After my post the other day I received a few questions about hexagons and specifically the techniques that I use. Hopefully this post will answer most of the questions…and if not, just e-mail me and I’ll try to answer my best! I haven’t really worked on these for quite a while, and when I got to trying to figure out why I realized I just didn’t have any prepped and ready to sew.
So, I gathered up some scraps (being sure to make sure I had some reds, oranges and yellows, colors I definitely need more of as you can see from the first picture!) and set to work.
I use the middle hexagon die from my Go! Cutter to cut the shapes for my 1″ hexagons. You don’t have to use a hexagon shape…a scrap of fabric bigger by at least ¼″ on all sides of your hexagon template will do, but I prefer starting with a hexagon shape when possible.
After about 15 minutes of cutting I’m left with just a cute pile of scraps…
And my newly cut hexagon shapes!
I don’t always do this step, but this time I organized them by color…mostly because I want to work on red, orange and yellow first.
Next, I clip each fabric hexagon to a hexagon template (I love to get my hexagon templates here at paper pieces dot com…they have a large selection of shapes and sizes to choose from. I got the idea to use plastic coated paper clips from Lori.
After just a short time I had a good pile of hexies ready to stitch (less than an hour from start to finish, including the cutting step)! I actually have even more fabric hexagons cut, but I ran out of paper clips!
Next is where I do things a little differently from some people. I don’t baste through the paper template. I just bring the corners down and take a slip stitch to hold the fabrics together then take a long running stitch across the top to the next corner. My thread only catches the fabric. I continue to work my way around the hexagon and tie a little knot at the end.
When I’m finished there will be no basting stitches to remove! I leave the paper pieces in until my flower units are sewn together, and then I just pop out the paper pieces and re-use them!
I gathered all of my newly prepared hexagons and packed them in a little zipper bag along with some needles, thread, and a small pair of scissors. Now I can grab this little hexie sewing kit and take it in the car or even just out to the family room to sew while watching television. Since my little tote is fabric I usually end up threading a few needles and pinning them inside the bag so that I am ready to sew!
I’ll be sure to share my progress as I get these stitched up…and I’m definitely going to try to keep my sewing bag full of prepared hexies!
Thanks so much for stopping by!