Ok ... who doesn't love Hexagons? And all that hand sewing is pure heaven for me! This is by far one of my favorite patchwork designs and it is so easy and portable.
Here's what you do:
Large linen throw pillow
Stash fabrics in 5 or more coordinating colors
Cardstock and standard office paper
Thread to match the pillow and thread to stand out from the fabric hexagons
1. Create a hexagon that measures 3 1/2 inches and cut one out from the cardstock. (Hint ... you can find perfect hexagon shapes all over the internet and any size will work, really)
2. Create a hexagon that measures 3 inches, and cut out 13 from the office paper.
(Here's my original stash fabrics that I quickly grabbed to play with. In the final pillow, some of these fabrics made the cut and some did not.)
3. With the pen, trace the cardstock hexagon on the backside of your fabrics. I traced 2 of each color, then went back and traced a third one from one of the larger prints.
4. Fussy cut the larger prints to highlight an interesting motif.
5. Cut all the hexagons out.
6. Arrange the hexagons on the pillow. Play with the placement and rearrange them until you are satisfied with the look.
(Tip: Take a quick photo of you pillow once you are happy with the placement of the hexagons.)
7. Gather the hexagons. Center one of the office paper hexagons onto the fabric hexagon, and pin in place. Repeat for all the hexagons.
8. Fold the sides of the fabric over the paper, and sew a basting stitch around the perimeter of the fabric. Do not create a knot at the end of the basting stitch.
9. Repeat step 7 in like fashion for the remaining 12 fabric and paper hexagons.
10. Arrange the hexagons according to your photo and sew them together using a ladder stitch.
11.Pin the patchwork hexagons to the pillow, and stitch them in place using a blind stitch.
12. During this process, leave one side of each hexagon open, remove the basting stitches and slip the paper out. Now continue to slip stitch the patchwork in place. Voila – the perfect way to update store-bought pillows!
Check out Lark Crafts for a giveaway of Stash Happy Patchwork, where there's the cutest project ever using ... hexagons! It's been a month long of de-stash post over there and lots of free projects offered.
So ... next hexagon project on my list ... thinking, thinking ... lots of baseball games this summer and these hexies are the perfect hand sewing project ... still thinking ... Any suggestions?