30 August 2010

Hexie Caddy Tutorial

I cannot help but notice that there is a ‘hexagon-craze’ thingy going on in blogland !
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  I love my Hexie Caddy Pincushion !  And there are many of my blog readers and followers who agree too!
It’s pretty easy to make but I must warn you, it’s all hand stitched.
Here goes….
….but before I start…
This is a free tutorial. Do not pass off my tutorial as your own. It would be nice to give due credit to me and show me the ones you make!!!
Let’s start !
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Cut 6 rectangles ( 2in x 4in) from a cereal box.
Cut 6 rectangles (3in x 5in) from fabric.
Fold in the seams and gum the fabric in place using glue stick.
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Cut 3 paper hexagons with 2 inch sides.
( I like to go to this website for my hexagon templates.)
Baste one hexagon to the fabric with a running stitch. This will be the base.
Mount another hexagon on a cardboard(cereal box), trim and gum the fabric in place using glue stick.
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Cut the third hexagon and ‘elongate’ it 2 inches as in the above pic.
Prepare 6 elongated hexagons using the English Paper Piecing method (EPP).
Edit:I’ve some e-mails asking how to ‘elongate’ the hexagon.

elongate hexagonHere's a little diagram to explain the method.
Cut the hexie into half along the dotted line. You will get two half hexies. Using glue stick, gum the two pieces on another piece of paper, 2inches apart as shown in the diagram above and the pic above that too.
There you have ‘elongated’ hexagon’ !
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Using whip stitch, join the elongated hexagon pieces. This is the pincushion.
If you don’t like EPP , you can machine stitch the pieces if you like. But I love hand piecing…so that I can watch ‘When In Rome’ at the same time …a very cute romantic comedy!
Leave an opening  in the middle of two seams( opposite seams) . This will make stuffing easier.
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     Whip stitch to join the rectangles. Now you see the hexie caddy.
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Remove the paper from the elongated hexagons and turn out.
Now you are ready to join the two pieces together.
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   Align the sides as in the left pic. Using slip stitch, join the caddy to the pincushion. This is the top of the caddy.
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Using slip stitch again, join the paper basted hexagon to the bottom of the caddy. I like to make a few stitches before I give it a pull…
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…see, easy and almost invisible.
Don’t worry if some stitches are visible. It is hand stitched !
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Next, slip stitch the pincushion to the bottom.
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   Remove the paper hexagon. Place the fabric covered cardboard hexagon into the bottom of  the caddy. The cardboard should keep the hexagon caddy in shape!
Next , fill it up! Remember, fill it  just enough or it will go out of shape and the caddy wall will start to collapse!
Slip stitch the openings when done stuffing.
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Isn’t this sweet?
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…now I have to make another one….good thing I don’t have too many sisters !
I would love to see the ones you make. So please mail me your pixies and I’ll share it  here !
I've added a Linky at the bottom of this post for you to add pics of your creations!
Happy stitching !!!
 image    Deutsche Version  translated by Regina Grewe . Thanks Regina .

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Show me your Hexie Caddy Pincushion creations!

 

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As this tutorial is free for all my readers,

* DO NOT sell my pattern.
* DO NOT use my pattern for any commercial gains.
* Give credit to me as the designer of the Hexie Caddy Pincushion
* Have fun!
* Send me pics of your Hexie Caddy Pincushion .

118 comments:

  1. Thanks for a great tutorial Penny and I will now have to make one of these.... when you stuff the sides do you use just a polyfil? I really like these and think they are fabulous :)

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  2. What an awesome tute, this is going in my faves to be made very soon! Thank you!

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  3. You are just too clever. You put together a great tutorial. I am going to gather my materials and give this a try TODAY! Thanks so much. ~karen

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  4. It is a sweetie, thank you for the tutorial

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  5. /Thanks for this tutorial - it is such a practical (no fall down) pattern - I love it... Hugz

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  6. Fantastic Penny...have linked to you on the freebies blog..hugs Khris

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  7. I've seen other tutorials of similar projects, but yours is by far the clearest and I think easy to understand. I will give it a try and let you know how I get on. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  8. Wonderful project. Thanks for sharing this great tutorial, I 'll try ASAP !
    Hugs from France.

