Vof vof friends! Welcome to my hexy post! I show you how I make little paper pieced hexagons – they are easy piecy! Even I can make them – could, if someone just threads my needle!
Look what I have put in my project box – all I need to paper piece hexagons. First you need paper templates. I have copied my templates from the ‘Incompetech’, printed them and then cut them. You can also buy ready paper templates from ‘Paperpieces’.
With the papers I use paper clips. You can use also glue, but I have found paper clips quick and easy to use and prefer them. If you are just beginning paper piecing, you can use pins in the beginning until your fingers get used to hold and turn the fabric.
Then I need thread for basting (blue) – it’s good to use colour that you can see easily to take off later.
For sewing I like to use white during all the work even it may be a little visible somewhere. You can use any colour you like to match with your Fabrics.
Needles I use two: longer for basting and shorter for sewing – both are quite thin.
Little scissors to cut threads and easy to fit in the project box.
Big glass jar is for my goodies?! – unfortunately not – it is for the basted hexies.
And then the most exciting: the fabrics! This time I use 2.5″ x 2.5″ squares. You can use also hexagons – cut them on your own or even buy ready hexagon-fabric-bundles).
Just in no time I had prepared about 100 squares! And I’m ready to start paper piecing.
Put the fabric in the middle of the paper template and use two paper clips …
Start to baste it. Fold the edges as you go futher …
I make knot at the end of the thread and when I have basted around the hexagon I made one extra stitch.
Here you go! Couldn’t be easier!
Then make an other one …
Make quickly seven hexagons …
… and now there is no return! You can already start to play with them and you will see that you just have to make one more … and one more … and one more … and one more …
The more you make the more you have choises to play. My only ‘problem’ is that I had a plan to make something else than flowers. But if you make flowers, after 7 hexagons you could already start to sew them together!
There are lots of ways to arranges them and also so many places to use them. I shall tell you an other time where you can use hexagons – except to make a quilt.
I hope I managed to inspire you to try English paper piecing! Before I tried, ‘I knew that this is not for me’! So much time for fuzzling with papers and basting and hand sewing – no way … but never say never …
… you see that last spring I started paper piecing project with octagons and tiny squares … on this table … and it was supposed to be something to sew during the hot summer … but somehow it happend that it was finished before the summer! I just got hooked with those little pieces and couldn’t wait to see how they grow! ‘Summer Wine’ is now on the side table next to my bed.
Find more Information and links on my page ‘Paper Piecing’.
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