This simple English paper pieced hexie tutorial will have you growing your fabric hexagon collection in no time. Paper pieced hexagons, commonly known as hexies, are part of the English paper piecing family.
I first noticed hexies on Instagram. People were making some pretty fun quilts, wall hangings, bags and other neat projects with them.
I decided that I wanted to learn how to make them so that I could make some cool projects too.
Hexies are a great stash buster for your scraps since you only need a small square of fabric. Or you can use mini charm packs and get a sample of each print from an entire fabric line.
The process to create a hexie is really simple. As soon as you figure it out you will be booking along full speed ahead adding hexies to your collection.
Let’s get started.
First, place a paper hexie in the center on the back side of your fabric.
Pin in place from the front side of the fabric.
Cut a piece of thread, about 12-14 inches, and thread your needle.
Working on the back of the hexie, take one side and fold the fabric over the paper hexie. We are going to work counterclockwise. Holding the folded fabric firmly in place, put your thumbnail at the above corner, and fold the second side over. Having your thumbnail at the corner will give you a clean fold at the corner.
Take your needle and thread and stitch through the fabric only, using a downward motion. Stitching from top to bottom and while rotating in a counterclockwise direction will cross your thread over itself and help to better lock in each stitch. Leave a small tail and stitch a second time to lock your starting point in place.
Moving counterclockwise fold the next corner over, using your thumbnail to get a clean corner. Stitch through the fabric in a downward motion. Repeat for all corners.
After you have stitched all the corners down stitch once in the first corner to finish your hexie.
See? Simple. After you make a few you will be addicted and you will soon have a huge collection for some neat projects of your own.
Do you need a lot of hexies for your project? Check out my DIY Paper Hexie Templates tutorial.
Want a storage container like mine? I am using a Sterilite Divided Case. It’s perfect for storing all your supplies and finished hexies.
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