Friday, August 17, 2012

Hexagon Ring Pincushion Tutorial

Happy Friday! I have a fun tutorial for you today as a part of Festival of Hexagons, a two-week long festival of hexagon projects and tutorials, hosted by Ali of a²(w).  I love making pincushions, so I thought why not make one with hexagons on it! So, let's get rolling!

Sewing Level: Intermediate

Materials:
- (1) 6" and (1) 2.5" squares of background fabric
- (6) 2.5" print squares
- (1) 6" print square
- (7) 1" hexagon paper pieces (you can print some for free here, just type 1" in size)
- Coordinating thread
- Marking pen/chalk
- Pincushion filling of choice

 1. Using your 2.5" print and background squares, baste seven hexagons. If you've never sewn hexagons before, make sure to check out Christina's fabulous tutorial for making, basting, and stitching them, here.

 2. Arrange your hexagons into a flower with the background hexagon in the center.  Stitch together by hand. Need help stitching them into a flower? Check out Katy's super clear tutorial for making hexy flowers on the Fat Quarterly blog, here.

 3. Give your flower a quick press, then clip your basting threads and carefully pull out your papers.

 4. Take your 6" background square, and mark out a 5 3/8" square in the center with a marking pen or chalk.

5. Use your drawn square to center your hexagon flower on the background square.

6. Pin your hexagon flower in place. Top-stitch in place, using a very small seam allowance by machine. 

 7. Place your 6" print square right sides together with your background square/hexagon flower. 

8. Sew using a 1/4" seam allowance around all four sides, leaving a 2" opening on one side.

9. Turn right sides out, careful poking out the corners. Fill with your filling of choice.  I like to use crushed walnut shells (lizard litter, I get mine at the pet store). This way they can double as pattern weights!

10. Carefully handstitch the opening closed.

Enjoy your new pincushion! :)

Happy Stitching!

28 comments:

  1. You can never have too many pretty pincushions! I love the colours you used in yours :)

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  2. Very cute pin cushion and a cute hexie project. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. This is lovely, a girl can never have too many pincushions.

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  4. Thnx for this tutorial. A great way to get going with Hexy designs,

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  5. Very cute! Do you know that I have never made a pin cushion?! I think I need to remedy that today!

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  6. So cute ~ I've many a pin cushion and will have to add this to the collection!

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  7. What a great idea and fun tutorial! I am a huge fan of hexies already. Thanks for the great post.

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  8. So adorable!!! Thank you for the tut!

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  9. Soooo cute! I'm definitely making this, thank you!

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  10. so cute. Hexagons are just so good in everything.

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  11. Love this!! Definitely making one of these!!!

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  12. Cute cute! I have a small bin full of hexies just waiting to be used... this would be a great little start! Crushed walnut shells, interesting! I may try sand too.... hmmm

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  13. Cute cute cute!!! You know I love me some hexagon-goodness!

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  14. This is a great tutorial. Hexies are a little intimidating but this would be a great starting project with lots of great resources that you've linked up. Thanks!

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  15. Oh I need a new pincushion and this is just the thing! Thanks for the tute!

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  16. I love your pincushion. A friend of mine made one like it that I loved too so I am glad you showed how to make one.

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  17. Cute Tute!

    Deborah
    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

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  18. What a great pin cushion. Love your fabric choices, too. What is it about these hexies that some of us can't get enough of?

    thinkbox1 at aol dot com

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  19. I LOVE this - a hexie project that's not too intimidating. Thank you.

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  20. Thanks for the hexagon pin cushion tutoril. I only learnt to paper piece with hexagons last week and made a flower like yours from scraps and was unsure what to do with it. Now I know!

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  21. Pretty, pretty! And you used some of your favorite Erin McMorris prints, too!

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  22. I love this pin cushion. Making a couple for christmas gifts for girlfriends

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  23. This looks much easier than the pieced hexagon pincushion I made. Thanks for the ideas!

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  24. Very nice pincushion. I really do love Hexagons as they were my initial reason for learning to quilt a few years ago. Very pretty Jeni. Thank you.

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