Hexagon Tutorial - Part 1

Hexagons or Hexis for short are one of my favorite projects for when I am traveling.

They are super portable, making it a great project to take for a plane ride, car ride or just something to work on when you have little snippets of time. 

Here are a couple of projects that I have been working on, they take a little time so these will probably be in this state for a while. 

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For part 1 of this tutorial I will show you how to piece a 1” Hexagon, which actually measures tip to tip 2”. When you are thinking about the size you want to do, the measurement of the hexagon is the length of one of its sides. Keep that in mind when you are ordering so you wont end up with a pattern that is too large. 

When you are starting your project the size of the hexagon makes a huge difference. It can make your project take a few days to a few years if you choose too small of a size.  I like to use the 1” size pattern because it’s a perfect way to use up some of my scrap fabrics. If you want a more uniform finished project using similar fabrics a jelly roll, which is 2.5” wide cut into squares or a charm pack which measures 5” cut into fourths makes a great option.

First you will need some paper pieces. A very affordable option, but a little time consuming is printing out your own patterns and cutting out the pieces yourself. This option is perfect if you are ready to go today and do not want to wait for pre-cut pieces to be delivered to you. When doing this I prefer to print on a heavier card stock so I can re-use the pieces again and again. 

A great place to find a printable version of this pattern is on Connecting Threads website.

If you would like to purchase some pre-cut Hexagon Pieces I recommend buying from the source and visit the Paper Pieces website. These are very convenient, perfectly cut and made out of a durable card stock that you can re-use.

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To begin you will cut your fabric to a size of 2.5” square, again this tutorial is for a 1” hexagon pattern. 

There are two ways to choose fabric for these, you can use a scrap piece of fabric that you have or choose a part of a larger piece that you want to use a special image from. 

Here I am using a section of Bike Path by Alison Glass’ fabric line named Lucky Penny.

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For the hexagon using a special part of the fabric I am using Jet Set Travel the World Fun Fabric by Timeless Treasures. I chose the paris and eiffel tower scene for this hexi.

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Once you have your fabric piece cut, there are a couple of different ways to piece the hexi. The first I will show you is a very fast & simple way that is great on thinner paper that you really do not plan to use again. This way punctures the paper and may rip when you remove it later when your project is done. 

First take a long piece of thread, I usually knot at the end since it is not super secure on the quick method. 

Hold the hexi paper in the middle of the fabric against the wrong side. Fold over the top and then turning clockwise fold over the top of the fabric to the left. Sew through the corner ensuring that you have gone through both folds of fabric. 

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Now turning clockwise work your way around sewing through the edges. Sewing in one way and out the other way as you make your way around

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Once you make it all the way around to the starting point, I usually go through the starting point once more to secure the thread. There is no need to knot it if you have doubled that last stitch, trim and start the next one. Don’t worry about the appearance of the strings on the front of the hexagons, once you piece them together those are pulled out. 

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The other piecing option is one I prefer because it only stitches through the fabric leaving the paper piece on the inside unharmed. 

You will begin just like the previous one by placing your paper piece on the wrong side of the fabric. I do not knot the string on this version because in the beginning you double stitch through making it very secure. 

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Fold over the top and then turn clockwise and fold over the top again.

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I make a quarter inch stitch with the fold in the middle from the left to the right. Do this twice to secure it.

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Turn the hexagon clockwise and fold over your next side, stitching from left to right make another stitch just through the fabric at the fold. Stitching from left to right each time keeps the thread tight and you will not lose control of your fabric. 

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Keep doing this until you have reached the beginning. At the first stitch I like to make one more again from left to right to secure the thread, then just cut. I usually leave at least an inch of thread so it does not come unstitched easily. 

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All thread will be visible from the back on this version. The front leaves a nice clean appearance.

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In part 2 of this tutorial I will show you how to join the hexagons together. 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you enjoy making them as much as I do!