Friday, August 24, 2012

hexagon coaster tutorial.

Festival of Hexies

hey there -- i'm megan and welcome to my stop on the Festival of Hexagons blog hop hosted by Ali of a squared w! if you are new to Canoe Ridge Creations, i hope you take a second to look around and find some inspiration to create something wonderful yourself. sharing my creations + inspiring others to create is what it's all about!
 
hexagon coaster tutorial.

today i've got a fun + fast tutorial to share with you all -- the hexagon coaster tutorial. this diy project is beginner friendly and a great scrap buster too. let's get started!

fabric requirements:
  • scraps! 
  • 6" x 6" batting
  • 6" x 6" backing fabric
hexagon coaster tutorial.

cutting:
  • one 1 3/4" hexagon (remember -- hexagon size refers to the measurement along 1 side, not the measurement through the center of the hexagon)
  • six 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangles

sewing:
hexagon coaster tutorial.

1. place one 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangle on top of the 1 3/4" hexagon, right sides together (RST). pin as pictured above, leaving 1/2" (on the left side) unpinned.

hexagon coaster tutorial.

2. using a 1/4" seam allowance stitch between the pins. make sure to backstitch at the beginning and at the end. 

hexagon coaster tutorial.

3. press the seam to the outside. using the hexagon as a guide, trim the excess  strip end -- see picture. 


hexagon coaster tutorial.

4. working clockwise, place the next 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangle on top of the hexagon unit, RST. stitch using a 1/4" seam allowance and press seam toward the outside. trim the excess strip ends off. 


hexagon coaster tutorial.

5. continue your way around the hexagon unit until you have one edge remaining. 


hexagon coaster tutorial.

6. place the last 1 1/2" x 3 1/3" rectangle on the remaining side, RST. making sure to fold the starting rectangle out of the way. stitch using a 1/4" seam allowance.


hexagon coaster tutorial.

7. press seam outward and trim excess ends.

hexagon coaster tutorial.

8. lay the un-sewn portion rectangle on top of the hexagon unit, RST. stitch using a 1/4", sewing the remainder of the strip. 


hexagon coaster tutorial.

9. press seam outward and trim the excess strip end. 

hexagon coaster tutorial.

10. layer the 6" x 6" square of batting on top of the 6" x 6" backing fabric, on top of the hexagon unit, RST.

hexagon coaster tutorial.

11. using a 1/4" seam allowance, stitch around 5 sides of the hexagon unit. be sure to backstitch at the beginning and at the end of the seam. leaving the 6th side of the hexagon unit un-sewn (open).

hexagon coaster tutorial.

12. trim excess batting and backing fabric. 


hexagon coaster tutorial.

13. turn right side out, press, and pin the open edge. 


hexagon coaster tutorial.

14. top stitch 1/8" around the entire coaster. 

and done! if you use this tutorial, i'd love to see your coasters -- please share them in the CRC flickr group. be sure to also check out the other great projects + tutorials shared during the Festival of Hexagons blog hop!


Monday, Aug. 13
Ali from a²(w)
Tuesday, Aug. 14
Amanda from A Crafty Fox
Wednesday, Aug. 15
Kelly from Kelbysews
Thursday, Aug. 16
Terri from Sew Fantastic
Friday, Aug. 17
Jeni from In Color Order
Monday, Aug. 20
Lindsey from LRStitched
Tuesday, Aug. 21
Wednesday, Aug. 22
Michelle from Super Orange Sewing (formerly I Like Orange, Too)
Thursday, Aug. 23
Sara from Sew Sweetness
Friday, Aug. 24
Megan from Canoe Ridge Creations <--- you are here! :)

Saturday, Aug. 25
Recap
Aug. 27 - Sept. 2
Link Party
Sept. 3 - Sept. 5
Voting
Friday, Sept. 7
Winners announced


have a wonderful weekend!
xo, megan.  

20 comments:

  1. This is a great tutorial Megan! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  2. Very cute, I always wondered how you did that with hexies!

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  3. What a great tutorial and think these would make great gifts, thanks.

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  4. They are so cute. I'll be bookmarking this page for later =D

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  5. Thanks, Megan. Nice tute. Hexie coaster is really cute.

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  6. A super tutorial...I just have to give this a try! Thanks so much.

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  7. Cuteness! I liked your tutorial so much, I pinned it!

    Deborah
    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

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  8. What a neat idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. This tutorial is fantastic! I've just finished making (it took me over 7 years) a quilt with this exact block. It was ALL EPP though, right down to the half hexagons. http://buttontreelane.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/since-last-time-we-spoke.html

    I love this coaster design so much I think I'm going to make some tonight, for a friend's birthday present!

    Thank you!

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  10. I think your measurement for the center hex is incorrect. Is it supposed to be 2 3/4 inches? I tried the 1 3/4 and it was WAY too small. Did 2 1/2 and it still seemed a little small, compared to your finished top piece. LOVE the idea!!!

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    1. Hi, Jane -- thanks for the comment! Hexagons (especially in English Paper Piecing) are sized according to the measurement along 1 side of the hexagon. So the 1 3/4" hexagon means the measurement along one side is 1 3/4", not the measurement through the center of the hexagon. Hope this helps! :)

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    2. Obviously, I am not experienced with hexagons in quilting... Thanks for the info!

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  11. Hi there!!! I love these coasters! I so want to be a quilter, but I am not soooo good about the whole measuring exactly! I am so bad about that, anyway I really love your blog and your coasters are wonderful!!!! Thanks for sharing!
    Tracey

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  12. Hi,
    Can you please link up or let me know how to cut a hexagon shape? I've found tutorials for hex's based on the total size but none referencing the sides. Please help!

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  13. Muito obrigada por esta explicação...
    Muito obrigada!!!!

    abraços de Maria Filomena

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