Tips for cutting hexagon templates for English paper piecing
Many people buy already-cut hexagon templates.
But if you need only a few or an unusual size, or if you don’t want to wait 2 weeks to receive them (my case), or if they are too expensive (my case again), here is a method that cut the time needed for this task by 2, 3, 4 or even more.
I would have loved to know this method when I cut 3400 hexagons, one by one, for my Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt.
So let’s cut hexagon templates!
– a hexagon printed sheet
– blank pages
– ruler and cutting mat.
Use your favorite paper for English paper piecing.
Your hexagons must be printed like in the photo below. To cut them, you have to cut on the dashed lines; these are straight lines you cut with a ruler and the cutter.
Put underneath the printed paper, 2,3 or even 4 blank pages – it depends on how thick your paper is.
Glue the pages together to keep them aligned ; apply glue on the green areas shown below.
Here is how my pages look like; the glue was applied first on the top area; then I applied it on the bottom area.
Using the ruler (I used a quilting ruler), cut first on the red lines – through all the pages.
Before moving the ruler to the next cut, make sure your cut goes through all the pages (cut twice if necessary). The cut must extend a little past the printed area.
Then rotate your cutting mat and cut on the green lines, starting from the center. Do not extend the cut past the paper’s edges.
Here is a picture of my papers.
Remove the outside paper.
We have now stacks of 4 rectangles.
Using the sharp point of scissors, lift up one stack from the cutting mat…
…keep all the pieces aligned with the top rectangle (there are 4 rectangles in the photo below)
Cut on the lines to remove the corner triangles.
And here it is: 4 hexagons instead of 1! 48 instead of 12!
I cut 96 in about 10 minutes.
If you need some hexagons, click below to download hexagon sheets in different sizes.
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