Some of you have asked me to make a "Hexie" Tutorial.
So, I hope this helps . . .
When I made my first hexies I cut my fabric 1/4 inch larger than my pattern.
Now, I cut them bigger and it works much better.
Also, there is no need to be precise . . . just cut the fabric,
as long as your pattern is precise, when the fabric is folder over it,
it will come out the perfect size.
Now, just fold the fabric over the pattern
(I use printer paper, your needle will go through in wonderfully)and baste.
I like basting with a color thread that shows up well on my fabric.
That way when it's time to remove the basting,
my stitches are easy to see.
When I'm basting, I try to poke my needle into the edge of each corner.
That makes for a much tighter corner and makes sewing your hexies together much easier.
When I'm through basting, I do not make a knot,
I just make one big stitch through the middle.
That seems to hold my stitches in well and it gives me a nice big stitch
to grab when I start to pull my basting stitches out.
I've been sewing mine into flowers, but that is just a matter of choice.
This is what they look like joined together.
I like to leave my basting in until I'm ready to use them.
This is what the back looks like.
When I am ready to add them to a quilt, pillow or whatever I'm making . . .
then I will remove the basting stitches and the paper will come out easily.
Next, I use spray starch and I iron and starch my piece
making sure that I get the outside edges folded straight.
Now they are ready to use . . .
make something pretty.
I'm planning on using these in a quilt.
So, I have a lot more to make :)
Keep Smiling and Enjoying Life!
Your blogging sister,