No Pins! Faux Paper Piecing

 

Project Overview

A crazy-patchwork, "paper-pieced" block, from the book, Sulky Secrets to Successful Stabilizing #900B-11, using Sulky Super Solvy.

Suzy shows us how to use Sulky Super Solvy to make a "paper-pieced" crazy-patchwork pattern that is fun, quick and easy, with no paper to tear away when the block is done. Since this book was published, we have also introduced Sulky Paper Solvy, which can be used when you want one or many patterns for paper piecing. Paper Solvy can be run through an inkjet printer and dissolves quickly away in warm water.

About the Artist

Suzy Seed, National Educator representing Sulky of America

Creativity and over 30 years in the sewing industry has resulted in a focused attention toward teaching and inspiring her students. Suzy has worked in retail sales with both fabric and sewing machines, as a sales representative for a notion house and for manufacturers of sewing products. She also was a cutter and sewer for a small manufacturer and has been a Sulky Educator for more than 10 years, teaching Sulky "Sew Exciting" Seminars across the country as well as many free-lance classes. She is versed in a multiplicity of sewing machine brands. Suzy has the heart and the skills of a master teacher with a passion for sharing knowledge and inspiring people in the use of threads, machines, ideas, and tools. Suzy believes her classes and seminars should be inspiring, fun and creative.

Supplies

  • Sulky Super Solvy Stabilizer
  • Quilting Thread
  • Extra-fine, Permanent-Ink Black Marker or Iron-On Transfer Pen
  • Fabric Scraps
  • Sulky KK 2000 Temp. Spray Adhesive

Instructions

  1. Spray Sulky KK 2000 onto Super Solvy, then lay another layer on top of it, or iron 2 layers of Super Solvy together using no steam and a press cloth.

    Then choose one of the three following tracing methods:

    1. Spray your chosen design with KK 2000. Place the 2 layers of Super Solvy over the design and trace it with an extra-fine, permanent ink marker. The KK 2000 holds it in place.
    2. For quick multiples, trace the design once onto a plain piece of paper using a Sulky Iron-on Transfer Pen, then heat transfer it onto the Super Solvy.
    3. Use a rubber stamp paper-piecing design to make multiples of your design. Test the stamp pad ink to be sure it will not bleed into your fabric.
  2. Starting with #1, spray the wrong side of the chosen fabric with KK 2000. Begin piecing as you would with paper, placing the right side of the #2 fabric to the right side of the #1 piece as indicated on the pattern. Press as you go with a DRY iron. (If your iron does not have a non-stick surface, use a press cloth.)
3. Trim away the excess fabric and Super Solvy 1/4" from the outside stitching lines (along the dotted line on the pattern); save Solvy scraps to start delicate seams or small projects (see below). Using Super Solvy instead of paper is so much faster and easier because you avoid the tedious and time-consuming tearing and picking out of paper; you can actually leave the Super Solvy underneath until it is seamed in. You don't have to remove it until later with the first washing. Or, you can press the Super Solvy with a dry iron until it is brittle and it will pull away easily.

Knit Edge

A Super Solvy Water Soluble Stabilizer Tip

When starting a seam on nylon tricot or a knit of any kind, you can start your stitches on a doubled piece of Super Solvy so the edge deosn't knot up. Use a 3.0 width and a 1.0 length right on the edge for a sheer, small seam. One stitch falls in the fabric and one stitch is over the edge. This would also work on sheer fabric for a small finished edge.

Patterns

For the patterns we are providing them as downloads from the browser below. You may click the image and then print the pattern that appears or you may save the images to your local hard drive.

The patterns are scaled to fit on an 8-1/2" X 11" piece of paper, though they might have to be rotated. If you wish to use a larger size, you can scale them up appropriately in your print dialog box or print them out as provided and enlarge them by some other means (copy machine, projector, local blueprint shop etc). 

If you wish to save to your hard drive proceed as follows: 

PC users - right click on each image and select "save this image as..." in the pop up menu. 

Mac users - control click to bring up the popoup menu and then select "save this image as...".