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
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.