We’re sharing the hexagon love today with a hexagon pillow tutorial from Stash Happy author Cynthia Shaffer. I kind of want one in every colorway! Here’s how (and don’t forget to scroll through to the bottom for the giveaway details!):

Large linen throw pillow
Stash fabrics in 5 or more coordinating colors
Cardstock and standard office paper
Hand needle
Thread to match the pillow and thread to stand out from the fabric hexagons
Sharp scissors


1.     Create a hexagon that measures 3½ inches and cut one out from the cardstock.

2.     Create a hexagon that measures 3 inches, and cut out 13 from the office paper.

3.     With the pen, trace the cardstock hexagon on the backside of your fabrics. I traced 2 of each color, then went back and traced a third one from one of the larger prints.  Fussy cut the larger prints to highlight an interesting motif.

4.     Cut all the hexagons out.

5.     Arrange the hexagons on the pillow. Play with the placement and rearrange them until you are satisfied with the look.

Tip: Take a quick photo of you pillow once you are happy with the placement of the hexagons.

6.     Gather the hexagons. Center one of the office paper hexagons onto the fabric hexagon, and pin in place. Repeat for all the hexagons.

7.     Fold the sides of the fabric over the paper, and sew a basting stitch around the perimeter of the fabric. Do not create a knot at the end of the basting stitch.

Tip: Use thread in a color that will really show on the fabric hexagons. This helps when removing all those stitches.

8.     Repeat step 7 in like fashion for the remaining 12 fabric and paper hexagons.

9. Arrange the hexagons according to your photo and sew them together using a ladder stitch.

10. Pin the patchwork hexagons to the pillow, and stitch them in place using a blind stitch.

11. During this process, leave one side of each hexagon open, remove the basting stitches and slip the paper out. Now continue to slip stitch the patchwork in place. Voila – the perfect way to update store-bought pillows!

But wait…. there’s more! How about a giveaway? Simply leave a comment on this final post by 9 p.m EST on Monday, May 30, and you’ll be entered to win a copy of Stash Happy Patchwork. Any comment will do but we’d love to hear about your favorite ways to use hexagons. One winner will be selected at random and contacted on Tuesday, May 31. Click here for the official rules.


63 Responses

    Catherine says:

    I have never used hexagons {I know, shame on me!}, but daydream of a King size quilt made entirely of patchwork hexagons.  How seriously fun would that be?!

    It would be neat to make a plush baby toy in a 3D hexagon.  All different colors, even textures for all the sides. stuff it with fluff and let baby explore!  Cheers, love this blog!

    I’m already thinking of a zillion things I can make using hexagons. Bib necklaces! Wall art! Applique on tee shirts! Ouch. My brain hurts. Thanks for sharing the how-to!

    wendy says:

    I’ve never made hexagons, I’m a bit scared of them!  But they’d look great as motifs on little zipper pouches

    susan says:

    pretty pillow. i just love making hexies. i have a small project of 1/2″ hexies right now and i dont know how big it will be. i just keep adding!

    Kelly massman says:

    Gorgeous pillow! TFS!

    Mandylikespie says:

    I’ve never used hexagons, but now I want to! What a cute way to destash. :)

    This is really cute.  I’ve made some hexies, but not actually done anything with them yet.  Maybe a pillow is in my future!  I agree with a previous commenter that hexies look super cute on little zipper pouches.

    Ahcady says:

    Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Now I know what kinds of throw pillows I will be making for my living room, What a neat idea.  Had already decided what type of window toppers to do but was at a standstill on the pillows, didn’t want just the same ole types that everyone else has.

    Bailey says:

    I have not used hexagons yet, I’m a little scared of them and their addictiveness. 

    Ahcady says:

    Aww, won’t be able to post on Monday  the 30th, will be on a cruise boat in Alaska, I did so want to try to win

    Megan E Adam says:

    Oooh. A hexagon tutorial. This may be the time to try them out!

    Suze says:

    So could I have the pillow in the post? It will fit right in with my new pillow color scheme. Pretty please????

    lmr says:

    so far i haven’t tried any patchwork, but would certainly love to learn!

    Mariaalisa says:

    I’d love this book because I have a lot of fabric and no idea what to do with it!

    Terry says:

    I haven’t done hexagons yet, but I’m going to have to give it a try.

    valerie.boudier says:

    I don’t use hexagons now but have an almost completed hexagon duvet cover that I started probably in the 1970s. Won’t get finished now as my arthritis won’t let me do much hand sewing

    Ali3174 says:

    Ijust started using hexi’s about a month ago, they are a great hand work project in front of the TV.  :)

    Wordygirl says:

    While I love to see all the modern uses for hexagons, I’m (very slowly) making flowers, to someday become a Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt, an homage to one I inherited from my own grandmother.  

    Hillary Carter says:

    I’m about to enroll in a fermentation science program so these have me thinking of cool ways I can make molecule designed quilts. 

