String Piecing with Foundation Paper

String Piecing Sample

Quilters always have scrap fabric!

An easy and fun way to use scraps is to string piece which is also known as string quilting.

This tutorial will show how to make a sting quilt block using a simple type of foundation piecing.

Click to watch the String Piecing with Foundation Paper video in Youtube.

Grab your scraps and cut them into various widths from 1 1/4" to 2 1/2" wide. Do not cut them all the same width. You will have a more interesting block if the strips are different sizes.

Next, cut the foundation paper squares to the desired block size but remember to add an extra 1/2" for the seam allowance needed to sew the blocks together. For example, for a finished block size of 6"; cut the foundation paper square 6 1/2".

String Piecing Sample

Before starting to stitch, shorten the stitch length. This will make the removal of the paper easier.

Begin by placing one strip, right side up, diagonally across the foundation piece from corner to corner. Pin or use a few dabs of acid-free glue stick to hold the fabric in place.

Randomly choose the second strip of fabric and align the edge, right sides together, along one edge of the first strip and sew with 1/4" seam allowance.

Flip and press the quilt strip toward the corner.

Continue simply adding strips, sewing, flipping and pressing until the block is completely covered.

Trim the block by flipping it to the back, use an acrylic ruler and a rotary cutter trim off the excess fabric.

The string piecing block is now complete.

String Piecing Sample

Have fun creating string blocks and using up those scraps!

See below for links to books, supplies and tools for string quilting:

Did you enjoy this project? Please share it with your friends using the sharing buttons.

Follow our site using the follow buttons below to find out about other fun projects.

Supporting Products and links: Some of the links below may be affiliate links. We make a small commission on sales through the affiliate links, at no extra cost to you. Thank you in advance for your purchase and your support! Please see our full Affiliate Statement for more information.


EZ Sewing & Quilting Ruler - 6 1/2" x 13 1/2"

Used for cutting strips, squares, borders, etc. It has 45 & 60 degree lines and 1/4" seam allowance. Manufacturer: EZ International Affiliate Link to


Foundation Paper (Paper Piecing Paper)

Size 8 1/2" x 11". 100 sheets per package. Now you can reproduce paper-piecing patterns whenever you wish with the quality and convenience of these papers Affiliate Link to Sold at Amazon


OLFA 18-Inch x 24-Inch Self-Healing Double-Sided Rotary Mat

Use only rotary cutters and blades,Suitable for any small to medium size project Affiliate Link to


Omnigrip Non-slip Quilter's Ruller

A clear background and neon lines make this ruler easy-to-use, measures 6" by 24" Affiliate Link to


Rotary Cutters

Purchase rotary cutters at Check out their selection. Affiliate Link to


String Fling

Learn the art of string piecing. Strings are strips and scraps usually too small to be useful for other projects, but they are just right for these 13 new quilts by Bonnie K. Hunter - Paperback - Published 2012


String Quilt Revival

Recover the art of string quilting with 13 designs. Learn how to sew a variety of string quilt blocks by following clear step-by-step instructions. by Virginia Baker, Barbara Sanders, Nancy Zieman - Paperback - Published 2011


String Quilt Style

Dig out scraps, stash and precuts to make more than a dozen string quilt projects. Learn to make a variety of string quilt block designs. by Mary M. Hogan - Paperback - Published 2016


String Quilts

11 fun patterns for innovating and renovating string quilts. by Elsie M. Campbell - Kindle Book - Published 2016


Subscribe To our YouTube channel because we publish New crafting videos On regularly.

Find us On:

If you have any questions about this project, you can post them as comments on the Youtube Video above or through our "Contact Us" page.

Looking for something you cannot find on our site? Click here to e-mail the Needlepointers Information department.

Copyright ©2003 - 2019 All Rights Reserved. | Powered by w3.css