How to Sew Hexagons Together


Some quilts consist of a series of small fabric hexagons stitched together. You can also sew hexagons together to make a flower shaped trivet or a decorative patch to sew onto jeans or a purse. Once the shapes are cut, sewing the hexagons is rather simple. Cutting hexagon after hexagon can get tedious. To make cutting quicker, stack several pieces of fabric on top of each other and use a rotary cutter to make several hexagons at once.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Marker
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Fabric charm squares
  • Cutting mat
  • Rotary cutter
  • Straight pins
  • Quilt batting (optional)
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Draw a hexagon shape on the piece of paper. Use the ruler as a straight edge for even lines. Each side of the hexagon should measure 3 inches. Cut out the shape.

  • Stack your charm squares into piles four squares high. Pin the piles together. You'll need two hexagon pieces for each finished hexagon

  • Place the hexagon pattern on top of one pile, then pin in place. Set the pile on the cutting mat and cut around the pattern with the rotary cutter. Push with the blade to cut through all the layers. Repeat with the remaining piles.

  • Pin the paper hexagon to the quilt batting, if using, and cut out. Cut one piece of batting for each finished hexagon.

  • Place a cut piece of batting on the wrong side of a cut piece of fabric, then place the fabric on another cut piece of fabric, right sides together. If you're not using the batting, simply place two fabric hexagons on top of each other, right sides facing in. Pin together on five sides. Repeat with the remaining hexagons.

  • Sew the hexagons together along the five pinned sides. Leave the sixth side open so that you can turn the shapes right-side out.

  • Turn each hexagon right side out. Use the point of your scissors to push out the corners, so that they are sharp, not rounded.

  • Arrange the hexagons in a pattern that you like, such as a flower shape or cascading zigzag.

  • Pin two hexagon shapes together along one seam. Don't overlap the seams. They should rest next to each other.

  • Set your sewing machine to the zigzag stitch. Sew the pair of hexagons together along the seam with the zigzag.

  • Continue pinning hexagons together along the seams and sewing until you have sewn all the pieces together.

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