DIY Character Paper Piecing

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Article Courtesy by Maegan Hall

Paper piecing has been around for at least 10 years. I heard of people using coloring pages to make their own creations and my mind immediately went to licensed characters. I went to Disney that fall when I first heard about paper piecing and bought a coloring book. I came home and quickly started making my own Disney paper piecings. I was shocked at how easy it was and how cheap. The best part is that you can size your paper piecing to any size you need it.


  • an image of what you want to make
  • a printer
  • cardstock
  • scissors
  • adhesive
  • craft knife
  • Optional: markers or colored pencils

Step 1: Size your image. You can either download your image to your computer or you can scan it in from a coloring book. Choose the size you want your piece to be.

Step 2: Write down the colors you will want to use and grab that cardstock. You will want to choose the main colors used. You don't have to use every single color, because small details are easier to add with pens or markers. Just make sure one of your colors is white.

Step 3: Print your image on each color.

Step 4: Cut out your pieces. You may need a craft knife for some.

Step 5:  Assemble.

Step 6: Embellish if needed. Using colored pencils or markers, color your white sheet with the missing colors such as blue eyes, red lips, etc.

That's it! Patience is the hardest part. Don't rush or your paper piecing will look wonky. That's the hard part about licensed characters; they have a look, but that's the best part too! Have fun. I know this can become quite addicting.


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