No-Tear Foundation Paper Piecing

Yes. This is a real thing.

No. It’s not too good to be true.

I’ve always loved Foundation Paper Piecing (as you can see by my extensive FPP resources!), but the tearing of tiny papers always brought me to tears. It just took forever, which is not what I was looking for after meticulously stitching together my quilt blocks.

Paper Pieced Trees

But today, all of that changes! I want to introduce you to the tear-free method of Foundation Paper Piecing. I didn’t invent this method, but having known about it, I feel that I should share it.

In addition to saving you time, you’ll have less waste, less printing of templates, and more accurate blocks. You actually iron your fabric to the freezer paper as you go, so nothing slips around or bubbles up, can we get a round of applause for easier and more accurate!?

If you’re familiar with Traditional Foundation Paper Piecing, then switching to the no-tear technique shouldn’t be too difficult. Check out the video and get started!

If you’re completely new to the idea of FPP, I’d suggest you do at least one block the traditional way before trying this…it’s kind of like learning how to do long division before you use a calculator!

I hope you enjoy this video tutorial and find a (new) love for the old Foundation Paper Piecing Technique!

Perfect FPP Patterns are Available in my Shop!

If you already saw this video, it was published by Simply Moderne’s Youtube Channel as a tutorial to go along with their published pattern of my Through the Woods Quilt. If you want to grab a copy, look for Issue #19!


  1. I have done traditional PP.
    Your template has shaded areas. Was the template photocopied onto the freezer paper?

    Thank you.

    • Great question Penny! Yes, I photocopied my template onto the dull side of the freezer paper. The shaded areas let you know which fabrics to use (background, body, and shell).

  2. Well done video. I’ve been wanted to try this technique. You’ve explained it so clearly. Thank you.

  3. This is a great tutorial. Thank you.

  4. Great tutorial Rachel! It makes me want to stitch a snail and give it a try. I will wait a week or two because I’m working on some UFO’s.

    Thank you for sharing this with fellow quilters.

  5. I love foundation paper piecing but agree about the paper tearing! In order to have the freezer paper, do I cut regular freezer paper to size? If there is a brand that is precut that you like, would you mind sharing the name?
    Thank you for this tutorial!

    • I don’t have a preference, so far everything I’ve tried has worked! If you’re printing on it, you’ll need to cut it down to 8.5×11 sheets or you can even buy pre-cut sheets!

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