    I LOVE these!  I’m going to make that tomorrow!

    Gayle says:

    Well, I’ve never used hexagons before, but I can’t help but picture some kind of soccer ball inspired quilt for my son.

    Tania says:

    this book looks to have so many fun ideas that many an hour could be spend planing and sewing, and frankly who wouldn’t want to do that?  

    Binks says:

    I haven’t really worked with hexagons. I’m a beginner patchworker and just the site of them scares me. They’re more labor intensive than squares and rectangles. But I’ll get to them one day and master it!

    Trudi says:

    I think it would be fun to decorate an apron with a cheerful mix of hexagons!

    Melissa says:

    Thank you for such clear instructions about using hexagons.  I think it would great to use Japanese fabrics with this technique, maybe on a tote or jacket.  Thank you for your generous giveaway.

    Jo says:

    I haven’t yet tried my hand at hexagons, but I look forward to trying!

    Lindsay Conner says:

    I’ve never used hexagons, but they’re next on my list of quilty things to try (after cathedral windows) :)

    Woolensails says:

    I love making hexagons. I have made a quilt and a couple of table runners, and now I am making two for next christmas. Next I want to try them with wool and maybe make a hexagon penny rug.


    Ramona says:

    I haven”t tried hexis yet but I do love them and will try now with this great tutorial

    Beckysews says:

    The only thing I have done with Hexies thus far is to make some hexies from scraps to practice making hexies!  I have a pile of pretty ones waiting for a cool project just like this one. Thanks for the chance to win this book – it is on my Wish List.

    Nasly says:

    I’d love to have a favourite way to use hexagons but still have to teach myself how to cut them in the first place :)
    Thanks for the chance

    T Herin says:

    One of my good frinds is full into hexagons right now. I’m having fun just watching her.

    SewLindaAnn says:

    Love hexagons as a way to use scraps I love. I’ve got 2 quilts going with them. One is all blues, dark and light and whatever to be like a night sky. The other is totally scrappy with muslin centers. I always keep a bunch of scraps and papers with my go to stuff so I can take a break and make a couple.

    Michelle Z says:

    Great way to use scraps! Thanks for the giveaway


    LH says:

    I’ve never used hexagons! I think they’d be cute on a purse/diaper bag though!

    Tksimons says:

    Love the tutorial!

    wendy says:

    Sweet! I’ve never done hexies before… though I have intended to for a while. I love them on the pillow, I think they’d be great scattered in clumps on a quilt top.

    Kim Tait says:

    Would love to win the book and try out everything!

    Sskcraftshop says:

    Wow would love to win this book!!

    spiritweaver says:

    I have always wante to make a hexagon quilt, but never had the nerve: all those edges to fold under and stitch and line up!  this is a great way to break the ice.

    Butler83 says:

    I have not made hexagons but I would love to make them into flowers for a quilt. thanks.

    Dallen75 says:

    I haven’t made hexagons yet. I like the look of hexagons.

    Sue D says:

    I think it would be neat to make greeting cards using this same technique.  I actually have a hexagon paper punch.

    Jagels says:

    love this pillow.  hexagons are fun. thanks

    Tammy lee Benson says:

    I love the flexibility of the hexagon. For such a classic quilting piece it is vey versatile and can go country or modern.
    Tammy lee

    erica K says:

    I would love to win it! I just finished a hexagon table runner. I’d love to do a whole quilt with them.

    Kim R. says:

    I’d love a chance to enter and learn to do hexagons!
    Thanks :)

    Teri says:

    Cute pillow ~ pick me, I wanna win! :D

    Peggy Middleton says:

    I am addicted to hexi’s!  my grandmother made me a quilt when I was a teen out of vintage sheets and she made it a hexi flower quilt.  I like to put them on towels, pillows, valances, pretty much anything!

    I’ve tried to work with hexies before and have such a hard time. I’m going to try again with this tute. Thanks. Would love to have that book!

    AJ says:

    Just love this pillow… thanks for the tutorial. I love projects that have hexagons but I have never actually made anything with them. This pillow project has inspired me to go for it! Will be at the fabric store tomorrow :) AJ

    Petra says:

    reminds me of a beehive. love it!

    quilary says:

    I’ve been making hexagon coasters, with 1″ hexies. Very simple to make and they look spectacular! Thanks for the chance.

    Breanna Maxine says:

    I’ve never made anything with hexagons before, but I’d sure love to try! :)

    Deb says:

    i have actually NEVER used hexagons! That’s a shame! I’d love to try!

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    Cathy says:

    I inherited some quilting items from my grandmother.  There was a top that was already pieced which I then finished as a quilt which I gave to my nephew.  I have also put together another quilt with already cut blocks which I gave to my mother.  But I had all these hexagons already cut out.  This is the perfect idea to be able to spread them among several pillows and give them as gifts to other family members.  Thanks very much!

    Janyaruks says:

    It looks cozily.I will try to do itself.

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