How to Fussy-Cut shapes for English paper-piecing

As you may have seen on Pinterest or Instagram, English paper-piecing is currently taking the quilting world by storm, and in particular fussy-cut EPP. In this technique, each of the paper shapes are cut from identical areas of a fabric, often creating a kaleidoscope-type pattern. 

This technique is often seen with straight edged shapes such as the hexagon and diamond, but I thought this effect would look equally as pretty in curved EPP to create a flower design. 

Below is a tutorial on how to fussy-cut your shapes using template plastic. If you would like to make this EPP Flower Hoop Art, you can purchase the PDF pattern here.

7. Cut out your paper templates accurately, dab a little glue onto the back of one, and stick it down onto the back of a fabric shape, try and centre it as well as possible.

8. Run a little glue from your glue pen along the bottom edge of the paper, and gently curl the fabric down into place. If you press your finger down at the centre of the edge and then smooth the fabric towards both ends, you should get a nice smooth curve.

9. Now run glue along one side and gently curl the fabric down into place, go slowly to get a nice smooth curve with no sharp points.

10. Finally glue down the third edge.

You now know how to fussy cut identical shapes for English paper piecing! If you want to see how these these gorgeous little shapes were turned into that adorable Hoop Art, the full pattern is available here and there are different kits available here