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How to make an EPP hexagon coaster

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english paper pieced coaster

I love EPP but I need little projects to keep me motivated. This is a hand sewing project that you can finish in one day, which is just my speed. Riley Blake Designs sent me the three fabrics used in the above sample, but all opinions are my own, I am obsessed with the Create line they’re from, designed by Kristy Lea from Quiet Play!

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When I was working on this tutorial, we were visiting family in the South and got to enjoy warmer temperatures than usual, I could even stitch outside! My Mom drinks tea every morning and her home is filled with handsewn hexies, so inspiration was everywhere. This small, mug coaster is made with 1″ hexagons.

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And for this mega coaster, I used 3″ hexies! This enlarged version would make a great trivet but I made it with my plants in mind.

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This is perfect for catching any dribbles out of drain holes, if you’re a houseplant collector like me.

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I had so much fun fussy cutting these fabrics, there are a ton of colorways!

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Use up your littlest scraps, sit down and take some quiet time to sew this english paper pieced hexagon coaster! No sewing machine required; it is easy to make in a single night and all hand stitched. Pair it with some tea for the perfect diy get well basket! Sponsored post with free tutorial. #epp #hexies #patchworkcoaster #sewing #sewingtutorial

Ready to make your own paper pieced coaster? If you have any hexies left over, check out this cute notebook diy that uses just 4 of them!

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How To Make an EPP Hexie Coaster




Step 1- Cut out 7 paper hexies. Use a light dab of glue and put your paper hexie on your fabric, if you aren’t working with precut squares you can glue it and then cut with approximately 1/4″ around each edge. Use your finger or a bone folder/presser to tightly crease each edge along the paper.

Step 2- Knot the end of your thread and come up through the bottom to the top at once corner, taking one huge stitch across the edge, coming back down. Fold down the next edge’s fabric and take a small stitch through the fold, push up through the corner and repeat until you’re all the way around. Repeat until you have 7 hexies!

Step 3- Stitch them together with a whip stitch, just barely going through the edge of each side, not even 1/8″ of an inch in.

Step 4- Press with an iron, then remove the papers.

Step 5- Lay the hexies down on the wool felt and sew approximately 1/8″ from the edge, all around. Trim the felt flush with the edges or leave a small border around the edges (like I did!). You’re ready for relaxing or gifting!

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Monday 20th of May 2024

Is there another way to secure the outside edges of the hexies instead of that long straight stitch? I just don’t like the look of it lol thinking about upside down doing whip stitch all the way around to the felt, then pulling the papers out, flipping right side out and finishing.. what do you think?


Wednesday 22nd of May 2024

@Stephanie - Swoodson Says, — after looking more closely at your photos, I see the difference between front and back, totally makes sense. Going to try a few different ways and see what works for me - thanks for the tips and ideas and the pattern! This is my first EPP project and I am thoroughly enjoying it!!

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Tuesday 21st of May 2024

hi jessica! there are definitely lots of ways to secure the outside edge. Do you mean sewing the hexies right sides together with felt, leaving a gap, then turning it right side out? that seems like a lot of work to me - if I'm following you, I think you'd achieve a similar look by 1. removing the papers 2. ladder/whip stitching around the edges to the felt - with small stitches I don't think you'd really even see it, not dissimilar to how I tend to join the hexies themselves together. I know my mom has a coaster that I think did something similar to what you're describing - but she sewed them right sides together, all the way around, and then cut a slit in the bottom felt backing and pulled it right side out through that, and then glued a scrap of ribbon over the slit she cut since it sat down on that side anyway.


Wednesday 25th of March 2020

Hi! First off I love your site and thank you for sharing so freely with us. I have a question though, if your drinking a child drink and of course they always sweat, does your coasters absorb that and not room the furniture? We don't do hot drinks very often but cold we do a lot of.

Thanks again, Vicki

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Sunday 19th of April 2020

Hi Vicki! Sorry it took me forever to reply. These coasters definitely absorb any liquid sweat; the cotton catches it but wool is also water absorbent/repellent as a double layer :) This one is used daily for my kid's cold water drinks, still a few years later! Thanks for the kind words!


Tuesday 22nd of January 2019

So darn cute! I have some cute fabric bits leftover from another project that I could use for this :)


Friday 11th of January 2019

Is it difficult to get the paper out after you've already sewed the paper to the fabric? I can't wait to make some.

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Sunday 11th of August 2019

Hi Sandy! I am so so sorry somehow your comment got flagged as spam. You can alternately do small stiches just through the back if you're worried about the paper, but I've never had trouble yanking it out :) Hope you got a chance to try it!

Marie Anne

Saturday 25th of August 2018

Cute idea but with wool felt on the back, would it be washable?

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Saturday 22nd of September 2018

Hi Marie Anne! It is a good point that you could prewash the felt if you wanted to be 100% sure; I've had no issues washing on cold and line drying though :)

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