Two small English paper piecing (EPP) projects video tutorial

If you’re a bit tired of doing the usual hexies, just sew 2 strips of fabric together and the effect is immediate.

For my project the fabrics are joined in the middle but you  could choose to place the same anywhere really and come up with very interesting designs.

The lunch bag project is an upcycled project that uses the leg of a pair of jeans and a few hexies top stitched to the denim fabric.

Download the hexagon templates

Print the 1 inch templates on thick or plain paper.

Thick card stock is easier to work with in this particular instance because you’ll be dealing with seams and the card stock hods its shape better.

Cut the templates and get sewing.

Two important points to make:

  • Before printing make sure you’re printing at 100% to avoid surprises.
  • Leave the paper template in until you have finished sewing all  hexies together

Hexagon project fabric collection

I used Haerae Designs Studio 100% GOTS certified organic cotton printed with low impact dyes. I love the beautiful fabrics in these collections. The collection is a couple of years old so it may not be available but here you have the details:

  • Dancing in the Water by Marketa Stengl
  • Sea Life by Adena Jooste

My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

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  • On Instagram please tag me with @teresadownunder and hashtag #teresadownunder
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  1. I’ve been hole punching my hexie templates for easier removal for years… it never occurred to me that I could use that hole to pin the template in place. These are two patterns I know I will use, but I think the lunch bag will be a bucket bag for me. Love it!

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  2. Your videos never disappoint! The bag looks really handy but the first video…genius. Thank you SO much for continuing inspiration.

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