Hexagon Quilt Tutorial

I am not a big hand piecer or for that matter a hexagon quilt sewer, but for some reason I have hit the bug of —they are so cute.  And, look, I can watch t.v. while doing something productive.  I am even in love with the idea of having immediate satisfaction! I mean, make a few of those hexagons and sew them together and low and behold you have the start of a hexagon quilt, growing right before your eyes.

For those of you who are just starting out on this fantastically self satisfying journey- I have put together a quick reference tutorial.  I am fully aware that others just take one stitch per corner, and that I take a few extra stitches…..but I kind of like to pull the thread if needed to kind of ‘gather’ the thread.

I don’t use any spray starch, or liquid starch.  I just finger press.  I also just print off the hexagon template right on normal paper!  Gasp.  If you find this is too thin to use, then print off the pattern on thicker paper, or cardstock.  I DON’T use these templates over though…not going for longevity here. Just going for use it once kind of thing.

The thread that I use is hand quilting thread.  It is a bit thicker than the normal thread, and can handle going in and out of the fabric without thinning out and shredding apart.

Do you need templates for your Hexagons?  You can find some different sizes here.

hexagon quilt tutorial / patchwork posse

1)  Cut out the template, lay on wrong side of fabric

2)  Fold one edge over the template and finger press, fold the second edge over

3)  Starting on one corner, take a few stitches to secure

4)  Take a couple of stitches to the next folded corner

5)  Continue stitching to each corner, making sure the next side if folded before you get to the corner.

6)  Take a couple of stitches when you are at the beginning corner of the hexagon {center photo}

Sewing two Hexagons together~

1)  Lay right sides together, matching up the edge

2)  Take a few stitches on the corner, catching both hexagons

3)  Stitch little whipstitch stitches along the top edge of the hexagons- keep them lined up. You will be catching just the top edge of the fabric and NOT stitching through the template.  Right along that fold is where your needle will catch for the stitch

4)  Open up the hexagons and continue with the next piece

hexagon quilt tutorial / patchwork posse

Sewing More than one Hexagon Together~

You will encounter Y seams when you are sewing more than two pieces together.

Line up the edge and stitch along that {as it says in the above instructions}  At the corner you will pivot the piece and line up the second edge — you will need to maybe or convince the edge to line up with the second edge.  Continue stitching the top edge until the next corner and pivot the piece again, and match up the edges.

The bottom picture shows the back side of the hexagon quilt so far.  One of the papers has snuck out, but for the most part, you will want to leave the paper in until all the pieces are sewn together.  You can take out the paper on the inner shapes, but wait to remove those outer ones until you have them sewn down to the background fabric.  It will help it keep the shape of the whatever you are sewing your hexagons into.

Clickety click here for free printable hexagon templates

printable hexagon templates for quilting / patchwork posse

If you’d like to practice your new found love– you can give it a try with some Snowflakes.  In the future there will be another tutorial on hand applique techniques so you can sew these fun shapes down to a quilt.

If you have any questions about sewing these cute little things- Ask them in the comments.

 

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  1. Judy

    6 June

    Oh Puleeze! In the time it takes to print out and cut out the templates to use for EPP, you could print out Inklingo pages on fabric and cut them out. Then you don’t have to prepare the EPP pieces (fold, baste, etc) just pin two pieces together (matching crosshairs) and sew the seam with a simple running stitch. Takes less than half the time as you can load the needle with several stitches before pulling the thread through. I really wish you would try this.

  2. Becky

    6 June

    Thanks for the heads up– I will have to go and see what all the fuss is about.

  3. Lori

    6 June

    Hi, I am not a fan of the little hexs, but a friend got me started, and then I helped my 10 yr. old granddaughter start her first one. We have been using tub butter lids or any plastice container leftover from your kitchen, we mark our piecs then cut them out make a hole and use a chop stick for removing once sewn up. We save all winter long and now her friends are coming over 2x a week this summer to make their own. What a wonderful thing to do on a day with friends, outside, and learning a skill that will last a lifetime………..

  4. Nancy Angelo

    6 June

    Thank you for these printable hexagons. I would also like to print 1/4″ and 1/2″ if you have a source for them. I have purchased several different sizes and shapes online because the shops near me don’t carry much of them and sometimes you want to get started on a project right away without waiting for your order to come in the mail. I would like different sizes of tumblers as well, if you have a source for them. I like getting your e-mails you have so much good stuff in them…Nancy

  5. Connie Rhea

    12 June

    Heavenly Hexagons. They are so much fun and your tutorial is so helpful. Thanks a bunch.
    Thanks for the printable pattern, I can haardly wait to teach my great granddaughter what fun hexagons are. I appreciate the questions that other quilters have asked.

