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How to Make Your Own Plastic Hexagon Template

How to Make Your Own Plastic Hexagon Template

Sewing with hexagons can be so fun– I almost find it immediately rewarding…and I love that kind of sewing!
You sew up a little shape, sew it to the next shape and after a bit, you have a whole bunch!
Because you are using paper for your template, they tend to wear out. There might be even a few with stiching holes! {do you ever do that?}
Today, I thought that we could go over an option for using a template more than 2 times.

plastic applique templates

I have already gone over different kinds of template materials you can use. Today we will just do the tutorial on making them.

Materials Needed:

See through plastic {I used the avery plastic dividers for 3 ring binders

Your hexagon templates printed- or any other applique template you are using

Sharpie permanent market- fine point

How to make your own plastic hexagon template

1)  Print off you template

2)  Place the material you are using on the printed paper. {this method works best if you are using a transperent material}

3)  With a fine point sharpie and ruler, trace the template onto the plastic.

reusable-applique-templates

4)  Cut out the template– use scissors or a rotary cutter.  Depending on what you are using your template for you will need to add 1/4″ seam allowances before you cut.

5)  Store, use and store again!

plastic-applique-templates-color

These will last longer then the paper or card stock version.

You can make any of your frequently used applique templates using this method too.

*Hint– if using this tutorial for hexagons, you might want to punch a small whole in the center with a hole punch. That way you can remove them easier without misshaping what you sewed!

Do you have a favorite method for making templates?  Or What color would you make yours out of?

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  1. Janet

    12 December

    Would like to see a picture of the finished product and how it is used!!!!!

  2. Diana

    13 December

    Thanks for the idea . I have been using cardboard for mine till now !LOL .. Again, thank you for sharing it with us in cyberland

  3. Eve

    13 December

    You will have a stencil with what’s left. What a great idea. Thanks.

  4. penny

    8 November

    I have been using plastic hexies for quite a few years and have them in several sizes. I use the thin plastic chopping mats you get in the discount shops. I cut one out and then use it as a master so when I trace them they are all the same size. I find the chopping board hexies last a long time. My !/2 inch hexies template I cut out (using one layer) on my Acuquilt machine . It takes a while to cut them out but they last so long its worth.

  5. Nugget

    24 March

    I put a plastic template sheet in my ink jet printer and copy the hexagons onto it. Once the ink dries it becomes permanent.

  6. Gayle

    26 August

    Becky, i bought some plastic hexagon templates a few years ago and am just now deciding to use them. The measurement from point to point is 1 inch, from side to side 1 3/4 inch. What is the hexagon size? May be a dumb question but I’m new to this. Thank you!

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