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English Paper Piecing – How to sew a hexie flower

For the #digiskillshare I thought I’d share how to hand sew a hexie flower using a traditional quilting method known as English Paper Piecing.

Find and print off a set of hexagon templates. There are lots available online for free and they come in various sizes. I prefer the hexagons that are 2inches across and 1 inch on each side.IMG_5106

Cut a piece of fabric just slightly bigger than your hexagon template.IMG_5107

Fix the fabric to the template with a basting stitch (a loose stitch that will eventually be removed), fold over one edge at a time, secure in place and move around each side of the hexagon template until the fabric covers the template and you have a distinct hexagon shape. You will be stitching right through the fabric and the paper template! I use a thread that I’m unlikely to use for anything else but any thread colour would be fine.

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Repeat this process with six more hexagon templates. You may want to use completely different fabrics for each hexagon. To achieve the “flower” look, I use the same fabric for the six outer hexagons but a contrasting one for the central hexagon.
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Join your hexagons together using a ladder stitch or a whip stitch. Use a neutral thread for this.
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Repeat this step until all six outer hexagons are sewn in place around the central hexagon.
Then join up the sides of each outer hexagon.
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At this point you could remove the basting stitch from the central hexagon and remove the paper template.
There you have one completed hexie flower!

Make a whole bunch of these and join them together to make a cushion or even start your own completely hand sewn quilt!

Enjoy!

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