What is Paper Piecing? Paper Piecing is Paper Art, you create an image of something, by cutting out pieces of a pattern and putting or “piecing” them back together using your choice of colors and patterns of paper or cardstock to form the desired object. In a lot of ways, it is like putting together a puzzle. For example, if you have a bear pattern, each arm and leg, the head, the body and so on, would be cut from a separate piece of paper or cardstock. These are then glued together, either onto themselves or your background paper. Then they are detailed with lining (tracing the edges) and chalking (adding color to give it a more detailed look).
Once you have a pattern you want to use, there are a few ways you can use it. You can cut out the individual pieces of the pattern and trace around them onto your paper. Or, you can use your Light Box to trace around the original pattern, then cut out the pieces. Better yet if you own an electronic cutting machine like Cricut (sold in store), Pazzles, Wishblade or CraftRobo machine, you can simply you download your patterns online or use cartridges and it cuts it right for you.
Here is some awesome video tutorials on paper piecing: