{how to} Make a Hexie Flower

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I have been hexie-ing for nearly a year now.  (Nov. 6th is my first anniversary as a hexie addict.  It was a fateful cold night at Starbucks with Rebecca from hugsarefun).  I created 1300 or 1600 hexies.  I honestly don’t remember.  I basted them all in 4 months then figured out how I wanted to group them as flowers and then made a few hundred flowers.  No two are the same.  I love random but I can’t be actually random.  It’s too painful.

Pretty huh?

For the purposes of this tutorial I’m going to focus on making the flower only.  If you need help to begin English Paper Piecing or hexies there are a many wonderful tutorials and makers that have them completely mastered.  I will warn you.  It is very addicting and truly satisfying.

Check these out….

http://modernhandcraft.com/

http://www.craftypod.com/categories/tutorials

Hexies are loved on Instagram and Pinterest.  You can easily find inspiration and technique when you are looking for it.

 

To begin….

Supplies include, thread, scissors, 7 hexies, a wonder clip (small binder clip, paper clip, ect), and a needle.  You can use any needle you are comfortable with.  But not too big because we don’t want to leave a big hole.  I really love milliners needles because they are long and Coats and Clark Mercerized Cotton.  My fabric is cotton so cotton thread it is.

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Next, figure out how you want them to lay out.  In my case they are “random” so that means I don’t really want blocks of shape or color.

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Next, pick up the middle and one of the sides, keeping the others laid out so that you know what comes next.

Flip em over and attach the wonder clip (small binder clip, paper clip, ect) to one end.

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Thread your needle and begin my making a knot at the end.  Insert under the flip of the fabric.  But not into the paper.  We aren’t going into the paper at all ever.  Then straight into the fabric of the second hexie.  Pull through.

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Whip stitch to the end of that side only.

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I usually get 16 or 17 stitches in.  More is fine but less than 15 isn’t enough.  At the end you will want to double up the stitch, knot, and then insert your needle into the fabric a bit before cutting.  This hides the thread.

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Yay!  You put two together!  Look at you!

Let’s get that third one on there.  You can see here that the two are clearly stitched together.  Don’t forget ( I have a few times) which hexie is your center.  You are adding around that center flower.  Thread and knot your needle, use your wonder or paper clip to hold the third hexie on and start in the opposite side.  Stitch until the clip.

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Repeat this on each hexie around until you get to the last hexie.

Here is the fourth and what it will look like from the front.  I prefer to join this way because its more difficult to see the stitches in the front.

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The last hexie will only be different because there is now 3 sides instead of 2.

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Don’t forget to hide that thread.

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And fin!

Ain’t she sweet?

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At this point you can keep making flowers and join, you can sew it on to some felt and have a coaster, there are a million things to do with hexies.

I hope this was helpful!  How will you use your flower?

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