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Video tutorial: Hexies pincushion – English Paper Piecing (EPP)


If you’ve never done English paper piecing or EPP this is an easy project to start with.

For this I printed a sheet of 1 1/4 inch hexagons (pdf). You will only need 8 templates.

How to make English paper piecing (EPP) hexagons

This is an EPP beginner’s project.

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  1. I only started epp earlier this year and love it! It’s good to keep my arthritic hands moving. I love this pin cushion and will make some for Christmas presents. Thank you x

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  2. thanks- I have always thought I should try my hand at epp, but didn’t want to do it on a big project- this is perfect and got me inspired…I am working on it now…….realized as I started sewing them together that I’m not really sure what type (weight) of thread I should be using….haven’t done hand sewing in awhile…..can you tell us what weight thread you are using? I have just started making the pin cushion with regular sewing weight……(that I use for machine sewing or hand sewing a hem), but in looking at the video now I am wondering if you are using a heavy weight thread and whether I am going to have a problem with the seams not holding……..

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  3. Hi Mary, concerning your question about thread – regular sewing thread is fine, it’s what I use. Teresa probably used a thicker thread so it would show up better in the tutorial.
    The main thing in EPP is to sew the seams carefully so there are no gaps or threads visible when the item is finished.
    Hope this helps!

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  4. Also you could use a thread closer to the colour of your prints. I used to though now I don’t. Maybe if your project uses really dark prints you may be better off using a dark thread too.


  5. thank you – I just finished it. I am sure that I was stitching far tinier stitches at the beginning than I needed to…….I got more sane about that as I got going (ESPECIALLY when I had to rip some out after stitching too far on one spot…….was harder ripping out my hand stitches than any machine stitches I have ever sewn! haha) My stitches were pretty neat, but they are visible close up- I don’t think that can be avoided completely with a pincushion since there is some strain on the stitches from the stuffing…..not sure a whip stitch can ever be really invisible but I am not going to worry about that. It is cute.
    I would upload a photo, but I don’t see a link here to do that…….

    thanks again – I’ll enjoy using it. I think this would also make a really sweet pillow with larger hexies.

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  6. You’re right, it’s nearly impossible to hide all stitches, esp. when the item is stuffed. It’s best to use neutral thread or a similar color like the item, then.
    Or you can do what I do and consider any visible stitches (and other irregularities) as part of the hand made charm! 😉

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