Last month I showed you my hexie flowers. They've multiplied at a reasonable rate since I first showed them to you. As Quiltpiecer said, A hexie here, a hexie there, they will all add up... Today I thought I'd show you how I make my hexagons - getting them ready to sew together.
Obviously you need scraps of fabric. The size of your fabric depends on how large your hexies will be. All my hexies are from my expanding stash of offcuts. I have bags and bags of offcuts from various sewing projects. Nothing gets thrown away!!!
Second thing you will need - hexagon templates. You can purchase these pre-cut, you can download template files or you can make your own. The ones you buy can generally be re-used. I print mine from a PDF file onto standard weight paper, which means they can't be re-used. If your printer will take card stock, you may be able to re-use them.
Cutting out the hexies is time consuming, but it's much cheaper than buying ready made. If I were starting from scratch again, I'd choose a template that cut down on cutting time. Placement of hexies is the key here.
Hexies are measured by the length of their sides. Mine are a smidgeon under 1". The smaller the size, the longer the project will take. There are loads of free PDF templates online. Some of the following posts have thoughts on placement of hexies to cut down on cutting time.
- Hexagon Template PDF Download in 5 Sizes
- Printable 1" Hexie Template
- Happy Hexagons
- Tips for Cutting Hexagon Templates
- Printable Hexagon Template
- Hexie Templates to Download
Of course, if there's a specific size you are after, you could make up your own template.
Hexies can be glued or basted to the templates. I baste mine, using cheap thread, a needle and with a Clover Wonder clip. I have tried both gluing and basting, but always come back to basting.
- Cut fabric at least ¼" larger than the template.
- Fold one side over and hold with a clip.
- Fold over the side opposite to the clip.
- Knot thread and starting on the right side, push the needle through to the wrong side
- Fold the next side down.
- Stitch through the corner, from wrong side to right side.
- Fold the next side down.
- Stitch through the corner from right side to wrong side.
- Continue till you reach the beginning.
- Bring the thread to the right side.
- Knot or double stitch to secure.
The beginning and ending knots need to be on the right side of the hexie, to make removal of the basting thread easier.
The photo above shows what it will look like from the wrong side...
... and from the right side.
Easy, isn't it. Basting hexies is a good project for when you are out and about, or while watching TV. You'll be surprised at how quickly the hexies will add up.
There's only one problem, however, making hexies is addictive!!! I'm well and truly hooked.
Next time I'll show you how to sew your hexies together. I find hand sewing quite therapeutic, which makes sewing hexies a good project for me. I have a bag packed with all the bits and pieces I need for sewing a few hexies. Makes it easy to grab when I want to take sewing with me.
Do you find any specific aspect of sewing relaxing?
Edited to add: Now you've learnt how to Baste your hexies, it's time to sew them together.
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