Monday, 6 April 2020

Entertain yourself in Lockdown

Do you want to while away the hours at home, but don't have any fancy gear? You can't go out to the fabric store as it is not an essential activity, so can we just make do with what we have?

I thought a hexagon quilt might be easy to make from what you have around home. If you have some old shirts that you can upcycle, that is all you need. It doesn't have to be shirts, but any fine weave cotton will be fine.
A few hexagons to start with, all these are cut from my husband's old shirts, my favourite is the splotchy liberty print on the bottom right. At least 2 of the others were from shirts we had made while we were in Vietnam

You don't need a sewing machine as we  will use English paper piecing and then the hexagons together by hand. The trickiest part is making the templates, but I found a video online to assist with that.

This is what you will need:
  • old cotton shirts, men's work shirts are ideal
  •  a drawing compass,
  • a ruler or tape measure,
  •  some stiff cardboard
  • some thin card or heavy paper
  • glue stick
  • scissors (and a rotary cutter if you have one)
  • needle
  • thread
Here is a link to the hexagon tutorial if you want to have a go.

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