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  9. wow...great tutorial...i'm going to try this. thank you for sharing

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  10. Penny,
    What a great tutorial thank you so much. I will give it a try, too cute not to try.
    Debbie

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  11. What size hexagon do you use? They give different sizes to copy from.
    Mary Ann

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  12. Dear Mary Ann,I can't mail a reply to you so I'll do it here :)
    I think I mentioned "Cut 3 paper hexagons with 2 inch sides." So, at 'Hexagon Size', simply type [2] . Make sure it is [inches].
    Happy Stitching !

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  13. Hi Penny! I will give this one a try! Sew cute!

    And I will link to your post on my blog if you don't mind of course! I always give credit where credit is due! YAY!

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  14. Wow thanks for the tute!! Thanks for linking up, we'll see you next week!

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  15. I love it..great tutorial Penny, I will make one soon, and show you..thank you so much,
    Julia ♥

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  16. penny, I just love your hexie pin cushion. Ican see a few gifts coming in someones future. Thankyou Penny for sharing. \dianneK.

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  17. Wow I just stumbled upon your site and love, love this tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. I have just found your site via someone's blog, I love that tutorial, I am definately making one. I hope it's okay to link to your blog on my site.

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  19. Thanks for sharing its tutorial...so good...

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  20. Great idea! I love the open middle store scissors and such.

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  21. Yeah another project!
    Awesome!

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  22. Great tutorial -- although you lost me at "hand stitch." :)

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  23. Very creative! Thanks for sharing!

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  24. I think I need to make one of these! thanks!!

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  25. This is a great project! Thanks for sharing!

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  26. Great project, I love that it has a little cupholder spot in the center! Perfect!

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  27. Pretty and sew usefull too! Great idea!

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  28. What a wonderful addition to your sewing accessories. It looks great.

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  29. Thanks for linking your brilliant tutorial o lush friday. So easy to follow,you made it look really simple.Andrea

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  30. Gosh, that looks great, and the tutorial was easy to follow! Thanks!

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  31. what a great tutorial! Thank you for sharing!

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  32. Thanks for sharing this great tutorial, now I really want to make a caddy of my own. Hand sewing can be so relaxing, and I like to know that I've made something completely by hand, don't you?

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  33. Fabulous tutorial, Penny! I'm seriously going to try this soon. Thanks so much for posting. Happy Friday! :o)

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  34. Thank you everyone for your lovely comments. I always try to send a 'thank you' note to all but there are a few 'noreply-comment' bloggers here. Thank you so much again and remember, if you make one, blog about it and let me know!:)

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  35. Oh my goodness, That is so darling! Thank you so much for the tutorial, I may have to give one a try!

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  36. Answering the question at the end of your post, "isn't it sweet?" YES, it is!

    thank you for the tute. :)

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  37. What a cute pincusion. Thanks for the great tutorial. I will suggest this tutorial for my quilt group.

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  38. Gracias por compartir el tutorial. Feliz domingo.

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  39. Great tute! Thanks for sharing ... I've posted a link.

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  40. Love this! I followed a link from Vreni's blog (http://oops-lah.blogspot.com) I know what I'm going to be making this weekend! Thanks.

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  41. This is awesome! I have a link on my blog to other people's tutorials. Is it OK if I list it there with the link back to you?

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  42. Love the tutorial! I hope to make one of these today! Thanks so much! :0)

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  43. Great tutorial.Can't wait to have one of my own.Thank you

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  44. Wow! What a great tutorial. I love it! I can't wait to try it.

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  45. Wow! What a great tutorial. I love it! I can't wait to try it.

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  46. I have just discovered your blog via The Patchwork Angel. This sewing caddy is fantastic. Thanks for the tute, might start on one today.

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  47. Me too Michelle!! (via The Patchwork Angel site) Not really one for hand stitching very often or for hexagons either, but I do love all things practical as well as pretty. Will be great to have beside the machine to keep my unpicker and scissors handy tho. Thanks for sharing Penny <**> Tania.

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  48. More Hexagons. I thought 108.8 metres of The World's Biggest Hexagon Quilt was enough but this looks so great I will have to make it too. Perfect for my TV watching sewing caddy.

    Thanks for posting the tutorial> Lyn

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  49. Outstanding tut and caddy ! wonderful gift for my quilting friends.

    I understand everything except how you "elongate" the hexie - I know I am being dense here but can you give me a more detailed explanation

    thanks for sharing this cute thing ! gotta love those hexies

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  50. I made one. I made a hexie. I love it. How do I put a pic on your blog? Have to work that one out yet.

