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The traditional way of making quilts with paper pieced hexagons is to use a template.

  • Cut out the required number of hexagons from card or paper ( magazines are a good source to use.)
  • Cut out the fabric leaving sufficient to fold over the template.

  • Tack the fabric to the paper
  • Place the pieces right sides together and overstitch with small stitches to form a neat seam when flattened.

  • Once you have sewn together all the pieces, remove the tackling and papers.

Using freezer paper

You can also use freezer paper instead of papers.

  • Draw out the finished size of the hexagon or other shape on the matt side of the freezer paper and cut out.
  • Cut out your piece of fabric with your seam allowance and place the matt side of the freezer paper onto the wrong side of the fabric.
  • Turn over the seam allowance by finger pressing onto the shiny side of the freezer paper and cover with baking parchment before pressing with a warm iron (usually on the wool setting) for a few seconds until the fabric has been attached to the paper.
  • Repeat for the number of hexagons required and after sewing them together you can remove the freezer paper and reuse if required.


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