Friday, January 31, 2014

I Heart Hexagons!

 Just in time for Valentine's Day, Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine came out with this adorable issue that includes the CUTEST heart pins I've ever seen!
So, after I got my hands on a copy, I decided I really needed a way to store these little gems.  I have been in dire need of a pinchusion for a while and so I figure with my new pin collection, now is the time!

 So, let me show you how to make this lovely little cushion!
Materials Needed:
- 4 charm sqaures (5" x 5"): 1 for the outer print, 1 for the backside of the outer print, 1 for the heart, and 1 for the back.
- rotarty cutter
- cutting mat
- ruler
- water-soluble marker or pencil
- needle and thread
- filler (I used rice)
- fabric scissors
- hexagon template (download link)
First, you will want to lay all of your squares down, one on top of the other, onto your cutting mat.  Place your hexagon template on top of your fabric, making sure that the template does not hang over the edge of the fabric.
Line up your ruler with the template's edges and cut your hexagons.


Next, you will be using the 2 hexagons that you want for your outer-print.  I used 2 different fabrics in this case, but you can use the same prints if you want.

Put them right sides together, place the template on top, and trace the heart with your marker or pencil.
I then fold my hexagons in half vertically and pin in place.  By doing this, it ensures that your hearts will match up perfectly!

Cut out your hearts.

Head over to your sewing machine and stitch around the heart outline, using an 1/8" seem allowance.  Make sure to backstitch at your start and stop!
Your hexagon will look like this . . . 

You will now need to flip the fabric so that the hexagons are wrong-sides together.

Press your hexagons as flat as possible.

Pin in place.

Topstitch around the heart outline.

Grab the back hexagon piece and place it face down on top of the front piece so that the right sides are together.

Stitch all sides but one, using a 1/4" seem allowance. Turn the pouch inside out.

Now you will want to fill your pincushion with your desired filling.  I used rice because it was what I had on hand.  Other suggestions for filling are polyfill or crushed walnut shells. 
You are now ready to hand stitch the last side closed.
Thread your needle and knot the bottom of the thread together.  Hide your knot in the fabric by starting a little to the side of where your machine stitches ended and stitching upwards from the inside of the cushion.

Flip the bag over so that you are stitching right to left.  Fold the fabric down towards the inside and hold together. I just kind of wiggle my needle back and forth between the two layers, catching a few fibers of the cotton each time.  Tie a square knot when you reach the end and hide the knot by stitching towards the inside of the bag and pulling the thread tight until the knot pulls inside the fabric.

Now you have an adorable little pincushion!

I hate wasting fabric, so I took the little heart that I cut out of my hexagons and decided to make a little mini cushion.

Put the right sides of the hearts together and stitch around the perimeter using a 1/8" seem allowance leaving a couple inches unstitched on one of the sides  Make sure to back stitch at your start and stop!

Flip your heart inside-out.

Fill your heart with your desired filling.

Hand stitch the side closed and you have a cute little cushion.

If you don't need another pincushion, you can also use these as cute little Valentine's Day decorations.  I am thinking of embroidering little sayings on these hearts like "Be Mine" and "I Love You", kind of like candy hearts, and giving them to my kids as valentines!
What will you use your Heart Hexies for?

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