Happy hexies here we come!

LPQ72 hexagon english paper piecing papers

Hooray issue 72 comes with a set of 150 Hexie papers, pre-cut and perforated so you can easily whip up smaller shapes too for kaleidoscopic paper-pieced effects!

Mix and match shapes with your new English Paper Piecing papers. These handy hexagons are perforated so you can separate them into triangles, diamonds and half hexies – or use them whole!

All of these shapes an be used together to make endless combinations of tessellating patterns. Use your templates as whole pieces to make hexagons or simply fold and tear along the lines to make patterns with all the other shapes.

Once you’ve decided which templates you’ll be using, place one paper template on the wrong side of a piece of fabric and secure with a pin or a dab of glue. Trim the fabric around the template, leaving a 1/4 in– 3/8 in seam allowance all the way around.

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Swipe a small amount of glue along one side of the paper template and fold the fabric over along that side.

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Repeat on each side, working around the shape, until all sides are basted. Repeat until all your shapes are basted.

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Now place two shapes right sides together, aligning the edges to be joined and whipstitch along the edge to join them.

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Read our full guide to English Paper Piecing for a full tutorial of this technique. Once you’ve sewn all your shapes together, press well, remove the paper templates and press again to finish!

LPQ72 patchwork purse

Sew this sweet coin purse using your papers, fussy cutting and our free template – we show you how in issue 72.