How to string piece scrappy blocks (video)

Live Simply Pillow detailGot lots of leftover strips or Jelly Rolls?

Aren’t sure what to make with them?

Then we’ve got a fun little video tutorial for you today!

String piecing is a fast, fun way to transform your stacks of strips into beautiful quilts and more, like this Live Simply Pillow (above) from Sew This and That!. All you need are strips and a foundation to sew the strips onto—you won’t believe how quickly you can make multiple blocks!
By the way, strips of different lengths work for string piecing, as do strips of different widths. And if you sew your seams a little wonky, it just adds to the charm! Take a look-see at how simply you can start string piecing in this string quilt-block tutorial:

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Make just four string-pieced blocks and you’ll be ready to put together your own Live Simply Pillow (with or without the embroidery, your choice!):

Live Simply pillow
Sew fun to make!

You’ll find many more fast-and-fun projects to create in Sew This and That!, such as:

Spring Garden table runner
Spring Garden Table Runner—the pattern is designed for charm packs!

All Squared Up tote
All Squared-Up Tote—showcase your collection of favorite fabrics in mini form.

Sweet Stuff Pouch
Sweet Stuff Pouch—a cute zippered clutch for all the little things you want to keep close at hand.

Confetti table runner
Confetti Table Runner—Log Cabin fans, this one’s got your name written all over it!

See more from Sew This and That! >

We hope you enjoyed our little string quilt-block tutorial!

Have you ever tried string piecing?

I’m new to string piecing, never knew about it before!

I’ve sewn a string here and there.

I’ve been stringing along for quite a while now!

Tell us in the comments!




64 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I have four great blocks, now what shall I do with them?😋

    Nan Martino on April 24, 2017
  • I’ve made one or two string pieced quilt as you go placemats

    —Carol on April 24, 2017
  • Well I’m new to string piecing, could this be a way of using up that scrappy stash?

    —Liz on April 24, 2017
  • I have done some string quilting…but these ideas are more "planned" looking than I have done; looks interesting and I would enjoy learning more.

    —Eileen on April 24, 2017
  • Have just completed 40 blocks to put together for a string-pieced quilt. Using up fabric I don’t want to waste.

    —Win on April 24, 2017
  • I love to string piece! I never thought about the embroidery, another one of my passions. What a neat way to combine the two. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Carol on April 24, 2017
  • I’ve been string piecing for quite some time. Love the way I can use up scraps and not have to match seams (that’s a win-win for me).

    —Sandy Navas on April 24, 2017
  • I’m new to string piecing. I knew about it before but it is down on my list. I have lots of strings.

    —Stephanie Woodward on April 24, 2017
  • I’m new to string piecing, but seeing these patterns makes me want to try a string quilt project.

    —Ginny P on April 24, 2017
  • I love this! The colors are just what I love; true clear colors. I have not done string piecing, but I will diffinately try it now.

    —Cheryl on April 24, 2017
  • I’ve strung…. That plural for many string quilts, Also used ugly or flimsy fabric not suitable for piecing for foundation. Great way to convert crumbs and ‘un-likeleys into something warm or useful.

    —Marianne on April 24, 2017
  • I’ve never tried string piecing, but your lovely tutorial as really inspired me. Thanks!

    —Robyn Gronning on April 24, 2017
  • I have tried string piecing and enjoyed it. I need to do more!

    —Jill on April 24, 2017
  • I have used string piecing only once– for some Christmas stockings. Loved it! You can be very creative using this technique.

    —Jo Anne Lane on April 24, 2017
  • I’m new to string piecing. I’ve heard about it but not seen nor tried it. I am very interested in learning about it as my Mom left me a couple boxes of small rectangle scrap pieces as we had planned to search it out send learn.

    —Vicki on April 24, 2017
  • I have sewn the occasional string block for a sampler quilt, But no stand alone projects. I like these ideas for using up some of my extensive stash.

    —Patricia MacDonald on April 24, 2017
  • It’s my favorite way to use up scraps! I love the creativity of quilting, but being efficient and not wasting is important too!

    —Deb on April 24, 2017
  • Stringing looks like fun but just haven’t tried it yet. I need to get to it!

