Strip Piecing Tutorial
Today I'm going to show you how to strip piece a 16 patch block using 2" strips.
1. Cut up 2" strips. Lots of them. The more the merrier.
2. Find 4 strips that are more or less a similar length.
3. Sew them together to make strips of 4. If they are the same length, that is fine, but if they aren't, you can choose to sew a bunch of short ones on to a longer strip.. Do this over and over til you have a lot of strip sets sewn together.
4. Press. Press seams all one direction. (My "wild" ironing board cover makes it hard to see.)
5. Take these pressed strips of 4 to your cutting area and cut off 2" segments.
Let me say that I now notice that the bottom one isn't very straight. Yeah, it bugs me too, but I'm going to leave it here since I actually did leave it in real life. You'll see that less-than-perfect line all through these pics. Sorry about that. I'll be more careful next time.
6. They will look like this.
7. Back to your sewing area. Choose 2 that aren't identical, while nesting seams. Repeat. I like to make sure that identical squares don't touch.
8. Sew that set of two together to make a 16 patch.
This is strip piecing!
This is much faster than sewing individual squares together. If you already have the squares cut or for some reason, just don't want to strip piece a block, I understand, but this makes making a simple 16 piece block much faster.
If you need to make a 25 patch, then use sets of 5 strips instead of 4. If making a 9 patch, use strip sets of only 3 sewn together, etc.