How to Make Your Own Plastic Hexagon Template

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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