Hexagon piecing is super easy and fun! It's a great craft to do while hanging out on the couch, and it's extremely portable, so you can craft pretty much anywhere! :D

You can use the sewn hexagons for all sorts of things: patches on clothes, as applique on other sewn goods, as a quilt top, as placemats, as garlands, etc.

In this tutorial I'll go over how to sew the individual hexagons and how to sew them together - keep reading and prepare to get addicted.

Step 1: What You'll Need:

  • quilting weight cotton
  • needle
  • thread
  • hexagon template
  • cardstock
  • scissors

I'm not including a template file here because they're everywhere online. This time I found one at Tim van de Vall's website - you can access his templates here. He has loads more templates too - you should click around. Template heaven!!

I'm using 3 inch hexagons - they're my favorite size and perfect for beginners. (The smaller ones can be so fiddly!)

Before you get started, you'll want to print out some hexagon templates. Make sure your printer is printing at 100% and not scaling the size of the image in a weird way.

I prefer to use cardstock for the templates because it's easier to sew the hexagons when they're more rigid - and you can reuse the cardstock for the next round! :)

<p>Thank you so much fore this easy way to do hexacons I got a table runner for Christmas and * really appreciate this. I'll let you know how it turns out</p>
<p>Hi Thanks for this Very informative I am an absolute beginner .I have cut all my pieces of material from 2inch hexagonal shape and paper from 1 and 3/4 inch shape so should be turnover edge of 1/4 inch However there isn't and the turnover is very narrow Will this fray please Many thanks Jo </p>
<p>Josephine, the fabric needs to be 1/4 inch larger on all sides. If you start with a hexagon paper template that is 1 3/4 at its widest, your fabric needs to be at least 2 1/4 inches.</p><p>Anything less than 1/4 inch is likely to fray and release the stitches after handling or washing. I've had it happen to me and it's awful to lose all that work. I'd suggest cutting new fabric to allow for a larger , more durable seam allowance. If you're really married to your fabric, you could also order a set of smaller hexagon paper pieces at <a href="http://www.paperpieces.com/shop/Hexagons--Variations/Hexagons.htm." rel="nofollow">http://www.paperpieces.com/shop/Hexagons--Variatio...</a></p>
You can buy clear heavy plastic to cut your own templates, and no worries about the needle going through, or the cardboard bending.
<p>Is it ok if your hexagons are a little off? I've cut my own templates, and they are ever so slightly wonky. Once I sew the hexagons together will that cancel out?</p>
<p>Depends on just how wonky they are! If they're 1/8 inch off or less, I think it should work out.</p><p>The real issue is that if the edges are different lengths they won't sew together as cleanly - you can have bunching in places, or gaps in others. But you can also try to combat that by matching the edges before you sew them together! </p>
Thank you! They definitely were less than an 8th off. I had been cutting my own templates and I think just over time they slowly got bigger little by little! I'll definitely lay them out to see if they work. I think I'm going to see rows, then sew those together
<p>had do you draw a hexagons.</p>
<p>Where did you get your material? I love the color scheme, it's fantastic!</p>
<p>Thank you for a more simple way of showing how to do this! Piecing has always intimidated me and someday I would love to make a quilt with hexagons. </p><p>Probably a silly question here but, have you made a quilt with your hexagons?</p>
<p>Nope! I'm not patient enough. I normally just use them for smaller projects or as applique. :D</p>
I understand! I'm the type who wants to see a finished project NOW! ~.^<br>I think when winter sets in, I'm going to start a hexy quilt. <br>Something in deep, dark jeweltones. <br>And if I get impatient - I'll turn it into a quilt for a grand child lol<br>Thanks again Jessy :D
<p>The Amherst College archives have some of these hexagons, sewn by Emily Dickinson. You can see her writing on the paper inside.</p>
<p>Awesome footnote! I am totally going to look into this :)</p>
<p>Here -- </p><p><a href="https://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/holdings/edickinson/new_daguerreotype" rel="nofollow">https://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/holdings/...</a></p><p>Scroll down a bit, to see the hexes.</p>
<p>Thank you!!</p>
<p>That is a fabulous anecdote about Emily Dickinson! </p><p>I have to try one of these hexagon quilts. I have only ever made regular quilts. Thank you, jessy, for sharing your technique in such clear and lovely photographs.</p>
<p>Oh I wish I had seen this 10 years ago. I spent a couple of years piecing hexagons for a quilt top from old childhood clothes. But I did not know your fabulous method and it was never even or neat - I only used the cardstock to cut them out. I think I will try some for pillow covers or hot pads. Thank you!</p>
<p>This really fits the teach it contest! Thanks loads. I have seen patchwork quilts like this, but never thought that I could do it as it seemed so difficult. I just have to share this!</p>
<p>Thanks for posting this awesome idea.I will do it with thick felt so that I can wash.</p>
<p>Wow Awesome!</p>

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