English paper piecing is a very old construction technique recently made very popular because of its accuracy and ease of sewing.
It consisted of basting over a paper foundation to hold and support the fabric pieces while sewing them together. Quilters today still enjoy this method because of its portability, and continue to use if in sewing hexagon, diamond, baby block, and star patterns.
There are many different precut papers and templates on the market today for those interested in this method.
I prefer using freezer paper because by pressing it on the fabric it eliminates the need for pins. In addition, you can use the templates many times over. If you choose this method, simply cut your freezer paper to the desired size and print your templates (if you wish thicker templates, iron the printed sheet onto a second sheet of freezer paper before cutting the templates out). Freezer paper is not always available in all countries, in which case you can substitute with cardstock.
This video tutorial will teach you how to use freezer paper or cardstock and the English Paper Piecing technique to join hexagons and other shapes quickly and accurately.
For your convenience, a pdf file is provided by clicking on the link above (right under the title), with a short tutorial on how to do EPP using freezer paper (or substitute with cardstock), along with sheets of different sized hexagon templates. Just cut your freezer paper letter size, and you’re ready to print off all the templates you need.