  6. Becky

    14 June

    you are so welcome and thanks for like them 🙂

  7. Junel Brown

    23 July

    I can not find the size of material need for a hexagon form. If someone could please direct me to the size of material needed for the different size hexagons I would appreciate it. Thank you

  8. Becky

    25 July

    The size depends on what size of hexagon you are sewing. I tend to cut my fabric at least 1/4″ larger than the template. That way if it shifts while sewing you are good. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  9. Sue

    10 August

    I have a polyester quilt top that I bought, but two of the fabrics are deteriorating and one has pretty much disintegrated. So, I’m trying to use some polyester ties to make new hexie flowers to replace those that are gone.
    I’m so happy to have the templates and I’m hoping I can actually DO this!
    Any suggestions for stabilizing the quilt where the “flowers” are now gone? I’m thinking freezer paper but I keep getting distortions….it’s a challenge!
    Sue

  10. Becky

    11 August

    Sue- are you stabilizing the old fabric or the new fabric from the tie? If it’s the new fabric you might want to iron some fusible thin stabilizer on the back. The same stuff you put in your shirt collars if you were sewing those. That will keep the fabric from shifting, but not add too much thickness. You should still be able to sew them into hexagons. Let me know how that goes and what you ended up doing. here is a link to how to use t-shirts and clothes in your quilts. same kind of idea. http://www.patchworkposse.com/2013/05/quilting-a-t-shirt-quilt-instructions-and-hints/

  11. Sue

    6 September

    When the material disintegrated in the original quilt top, things got distorted and it is difficult to figure out what size my “finished” hexi block needs to be. So, I was thinking I might be able to use freezer paper to stabilize the surrounding blocks so that I can then “insert” the new block I make.

    Wonder if the quilt top is worth all this trouble…but I do like a challenge….at least until it frustrates me which this one has and so has been packed away for 4 years.

  12. Becky

    7 September

    Sue, good luck! That sounds like a good plan and would be interested if it works out how you say it should.

  13. nicole

    17 September

    awesome site I cant wait to get started with a hexagon shaped afghan very creative Thanks!!

  14. Patti

    28 September

    I’m confused. Your blog says there is no hand sewing in this pattern. “For this project I didn’t sew anything by hand, it was all sewn with machine and a satin stitch or zig zag stitch along the outside edges. Super Simple!” Yet when I downloaded he pattern, it looks to be all hand seeing. What am I missing?

  15. Becky

    28 September

    you can use the template for hand stitching or for the other methods. You decide….I have done all 3 using the same template.

  16. Sharon

    29 September

    Thank you for the pattern template. I have used colored pencils and designed my own Grandmothers Flower Garden design. I truly enjoy the hand stitching of the little hexagons. I am in no hurry to finish because it is so much fun!

  17. Gulnaz

    16 October

    Hi Becky, do i necessarily have to stitch the hexagon with my cardstock inside? can’t i simply cut the fabric and machine stitch together?

    thanks!

  18. Becky

    16 October

    Gulnaz- Yes, and no. Yes you can stitch them all together and No you don’t have to leave the cardboard in. I do notice that leaving it in keeps the shape a lot better if you are hand stitching. where you are machine stitching, you should be fine. Have fun!

  19. Deleana

    3 November

    I have trouble when I sew together the hexagons to form a flower. They don’t lie flat. For some reason when I finish the entire flower the hexagons won’t lie flat so that I can iron them.

  20. judy

    12 November

    Hi.I wanted to share I use a paper punch to make a hole in the center of the paper.I pin the paper to the fabric through the hole to hold it in place. I do not sew through the paper. It makes it very easy to remove the papers with tweezers. I enjoy seeing your creations.
    judy

  21. Jo

    4 December

    Hi Deleana

    I sew my hexagons in strips across the shape not petal by petal around the centre.

  22. Anne

    21 January

    Any thoughts on how you will quilt it once you have sewed them all together? I have a lovely quilt top in process – with lots of negative space and appliquéd hexagon flowers but now I can’t figure out how to quilt the darn thing! Suggestions and ideas would be much appreciated.

  23. rosemarie garone

    17 June

    okay i unders stand how to make the hexes. but how do you get them onto a backing.

  24. Linda Thompson

    3 October

    You really ought to try Inklingo. I have just finished several Grandmother’s garden circles. I love it. So simple and much easier I think. You will have to be the judge of that for yourself. It is very addictive.

  25. Kathy

    23 January

    Also looking for quilting ideas… My piecing is going along great, but the further I get into the project, the more concerns I have about how I’m going to quilt the bugger. I’m using 1″ hexagons.

  26. Eula

    12 February

    I pieced a hexagon quilt entirely by hand. I used a 100 per cent cotton batting and the hexagons are all puffy. How can I eliminate this next time?

  27. emma

    18 February

    what do you use to back it with?

  28. Dorrie

    16 May

    I understand how to stitch them together, but how are they hand quilted? I usual stitch in the “ditch” along an area where the seam goes in the opposite direction. But hexagons have their seam all turned INWARD, so where does one hand quilt???

    HELP!

  29. Kathy

    25 June

    My brother has a 3 D printer and he printed me a hex in 2 diff sizes. Haven’t been able to make any yet due to a broken wrist, but I’m very excited to try. I’ll let you know how it goes !

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