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Skinny Bit Tutorial

I have had some requests for the skinny bit process. It is hard to explain without visuals so here goes.

Two pieces of fabric to be joined with a skinny bit.


Cut a one inch wide strip that will become the skinny bit.


Stitch to one piece of fabric with a 1/4 inch seam.


Press the seam toward the skinny bit piece.


With a rotary cutter, trim the skinny bit with a curved cut. This can be a small curve or just a skinny straight line. What you see will be the size of the finished skinny bit.


Press the seam back towards the larger piece.


With right sides up, place the skinny bit over the end of the other piece of fabric.


With a rotary cutter, cut the second piece of fabric along the curve of the skinny bit.


With a chalk marker make several registration marks across both sides.


Pin, right sides together, at the registration marks. Then pin carefully keeping the edges together.

Stitch a 1/4 inch seam. This is an important step – 1/4 inch!


Press the seams open.


Voila! A skinny bit.


Here is the completed strip.


If you are doing a curved edge, the skinny bit needs to be cut on the bias. Another interesting effect on a long edge, is to piece the skinny bit so that there is a change in pattern and/or color.

8 Responses to “Skinny Bit Tutorial”

  1. Micki says:

    Thanks for this little tutorial.

  2. Judy says:

    Great tutorial…can’t wait to give it a try. Thank you so much

  3. Jen Anderson says:

    Great tutorial, looks easy enough for even me to do. I enjoyed reading about your adventures, great pictures from the Flock and Fiber Fair. Mia looks so animated, I can just imagine how much you enjoyed taking her there.

  4. Linda Cline says:

    I have done this kind of freeform piecing, but wouldn’t have figured out how to create the little skinny lines. After reading your tutorial I immediately went to create my own little sample skinny bits. Who knew it could be this easy? Here’s another trick I discovered on my second bit. Put the second piece of fabric (that will be pieced to the other side of the skinny bit) face down under the skinny bit when you trim it. That way you can cut both pieces at the same time.

    I am signed up to do the Fast Friday Fabric Challenge. I think I might inspire myself by cropping out compositions from closeup photos, and put in some skinny bits.

    Rosalie sounds like a great teacher. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda Cline

  5. Karoda says:

    I did this on the quilt I recently completed but not the same way…I was curious just how narrow a strip I could sew together to get just a little bit of light into the quilt.

  6. lisa says:

    i think i am going to use this technique. thank you.

  7. MsLizF says:

    after looking at the tutorial sewing a skinny bit looks very easy. thanks for the instructions!

  8. Thanks for the tutorial! This is pretty much how I made my forest quilts, but the skinny bits aren’t quite so skinny, and I kept adding more over the previous ones.