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A Quick Hack for Sewing Perfect Triangles Every Time

Do you want to sew perfect triangles every time? Do you need to make a lot of triangles but don't enjoy trimming each and every one? Do you have a pattern that calls for triangles and you want to make sure they are precise? Consider using Triangles on A Roll! Available in almost any size you might need, this product makes perfect triangles every time, and there is no waste and no tedious trimming!

Follow along with this simple tutorial that will show you how to use this quilters' secret for sewing perfect triangles every time! 

Triangles on a Roll

How to sew Triangles on a Roll

Triangles on a Roll instructions

Step 1:

Unroll the paper and cut along the line that will give you the number of triangles needed. Working in sections of 18'' or less is easiest and allows for cutting from fat quarters and smaller pieces of fabric. The strip will need to be cut as wide as the paper roll. In this example for 2 1/2" finished triangles, the roll is 6'' wide. The two strips of fabric are cut 6'' x 18'' in this example.

triangles on a Roll layered

Step 2:

Layer the fabrics right sides together, with the paper on top. Notice how the lighter fabric is next to the paper and the darker fabric is not touching the paper. This will be helpful when pressing later. Pin the layers together with straight pins.

Sewing Triangles on a Roll

Step 3:

The dotted lines are the sewing lines, and the solid lines are the cutting lines. Simply follow the arrows and sew along the lines dotted lines until they have all been sewn. Using a shorter stitch length will make removing the paper easier. Typically a 1.8 or 2.0 stitch length is perfect. Machines vary and this is really personal preference. The fabrics will look like this from the back once they are sewn...

Triangles on a Roll SeamsStep 4:

Now that the sewing is complete, use a ruler and rotary cutter to trim along the outside lines and discard the trimmings. Using a ruler and rotary cutter, cut along all of the solid lines. This can easily be done by leaving the sewn units in place and moving the ruler as needed. Once all of the solid lines have been cut the triangles are complete.

Trimming Triangles on a Roll edgesStep 5 (optional):

However, trimming the seam allowances at the corners with a rotary cutter is a speedy way to save time and effort later. This step is the only waste produced and can be discarded at this step. Trim at a 45-degree angle so that there are no points sticking out once the triangles are pressed open. This step is not necessary but does reduce bulk when piecing the triangles into patchwork later.

Triangles on a Roll trimmed upStep 6: 

Now that the units are ready for pressing, press one layer of fabric away from the paper triangle. Remember that we put the darker fabric away from the paper and the lighter fabric next to the paper? This step is the reason why. Pressing in this manner will ensure that all seams are pressed toward the darker fabric. No 'shadowing through' of the seam allowance will be visible from the front of the blocks. Also, pressing with the papers on will ensure that the seam and blocks remain straight and square. No stretching or distortion can occur while the paper is still attached.

Triangles on a Roll pressed

Step 7:

To remove the paper, simply place your thumbnail on the sewn line, and grip the opposite corner of the paper. Pull quickly and entire seam will separate. The shorter stitch length ensures a clean tear by perforating the paper. Now the small strip next to the seam can be lifted away as well. This is a quick and easy task that can be done while watching TV or talking on the phone. Keep a small paper bag nearby for the discarded paper pieces. Small shopping bags or lunch bags are perfect for this task and then the entire bag and paper contents can be tossed into the recycle bin!

Removing the papers from Triangles on a RollStep 8:

The triangles are complete and perfectly sized and squared up. No trimming, so measuring, no fuss. This method works perfectly every time and results in lots of triangles in very little time! Check out the supply of Triangles on a Roll in the Craftsy shop, and don't forget to use them for your next project requiring triangles.

Finished Triangles

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14 Comments

Martha

Love the triangles. They are perfect. If you ever tried any other way you will love this. Thanks for the tip.

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Connie

LOVE this idea – got to try it!

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audrey

what wonderful idea. I love doing the triangles now.

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Chris Talbot

Many years ago I bought sheets of these. Loved them used them in a lot of quilts. Julie Wallace used to sell them. Wonderful Lady, very talented, very sad to hear of her passing.

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Nancy

I tired so cool makes it a whole lot faster thanks always looking for improvements

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faye

where can I buy these?

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Linda Elkins

Where can I find these roll patterns. It looks easy to make.

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Mary Blackburn

Like your quilter patterns they look so simple

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Cecilia

Thanks for the great tip! #bestideaever

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Alicia

The paper looks like a wonderful way to make triangles….I will have to try it.

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Maureen

I bought it at amazon.com

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Norma Sutherland

Sounds good.

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Elizabeth Modschiedler

I like them because the half square triangles are so accurate and you don’t have to square them up to make sure they fit properly in a block.

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Rosa

I have had this roll of half square for a long time, now I know for sure how to use it. Thanks.

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