Andrea Tsang Jackson
The basic premise behind this technique is simple: Batch your tasks. In the photos you will see that I am piecing 8 templates at a time. Chain piecing is the answer when it comes to getting multiple templates done as efficiently as possible.
- Cut your templates and prefold all of seam lines (see, you’re already batching your tasks!).
- Lay out your fabrics.
- Place your templates on top of its corresponding first fabric, labeled with a “1”.
- For all templates, pin or glue (yes, glue with a gluestick!) your #1 section to the fabric. Cut around it with a 1/4” seam allowance. [This step is not pictured.]
- Lay out your fabrics again. Place your templates on the corresponding second fabric, labeled with a “2”.
- Gather all templates for one fabric and start piecing them to any available edge of your fabric, until you run out of templates for that colour.
- Proceed to the next grouping of templates, until all your templates have been used.
- Snip your threads to separate out all your fabrics.
- Press your seams.
- Cut around all piece #2s, remembering your seam allowances.
- Admire your work.
- Nose to the grindstone: Repeat steps #5-11 until all your piecing is complete.
- Assemble the templates as instructed by your pattern.
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