Fabric Fuse Modern Hexagon Pillow Tutorial

Hello Therm O Web friends, Nicole here from Modern Handcraft with a project using my new favorite product – Liquid Fabric Fuse! This is just the most amazing fabric glue I have used recently and I love that it not only works on fabric, but also another favorite medium of mine – pleather!

Today I am going to show you how to create a fun pleather hexagon pillow. Other options for this project include: felt cut hexagons and also the traditional english paper pieced variety.

 

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Pleather can be found in most fabric stores or online and it is actually very easy to cut by hand or for this example I am using a die cutting machine. This takes the same basic method of applying the hexagons with glue like in my other tutorials but without the english paper piecing, in other words…it is much faster and makes for a very stunning effect.

This finished pillow measures roughly 17″ x 17″ and has a zipper, but you can finish your pillow off with any method that you prefer. I used a feather 18″ x 18″ insert from Ikea for the photographs.

Materials used for this project are:

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Step 1:

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  • You can begin by cutting your piece of pleather into 5.5″ strips – this is the perfect width for your hexagon die if using a Sizzix machine and will fit through the machine easily.
  • I was able to layer 2 pleather pieces to cut the hexagons out a little faster.

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  • For my 18″ x 18″ pillow I cut out a total of 38 hexagons, depending on the size shape you use – you can have more or less.

Step 2:

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  • Iron your HeatnBond® Fusible Fleece to the back of your pillow front fabric. This adds a nice cushion to the pillow and also absorbs any excess glue from the hexagons. Fold your fabric square in half to make a crease, this is what you will use to line up your first row of hexies.

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  •  Continue laying out your hexagons in your desired layout.

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  • Give yourself about an inch around the entire pillow of just fabric.

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  • Starting from the middle or one side pick up each hexagon and draw a thin line of Fabric Fuse around the edges on the backside. Stick to fabric, once all are glued down leave to dry for a couple of hours.

Step 3:

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  • At your machine, quilt across your pillow front using the points of your hexagons as a guide. Using a walking foot over pleather is much easier than a regular sewing machine foot.

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  • Once you are finished with your quilted pillow top, finish off your pillow in the manner that you enjoy most. I usually do an enevelope backed pillow but decided that this time a zipper would be fun, especially with a nice black zipper.

 

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Here are some images of the finished pillow!

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Thanks for stopping by friends!

-Nicole

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