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  51. Michelle and Sewsewgirly, I'm curious to know which Patchwork Angel site did you find me? :)

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  52. Fantástico. Muito obrigada por compartilhar.
    abraços de Maria Filomena

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  53. This is so awesome!! I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-hexagon-sewing-caddy-and-pincushion/2010/09/23/

    --Anne

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  54. please explain ow to ELONGATE hexagon

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  55. What a great tutorial, thank you for sharing. I'll let you know when I've made one.

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  57. Dear Penny, thankyou for this sweet tutorial - i love it ;O) Have a nice weekend - Gaby

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  58. Fab tutorial. I'm hexie addicted so will have to have a go at making one of these! Thanks for sharing!

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  60. I thank you so very much for the fabulous tutorials and a very lovely caddy. I have made one for my little sewing corner. Thanks again, Penny!

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  61. Yay! I'm so glad you made this in hexies. I've been eyeing the AMH one but can't get the book at the local library. I like your one even better so I'll give it a shot and send you a pic!

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  62. Fantastic totorial !!!
    Kiss from Spain...

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  63. THAN GOODNESS!!!! I have been searching the web trying to find a pattern for this. Many thanks to Google.! Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this. This is on my to-do list for next week. Woohoo!

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  64. I have my caddy :-) Thank you so much for this beautiful tutorial. It was fun to sew.

    Hugs
    Gudi

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  65. Adorable, I will do it, Thanks!!!!
    Hugs

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  66. hi friend,
    wonderful!!!!!
    I loved your hexie caddy.
    Since I am a maths teacher i will encourage my students to do as well.Thank you

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  67. Ohhhhhhhh! So Sweet! Love this! Thank you SO much for generously sharing this with us. I'm planning to share with my guild giving you full credit and linking to your site!
    Hexie Love,
    Marcia

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  68. congratulations for this tutorial so beautiful kisses from Spain
    Mamen

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  69. Container wonderful! I really like your idea. But as he later
    wash? Yours sincerely. Anne

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  70. I finally finished my hexie caddie and linked up my photo! Great project Penny! Thanks! I also linked to you in my blog post! YAY!
    carla louise
    www.ohsewaddicted.com

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  71. What a great pattern you've got! Thanks for sharing in the FaveCrafts blog hop--see you again next month!
    P.S. We're doing a special mailing of the FaveCrafts newsletter on Wednesday to recap the blog hop, and your project will be featured!

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  72. I loved it. I never did anything on quilting so this is my first try and it turned out not bad :) put my thumbnail to Mr Linky. TY so much for this fun project!

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  73. Thanks for the tutorial.
    I immediately made my pincussion and put my thumbnail to Mr Linky.
    greatings from Belgium !!!

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  74. Thanks for a wonderfull Pattern...I love it.

    Lg Nadja

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  75. very fun! I like the hex shape. Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesdays!

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  76. I'm just popping over from another blog and I love this tutorial...now to find time to make it! =) Thanks for sharing.

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  77. Thanks for this tutorial, I made mine for a swap, but liked it so much, I'm planning to make more. Filling the cushion was touch, especialy getting in the corners without giving the cushion ears. Bye bye from the Netherlands.

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  78. THESE ARE ADORABLE!!! I'm going to make some for my retreat friends. There are 14 of us. I'll post a pic when I get them done...Maybe I can (machine) applique' initials onto a Hexie BEFORE assembly...oh, my brain is burning with ideas!

    Thanks!
    Marilyn
    marilynjw1971@gmail.com

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  79. Penny - great idea and tutorial.
    I made 2 but different sizes.
    The big one is 1 1/2inch hex instead
    of 2inches and the little one is 1inch. I like this one the best.
    I like to make very little miniature quilts too :-)
    Charlotte

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  80. I'm the perfume bottle collector who took a stab at this project. Loved it! A new adventure for me. Do you have any hints for making the bottoms fit better? Mine came out too small and there was a lot of fudging to get them to fit right. I also forgot to leave an opening on BOTH sides as your instructions did say. Made stuffing a challenge. Still, had fun! Thanks!

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  81. Dear Penny, thank you very much for your tutorial. I have left a photo (Nr. 10).
    You can find more pictures and a link to your blog in my own blog
    http://bines-kreativ-ecke.blogspot.com

    Many greetings from Germany.
    Bine.

    (sorry for the mistakes - my english isn't very good)

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  82. I didn't make one, because I'm just not crafty, but I passed the link along to my pincushion group, and one lady has made two. I'm sure others are making them, too, but haven't posted pics yet. This was a much easier tutorial to follow than the one I had seen previously. Thank you!

