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Strip Piecing Tutorial

Strip piecing is a technique using strips of fabric sewn together in parallel rows. The parallel rows are called strip sets. Cut the strip set into segments called units. Sew the units into the quilt top. This strip piecing tutorial shows you how.

Strips are cut in various widths from selvage to selvage. Using this method cuts down on the time it takes to cut and sew units together.

Cutting Strips

This video shows how the fabric is pressed and cut into strips.

Sewing and Sub-Cutting Strips

The next video shows how the strips become 4-patch units.

The video below shows how a single strip set can be sub-cut into segments. Disregard any references about other videos in the lesson because this video is part of an online class.

Strip Piecing Tips

Use spray starch when pressing strips for strip piecing. Starch gives the strips a little stiffness, making piecing easier and more accurate. When sewing strips together, alternate the direction you stitch the seam. For example, stitch from left to right on one seam. Stitch from right to left for the next seam. This helps keep the strips straight.

Basic Tools

There are hundreds of specialized tools or rulers you can use but the tools below are all you need.


Find instructions for an easy strip pieced quilt – Color Block Quilt.