Cutting Small Hexagons

Finished Hexagon Block
Finished Hexagon Block

Today we are cutting hexagons from strips to make the hexagon block for our sampler quilt. This tutorial is a follow-up to the Large Hexagon tutorial. The principles are the same; the sizes are different.

Supplies

Cut strip to make rotary cut hexagons
Cut strip to make rotary cut hexagons

Cut your strip the unfinished size of your hexagon. In the example, I cut mine 2 3/8 inches. This is 1/8″ larger than I need, but I have a little wiggle room in this block. If you don’t have wiggle room, cut the strip the size of the unfinished hexagon

Strip cut to size
Strip cut to size
Fold your strip in half lengthwise
Fold your strip in half lengthwise

Fold your strip in half lengthwise

Position strip with fold near you
Position strip with fold near you

Position the strip so the fold is closest to you.

Line up Clearview ruler
Line up Clearview ruler

Line up your Clearview ruler with the tip on the raw edge

Place post-it note on ruler
Place post-it note on ruler

Place a post-it note on the ruler. Line up a post-it note with the fold of the strip

Move ruler up even with the raw edge
Move ruler up even with the raw edge

Move ruler up until the post-it note is lined up with the raw edge of the strip. N.B. I rotated the post it note, because I couldn’t cut with the edges hanging over.

N.B.2- Be very careful if you cut towards you on the left side. It is never a good idea to cut towards you, so I recommend getting a rotating mat. Place your strip on the rotating mat, make your first cut the rotate the mat and make your second cut.

Cut on both sides of the ruler
Cut on both sides of the ruler

Cut on both sides of the ruler

Perfect hexagon
Perfect hexagon
Compare size with your template
Compare size with your template

Your hexagon should be perfect. N.B. As I said above, I have a little wiggle room with this patch, so I cut it slightly larger, which is why the template looks a little smaller.

 

Move ruler so post-it is lined up with raw edge
Move ruler so post-it is lined up with raw edge

Move the ruler along the strip and cut the next one

Note: you will not be able to cut every single bit of fabric. You will have small triangles leftover from in between the hexagons. You can use these leftover scraps to stuff pet beds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Author: JayeL

Quiltmaker who enjoys writing and frozen chocolate covered bananas.

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