about these mug rugs are the Dresden plates!  These are super easy to make.  Just use your acrylic template and cut out as many as you would like.  For each Valentines Day Mug Rug, you will need approximately 7-8 Dresden Blades.  If you plan to make a bunch of mug rugs you can cut out lots more!  You can get 1-2 blades out of each Charm Square.  Be sure to cut a variety to make your project even more interesting!

Valentines Day Mug Rug Step 1

Once you cut out the Dresden blades, you will fold the right sides together and sew a straight line across the top.  I like to chain piece these together.  The sewing goes quickly and before you know it, you will have a garland string of dresden blades!

Valentines Day Mug Rug Step 2

Clip the threads between each blade and turn the top of each blade right side out.  Use your Purple Thang to achieve a nice crisp point at the top.  Press each blade and then sew them together as shown below.

Valentines Day Mug Rug Step 3

Valentines Day mug rug – machine APPLIQUÉ 

Once you have about 7-8 of these blades sewn together, you can machine appliqué them onto your background fabric.  The amount of blades you use in each mug is relative to the size of your background fabric.  I typically cut my background fabric to 10″ x 8″.  It’s okay if the blades extend past the background fabric.  We will trim that down later.

Valentines Day Mug Rug Applique 1

You can cut a circle from one of your charm squares to add your center.  I like to zig-zag appliqué those in place.  Use whatever fancy stitches that your machine can do.  You will want to make sure you cover the exposed dresden tips at the bottom.

Valentines Day Mug Rug Applique 5

Valentines Day mug rug – the finishing touches

Trim around the background fabric to your desired mug rug size.  Sandwich your batting between your Mug Rug top and backing.  Add your binding and before you know it – you have a really cute Valentines Gift!

Valentines Day Mug Rug Finished 1 Valentines Day Mug Rug Finished 1 Valentines Day Mug Rug Finished 1 Valentines Day Mug Rug Finished 1

Valentines Day Mug Rug

You really don’t need to have a Valentine to make these fun Mug Rugs!  These make great gifts for everyday as well!  Use up your scraps and make one for everyday use!  Check out these fun and scrappy Dresden Blade Mug Rugs!

Scrappy Dresden Blade Mug Rug

Cant you tell that I have a thing for Cotton + Steel fabric and Starbucks YAH Mugs?  I keep most of my fabric scraps and have well over 20 different YAH (You Are Here) mugs!  I love the black background on this one!  What about that striped binding!  Hello Tula Pink!!!

Scrappy Dresden Blade Mug Rug with fun prints

Make a fun and EASY Mug Rug with your scrap fabric! Using the Dresden Plate Design - your options are limitless! #forBeginners #Easy #ForTheHome #DIY #Sewing #ForGifts #Beginner #simple #Free #Fun #quick #Hip #Trendy #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore #MugRug

If your scrap pile is anything like mine – I bet you will have plenty of materials for these little projects!  Grab your acrylic template and start making some today!  Let me know how it went for you in the comments below!

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Valentines Day Table Runner

The house always seems so sad and dreary after the Christmas decorations come down. I like to have some Valentines Day decorations ready to help spruce up the decor. I stumbled upon a really great free pattern, by Jen Daly, and decided to give it a try!  Take a look at this lovely Valentines Day Table Runner!

Valentines Day Table Runner Collage

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Valentines Day Table Runner Materials LIST

Free Pattern
Qty 1/2 yard of Cream Print Fabric (Cream Kona by Robert Kaufman)
Qty 5/8 yard of Pink Print Fabric (Bright Pink Kona by Robert Kaufman)
Qty 1 1/8 yard of Red Print Fabric (Red Kona by Robert Kaufman)
Qty 1 3/4 Yard of Backing Fabric (check out these great Valentines Prints)
25″ x 58″ piece of batting (this is my all time favorite brand)
Foundation Paper (I use this paper and get great results)

Valentines Day Table Runner Basic Supply List

Sewing Machine (here are some machines I recommend)
Cotton Thread (I have a recurring order for this thread – I love it!)
Rotary Cutter with sharp blade (I use this brand – 45mm)
Rotary Cutting Mat (I recommend this rotating mat – it’s amazing!)
Add-A-Quarter acrylic ruler (perfect for foundation paper piecing)
Seam Roller (I LOVE this one)
Acrylic Ruler (I like this brand)
Iron & Ironing Board
Sewing Pins (these are super sharp)
Sewing Clips (I buy these often – LOVE them!)
Iron & Ironing Board (I’m currently using this brand of iron)

Valentines Day Table Runner assembly

Once you finish cutting out your pieces, the pattern is pretty simple to follow for assembly.

Valentines Day Table Runner

The trick is to take your time and keep your measurements true as you are sewing your sections together.  Before you know it, you will have your Table Runner top complete!

Valentines Day Table Runner

Valentines Day Table Runner Quilting

After I sandwiched my Valentines Day Table Runner top to my backing, I gave some thought about how I wanted to quilt it.  I have always loved Free Motion Quilting and wanted to try my favorite doodle on this project.  Ever since I was a young girl, I had doodled a string of hearts and was excited to incorporate this design into this table runner.  The doodle is quite simple.  It is just a continuous line of hearts!

Valentines Day Table Runner - Free Motion Quilting

I used this continuous hearts quilting design all along the outside border of the table runner.  I finished the table runner with some basic meandering throughout the center of this project.

valentines day table runner completed

This table runner is a great length for our long dinning room table.  The completed measurements are 21″ x 54″.  You can make this even longer by adding more rows of hearts!  I simply followed the pattern and love the results!

Valentines Day Table Runner - Completed

I hope you decide to try this out!  It is such a fun and easy pattern!  Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Happy Quilting!

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