How to Make a Hexagon Quilt – A Free Tutorial

Check out our Red White and Blue Hexagon Baby Quilt! Today’s post features a Hexagon Quilt Tutorial and lots of pictures of our finished hexagon baby quilt.

We are really excited about this Red, White, and Blue Hexagon Baby Quilt!  We had so much fabric left over from our Modern Log Cabin Quilt, we decided to try our hand at machine-stitched hexagons.

 

 

This was our first attempt at machine-sewing a hexagon pattern, and after patiently working our way through the cutting, sewing, and pressing, we are thrilled with how this quilt turned out – there are definitely more hexagon quilts in our future!

Hexagon Quilt Tutorial

Step One – Get the Right Tools for Cutting Your Hexagons

Hexagon Cutting Templates

Rotating Cutting Mat

Marking Pens

Step Two – Cut the Hexagons on a Rotating Cutting Mat

For this quilt we used the 5” Hexagon Template.  I have a feeling the smaller you go, the more complicated and intricate the quilt gets!

Cut the hexagons using your rotary cutter, the hexagon template, and the revolving cutting mat.  The mat helps keep your template and fabric in place.  We cut about 100 or so Hexagons for our Baby Quilt.  You definitely have to cut more than required due to trimming and squaring the sides of the quilt.

Step Three – Mark Your Hexagon Seam Dots

Once you cut all your hexagons, mark the hexagons’ dots on the wrong side of your fabric by using those nifty hexagon template’s holes.  You don’t sew the seam all the way to the end due to the way the hexagon rows join up.

We used a water soluble pen, but a pencil can work – as long as it fits in those tiny holes and you can see the dot!

Step Four – Join Hexagons to Form a Row

Join the hexagons in horizontal rows by sewing between the dots.

The first picture shows how to create rows of hexagons – sewing between the dots.

We did not press seams during this step.  We found pressing to be easier after the quilt top is complete.  This is personal preference.

 

Step Five – Line Up Your Hexagon Rows

Align the rows.  Every alternating row should be one hexagon longer than the desired length because you lose half a hexagon in when the quilt is trimmed.  Half of the hexagon in the first row extends beyond the start of the second row.   Alternate this step to lay out the rows.

 

We used quilting pins to line up our rows and keep them stable.

Step Six – Joining Up the Rows

Starting from the left side, sew one side at time together sewing between the dots.  Fold the seam allowance away from the dot to make sure the seam allowance is not caught in the stitching.  Backstitch at the beginning and end of each line to ensure the stability of the seams.  You could also reduce your stitch length down to 0 and lock in the seam that way.

This seems awkward at first, but once you have sewn a few sides together, you will see how it comes together.

Add one more row to the desired quilt size length because one fifth of a hexagon is lost on the top and bottom of the quilt when the quilt is trimmed.

Step Seven – Pressing Your Quilt Top

After rows are joined, the seams are pressed.  Press the seams that joined the hexagons in step four to the right.  All other seams will lie down under the horizontal seam.  Continue pressing each row by pressing seam that joined the hexagon into rows to the right.  These pressed seams will guide the other seams into their proper place.

We waited to trim the top after we basted and quilted the quilt.

Our Finished Quilt

Hexagons are challenging but so worth the effort!  The pattern gives depth to the quilt and really showcases the fabric selection.

 

 

We quilted this by stitch 1” intersecting lines that form and allover grid.  The quilt has a wonderful texture and a beautiful drape.

 

This sweet baby quilt measures 36” x 40” and is available in our shop.

For the back we used Riley Blake – Star Spangled Doodlebug – Multi Colored Hearts and for the binding we used Robert Kaufman – Hints of Prints – Flowers Regatta in Poppy – by Darlene Zimmerman.

Thank you so much for checking out our tutorial – we’d love to hear if you have any tips or tricks of your for machine sewing hexagons.

Jenn and Linda

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