Wednesday, October 14, 2009

holiday hexagon

Remember this centerpiece from last week?
I asked you if you wanted a tutorial and some said yes!
GREAT! tutorial it is!
I was hoping someone would say yes. :)

I started with four different 2 1/2" strips.
Cut the width of the fabric. (about 45")
4 strips total.
You could use fat quarters. In that case you will want
2 strips of each fat quarter.
four different fabrics.
8 strips total.
Sew the strips together.

You will also need to
IRON/press your strips.
No picture of this step...sorry.
It's very helpful if you iron ALL the seams so
that they go one direction.

My ruler has a 60 degree line on it.
I put some painters tape right on that line.

I then lined that tape up with the edge of my strips.

I cut off the end of the fabric.
This goes in the trash or scrap basket.

Turn the ruler over and cut again lining that tape up with
your strips or your cutting mat..
Your strips are lined up with the cutting mat lines.

cut again.
turning your ruler back and forth each cut.

Here we go.
6 pieces.
Do you see how we need 3 of each?
3 have that checkerboard on the outside strip
and the other 3 have the deep red as the outside strip.

Lay them out.

Begin by sewing three together.
You will now have one half of your hexagon done!
Do that again.
Now you have TWO halves ready to go!
It's helpful if you trim a bit
where all those seams are coming together!

Now PIN those two halves together and SEW. Sew. SEW

Lay that BEAUTIFUL hexagon onto a piece of flannel.
I did not even use batting.
It's nice and light and very washable.

I like flannel for this project, but you may want to add
batting and cotton backing.

With those two pieces together, quilt down the seams
and then again through the middle of those pie pieces.

Trim the excess flannel.

two 1 3/4" strips of cotton, cut the width of fabric.

sew together to make one LONG strip.

Beginning on one of those sides fold the binding over at an angle
and attach to the BACK of your centerpiece.

Roll the binding over to the front.
Top stitch all the way around.

Wasn't that simple?


  1. That is a great holiday hexagon piece! And a great tutorial.

  2. Very festive. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks for the tutorial I am now off to make some.

  4. When quilting is broken down in such a tidy manner as you've shown, it's a wonder everyone doesn't quilt. You've done well and many thanks.

  5. Way to go Beth!!! What a great tutorial! I
    really love this holiday one!!

  6. GREAT tutorial! GREAT project! I can hardly wait to find time to make one (several?) of these little thingies. I'll post it on my blog (giving you full credit, of course!) when I get it done. (Hmmm, I'm thinking of a snowflakey fabric for January, too!)

    Thanks, Beth.

  7. that is very fun! i think i need to try something like that. it's such a fun twist on a traditional quilt block.

  8. OH MY GOODNESS, just when I thought my to do list was quite long enough!! These are a MUST have. Thank you for the great tutorial. I'm going to make some this week-end and share them. I don't have a flicker account yet, but I'm ready to make the leap!! Thanks for sharing. :)

  9. wow i like that , i can do that :)

  10. This is going to be my project for tomorrow! I love how they turn out, such a nice look. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Thank you for listening to the ones who asked for the tutorial. I have not been on here in a long time. Boy, was I surprised to see this and get such good instructions. I can't wait to try it.

  12. Used five strips---made for a nice design thru the centre. Splendid tutorial!

  13. I love this and it looks like a nice simple project that I could tackle. I can't wait to try this out for the holidays :) Great tutorial!

  14. I did this today but my points did not line up. I tore apart and re-sewed but same problem. Any suggestions? Ugghhhh! It is so pretty and seems so simple. Do you have any idea what I am doing wrong?

  15. Danke für die schöne Anleitung... Das Teil sieht toll aus

  16. How large is the finished project? Can't wait to make a few for stocking stuffers!!

  17. I cant seem to get how to measure out the 60* using the ruler...I think I would do better making a template. Could anyone give measurements of the triangle ???

  18. 10 1/2" on the outside. 10" on each diagonal. hope that helps.

  19. Lovely - solved my problem for 2011 Christmas presents. Am going to start looking for fabric as soon as I get off the computer.

  20. Found this the yesterday, and even working on it past my bedtime it went together so quick! Super cute!

  21. How do you go around the corners with straight cut binding?

  22. thank you love it my friend sent it to me we sew almost every day getting ready for making gifts for the christmas season . hugs ((((())))) Weze
    on cape cod Massachusetts

  23. LOVELY! Your tutorial makes this look so easy. Thank you!

  24. Congrats,you did a great job on the tutorial!! They will make lovely, quick Christmas gifts, thanks for posting!

  25. Great tutorial. I'm off to make one. Thanks bunches.

  26. Hi

    I just made this pattern and it was so easy, even for me!! Is there a way to enlarge the pattern to fit my 36 inch coffee table?? I think I would like it if it was 25-26 inch in diameter.

    1. Yes you can I made mine from 18" strip came out just fine. If I could add a picture I would.

  27. This is a great project, quick and easy to make for that just need gift. Thank you for sharing.

  28. This is a great project, quick and easy to make for that just need gift. Thank you for sharing.

  29. Have been looking everywhere for this pattern. Thank you! Wow! Just looked at the date on the other posts. Am I every glad that Sewing Club posted on Facebook today. Am anxious to get busy!!

  30. So is this an equilateral triangle!

  31. It is. Don't get messed up w templates!☺

  32. Thank you so much for this pattern! Just made one in under a few hours...comes out terrific!!!

  33. Just found your tutorial today. It came out great. Thanks so much

  34. Love this pattern. Thank you so much for posting!

  35. Love the pattern.tried it twice and both times my points didn’t line up. The center was very bulky.could you show how you sew the points?

    1. It IS tricky sometimes getting things to line up. Try cutting a little bit of the excess fabric away. But the old saying "practice makes perfect" is my advice. Keep sewing!! and don't get too discouraged when things aren't perfect.

  36. i just finished one, a wonderful pattern. now my christmas dinner table linens are complete!

  37. How large is the finished product. How could one make a smaller on, say 9 or 10 inches in diameter? Use smaller size strips?
    Smaller triangle?

    1. Anne - My finished hexagon is 16" across. If you want to make a smaller one, which I HAVE done a few times, you'll use a thinner strip. Try using 1 1/2" strips and see if you like that size better.
      Happy sewing!

    2. I made the original mat this evening (I'll make the other one soon. Thank you for the information regarding that.) The mat turned out great. Thank you for sharing the pattern.

  38. Any tutorial or for turning this into a Christmas Tree skirt? (maybe 40" wide).

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    2. Yes! There is a simple Christmas skirt based on this hexagon in my etsy shop. Thanks for asking!

  39. Can you use a 60 degree triangle ruler for this?


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