Thursday, October 4, 2012

Holiday Tutorial: Hexagon Handle Holder from verykerryberry

The awesome Kerry is starting out our series with a seriously cute project!  Love the prints, colors, this would make a great holiday gift (for myself :).  Kerry blogs at verykerryberry and she does not disappoint!  Grab a drink and get comfy before you swoon over her amazing talent, you'll be there a while.  She's amazing at paper piecing so hop over to be inspired.  Thanks so much Kerry!


Hi, I am Kerry and I blog at verykerryberry.  I am kicking off Heather and Megan's Holiday Gift series with a quick little kitchen project.  Kitchen themed fabrics are my favourite,  so I pulled a few scraps together, including a lovely vintage salt and pepper print to make this easy little handle holder,

Materials Needed: 
  • Cotton batting 11'' x 11'' square
  • Insulbright 11'' x 11'' square
  • Centre fabric for main hexagon 8'' x 8'' Square
  •  Fabric strips to border hexagon 6 strips, each measuring 1 1/2'' x 6''
  • Backing fabric 11'' x 11''
  • Cotton tape for hanging loop, 6''
  • Basting spray, e.g. 505. 
  • Usual sewing equipment, cotton thread, rotary cutter, cutting mat, pin etc
  • Hexagon pattern piece available here  
Seam allowance is 1/4'' throughout.  Finished size is approx. 8 1/2" measured corner to corner.

Step 1

Cut Insulbright square in half.  Stitch a flat basting stitch to loosely hold the join but so the Insulbright halves can lie flat next to each other


Step 2
Cut hexagon from main fabric.  Layer Insulbright (shiny reflective side facing down), then cotton batting (add an extra layer of cotton batting at this stage if you want extra insulation), then main hexagon fabric laid over the centre, right side facing up.   A corner from the hexagon should be in line with the divide of the Insulbright.  Use basting spray to hold the hexagon in place- alternatively pin in place.

Step 3
Take the first fabric strip.  Placing right sides together, overlap the hexagon corner in line with the Insubright by 1/2''- see diagram.  Stitch through all layers using a small stitch (maximum 2) so the seam covers the edge of the hexagon and runs over a little either side into the batting sandwich. 
Step 4
Working anti clockwise around the hexagon, keep adding strips in the style of a log cabin so each strip extends over the last.


Step 5
When all strips are added, rotary trim the edge cutting through all layers to make the hexagon shape 


Step 6
Take hanging loop tape, make loop and secure with a few stitches at the bottom raw edges.  Place on a hexagon corner in line with the divide in the Insulbright, loop should face inwards (towards centre of handle holder), raw edges edges stitched within the seam allowance at the outer edge of the handle holder on a corner.
Step 7
Place the hexagon sandwich on the lining fabric, right sides together.   Using this as a template to cut out lining fabric.  Stitch hexagon to lining fabric leaving a small opening 2-3'' opposite the loop corner to turn through.  When you come to turn through, reach through the gap to the loop and use this to make turning through a lot easier!  Press well.  Slip stitch opening closed.  Quilt a line across the hexagon through the Insulbright divide so the holder will easily fold.  Quilt edges as desired.   I  echoed the hexagon in the fabric strip border with 1/4" apart quilting .
Yay!  Your Hot Hot Hot Hexagon Handle Holder is ready to give ( or keep!)  If you make this, I would love it if you could add a picture to my Flickr group.
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Edited to add from verykerryberry's comments regarding printing: it just a basic hexagon shape so could be made to any dimension.  I have just looked at Google docs- if you download the pattern first- top left of google menu, then print at full size that should make life easier!

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18 comments:

Liz DandeliondD said...

Brilliant idea.
I have some Christmas layer cake squares that would be perfect for this.
Thank you so much for this tutorial.

Debbie said...

Very very fun and oh so practical! Thanks for sharing!

ayumills said...

Great tutorial, Kerry! Such perfect fabrics for the potholder!

Carolyn said...

Love it! It looks much ,ore complicated than it is. Will defy be on my list of christmas gifts!

Rosa said...

It`s very nice and looks hard to sew.Thanks for the great tutorial.

Rosa said...

It`s very nice and looks hard to sew.Thanks for the great tutorial.

Beverly {Flamingo Toes} said...

That is so cute!! I love the fabrics too!

Flying Blind... said...

Kerry is simply the best x

Carrie P. said...

really cute!

ritainalaska said...

handi dandi hexie! love little projects and yours is so cute! thanx muchly for showing us the way.

Tangos Treasures said...

I so love this!! I tried it but had a hard time getting it to print the right size. So my first one is small cause I didn't take the time to measure the hexie!! LOL it's still cute!!

verykerryberry said...

Thanks everyone- I hope printing has worked out for others- it just a basic hexagon shape so could be made to any dimension. xxx

verykerryberry said...

I have just looked at Google docs- if you download the pattern first- top left of google menu, then print at full size that should make life easier!

KaHolly said...

Clever, indeed!!

Shar said...

I love Hexies! Thanks for the great idea!

Craft and Decorate said...

Great idea! Must try! Thanks for sharing :)
http://craftanddecorate.blogspot.com/

Judith said...

I am late coming in, but I did enjoy the tutorial. Lovely fabric and I do need some holiday potholders. Thanks for sharing...Judith, Texas

Kathy in GA said...

I love it! I never thought to make a potholder that wouldn't have those pesky corners in the way! I haven't bought my supplies yet, but was wondering why you need to cut the insulbright in half to just sew it back together?