Hexagami ~ Dimensional Hexagons!

Posted by deonnstott on Monday, June 3rd, 2013


Want to add a little dimension to your next project or outfit?  One little piece of fabric, a needle and thread, a cute button, and maybe a clasp or pin is all you need to take you to the next dimension of sewing with "hexies"!

Course Instructor:  Deonn @ Quiltscapes

At the recent International Spring Quilt Market in Portland, it was apparent that hexagons are the shape of the day! I saw hexagonal quilts, flooring, fabrics, rulers, tools, techniques and magazines with issues dedicated to this wonderful, versatile shape!  And at the Riley Blake Designs booth, I shared some fun Make & Take projects that I've recently come across that I call "Hexagami".  Basically, it's origami, which is the Japanese art of folding to create decorative shapes and figures.  Only, we'll play with fabric.

Course Supplies: 
Fabric (Riley Blake Design Basics
 - shades, solids, tone-on-tone dots)
Needle and matching thread
Buttons (Alpine - Geo Happy)
Clasp or pin (optional) 

Course Instructions: 
We'll begin with a 10" square, starched and pressed.  Lori Holt's Half-Hexie Rulers, designed to use with 5" and 10" pre-cut fabrics are just perfect to cut out the hexagons.

 A solid fabric or tone-on-tone print works best for this technique.

Prepare your hexagon piece.
* FOLD the square in half.

* ALIGN the dotted line on the ruler (seam allowance indicator) along the foldline.

* CUT.  If you're right handed, the foldline is on the left, then cut the outer edges.  A rotary mat is also helpful.

* FOLD wrong sides together from point to point; finger press.  Do this so each point is folded and forms a grid in the center.

* Next, turn the hexagon over, wrong side down and FOLD in half so that the points align in the middle, and you're making a crease halfway between the points.  Finger press each fold.  Starch really helps.
Flip the hexagon over so that the creases from point to point are facing down and the creases from side to side are right side up.  Hard to tell in this picture, but trust me...
* Thread a needle with a single strand of thread; knot one end.
* Take a stitch through the center of the hexagon.
Now you're ready to begin.

Step 1)  Find a foldline halfway between two points and take a STITCH, about 1/8" from the raw edge.  Bring it to the center and ANCHOR with a whip stitch or two.

Step 2)  SKIP the point, and grab the adjacent foldline at the edge, again bringing that edge to the center.  Anchor with another whip-stitch to secure.  Set the needle aside.

Step 3)  PINCH the triangle you've just created, which should already be folded to the point.  Fold to the left; finger press.  FOLD to the right; finger press.  Edges of the triangle should align perfectly with the outer edges of your hexagon shape.

Step 4)  FOLD the point of the triangle to the center of the hexagon, forming a little TREE-shape.  Finger press. I like to "fingernail" press the end at the corner, to get a nice, crisp point of the diamond shape.

Step 5)  PINCH the raw edge and bring it to the outside corner. You'll see the edges start to curl in.  Pull that point all the way to the top, forming a diamond shape.  Finger-press in place.  The raw edges will overlap slightly.

Step 6)  Without losing it's shape, FOLD the tip back down to the center, then take a STITCH or two to secure.

Yeah!  One down.  You'll be an expert at this by the time you finish the next five segments!

Repeat steps 1-6, stitching, folding, finger-pressing the remaining segments, forming a dimensional star in the center of the hexagon.


Cover the raw edges in the center with a small button or yo-yo to finish!  (I love that "Fudge Factor"!)

At Quilt Market, we hot-glued a clasp to the backs of our little hexagami flowers, and when I remembered, I snapped a couple of pictures.  Just look at the smiles!

