hexie snowflake tutorial

by Nova on December 8, 2011

I had a few spare moments this afternoon to whip up some more hexie snowflake decorations, so as promised to those that asked, here’s a quick little ‘how to’ for you …

This is not a hexagon tutorial as such as there are plenty of those out there if  you Google it –  I’m just going to take you through the steps I did to make the snowflake ornaments – mix it up & add your own design to embroider,  add beads or fussy cuts from fabric….

What you need  for each hexagon ornament::

  • 2 x Hexagon templates ( I used 1 ” hexies but use whatever size you fancy)
  • 2 x squares of fabric big enough to cover your hexies ( I cut mine 2 1/2″  & used natural linen)
  • 2 scraps of batting or pellon
  • embroidery floss (I used white)
  • Perle cotton (I used white, Perle 5)
  • soluble or disappearing pen or just a regular pencil
  • needle &  thread
  • thimble
  • scissors

1. Place hexie template onto fabric square & draw around

2. Remove template & draw your design directly onto fabric, keeping the design within the hexie shape you just drew. It was hard to see the design I drew on the linen so for a quick visual I drew a snowflake on the hexie template just so you can see the idea.

3. Using the embroidery floss (I used 2 strands) embroider over the design.

If you used a soluble pen like I did,  a quick spritz with water (I keep a water sprayer on the ironing board for just such occasions) and a press to dry it will get rid of the lines.

Repeat steps 1-3 for the other side of your ornament. I embroidered the date on mine.

4. Place your hexie template onto the scrap of batting or pellon. You might like to attach it with a tiny spot of glue, I did.

5. Cut around the template.

Repeat steps 4 & 5 with the other piece of batting  & hexie template.

6. With the batting side of the hexie shape against the wrong side of your embroidered piece of fabric line up the hexie with the design you embroidered. Holding it up to the light helps with this.  Add a spot of glue to hold it in place if you like. I did, but just a little after yesterday’s messy one!

7. Fold the edges of the fabric towards the back & stitch down as you go.

It should look a bit like this once you have sewn all the way around.

you can trim the excess fabric away if you like.

Repeat steps 6 & 7 with your other hexie. Leave the paper hexie template in, there’s no need to remove it & it adds a bit of structure.

8. Cut a piece of Perle Cotton ( I used Perle 5 just because that was what I had in the stash), make it into a loop & knot the ends together. I cut mine approx 6″

9. Place the knotted end of the loop on the top ‘point’ of your design, on the wrong side, & stitch over & through it a couple of times. Do not cut the thread off at this point.

10. Take your other hexie and place it with wrong sides together against your hexie with the loop attached. Double check you have the design the right way up for when it’s hanging from the attached loop & using the thread that you already have in the first hexie (from attaching the loop, whip stitch all the way around the edge.

job jobbed!

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1
Sarah Steele December 8, 2011 at 7:30 pm

This is so so so sweet Nova. Merry Christmas! xx

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Nana B December 8, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Thank you! it was very nice of you to take the time to post the small tut.

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Beth Lehman December 8, 2011 at 10:16 pm

thank you!! i think my kids would completely be able to do this! i can imagine a whole lot of colorful hexies on the tree or for a garland!

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4
Briana December 9, 2011 at 12:42 am

These are so cute. Thanks for taking us through the steps to make them!

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Katy December 9, 2011 at 5:15 am

Oh how fab, thanks for sharing :o)

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Flying Blind December 9, 2011 at 5:45 am

Oh these are so brilliant x

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Carorose December 10, 2011 at 8:10 am

Just lovely, I have a stitched a ‘for you’ on the back and used them a gift cards. Thanks for a great idea.

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Kate December 10, 2011 at 10:58 pm

This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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tanvel December 11, 2011 at 7:04 am

Great idea, will make some for next year’s gifts, too late now. Will have time to make fancier embroidery on them. Thanks so much for sharing. I made quilted and embroidered Princess slippers for ornies or wearable pins. Caould not post pix here, though.

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Tracey December 13, 2011 at 11:53 am

That is just perfect for what I was looking for making. Thanks so much!
Have a wonderful Christmas. :)

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lee December 15, 2011 at 10:12 pm

These are adorable! thanks for the tutorial!

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Rachel December 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Super cute! Thanks for sharing!

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nikki December 19, 2011 at 9:11 am

ah thankfully i found this. i fly home soon and was kinda bummed i wouldnt have anything for my parents, in laws etc. now this is simple, stuff i have on hand, and useful! thank you!

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Jan Ward January 24, 2013 at 1:53 am

I love these little snow flakes they are beautiful. Thank you for posting the tutorial. Jan x

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Gail November 30, 2013 at 11:28 pm

Thanks for the quicky idea! I’ve just lately gotten to try making some hexies and found out that they weren’t really as hard to make as I imagined. I have several projects in my head currently that I would like to make and this tutorial helps me with the basics.

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