Paper Piecing ~ Juice Glass Block Tutorial

on March 21 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 47 Comments

Ayumi from Pink Penguin shares her Juice Glass Block today! It’s a great companion to Penny’s Sprout Block from yesterday; the two blocks together are so sweet in a quilt top. We love both Penny and Ayumi’s quilt tops, and we also love that they didn’t see each other’s quilt tops until they were both all pieced– So much fun!… You can download the free Sprout + Juice Glass PDF Patterns today.

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Ayumi lives in Tokyo where she finds some beautiful Japanese fabrics to include in her sewing and sell in her shop. Ayumi is a regular contributor to Stitch magazine, and you can also find her work in the recent Zakka Style: 24 Projects Stitched With Ease to Give, Use & Enjoy. We’re always eager to see where Ayumi’s wonderful designs show up next, and we’re thrilled to welcome her to the blog today!

Print out the Sprout + Juice Glass PDF and cut off excess from the template; cut right along the thick line as pictured.

(Here I am using the Version 2 of the Juice Pattern in Page 2. It is less complicated– and therefore more beginner-friendly– than the first version.) Make sure that the block measures 5″ x 5″.

Prepare fabric scraps that are at least 1/4″ larger at all edges than a finished size of each piece. (Obviously my scraps are way larger than necessary, but it is much better to have fabric scraps too large than too small as it makes you go Ugh! when you find that pieces were too small after sewing… Unless you enjoy ripping seams?!)

Set your stitching length to an approximate 1.5 – 1.8 mm/stitch. Here I am starting with the #2 part of the block, only because I want to make sure the pretty flowers will be nicely in the cup. #1 and #2 pieces are interchangeable, so you can start with either one. In order to make sure that the pretty flowers will be where I want them, I dab a little bit of temporary fabric adhesive on #2 area on the WRONG side of the template (the side with no printed pattern) and attach the wrong side of the fabric to it. Use a light or sunlight to ensure that the fabric attached on wrong side is covering the #2 area completely, plus make sure there is enough seam allowance at all edges.

Now place the #1 fabric piece on top of the #2 fabric piece with right side together. Make sure that the top edge is covered by the #1 piece.

Sew along the line between #1 and #2 areas with right side of the template up.

Fold along the seam like this and using a rotary cutter and a clear acrylic ruler, cut off excess, leaving approximately 1/4″ seam allowance.

Press iron to bring the white piece right side up.

Fold along the line between #2 and #3 and cut off the excess in the same manner.

Place the fabric piece for the #3 area like this while making sure it is covering the edge.

Sew along this line.

Cut off the excess.

Repeat the same process for the other side of the cup.

Fold along the line above the #5 area and cut off excess.

Place the fabric piece for the #5 area like this, and pin in place.

Sew along the line! Now you get a picture of how it goes!

Cut off excess from the side edges of the #5 fabric.

In the same manner sew the #6 and #7 pieces.

It will look like this when all of the fabric pieces are sewn onto this section of the block.

Cut off excess from all edges.

If you wish, stamp a word!

Complete the top section of the block in the same manner and…

… Sew them together.

Tear away the paper from the block. (This process is easier if your stitching length is set to be approximately 1.5 – 1.8 mm/stitch.)


Make a bunch just for fun!

Here is a little peek of my mini Sprout & Juice Quilt progress.

Note: If you are using fabrics other than small polka dots or solid for the background of this block (such as plaid or newsprint design) you can make freezer paper templates to cut fabrics beforehand, as shown in this tutorial. This way you are in control of how the design of the fabric shows up in the finished piece.

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47 Responses to Paper Piecing ~ Juice Glass Block Tutorial

  1. Alexandrea M says:

    STAMPS!!!! I’ve been going crazy trying to figure out how people are making all these blocks with words on the fabric. THANK GOODNESS I have found one answer! 😉 I’m really excited about this.

  2. Rhonda Desgranges says:

    I love paper piecing!! These juice glass blocks would be great as a valance over my French doors in my kichen!!!! Thanks for
    the chance to win!!!!!!

  3. donna says:

    Very sweet! Can not wait to try it!!

  4. Julie Sakai says:

    Such a cute pattern!

  5. Beth T says:

    How creative you are. Thanks so much for the detailed instructions.

  6. Becky Greene says:

    I absolutely love the idea of adding words to the fabric! It opens up a whole new world! Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. So cute and fun! I love this pattern. Thanks for the tutorial!!

