Many quilters like English paper piecing and the hexagon is one of the most popular shapes.
You can 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 you want to save money, you have to make your own templates.
Cutting templates one by one is boring task and it takes ages! I will show you a technique that cut the time needed for this task by 2, 3, or even more. Isn’t that cool??
So let’s cut hexagon templates!
- your favorite paper for English paper piecing.
- a hexagon printed sheet
- blank pages
- paper cutter
- glue stick
- long (quilt) ruler and cutting mat
- scissors for paper
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.
Do not use sheets printed like in the photo below – it’s just a waste of time!
Underneath the printed paper, add 2,3 or even 4 blank pages – it depends on how thick your paper is.
Stack the pages. In order to keep the edges aligned, apply glue along the edges of the paper (see the grey areas shown below).
Obviously, do not add glue on the first page and keep the glue away from the printed area.
Here is how my stack of 4 pages look like.
Using the ruler (I used a quilt ruler), cut first vertically on the dashed red lines shown below – 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 (horizontal) lines, starting from the center. Do not extend the cut past the paper’s edges.
Cut in the order shown below.
Remove the paper outside the printed area.
We have now stacks of 4 rectangles.
Using the sharp point of the cutter, lift up one stack from the cutting mat.
Keeping all the pieces aligned with the top rectangle, 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.
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