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  83. Hi. I finally made this caddy! yay! I blogged about it and posted in your linky. Thank you so much!

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  84. Hi Penny,
    yesterday I found your Blog an the tutorial for the Hexie Caddy. I immediately fell in love!
    You can find a picture and a link to your blog in my own blog.
    http://buentchen.blogspot.com/2011/06/was-ist-ein-hexie-caddy.html

    Thank ou for the tutorial!

    Many greetings from germany
    Susi

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  85. Just found this and can't wait to make one for my mom who is always carrying her sewing to one location in the house or another! Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

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  86. Just recieve it from a friend as soon as I made it, I 'll show it on my blog with your link. Thank you its very lovly and a nice gift to give and recieve. Love from Bruges Carine ( patchworkstar.blogspot.com)

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  87. Thanks for sharing. I think EPP is addictive. Will give your little caddy a go........... thanks once again

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  88. I’ve been silent long enough. This blog is officially THE best blog/resource for crafters!

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  89. I love pincushions and also making them. Your pattern is just super. Thank-u for sharing. Love your blog. big hugs, adrianna

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  90. Pincushions are my most favourite things to make. I think i am addicted. Yours is just so sweet, I love hand sewing projects, these are prefect as xmas gift for my sewing girlfriend. Thanks for the great tut.

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  91. thanks for sharing such informative and fantastic post..

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  93. Muchas gracias.
    Un tutorial estupendo.

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  94. I'm going to make one for my Mum for Christmas! Thanks so much! :)

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  95. Thank you so vey much for a useful pattern! So many "organizers" become part of the clutter, but this one actually puts things I need all together! Thanks again!

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  96. thabk you for such a great tutorial ... i've made mine ..tq

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  97. great tutorial you can view my pictures over here

    http://www.quiltinghaven.com/quiltingsewing-pictures/hexagon-pin-cushioncaddy/

    Yours looks so much better LOL thanks for the tutorial

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  98. I have just made a caddy, it is much bigger than I had expected. Cute Though. I will post details soon! Thanks for the details!

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  99. blogged now, here

    http://mammafairysews.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/photo-tales.html

    please drop in!

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  100. I made another one- if you want to see, it is on

    http://mammafairysews.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/normal.html

    I made this as a gift for someone, because I am so impressed with mine!
    Thanks again.

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  101. Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial. I found it through http://magpiesmumblings.blogspot.com/2012/06/pincushions-and-rust.html and just shared it on my blog at http://ceostudiosolutions.blogspot.com (even though I haven't made one yet).

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  102. monica in somerset,UK this is just what i've been looking for- thankyou

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  103. I entered my Hexie in the local fair and I won a blue ribbon. Thanks so much for the tute!

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  104. This is kind of amazing. I've never made a hexie anything, or a pincushion, but I might have to try now!

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  105. I made one in a smaller size to suit my needs for a transportable hexie and it is fabulous - thank you very much for this wonderful tutorial and for being so generous and sharing it with us. I am now making a second one for my daughter.

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  106. Super cute! Now I just have to find time to make one =)

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  107. Thanks for this tutorial. I Like it. Could I translate it into Spanish, please? http://otrakomotu.blogspot.com.es/

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  108. Thanks for this fabulous pattern Penny! I made this up yesterday and finished it today! It came out so cute!

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  109. Eeek! I forgot to leave you the link to my blog if you want to see it! LOL! Here it is: http://ruthiequilts.wordpress.com/
    Thanks again!!!

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  110. Wow thank you Penny for your fantastic Hexi pattern.

    Jan Uk

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  111. Just found this and would love to make it -I too wanted to ask what size hexagon you chose- ( As Maryann did ) I see in the instructions it reads a 2 inch side - If I type in 2 inches I get a page filled with tiny hexagons that in no way seem to be the right size for this ... help

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    1. Each flat side of the hexagon should measure 2". That would make the hexagon 4" across. Hope that helps.

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  112. you do realize that when you add two sides to a hexagon, it isn't an elongated hexagon, it's an OCTAGON, right?

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  113. Thank you so much for sharing your great tutorial! I love pincushions and look forward to adding one to my collection.

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  114. This is fab: are you OK if I use your instructions at a class I'm teaching? I will use your instructions to print a work sheet with your blog and this post on there too

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