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!
- (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! :)