Make & Take Hexagami pin, Spring Quilt Market 2013

~~~But wait, there's more!~~~
Here's how to make a dimensional hexagon from a CIRCLE!  
Prepare your fabric circle by starching and pressing.  Then:
* Trace and CUT out the desired size circle.  You guessed it - I used Lori Holt's Circle ruler.  (See my video demo how to quickly cut a circle in a straight line with a rotary blade HERE.)

* FOLD circle in half, then fold in half again to establish the center point.
Step 1)  FOLD one raw edge to the center.  PRESS or finger press.
Step 2)  FOLD the point you've just created on the left to the center.  PRESS.
Step 3)  Continue Folding and pressing all the way around, forming your hexagon.

When you get to the first fold, release that one and press the final point to the center.  You may have to release a couple of times, which will bring you back to the first pressed foldline, making it easier to tuck in that final fold.
Step 4)  To applique' this one, you can position where you'd like your hexie to be, then open the circle.  STITCH on the hexagonal lines you've just created with your pressing, then re-fold into place.
Step 5)  To finish, STITCH a button or small yo-yo to cover the raw edges as before.
I anticipate using these dimensional hexagons mostly as embellishments, but they could be made singly and joined together to make larger projects.  Use your imagination!  Look how we used these sweet hexagami flowers in this Video!
Meanwhile, be sure to stop by Quiltscapes for more terrific, fun ideas and tutorials!  

UPDATE:  Use these dimensional folded hexagon techniques in this adorable "Sheep Shape" quilt featured in May/June 2014 Quiltmaker(TM) Magazine!
Sheep Shape quilt with Hexagami
Happy Hexagami!


Categories: Quilts, Sewing Basics


  1. Okay....that is too clever. I love them.
    by Mary
    June 03rd, 2013 at 7:20 a.m.
  2. I love this idea . I think I'm going to make this one into hair apparel for my granddaughter .... So so cute......oh btw, they make beautiful Christmas tree ornaments....thank Deonn for the idea...
    by Joanne
    June 03rd, 2013 at 7:47 a.m.
  3. OMG!! This is so incredibly neat! Thank you for sharing your amazing talents :)
    by Carolyn
    June 03rd, 2013 at 7:58 a.m.
  4. Hexagami! Love it! Thank you!
    by Debi R.l
    June 03rd, 2013 at 8:01 a.m.
  5. Oh wow this is so very creative. It makes a adorable little decorative hexagami.
    by Tammy L
    June 03rd, 2013 at 9:41 a.m.
  6. Love these! Look so simple to make! Can't wait to give it a try!
    by Tina Brannon
    June 03rd, 2013 at 9:45 a.m.
  7. I. love. these. Gotta make some!
    by Sheri
    June 03rd, 2013 at 3:19 p.m.
  8. Heading up to my sewing room now to give it try!!! :)
    by MLou D
    June 03rd, 2013 at 5:13 p.m.
  9. That is just too cool, have lots of bits I can use. Just ordered the circles from Lori Holt yesterday, good timing. Love the colors
    by Cher
    June 04th, 2013 at 7:19 a.m.
  10. Love Hexagons, what an awesome and fun way to add dimensions!
    by Mara
    June 05th, 2013 at 8:08 a.m.
  11. So cute...reminds me of those little paper things we used to play with as little girls....
    by Mary Deeter
    June 06th, 2013 at 7:13 a.m.
  12. I love the flower thing, Wonderful! I will have to try and make. Thanks so much for sharing and your inspiration.
    by Marianne
    June 06th, 2013 at 11:13 a.m.
  13. Loving Hexies more and more. Love all you do. Made your UFO to go. :) Thank you.
    by Jean
    June 07th, 2013 at 5:51 a.m.
  14. Love your Hexagon flowers. I made your U.F.O. To go and love that too. You are so creative. Thanks for being you:)
    by Jean
    June 07th, 2013 at 5:58 a.m.
    by guega
    June 12th, 2013 at 7:14 p.m.
  16. Hi... I just watched the Hexi rulers video that came with my email...that was a way cool video...thank you...I copied down the two new block ideas from your video and came to this site for the picture instructions...again thank you...I'm going to try this in miniature....looks pretty cool...have a great quilting day and thanks for the video....
    by Darlene Krystal
    June 28th, 2013 at 5:35 p.m.
  17. These little cuties look like they could be done while riding in the car or motorhome, just what I need to replace the crocheted dishcloths!! Thanks for the chance!
    by Ele Willard
    July 07th, 2013 at 9:43 p.m.
  18. Christmas ornaments!!!!
    by Sandy
    July 09th, 2013 at 6:39 a.m.
  19. I am thrilled to have been directed here to this tutorial. I have been smitten and now I want to make these. I love fabric and origami and now I can put them together. Thanks.
    by Susan
    August 29th, 2013 at 11:49 a.m.
  20. This technique has been around a long time. I saw it shown on Simply Quilts demo'd by Rebecca Wat (Fantastic Fabric Folding, 2000). It's nice to see a clear step-by-step tutorial of it on the web. By the way, you don't need a special tool to cut the hexagons. You can cut them out using any ruler with a 60 degree angle as shown here: http://quiltingpiecebypiece.wordpress.com/tag/grandma-annas-flower-garden/
    by A.G.
    October 16th, 2013 at 9:39 a.m.
  21. Such cute hexie flowers! Thanks for a super tutorial to show how to make them! I adore your sheep quilt using hexies! Adorable and sweet!
    by Susie
    March 26th, 2014 at 7:02 a.m.
  22. That is very cute. I am looking for a quilt block pattern that has a hexagon in the middle and three pointed start around it. Pattern from 1994???
    by Brenda
    February 27th, 2015 at 9:06 a.m.
  23. Thanks for sharing these...they are so sweet! Cannot wait to make them. By the way, on the second tutorial, I had a bit trouble understanding how you were folding the hexies when I realized you were turning the circle clockwise for each step. Perhaps I missed seeing your mention of it, but if you did not include it, it would make the presentation more quickly understandable. Thanks for all that you share. Your presentations are wonderful!
    by MizzMagee
    October 18th, 2015 at 1:49 p.m.

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