Beginner Quilting: How to Make a Hexie

Beginner English Paper Piecing tutorial of how to sew hexies! This video tutorial and free pattern is the first step in my beginner quilting series where we will be making a cute, hexie flower mug rug! #quilting #sewing #handsewing #epp #englishpaperpiecing #quilts #sewingproject #sewingpattern

If you follow any other sewing blogs or have been stalking the sewing community of Instagram, you may have seen some adorable designs made from hexagonal tiles of fabric. These are known as hexies in the quilting word and they are absolutely addictive to make! 

 I’ve been working on my first ever hexie project featuring 4 hexie “flowers” to go in the corners of a mini quilt, centering around my Cinderella Glass Slipper Embroidery Pattern. They have been sew fun to make—especially while joining the #sipteaandepp party on Insta! 


Beginner English Paper Piecing tutorial of how to sew hexies! This video tutorial and free pattern is the first step in my beginner quilting series where we will be making a cute, hexie flower mug rug! #quilting #sewing #handsewing #epp #englishpaperpiecing #quilts #sewingproject #sewingpattern
Click the photo to see more about this pattern and learn how to leaf stitch!

For those who don’t know “epp” stands for “English paper piecing.” This quilting technique involves cutting and sewing blocks and tiles of fabric around small paper (or more modernly, acrylic) tiles to create exact edges in quilting together shaped designs. 

It’s a fun technique and very relaxing, since it’s repetitive, small, and can be taken anywhere (I’m going to plug right here, that my Cinderella Satchels are perfect for carrying a small sewing kit, precut fabric and hexie templates! You can find ones I’ve made or make your own with the downloadable pattern and tutorial in my 5-Star rated Etsy shop ๐Ÿงก). 

The sewing style is a fairly simple motion and just takes practice to get fast! I decided on a video tutorial for teaching you how to make these. It’s real-time with no speed added and takes only 5 minutes. This technique is considered stitch basting (some people use glue-basting to save time. I may venture into that when I get more ambitious with big projects, but for now, I enjoy the small stitches). 


Beginner English Paper Piecing tutorial of how to sew hexies! This video tutorial and free pattern is the first step in my beginner quilting series where we will be making a cute, hexie flower mug rug! #quilting #sewing #handsewing #epp #englishpaperpiecing #quilts #sewingproject #sewingpattern
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Over the course of the next few tutorials, I’ll be showing you how to make a hexie flower mug rug! This is the first step, so make 7 hexies and next week, we’ll talk about sewing them together to make a flower ๐ŸŒธ I’m using some lovely Little Red in The Woods fabric from Riley Blake Designs in this tutorial. 

I tend toward vintage or Parisian pastel prints or woodland and fairy tale fabrics (if you haven’t figured that out yet ๐Ÿ˜‚). I find fabric from other Etsy sellers, Instagram buddies, Modes4U (they have Japanese kawaii fabrics, fairytale, children’s, and a lot of other designs that are hard to find in craft stores and with this link you get international free shipping with certain purchases), and Connecting Threads (which features quilting collections and more traditional prints). 

Be sure to print out your free hexies pattern here before starting your tutorial. When printing, click “fill page” or the equivalent for your computer, to get the most accurate size in you template. 


Beginner English Paper Piecing tutorial of how to sew hexies! This video tutorial and free pattern is the first step in my beginner quilting series where we will be making a cute, hexie flower mug rug! #quilting #sewing #handsewing #epp #englishpaperpiecing #quilts #sewingproject #sewingpattern

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If the video below isn’t working (mobile devices can be finicky with embedded videos sometimes) you can click here to view the tutorial in your device’s YouTube app.


I hope you enjoyed making your first hexies! Feel free to follow along with this tutorial series by signing up for my almost-semi-consistent newsletter or following me on Instagram @cinderellasews

 Happy quilting,



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