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I am so excited to share this simple, utilitarian idea with you today! This little 3″ wide hexapuff serves triple duty: it sticks to my sewing machine where I can easily place pins in it as I take them out while sewing, it’s magnetic, so if I just brush a needle against it, it stays, and it smells heavenly, as it is stuffed with dried lavender and fluffy filling.
Like any good quilter, I love hexagons. In fact, I loved hexagons way before I was a quilter… back when I defined myself as a knitter. I loved knitting hexapuffs, stuffing them with soft, fluffy filling and dried lavender. Recently, as I stared at my pile of pretty knitted hexapuffs, I wondered why I had never made them out of fabric before.
And suddenly, an idea was born! They’re quick to sew and fun to make. And they’re the perfect little gift for all your sewing friends.
Here’s how you make them:
Printable PDF of the Hexapuff Tutorial: Hexapuff Tutorial by Late Night Quilter
- Two 4″ x 4″ squares of fabric
- Hexagon template or Accuquilt die (see below for links)
- Dried Lavender
- 3/4″ Magnets
- Sewing Machine, Rotary Cutter, Scissors and Thread
Cut out two 3″ wide hexagons. Each side of the hexagon should be 1.5″, and the diameter of the hexie should be 3″ wide.
I use my Accuquilt to cut these hexies quickly and accurately. There is a fantastic AccuQuilt GO! Hexagon die (**affiliate link) with 3 different sizes of hexagons that is useful for so many different projects. I cut out my fabric using the center hexie for this project. If you’d like a free template though, check out this link to Love Patchwork and Quilting, where you can download 5 different size hexie templates!
Press one side of each of the hexies under 1/4″, toward the wrong side of the fabric. This is just to make your life easier at the end of the project when it is time to hand stitch the opening of the hexie puff.
Here’s what you’ve got so far:
Place the hexies right sides together, with the turned under sides matching.
Sew all the way around the hexie, leaving the turned-under side unstitched so you can turn and fill your hexie.
Tip: For sharp points on your hexie’s corners, sew all the way off each edge. Don’t stop 1/4″ away from the end of the hexie to pivot and keep sewing. Sew off each side, break thread, and then start at the top of the next side to get the prettiest hexie corners.
Turn your hexie right side out and use a chopstick to gently push out the points.
Press the hexie and make sure your corners look pretty.
Fill with 1/2 teaspoon of dried lavender, and stuff with fluffy Poly-Fil (**affiliate link) .
Insert a small, 3/4″ magnet. You can purchase a small package of 3/4″ magnets at your local craft store for about $5, or a larger package online at Amazon (Creative Hobbies® Round Ceramic Disc Magnets Grade 5 Strong! -Wholesale Box of 100 Pcs – **affiliate link).
Stitch the top closed.
Use a sticky Scotch brand Mounting Square to secure the Magnetic Hexapuff Needle Minder to your sewing machine. Here is a photo of the double-sided sticky mounting squares I used. They are 4″ x 4″, so I just cut them down to 1″, which fit my hexie perfectly.
If you’ve never done a ladder stitch before, here’s a handy diagram. It’s a lovely stitch that is very difficult to see when done properly. It also works well when binding your quilts.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! I’ll be making a lot of these, especially when I just need a few minutes to relax. And I have a feeling these Hexapuffs will appear in a few other projects in the weeks to come too.
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