Free English Paper Piecing Patterns and Templates

I was so intimidated when I saw English paper pieces of quilts as a new quilter! The intricate looking blocks with all of those Y-corners! But now I love English paper piecing! I’ve found that hexagon paper piecing is my favorite by far.

English paper piecing is simply wrapping a piece of fabric around a paper shape, usually hexagons, but we have projects that also use other shapes.  With EPP, you hand sew the shapes together to create a more complex shape and design.

On this page, you will find free English paper piecing patterns that are fun and fabulous!  Although I love Grandmother’s Garden, which uses hexagon paper piecing, these patterns go way beyond the classics with many modern patterns, designs, and English paper piecing templates.

Please take a look at the link to Free English Paper Piecing Templates.  You will find many templates to print, cut and sew.

Just take a look at our Heart project.  For this project you will use jewel paper templates to create the hearts in this English paper piecing pattern. It isn’t any more difficult than sewing hexagons and is perfect for beginners.  

The Star of Bethlehem project uses different shapes, such as diamond, square, triangle, and house shapes to create a beautiful star design. It could be used as a wall hanging or as one of many blocks for a full quilt since it is 12” square when finished.  

As you scroll through the English paper piecing patterns for free, you will find the right project.  We have free patterns for beginners, along with many patterns that you will enjoy if you have a lot of experience with English paper piecing!

If constructing a whole quilt with English paper piecing is overwhelming, small projects like our Bunny Rabbit Pattern and DIY Hexie Hand Towel are great places to begin.  

The bunny rabbit English paper piecing pattern is a nice small and easy project great for beginners. It uses only a few hexies to make the bunny, which is then appliqued onto a tea towel, shirt, tote bag, etc.  

If you want a refresher on applique, please check out our applique and English paper piecing topic page.

The simple DIY hexie hand towel hexagon paper piecing pattern is a great scrap busting project and shows you a fun and easy way to try hexagon paper piecing. 

You will only need five hexies, and after they are hand joined, the finished piece is attached to the hand towel with a sewing machine.  Sew easy!

If you have been Hexagon paper piecing and just love it, you will find the English Paper Piecing Travel Kit a must have! The travel kit, which holds fat quarters and spools of thread and has a pocket for organizing your stitched hexies, is made of hexagon paper piecing!  I think it's an amazing project and would be so useful!

One unique project here is the Fat Quarter Hexagon Clock! Only one fat quarter is needed to make the hexagons for the clock, which are then glued together for the clock face. You simply add the clock mechanism to finish it off! 

Scroll down this page to find free paper templates for placemats, table runners, hot pads, pincushions, and much more! Print your own templates with your home printer and regular paper.

Do not be intimidated, as I was. English paper piecing is enjoyable, easy, relaxing, and portable since it is all done by hand. You may find that it is addictive once you get started!

Free English Paper Piecing Patterns and Templates

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Bunny Rabbit Pattern

Bunny Rabbit Pattern

A free EPP geometric bunny rabbit applique pattern. Swoodson Says

DIY Hexie Hand Towel

This is a great fabric scrap-busting project and a fun way to give English paper piecing hexies a try! The Yellow Birdhouse

DIY Hexie Placemat

Make a cute DIY hexie placemat by fussy cutting English paper-pieced hexagons. This is a great scrap-busting project for beautiful prints. The Yellow Birdhouse

English Paper Pieced Butterfly

Here is a free template to make a little EPP butterfly for applique. Vintage Sewing Box

English Paper Piecing Travel Kit

With this free English paper piecing project, create a travel kit for taking your hand sewing on the road. It has three pockets to hold everything needed. Red Handled Scissors

EPP Table Topper

This is a free English paper piecing template for making a table topper. However, these EPP templates could also be made into a pillow, purse, or hot pad. Lilly Ella

Fat Quarter Hexagon Clock

Make 19 hexagons from a fat quarter or scrap fabric to create a clock. To finish the clock attach the clock mechanism. Owen Solivia

