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I don’t know if I’ve ever had so many friends and family hit by the flu in the same year; so far we are healthy but I just want to burrow down and stay inside until it’s warm out again! Drinking warm beverages is a wonderful way to slow down and rejuvenate, and it’s even better when paired with a hand sewing project! No sewing machine required, you’ll want to make this EPP hexagon coaster tutorial to rest your mug or teacup on. Curled up under a blanket, stitching and sipping, is a great way to practice self-care. If you know someone who is already sick, pull together a sweet little ‘get well’ basket with a new mug, Bigelow tea, and handmade coaster (there is a chance to win some tea, too, so scroll to the bottom and good luck)!
Bigelow is celebrating their “Hot Tea Month” in January, and you can connect with other tea lovers on their Tea Proudly Site.
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.
Click on the image above to shop for Bigelow tea to gift or sip while you stitch!
Ready to make your own paper pieced coaster?
How To Make an EPP Hexie Coaster
- You can use 1″ hexagons or download my hexagon print-out – sign up for my newsletter and get the password to access this free template in my resource library
- Glue stick
- Sewing needle
- Charm pack size square scraps
- 7″ square of wool blend felt
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!
When you’re shopping for tea to pair with your handmade coaster, Bigelow Teas are easily found at Walmart, in the tea aisle. You can see them in the photo below! You can also connect with Bigelow on their social media accounts:
Enter to win! #TeaProudly #Sweepstakes (1/16 to 2/28)