    —Diana Salmon on April 24, 2017
  • I have done string piecing and enjoy doing so. A good way to use scraps.

    —Jackie Wisherd on April 24, 2017
  • What fun not to have the corners and lines match, almost feel a little naughty. My home ec teacher would not approve! all the more fun!

    —Denise on April 24, 2017
  • I’ve done a string here and there. Anxious now to get started on a new project using all these scraps. Thanks.

    —Diana DeWitt on April 24, 2017
  • I’ve been string piecing for over 40 years. The first quilt I ever entered I to a quilt show was string pieced and my most recent quilt (for me) is string pieced. I made quite a big dent in my stash!

    —Bejaye on April 24, 2017
  • I string a lot! Great not only for using scraps, but it’s carefree sewing for those times you just need to sew (and not to think!). When you have enough, sash them with a neutral solid and they make great picnic or car quilts!

    —Ginger on April 24, 2017
  • My first quilt was a string quilt. I couldn’t decide on anything but colors for my quilt and ended up with 50 fat quarters and no ideas! Went with a string quilt and had enough "strings" for another two quilts!

    —Mary Randall on April 24, 2017
  • He cosido una cadena aquí y allá. El Log Cabin lo he hecho un par de veces. Y estoy acostumbrada a unir filas. Saludos.

    Translation: I’ve sewn a chain here and there. For Log Cabin I’ve done it a couple of times. And I’m used to joining strips. Greetings.

    —Margarita on April 24, 2017
  • Yes, I’ve sewn a few here and there…given them away…a few charity quilts.

    —Estie on April 24, 2017
  • I haven’t done much string piecing, but want to try it again after watching the video.

    —Elilzabeth Olson on April 24, 2017
  • Yes, I’ve done lots of string piecing -it’s fun. I even made a completely reversible quilt for one of my daughter-in-laws by piecing in block form with the batting in the "sandwich" with strip piecing on one side and a solid on the other, then joining the blocks by machine on the front and using small strips on back of block which I then appliqued closed for a finished product. By using this method, the blocks were machine quilted as I added each strip. A fun method. You should try it!

    —Eleanor K Hunzinger on April 24, 2017
  • I’ve sewn a string or two, especially with selvedges. What a great way to use every bit of a piece of fabric.

    —Barbara Nevaril on April 24, 2017
  • I’ve sewn strings now and then but would like to try more!

    —Rilla Burnham on April 24, 2017
  • I’m new to string piecing, never knew about it before!Wow what a great way to use up my jelly roll or just strips. I like the idea they don’t have to be of any specific size accept for the muslin. Thanks for the video!

    —Tanya on April 24, 2017
  • I’ve done a small project with string piecing but didn’t really know what I was doing – didn’t use a backing piece – but it made a couple of cute stuffed hearts! Just wondering, how do you know when you have enough scraps to make a quilt from your strips? I’ve been saving up my leftover binding strips and other pieces and have a small pile.

    Hi Tanya, I’d suggest making one block in the size of your choice, and then counting how many strips you used to make it. Then, multiply that strip count by how many blocks you’d like to make for your quilt. That should get you in the ball park – thanks for your question! –Jenny

    —Tanya Weiss on April 24, 2017
  • Yes I have a drawer full that I’ve been working on for awhile. Nothing planned out yet

    —Linda on April 24, 2017
  • I’ve sewn a string here or there- nice way to use up leftovers

    —Karen H on April 24, 2017
  • Stringing along for a very long time and still lovin it!

    —Lena T on April 24, 2017
  • Love all things scrappy. Recently completed a sting pieced top that is just waiting to be quilted.

    —Barbara Wiggins on April 24, 2017
  • I’ve been stringing along quite awhile now. It’s great when a project calls for many pieces, even when doing the log cabin block.

    —Linda on April 24, 2017
  • I love string piecing and have several favorite designs I use. I keep paper squares cut from phone books and those books insurance companies send you around and string piece on those. When I feel the need to sew but not have to think about it too much, this is my go-to sewing.

    —Fran R on April 24, 2017
  • I’m new to string piecing. Looks like a great stash buster.

