How to do Curved Piecing for Small Projects or Quilts

7 Feb

I did some today and found it not to be daunting at all….once I had got my head around how to sew the two pieces of fabric together it was so much easier than I thought. Here is how simple it is.

Take two squares contrasting pieces of fabric and put them on top of each other right sides facing up.

With a rotary cutter cut two curved lines through the centre – don’t make the curves too exaggerated to start off with

Take the two centre pieces out and swop them over so the centre is now in the contrasting fabric

Clip the concave (dips) of the fabric with scissors at right angles to the fabric so you can manipulate it to fit the convex (bumps) in sewing.  (Make the clips about 2mm’s long so they won’t go past your seam)

To piece the curves together place a fraction of the fabric together at a time

And there you have it – the red and white fabric is the oilcloth and it does work, although it is more difficult to manipulate the curves when sewing and the finish is not as flat.

and the blue and grey in Upholstery Fabric

Yay, I tried something new today and it worked – a great half hour session – very satisfying.

Thanks for popping over,



4 Responses to “How to do Curved Piecing for Small Projects or Quilts”

  1. AGS February 7, 2012 at 5:54 pm #

    Mission accomplished! The oilcloth looks really good Di, I think the curve can be a really lovely feature for the bag/purse.

    • diannajessie February 7, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

      Nice-I look forward to adding it into a project:)

  2. Rosemary Rush February 7, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    Well done .

    • Barbara Harms July 23, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

      DiannaJessie, This technique is intimidating for many,quilters, it looks complicated. Yet you have simplified the instructions so well, that anyone can do it
      Jean Wells wrote a whole book on this subject, yes there are lots of beautiful illustrations and eye candy in her book. I’m certainly not criticising her beautiful book.
      But , in a few words,you have clearly,concisely and understandably answered the the burning question on everyone’s mind,” How can I do this?” Your easy to follow instructions have demystified the fear of curves. Yes you can do it!!. The possibilities for using this technique are endless! What a well written tutorial..

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