I’ve seen dozens of posts extolling the virtues of these little hexagons:
They’re hand-sewn using hexagon templates. The templates can be any number of substances – construction paper, freezer paper, Teflon – and each has its virtues. Most are reusable, which is a fine and good thing. For my first foray into this arena, I picked up a package of Teflon templates; I figured they were heavy-duty and could be reused a bunch of times.
I didn’t really understand the procedure – needing to pin the templates to the fabric, ideally basting the fabric through the template… Teflon doesn’t easily avail itself to either of those things. I can get a pin through it, but not needles. This makes keeping the fabric tight against the template difficult, if I follow the directions, basting only as much as shown above. It rapidly turned into a train wreck:
I swore a lot, not being able to fathom how anyone found these “fun” or “relaxing” or “adorable.”
I muddled through, producing these:
We hand-sew the edges together, using tiny tiny stitches, gently attach them all together, eventually winding up with something resembling:
They look pretty good, until the templates come out, and the basting along with them. I’m not quite sure what to do with them at that point – iron down the ratty edges, I guess, and then top-stitch? I haven’t gotten that far yet.
For my second attempt, I am just basting the living hell out of them – holding the edges and corners down by basting across to the other side a bunch of times, like so:
I haven’t gotten any further than this yet, but I suspect they’ll be a bit easier to manage without the edges getting all in the way. I’ve prepped a bunch more for basting, though, and at some point… I’ll get to it again.