    —Frances Claassens on April 24, 2017
  • I have been stringing along for some time now-several years in fact that the quilt has been sitting waiting for me to finish it!

    —Bev Gunn on April 24, 2017
  • I love to string piece blocks, it is mindless and when our group gets together to make charity quilts we string piece and get lots of visiting accomplished!!

    —Donna J on April 24, 2017
  • Never knew of them until I saw a pretty Christmas one in a local quilt shop. I loved it…thanks for the tutorial!

    —Teresa B on April 24, 2017
  • I have been stringing along for a while now. I love using my leftovers to make something and the strings make beautiful quilts.

    —Joyce Carter on April 24, 2017
  • I have been string piecing for over 40 years. I usually make the first strip in each block out of the same fabric and it makes an interesting quilt. I enjoyed the tutorial on string piecing.

    —Arlena Hickman on April 24, 2017
  • I have done little string piecing, I might need to soon since the scrap box is full.

    A. Bouwman on April 25, 2017
  • Looks like String Piecing will be fun and kinda easy! I’m gonna try to make an everyday purse, with Teddy Bear fabric. Wish me luck, Please!

    Debbie Bledsoe on April 25, 2017
  • I’m new to string piecing. I have never heard of it.

    —Denise Campbell on April 25, 2017
  • I have been string quilting for a while. Love using the phone pages but have used regular copy paper at times. When I use copy paper, I have learned that if you use a dampened Q-Tip and run it along the seam, the paper will separate very easily without pulling on the stitches.

    —connie b on April 25, 2017
  • Stringing on and off for a while now. So fast, simple and always turns out so cool looking. Thank you.

    —Diane Beavers on April 25, 2017
  • yes I have strung…great way to extend little bits of favorite fabric scraps into more memories.

    nina on April 25, 2017
  • I’ve been stringing along for quite a while now!I find sitting at the machine and just picking away at different colours very therapeutic .My first stack of squares I made into a quilt bordered in navy blue looks like a window pane. Finger press and away you go .

    Margaret stickland on April 26, 2017
  • I’ve made a few string blocks for a charity quilt. Fun, fun!

    —Janet L. on April 26, 2017
  • I love string quilts. I’ve made a lot in the past and will continue to make a lot in the future.

    —Chris on April 26, 2017
  • i took a class on string piecing and what fun. loved it.

    —LaVerne Mullane on April 27, 2017
  • I love string quilts and have made several of them for charity–its a great fast and easy way to use up scraps (although mine don’t seem to go down too quickly, lol).

    —Fran Simpson on April 28, 2017
  • I’ve never tried string piecing though I’ve purchased a couple of books to help get me started. Looks like fun!

    —Gail on April 28, 2017
  • I have 34+ string blocks pieced. I make one block using fabrics from each quilt I make. Eventually I’ll put it together and have a memory quilt for me.

    —Joanne on April 28, 2017
  • I have been collecting end scrapes in a box. Always love seeing different ways to play with them. I love the idea of making a block each time I make a quilt. so thanks Joanne for the idea. Storing the mess can make a big problem so it is often a good reason string quilts get the short end of the deal. It also takes lots of thread and can become one heavy quilt.

    —Linda Christianson on April 28, 2017
  • I’ve been stringing for quite a while. Foundation pieced blocks are sturdy enough to use as furniture covers to protect upholstery from family pets. I am now challenging myself to string piece selvedges. So fun!

    —Cheri Bergeron on April 28, 2017
  • I’ve read about strip piecing before but have not ventured down that road yet.

    —bookboxer on April 29, 2017
  • Have seen string quilts, but never tried them myself. These projects look like fun!

    —Linda Towers on April 30, 2017
  • Wow, never seen string quilting. What a great way to use scraps and such neat projects. This book is on my list for my next purchase at my favorite quilt shop.

    —Donna K on May 1, 2017
  • I’ve been string piecing for a year and a half and it’s addictive! My most portable project and perfect for sewing with a group and talking. You can’t goof up.

    Good point, Robbin – goof-proof is a good thing! –Jenny

    —Robbin Golden on May 1, 2017
  • A string quilt is the next project on My To-Do List. I have lots of stash fabric and it’s a great way to use it

    —Karyn on May 9, 2017

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