  8. I love this pattern! It is so cute and fun! Thanks for the tutorial!

  9. Flying Blind says:

    Wonderful xxx

  10. shannon says:

    aaaacks! i looooove this! soooo cute and clever! 🙂

  11. Raelene says:

    Looks like a lot of fun. These are really cute.
    Thanks for the tutorial.

  12. Katrina H says:


  13. So very Japanese and fresh. Well done Ayumi.

  14. Heidi says:

    I absolutely love this!!

  15. Carmen says:

    Those are cute! I think I could even make them!

  16. Janice says:

    That quilt is pretty cute!

  17. Christine B says:

    How cool is that? Great tutorial and am looking forward to more from Ayumi.

  18. Brie says:

    SO SO cute! Gonna have to try this soon!

  19. MarciaW says:

    This is cute! Now, need to check out the download and tutorial.

  20. Emily says:

    I am feeling so re-inspired by paper piecing with all of your lovely posts! The LOVE blocks for valentines really kicked it off. I am loving the color sense used by Ayumi in these fun pieces!

  21. Katy (LethargicLass) says:

    Thanks so much to the both of you for this fabulous collaboration! Very excited to try these out 🙂

  22. VickiT says:

    I just love the look of so many paper pieced blocks, especially Ayumi’s. I follow her often but, I don’t feel as if I’m quite ready to attempt complicated pp blocks yet. I know those who are experienced say you just need to try one and you’ll be hooked. It is on my list for this year but, I have other things to finish first for two Grandchildren who were both born in the past six months. Then I plan to attempt some because I just love so many, especially this juice glass one I have seen alot lately.
    For now however, I’m not doing anything because I just had hand surgery yesterday.
    Thank you for the great tutorial and pattern.

  23. Elnora says:

    Absolutely darling, like all of your projects, Ayumi! It’s great that you made a simple version for us newbies to paper piecing. Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

  24. Wendy says:

    Sweet! I am definately going to try this!

  25. Alice Hale says:

    This might be the tutorial that finally gets me to try paper piecing! Never thought of using words before, interesting!

  26. Sandy says:

    What a great pattern for summer, thanks for sharing!

  27. Cari says:

    So cute!!

  28. miranda says:

    Super cute!

  29. Suzanne says:

    How, that’s just awesome!

  30. Jo Robertson says:

    These are great fun – cool idea!

  31. lisap says:

    I love Ayumi’s ideas and tutorials! She is very talented!

  32. Liz says:

    Those are just too cute! I lover the bright and cheerful colors!

  33. joy says:

    Annie K, even with my glasses on I see bikini tops!

    Thanks for the great explanation! You’re making this look so simple!

  34. rumi says:

    Like the idea with stamps!

  35. martina says:

    Wow, thank so much! I love this pattern!

  36. susan mzf says:

    oh these are so cute – I can’t wait to make this for my kitchen!

  37. Jessica says:

    I’m totally intimidated by paper piecing, but this makes me think I could actually do it! Over optimistic? Maybe, but it sure looks fun!

  38. Robin says:

    Those cup blocks are so cool. I think I will make some and alternate them with flip flop blocks for a quick summer wall hanging! Thank you so much for the pattern!!

  39. Penny says:

    I loved reading your tut Ayumi and seeing your process! It is totally fascinating to me the things we do the same, and the little things we do differently when paper piecing. So cool! And I loved playing with your juice block!

  40. beth says:

    I just learned paper piecing in a class at our local quilt shop last week – so this is very timely for me! Fun!

  41. Sarah L. says:

    Love this block. Time to learn to paper piece.

  42. the juice glass blocks are so neat, and fresh. The fabric choices are perfect, no surprise here since it was made by Ayumi!
    More paper piecing added to my to-do list!

  43. Annie K says:

    Super-cute! I didn’t have my glasses on, when I first glanced at the grouped blocks, and thought for a second that the sprouts were little bikini tops…Mr. Magoo has got nothin’ on me. Tee hee!

  44. Erin says:

    These are too cute! I might have to start some paper piecing so I can have this cute quilt hanging on my wall.

  45. Those juice glasses are so cute! A very clever design! Paper piecing is still a bit confusing for me, so it’s nice when someone provides a good picture tutorial for a project like this!


  46. Mama Spark says:

    This is just the cutest ever!! I can’t wait to make some of my own. Thanks so much for sharing your brilliant talent with us!!

  47. Southern Gal says:

    Great tutorial. It’s such a lovely quilt.

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