Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP) with Freezer Paper — Video Tutorial / Mini-Class

Hello quilting friends! Today, I’m excited to share an alternative approach to Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP) that will transform your piecing experience. In this tutorial, I’ll guide you through the art of FPP using freezer paper, a game-changing technique that eliminates the hassle of removing paper and allows you to reuse your templates effortlessly.

Why Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP)?

Foundation paper piecing (FPP) is a piecing technique that enables the creation of intricate and precise quilt top designs. By sewing fabric onto a paper foundation, quilters can achieve accurate shapes and sharp points, making seemingly complex designs achievable. It’s one of my favorite quilt-making techniques!

photo of a box of Freezer Paper with a quilt block

Introducing Freezer Paper Piecing

The drawback of traditional FPP is the sometimes tedious process of removing paper at the end. That’s where an alternative method, using household freezer paper comes in! This method not only saves time but also allows you to reuse your templates multiple times, making it a FPPer’s dream come true.

Getting Started: Supplies You’ll Need

To get started, gather your supplies:

Choosing Between Freezer Paper and Regular Paper

For me, deciding between whether to use freezer paper or regular paper depends on two factors: repetition and complexity. If I plan to make the same block multiple times or if the pattern has fewer intricate sections, freezer paper is the ideal choice. For highly detailed patterns or blocks I’m going to make just once for a quilt, using regular paper is usually more efficient. My favorite paper to use if I’m not using freezer paper while foundation paper piecing is Pacon® Plain Newsprint.

My Favorite Patterns to Foundation Paper Piece (FPP) using Freezer Paper:

All of them have repeat blocks, making them great to use with freezer paper!

colorful graphic quilt with arrows arranged diagonallyDual Directions
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rainbow color palette quilt of heart blocks arranged in a heart shape
Love at First Sight
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quilt with 8 sewing machine needles at various heights
Sew Speedy
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quilt of 8 camera shutter blocks arranged in a circle
Shutter Snap /
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quilt of citrus-inspired blocks that look like slices of fruit
Citrus Slices
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quilt of apple blocks
Apple Turnover
PDF Quilt Pattern
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The Freezer Paper Piecing Process

Be sure to review the video above for a detailed step-by-step walkthrough of the piecing process using freezer paper. Here are the highlights:

    • Prepare Your Freezer Paper Template: Trace the pattern onto freezer paper using a pencil and ruler.
    • Sew Numerically: Position and sew fabrics following the numerical order, similar to traditional paper piecing.
    • Skip Sewing Through Paper: Unlike regular paper piecing, do not sew through the paper. Sew as close to the folded line as possible, avoiding the freezer paper.
    • Effortless Removal: Once all sections are sewn, trim the fabric, and easily remove the freezer paper template, ready to be reused.

3 Benefits of Freezer Paper Piecing

1. No need to rip paper out when your block is complete! Simply peel away your freezer paper.

2. Use your freezer paper over and over again. No need to print or photocopy multiple copies of the same tempate.

3. Piece using a longer stitch length that traditional foundation paper piecing. Because you won’t be ripping paper out at the end, you can use the same stitch length as traditional quilt piecing. A longer stitch length also means that it’s easier to remove stitches should you make a mistake. (Because we’re all human and need to use a seam ripper from time to time!)

Let’s Get Paper Piecing with Freezer Paper!

I hope this tutorial inspires you to explore the world of foundation paper piecing with freezer paper. 

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Happy stitching and quilting! Until next time!

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  1. Your tutorial is wonderful and covers all the needed aspects of using freezer paper for paper piecing. A personal bug-a-boo of mine that so many teachers do, is use the words press when they iron. If the iron moves while touching the fabric it is ironing, if the iron is place on the fabric, without moving and picked up it is pressing. In many aspects of sewing and quilting it makes a difference if the fabric is pressed or ironed.

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