I like to use hexagon templates for accuracy. Templates are a great way to use scraps. In this tutorial I will tell you how to cut hexagons with templates. I also include information about the supplies you'll need.
The basic supplies needed to cut hexagons include:
- hexagon template or template set for the size you need. Assortment of hexagon templates and sets.
- rotary cutter and cutting mat or sharp scissors
- a rotating cutting mat makes the job easier if you are using a rotary cutter
- marking pen or pencil
- Perfect Piecer by Jinny Beyer
Hexagon sizes are determined by the finished measurement of each side. A 1 inch hexagon has 1″ finished sides. All sides are the same measurement. In this tutorial we are cutting 1″ hexagons.
I use the 8-piece hexagon template set from Sew Easy. The sizes range from 3/4″ finished to 3″ finished. It includes a zip close pouch so they (hopefully) won't get lost.
Cut Fabric Strips
I don't know of an accurate way to speed cut hexagons from templates. First I cut strips. From the strips, I cut each hexagon individually. Measure the width of the template from one side to the opposite side as shown below.
This 1′ finished hexagon template measures about 2-1/4″ from one side to the opposite side.
Cut a strip of fabric 2-1/4″. I prepare my fabric by using Faultless Maxx Spray Starch. This gives the fabric some stiffness, making cutting more accurate.
- If using a rotary cutter and mat, place the template on the fabric strip and cut a hexagon.
- If using scissors, mark around the template with your mechanical pencil or marking pen. cut just inside the marking.
Mark the Stitching Lines
Next you will mark the stitching lines. You have several choices:
- mark the points and draw the line dot-to-dot
- mark the 1/4″ without the dots
Once the fabric is cut out, use the holes in the template to mark the 6 corners on the wrong side.
Use a fine point marker or mechanical pencil.
Next, use your pencil or marker and a straight edge to connect the dots.
Mark Without Dots
To mark without the dots, use the Perfect Piecer or another 14″ marker to draw the seam allowance on each side.
I like using the Perfect Piecer because it's made from slightly thinner material than a cutting ruler. Additionally, the lines are thinner making it more accurate for drawing 1/4″ lines.
Instead of the dots showing the corners, use the intersection of two lines to find the corners when piecing.
Using templates means very little waste.
I hope you now know how to cut hexagons with templates. For more information about piecing and cutting hexagons here are some articles you might like:
Quiltmaking by Hand by Jinny Beyer