Tutorial Tuesday: Hexy Mug Rug Tutorial

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So you want to get in on the hexie fun bandwagon? I don’t blame you. These little babies are sooo addictive – they’re perfect for when you’re waiting at the doctor’s, watching telly, ignoring your screaming kids, that kind of stuff. (My kid doesn’t scream anymore, thank goddess, but she frequently asks to buy apps on her iPod. Ugh.)

Anyhoo, I’ll get you started, ok? First of all, you’ll need to cut out your hexies, both paper and fabric. I use these Clover templates, tracing the ‘inner’ hexagon onto paper, and the ‘outer’ onto fabric. Then I cut them all out.

Now I’ll show you how to baste them:

Take a paper hexagon and a fabric one. Fold over one of the sides of fabric and secure with a paper clip:
hexagon mug rug 1

Cut a length of thread about 12” long, and make a big knot in one end, leaving a tail of about 2”. I knot mine 3 times in the same place. Thread the other end onto your needle, then fold over the adjacent side of fabric while holding it in place with your thumb:

And make a stitch through the layers to keep it all together. Then go back and do another stitch because we’re paranoid and want the sides to be held firmly:
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If you are making large hexies, you can add a tiny stitch in the middle of each side to ensure it all stays together:
hexagon mug rug tutorial 3

When you have them all basted together you simply snip the threads and those tiny stitches will come out just fine.

Continue to fold and sew the edges down until you reach the first one. Bring the thread up right next to your 2” tail and tie a square knot. That’s it!

For this mug rug you’ll need 31 hexies. Once you have them all laid out, you can start stitching them together. I’ll warn you, this stage isn’t quite as fun as basting them, but you will be very proud when you get it done. And then you’ll probably start another. I pressed all mine before joining them so the folds were nice and straight.

Start stitching them together in vertical rows. Simply hold them with RST in your hand and slipstitch the edges together:
hexie mug rug tutorial 5

Once you have your rows, you’ll need to join them together. We’ll do this in basically the same way. Hold the edges which need to be joined together in your hand while you slipstitch the edges. ‘Lock in’ the edges with a couple of extra stitches. The pictures show how to do it:
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hexagon mug rug tutorial 7

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Once you get done with the first side of the top hexi, readjust the whole thing so you can stitch the next sides together, and so on all the way down to the bottom. I recommend you join them together in rows of two, then stitch the rows together.
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hexagon mug rug tutorial 11

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When you are ready to baste your mug rug, take the papers out. If you put the tiny stitches in the middle of each edge, carefully snip the basting threads and gently take them out:
hexy mug rug tutorial 14

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The other basting threads can stay in. Baste and quilt as desired. I quilted 1/4″ along the vertical seams.
hexagon mug rug tutorial 14

Then trim the excess off with a rotary cutter. On the top and bottom I trimmed the very top ones in half, but on the sides I just cut off the outside angle:
hexagon mug rug tutorial 15

Now you just need to bind it, and I have a tutorial for that too: SewHappyGeek binding tutorial. And if you make one, I’d be thrilled if you add it to the SHG Flickr page!
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7 Responses to Tutorial Tuesday: Hexy Mug Rug Tutorial

  1. Amanda says:

    Oh no! Another great project to add to my list and something fuel my hexie obsession. Thank you :)

  2. Susan I says:

    GREAT tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Love this tutorial. I have always wanted to make hexies, but there is just too much handwork involved for my arthritic hands :( The mug rug is beautiful :)

  4. Rae says:

    This is defintely being added to my to do list… I think even I could manage a small amount of hexies for a mug rug! Being a craft butterfly I doubt I’ll ever amass enough for a quilt!

  5. Katy says:

    Ooh, this looks fab. I’ve bookmarked it because right now I do not need another project. I don’t need another project. I don’t need another project. I don’t need another project – are you convinced now? Not sure I am lol

  6. Jill says:

    Brilliant tutorial! I always wondered how those hexagons were joined together!

    Thanks for linking to the Creating Success Worldwide blog hop!! Hope you’ll come back again next week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

  7. June says:

    I love this tutorial, and I guess I will have to make at least 1 Mug Rug. I have lots of hexies made, I just didn’t know how to put them together. Thanks a lot for showing me.
    Take care Jenna, and I’m going to bookmark your website and come check on you again & again.

    June

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