Free English Paper Piecing Templates

Kaleidoscope EPP is the traditional quilting technique that's all the rage in the sewing community. Print, cut and sew these free paper piecing patterns to give it a go! Gathered How

Granny Square Pincushion

A twist on a traditional quilt block, this little EPP pincushion measures approx 3 1/2"squared and is all made by hand. Vintage Sewing Box


A heart template is made with jewel paper pieces, one of the easiest EPP patterns, and is perfect for beginners. My Patchworld

Hexagon Applique Mug Rug

Make a modern mug rug using the free pattern to make six English pieced hexagons. Then learn this unusual way of attaching the hexagon to the project. Wanda Dotson

Hexagon Baby Bib

Dress up a plain bib by English Paper Piecing a design and sewing it to the bib. A Spoonful of Sugar Design

Hexagon Coaster

Hexagon Coaster

Want to learn English paper piecing (EPP)? This hexagon coaster is the perfect project for a beginner. Swoodson Says

Hexagon Needle Book

Make this pretty hexagon needle book with free templates. Includes both a photo tutorial and video tutorial. Vintage Sewing Box

Hexagon Striped Towel

Embellish a plain towel and make it extraordinary using English pieced hexagons. Wild Olive

Hexagon Table Runner

Hexagon Table Runner

Use an easy paper piecing technique to patchwork a rainbow of hexagons into a hexagon table runner. This is a great way to use up your fabric pieces. My Poppet Makes

Hexagon Template

By practicing the steps in this tutorial, you can create hexagon templates in different sizes. Use them to make hexagon quilt blocks, and you'll find yourself making cleaner lines and more even shapes than ever. Craft Passion

Hexi Zipper Pouch

Here is a cute zipper case that will allow you to try your hand at English Paper Piecing if you haven’t done it before! It includes a printable PDF with free hexagon templates. Sew Sweetness

Hexie Hot Pad

Hexie Hot Pad

Here's a free potholder pattern that kicks it up a notch by adding a simple six hexie flower arrangement to the top. My Poppet Makes

Hexie Table Runner

Dress up your table with a colorful English Pieced table runner with this tutorial. The Sewing Directory

Hexy Coin Purse

Learn how to make a scrappy hexagon design into a coin purse with this free EPP tutorial. Teresa Down Under

Make a Heat Pack with Pretty Hexie Flower

Make a Heat Pack with a Hexie Flower—the beautiful bloom will keep you warm in the winter. This is a beginner's tutorial. Molly and Mama

Mini Hexagon Pin Cushion

This mini hexagon pincushion is an excellent beginner English paper piecing project that is simple enough for a first project. The Home Makery

Mother's Day Postcard

This quilted postcard is made with English Paper Piecing. We All Sew

Paper Piece Hexie Notebook

Paper Piece Hexie Notebook

This cute notebook DIY is a simple way to use up spare hexies or a great beginner EPP project! Swoodson Says

Patchwork Laptop Case

You will need to make quite a few hexagons for this free English piecing project. This is a wonderful way to show off and use up scrap fabric. Gathered

Patchwork Play Ball

This patchwork ball will delight any baby. Twelve pentagons are English pieced together. Stuffing and an optional rattle can be placed inside before sewn closed. While She Naps

Patriotic Table Topper

English paper-piece a star-studded table topper for the Fourth of July or another national holiday. All People Quilt

Pineapple Quilted Placemat

A free tutorial with EPP pineapple placemat. Wild Olive

Simple EPP Hexie Pincushion Tutorial

Simple EPP Hexie Pincushion Tutorial

This pincushion only takes 17 hexies, and while I think calling it a one-night project might be a stretch, you can definitely do it in a weekend. Swoodson Says

Waterwheel Quilt

This EPP Waterwheel is a simple, beautiful quilt that's the perfect size and skill level for a beginner! Tales of Cloth

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