Tuesday, April 8, 2008

How to add a peeper....

Sorry I did not have a quilt top that needed a peeper so I am doing the demo on a block, but I am sure everyone can imagine the first photo is a quilt top. I always cut my peepers 1(one) inch wide...measure the first side of your quilt, if necessary join the fabric, so you have a strip that is the length of your first side....
Now fold your peeper in half, as shown, wrong sides together, you can press it if you like I find that it really doesn't need to be pressed at this stage.
Pin the folded peeper along the edge of the quilt...use the same principal that you would use if you were adding a border.
Pin all the way along, do not put tight, as it will pucker....
Pin the peeper to both the left and right sides.
Then sew each side down....but only sew in about 1/8 of an inch, not the normal 1/4 inch...this stitch line is basically holding the peeper in place, when you sew your border on it will secure the peeper..(doing it this way you will also hide your first sewing line)..now press your peepers.
After sewing the right and left sides down you can now do the same procedure and sew the peeper on the top and the bottom....press these down..
Once all sewn you can now add your other border...and thats it....I hope my instructions are easy to follow and I look forward to seeing lots of peepers around blogland.
completed quilts showing a peeper...here here here
... Peg ... :>)...


  1. Thanks for that Peg. It is very effective and i am sure i will use it at a lter date!! Cathyxx

  2. A great tutorial Peg. I'm sure that will help a lot of confussed quilters out there.

  3. Thanks so much. I'm going to do this on the charm quilt I'm working on right now. I think it will change it from ordinary to special.

  4. What a great tutorial! I can't wait to try it out!

  5. This is such a great design element - just a touch of dimension. It's also fun to put just a little cording (or yarn) inside to fill up that peeper *s*

  6. I love that little folded "peeper" look. Great instructions.

  7. gggoooottttccha BUT question,, why can't you sew as you go? Do you HAVE to pin it all around?

  8. Thank you very much, for the info. What a nice touch. I must try it. I thought it was called a welt?

  9. Fantastic Peg!! GREAT tutorial!! I am waiting on some fabrics and charms to come and I will sure give this a go!!
    Sarah xx

  10. Well done Peg, I am sure lots of ladies will try a peeper with that tutorial. Those fabrics look familiar.
    Happy sewing

  11. Thanks for the tutorial. I did this once when I made a cushion. Will have to try it again sometime - looks very effective. Typing this with a purring puss on my lap - what a sook! Happy stitching.


  12. Great tutorial - thank you so much for sharing! I'm going to have to do this on a future project.

  13. I have been wondering how you do these. they look great and you have done a wonderful job on the tutorial. I love looking through picutres of your projects, very inspirational. Thanks for doing a great job Peg!

  14. OK, I read it, but ...what is a peeper? I wish there was an end result at the beginning of the tutorial. Or a result at the end. I saw what you did, but I can't figure out what it makes! sorry. I'm new to anything besides regular blocks! I looked at the links...it looks like trim. Why "peeper?" Ha! Sorry for the lame confusion. I'll go research now on flickr. Thanks!

  15. So glad to know what those are called! I'd have called it piping, but that's not exactly right. I love "peeper."

  16. That's a great design element. We have always called it a faux piping. You can use it in dressmaking, too. Nice tutorial!

  17. Just stumbled across your blog and I'm enjoying reading through your posts. Your quilts are beautiful! And I LOVE the "peeper" ideas -- I've never seen that before. Here's my question: once your are ready to quilt, do you stitch right over the peeper, or do you lift it up and try to quilt underneath it? Or do you just avoid quilting anywhere near the peeper? Trying to visualize the whole process ...

  18. I've wanted to add peepers to a quilt for ages, but was a bit unsure how to go about doing so. This tutorial is brilliant -- understood it immediately. Thank you!!

  19. Fantastic Tutorial! It made perfect sense! And I have just finished my first peeper quilt! You can see it at my blog:http://furryfungi.com/

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  21. I think I need to read more....what's a peeper please? lol Hugs Naomi

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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment, I do enjoy reading them all...take care, keep safe, happy quilting .. Peg