Last week, I decided that I'm starting to like hand sewing. I previously had a serious phobia to sewing by hand, but lately I had to hand sew lots of leather handles and other things out of necessity. I'm starting to enjoy it. So I thought it was time to tackle something that I have been longing to do for a long time...hand sew some hexagons!
It's really not hard at all once you get started. There's a great 3-part tutorial at Jaybird Quilts if you're interested.
|Anna Maria Horner Folksy Flannel. Image from Pink Castle Fabrics.|
Although the plastic hexagon templates looked inviting, I wanted something that I could start with immediately, so I printed out 1.5" hexagon pieces from here.
And I used my Accuquilt Go! Baby to cut the middle-sized hexagons. They cut really quickly, and I was able to cut twice as many flannels through the die as I'm used to cutting with quilting cotton.
I put together a little travel box for my purse using all the supplies necessary for hand sewing the hexagons...small scissors, 2 needles (one for securing the paper to one edge of the hexagon temporarily, and the other for the actual hand sewing), thread, paper templates, and my cut fabric. Not that I have a huge amount of free time on my hands, but my kids go to class every Friday for an hour, so I figure I could get a dozen or so finished every week (no hurry on the pillow). :-)