Friday, April 8, 2011

The Hexie Hairclip - a tutorial

I just love all the hexagon quilts - they are so gorgeous and intricate.  For some reason at dinner last night the idea popped into my head to make a hexagon hair clip for Charlotte.  It took a little trial and error but here's what I came up with!

That is an orange and blue one for Charlotte to wear to Ryan's graduation.  Here's a pink one, because you know - we're girly.

Would you like to make one for the little girl(s) in your life?
Here's what you will need:
scraps of fabric
sewing machine/coordinating thread
scissors/yardstick/water soluble pen

Step 1:  Cut out your hexagon template.  Mine was 1 1/4" wide.  Here's one for you to trace right off your computer screen..

Step 2:  Scrounge through your scraps until you find colors that make you happy.  Cut out 7 hexagons.
Move them around until you are happy with the arrangement.

Step 3:  Cut one square (it needs to be larger than the hexagon arrangement) of the backing fabric, and one square of batting the same size.  Layer them - beginning with the backing right side down, then the batting, then the hexagons - all but the middle one.

Step 4:  Using the zig-zag setting, stitch along the edges where the hexagons touch - sew through all three layers, hexagons, batting, and backing.s
 It will look like this:

Then lay the last hexagon on top, and zig zag around all 6 edges of this hexagon.  It should look like this:
and this (I made 3 clips - this one was the 3rd one and looks the best):

Step 5:  Trim off the excess batting and backing fabric - following the shape of your hexagon "flower".

Step 6:  Zig-zag around all the raw edges.

Step 7:  Last but not least - hot glue the clip to the back of the hexagons.  You can cover the clip in ribbon if you like.

Ta-da!  A cute little accessory reminiscent of a well-loved quilt.

Have a happy weekend everyone!

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