Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Hexagon patchwork cushion front - TUTORIAL

OK so here goes with one of my first attempts at a tutorial - please let me know if it is easy to follow or if there are any parts you are unsure of.

So the tutorial is to make this:

The hexagons I used were approximately 1.5 inches each side. I didn't know how to draw a hexagon so when I spotted a hexagonal box of chocolates that I liked the size of (Elizabeth shaw mints - box of 5 I think)
I drew around that to make my template. 
This link will show you how to draw a hexagon: http://www.wikihow.com/Draw-a-Hexagon

So on with the tutorial: 
1. cut out hexagons from card (how many you need will depend on what size cushion you are making. I needed 25)

And here is a picture of Sammy trying to help: 

2. Choose what fabrics you want to use and divide the hexagons between the fabrics. 
3. Place a hexagon on the wrong side of the fabric and pin in place. 
4. Cut around the hexagon leaving approximately 1/2 inch border. 
Apologies but the photos of the middle stages have disappeared from my Iphone (Sam has been playing with it) so you'll have to make do with my descriptions :-( 

5. Using a brightly coloured tacking thread so that it shows up easily fold the fabric over to the back of the hexagon one side at a time and tack it down. Remove the pin. 
6. Repeat until all the hexagons you need are completed. 
7. Now it's time to sew the hexagons together: take 2 and place them right sides together. Using a matching thread (or a neutral thread if you are using a mix of colours) overstitch along one edge to join the two hexagons together. 
8. Repeat with the rest of the hexagons until you have formed a square:
 Front side
 Reverse Side

Because the card is stiff you sometimes have to bend it a little to sew the rest of the sides to their adjoining hexagons. Don't worry this is normal. 
9. Once they are all sewn together it's time to remove the tacking threads and the cardboard. Snip the tacking threads and lift the folded fabric to remove the cardboard hexagon. 
10. If you end up with lots of bits of threads all over your work like I did just use some sellotape wrapped sticky side out around your hand to collect these. 
11. The last step is to trim your piece to a square in the finished size you require. 

I hope you enjoyed that! Happy 100th post!!! 


  1. These are lovely! I really like the colors you chose.

  2. I love the colors! I'm still a little intimidated by quilting of any kind, but someday I'll try.

  3. this is a nice easy one to start with as doesn't have to be quilted as such if you use it for something like a cushion cover. Do let me know if you decide to try it.


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