How to sew Half Square Triangles

Quilters love sewing triangles with Inklingo. Hooray! Now there are even more sizes available in a new shape collection.

Print – Layer – Stitch – Cut

Print the shapes on one fabric with an ordinary Inkjet printer, layer with unprinted fabric, stitch, and cut on the lines. Perfect!

Monkey says there are so many advantages with Inklingo that it is hard to imagine why anyone still uses any other method for triangles, especially HST (half square triangles).

  • no math (like adding 7/8 to other numbers), because you only need to know the finished size
  • no measuring, so no weird rulers or tools required
  • a line to guide the stitching, so accurate triangles are easy, even for beginners
  • sew before cutting the bias side, which was one of the big advantages of old-fashioned “triangle papers”
  • precision corners, so Inklingo triangles are easier to match with other shapes
  • no paper to pick off
  • sew fabric, not paper! (although if you prefer sewing paper, you can print Inklingo triangles and save money compared to buying them)
  • cut with a rotary cutter or scissors, which is great for quilters with carpal tunnel or arthritis
  • compatible with any book or pattern which uses the same shapes

On the weekend, a new shape collection for Half Square Triangles was added.

A quick way to check for sizes is the Inklingo Index of Shapes (under the Support tab on the Inklingo web site).


You can leave a comment OR tip for sewing with kids  HERE by Mother’s Day (8 May 2011) to be in a draw for a $25 gift certificate.

Stay tuned for more info about triangles on the blog too, okay?

Linda & Monkey


New to Inklingo? Order and download free shapes and start sewing in the next few minutes. Quick Start  (Always FREE.) There are triangles, diamonds, and squares  in the free collection—great for dozens of different blocks.

6 thoughts on “How to sew Half Square Triangles”

  1. Hi Susan, Thank you for writing! Putting fabric in the printer is easy. We iron freezer paper to the fabric to stabilize it and run it through an Inkjet printer just like paper. The freezer paper peels off neatly and can be used over and over again. Quilters have been printing labels, photos, and decorations on fabric for many years. Hewlett Packard even wrote a book about printing photos on fabric about ten years ago, but quilters were printing on fabric long before that. Fabric shoots through the printer very quickly when you are just printing a selection of ultra-fine lines, not a whole photo or text.

    There is a Quick Start page at this link:

    Another fun place to start is with the Inklingo Quiz:

    Basic info about Inklingo is at this link:

    There is a huge amount of info on the web site, including video, and the Inklingo Yahoo group is a very friendly place. I hope you will join us.

    You will love having precise cutting and stitching lines on the fabric. It is faster, more accurate, and easier than measuring with rulers or paper piecing. It frees us up to make much more complex designs than were possible in the past—or to make simple designs in a flash.

    Try it! You’ll like it!

  2. Monkey says there are so many advantages with Inklingo that it is hard to imagine why anyone still uses any other method for triangles, especially HST (half square triangles).

    What is hard to imagine is how one puts fabric in a printer???

  3. Poor Monkey… that picture just cracks me up !! Looks like he was blown down (must have been Warp Speed 10 !!) in the wake of Linda’s creating the newest Inklingo collection… too funneeeeee… Inklingo really does speed up the process… hang in there Monkey, she’s on a worthy mission : ))) Thank you for the triangle collection Linda, much appreciated!

  4. Linda & Monkey too , of course, you’ve done it again!!! how awsome that you do all of this prelim. work for the rest of us to enjoy!! Thank you many times over.. hugs to you and Monkey
    Sherri Thompson

  5. I keep wanting to have some time and do more with Inklingo so will put this on my to do list for this year. Love all the new circles. I want to do a small quilt that has lots of half square triangles so will watch the video.
    Thanks for all you do Linda.


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