Paper Pieced Witch

 

Here is my Little Witch block. This was my first paper pieced design so I’ll begin with warning:

 

THIS IS NOT A TUTORIAL!!! I’m going to tell you what I did and say IN RED what I’ll do differently next time. Here is the pdf. Having recently gained a mac and lost photoshop and microsoft paint, I thought it was best just to make a single pattern piece because I was worried about keeping the pieces accurately sized if I added seam allowances etc by hand as part of the pdf. The pattern is 10″ wide and 7 3/4″ high. I made it this size so it would fit on one piece of A4 paper but you will need to add one strip of background fabric to the top and one strip to the bottom to complete the block.


Firstly, I traced the blocks A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K onto baking parchment. I marked the numbered sections and added a 1/4″ seam allowance. Then I cut them out.

Secondly, I transferred the pdf design onto freezer paper, cut out all the numbered shapes and ironed them onto fabric as follows:

Top Background colour = A2,A3,B1,B3,C4,C5,D1,E1,F2,F3,G1,H1

Bottom Background colour = I1,I3,I5,J1,K1

Hat colour = A1,B2

Sleeve colour = E3,G3

Tunic colour = F1

Boots colour = J2,J3,K2,K3

Hair colour = C2,C3,D2,H2

Face colour = C1

Hand colour = E2,G2

Stockings = I2,I4

NEXT TIME I WILL MAKE SURE I HAVE BETTER CONTRAST BETWEEN THE HANDS AND THE BACKGROUND FABRIC AND I’LL USE PRINTS OR DIFFERENT COLOURS SO THE BOOTS DON’T MERGE TOGETHER AND THE SLEEVES STAND OUT FROM THE TUNIC PART OF THE DRESS.


Thirdly, I sewed the numbered pieces onto the parchment blocks in numerical order, removing the freezer paper as I went.


Fourthly, I pressed the blocks and removed the parchment.

Then, I panicked because I was running out of time and I abandoned the paper piecing and sewed the blocks together. Afterwards I realized I had mis-joined the sleeve blocks to the tunic block and that is why my little witches neck is not quite right :(

NEXT TIME I WILL TRACE THE PDF DESIGN ONTO BAKING PARCHMENT AND FOUNDATION PIECE THE LETTERED BLOCKS ONTO IT.

Finally, I sewed one strip of background to top and one strip to the bottom to create a 10″ block.

 

4 thoughts on “Paper Pieced Witch

  1. Marny says:

    The paper piecing that I did had the design on one piece of paper. I then put the fabric on the appropriate line, stitched it. Each piece was then put on top of the previous piece, in line order.

    That was my first and last piece of paper piecing – 48 pieces! LOL

    I am not well-versed in all the techniques that are used by individuals. Yours looks wonderful.

    A wand can be added on … would be cute, too. Maybe bat buttons.

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