Hello crafty people, it's Lauren here from Molly and Mama and I'm the new girl on the block.   My first tutorial for Sizzix will get you sewing hexagons to make a sweet little pot holder, heat pad or mug rug.

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But before I get into all the darling details, I thought I'd quickly introduce myself. I'm Lauren Wright, a friendly Australian designer, maker, crafter and creator. I'm so pleased to be able to share my love of stitching and creating with you all. And I'm thrilled to join the super talented bunch of Creative Bloggers at Sizzix.

Lauren Wright from Molly and Mama

If you'd like to find out more about me and my sewing journey, you can head over to the Molly and Mama blog.  You also might like to pop by these places aswell;

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But enough about me. Let's get on with it! This little project is a perfect introduction to sewing hexagons, and to quilting too.

How to Sew a Hexagon Mug Rug

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YOU WILL NEED

  • Your Sizzix Big Shot Plus Machine (660020)
  • Sizzix Bigz Die - Hexagons, 1 1/2" Sides
  • Sizzix Bigz Die - Hexagons, 1" Sides #2
  • Fabric 1 to cut 6 x 1 1/2" hexagons
  • Fabric 2 to cut 1 x 1 1/2" hexagons
  • paper or light card to cut 7 x 1" hexagons
  • Sewline glue pen for English paper piecing
  • 8" (20cm) square of linen fabric
  • 8" (20cm) square of backing fabric
  • 32" (81cm) x 2.5" (6.5cm) binding fabric
  • 2 x 8" (20cm) squares of fusible fleece, batting or insulated wadding (for a pot holder or heat pad)
  • Spray adhesive for fabric (if using non fusbile wadding or batting)
  • 6" (15cm) x 6" (15cm) square of heat fusible bonding web
  • embroidery floss to complement your fabrics
  • embroidery needle
  • sewing thread
  • general sewing supplies

LETS BASTE THE HEXAGONS

Using your Sizzix Big Shot Plus Machine, and your Sizzix Bigz Die - Hexagons, 1 1/2" Sides, cut 6 1.5" hexagons from Fabric 1, and one 1.5" hexagon from Fabric 2. Then cut seven 1" hexagon papers using plain paper and your Sizzix Bigz Die - Hexagons, 1" Sides #2. Using the Big Shot machine certainly streamlines the process of cutting and making hexagons and other shapes for English paper piecing!

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So now we're going to make a hexagon 6 petal flower using the traditional method of English paper piecing. But don't let the name scare you off. It's easy, I promise!

Using the glue pen, run a small amount of glue along the edge of one side of the hexagon paper (being careful not to use too much glue, or to glue too close to the edge of the paper).

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Fold the fabric over firmly and press it down to secure it.

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Repeat this process to fold over all 6 sides of the fabric. Be especially careful to keep the fabric folded firmly near the points or corners.

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Continue until you have made all 7 hexagons. They'll look like this;

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Now it's time to stitch them together to make a flower shape.

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SEW THE HEXAGON FLOWER

Select the centre hexagon, and one of the side petal hexagons. Hold the two hexagons right sides together, being sure to line up the edges and corners of the side you wish to sew.

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Thread your needle with a single strand of fine thread (choose a colour that will blend nicely) and knot one end. Use very fine, and small, whip stitches to sew the two sides of the hexagons together, starting at one corner and stitching along the edge to the next corner. As you stitch, catch 2 - 3 threads from the folded edge of both pieces of fabric, being careful not to stitch through the actual paper. Small, closely spaced stitches sewn straight across the fabric top are best.

When one edge is sewn, secure your sewing with a couple of stitches repeated in the same place, at the end of your hexagon side. This keeps the stitches tight and the seams (for each side of the hexagon) neatly intact. Next, fold the hexagons out flat and identify the next hexagon to be added to the design. Continue to stitch the sides together until the flower shape is fully formed. For more details, tips and tricks, you might like to read my tutorial on Sewing Hexagons.

REMOVE THE HEXAGON PAPERS

When all the sides in the interior of your chosen design are sewn together, you can begin removing the papers. Remove the papers from the centre of the design first and then work your way out to the edges. Press the back of the hexagon flower with a warm iron to help it keep it's shape.

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ADD FUSIBLE WEBBING TO SECURE THE FLOWER TO YOUR FABRIC

Trace the hexagon flower shape onto the paper side of your heat fusible webbing and cut around the outside of the shape.

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Iron the fusible webbing onto the back of your hexagon flower following the manufacturers instructions. Then peel off the backing paper.

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Centre the flower over your linen square and press it with a warm iron to applique it in place.

ADD WADDING TO YOUR FABRIC SQUARES

Secure your wadding to the back of both of your fabric squares. Use the manufacturers instructions to attach the fusible fleece. Or use spray adhesive if you're using insulated wadding or batting. Give each fabric square a press.

QUILT THE HEXAGON FLOWER TOP

Thread an embroidery needle with 3 strands of floss, and sew a small running stitch around the edge of the hexagon flower. You can also quilt the centre hexagon with running stitch. Add another row of stitching to the linen fabric (on the outside edge of the flower) to complete your decorative quilting.

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PUT THE MUG RUG TOGETHER

Cut each fabric square (the top and the back of the mug rug) down to a 7" (18cm) square. Be sure that the hexagon flower is centred.

Place the top and the back fabric squares together with wrong sides facing. Then pin or clip in place. Sew both pieces together with a scant seam allowance of 1/8" (2-3mm).

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BIND THE MUG RUG

Now it's time to add fabric binding. Iron your 32" (81cm) of binding fabric in half lengthways. Sew the binding to the outside edge of the mug rug ensuring that the raw edges of the binding line up with the raw edges of the mug rug. Use a 1/4" (6mm) seam allowance to sew the binding in place, being careful to mitre the corners and overlap the ends.

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When the binding is securely stitched, fold the binding to the back (again ensuring that the corner mitres sit neatly) and press, then pin or clip in place.

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Using a single strand of sewing thread in a coordinating colour, blind stitch the binding to the back of the mug rug. Give it a press when you've finished, and your sweet little mug rug is complete.

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Congratulations if you've made it this far! Hopefully you're still with me, and have learnt a new skill or two. Now that you've tried hexies, you might be like me, and find that they are completely addictive!

I'm looking forward to bringing you another fun tutorial next month, so until then, happy stitching!

Lauren x

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