Learning to Make Hexagons (English Paper Piecing)
It worked a treat! The only thing I would change is tracing it out in a thicker pen and leave the black outline on the outside of the template, to make it easier to see when I am cutting out.
When I made my first ever hexagons, it took me forever. I cut all the little pieces out, and then proceeded to fold around and edges and iron them all in place before doing a gazillion little stitches around the edge.
I now cut the pieces out in batches and keep them in a basket with the papers and items needed to handstitch. I can then sit down and sew a few with a cup of tea outside or in front of the TV at night time at the end of a long day.
After I have positioned the paper, I put a pin in the middle of my hexies to secure the fabric. I am currently using 1 1/4 inch papers so this works fine for me to hold the fabric in place while I fold and stitch.
Unlike when I first started, I have found the corner stitches are actually the most important and now do just one big baste stitch in between. I did find the folding part a bit tricky at first, but now I find it's a bit like when you are wrapping a gift in a box. Then I make sure I do a little stitch on either side of the corner to hold it in place. Just stitching in the point results in a hexagon that won't be a hexagon...
(note: there's like a scary double knot thing happening on the back of my hexie in these pictures...I didn't check my thread length and ran out in my rush to get stitching!)
I find it easier to cut my template a bit bigger than the one provided in the packet. Yes it uses more fabric but as a beginner or perhaps just as someone that origami and folding doesn't come naturally to, I have found it way easier to have some extra in the fold over.
All things considered, I am rather pleased with my make do plastic template. This print is going to look so cute mixed in with my other florals and prints!
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