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
- hexagon template
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! :)
Step 2: Prepping for sewing
Once you have your templates, you'll want to prep some fabric!
Iron all your fabric first - it's important that it be unwrinkled so the hexagons sew nicely.
There are a couple different ways to cut your fabric:
- Cut the fabric into a hexagon, leaving 1/4 - 1/2 inch all around the edges
- Or cut a square of fabric one inch larger than your template
I always go for squares! It's much faster and doesn't really add bulk. Since I'm using a three inch hexagon template, I cut four inch squares.
If you're able, but the squares out using pinking shears or a rotary cutter fitted with a pinking blade. Guarding yourself against unraveling fabric is always good :D