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How to thread baste hexagons for EPP (English Paper Piecing)

Thread basting hexagons is a cost effective alternative to glue basting and, for me, an incredibly relaxing past time.

Here's how to do it:

1 Punch a hole in the centre of your template (it will make it easier to remove later on)

Pin the template to the wrong side of the fabric square

Trim the fabric leaving approx. 3/8” seam allowance

Fold fabric tightly over the edge of the template, then fold down the corner

Hold the fold in place by stitching through just the fabric (not the paper)

Repeat Step 5 for the next corner

Continue folding and stitching at all the corners

 Trim your thread

Watch the process here:

Simply repeat to make 000's more hexagons 😊 

SO, do you prefer Glue Basting or Thread Basting? Please let me know in the comments!

Happy Stitching,

Alison xx