Hexa Go-Go Tutorial

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Tacha Bruecher of Hanies is one of the founding sewists behind Fat Quarterly. She joined us on the blog before with her popular Stepping Stones Block pattern and she’s been hard at work on her new book, Hexa Go-Go!

Hexa Go-Go features English paper-pieced hexagons in 16 projects, all perfect for busy, modern quilters. You can take these portable pieces on the go and then combine them into quilts or small projects like today’s tutorial from Tacha for a key fob (or key holder).

Win a copy of Hexa Go-Go! (US winners receive a book, international winners receive an e-book copy.) Comment below for your chance to win, and be sure to visit other stops on Tacha’s tour for fun tutorials, giveaways, book reviews and more:

8/24 Cabbage Quilts
8/27 Lilys Quilts
8/29 Ellison Lane
8/31 Cut to Pieces
9/3 In Color Order
9/5 A quilt is nice
9/7 Moda Lissa
9/10 The Last Piece
9/12 Michele Made Me
9/14 Fat Quarter Shop
9/17 Comfort Stitching
9/19 Quiltdad
9/21 Oh, Fransson!

I hope you are enjoying the Hexa Go-Go book tour so far! Thank you so much to Sew,Mama,Sew! for taking part and for you taking time to find out more about me and my book.

My name is Tacha Bruecher and I am addicted to English paper piecing and in particular to hexagons! I am usually to be found with some kind of pouch stuffed to the brim with templates, thread and scraps of fabric waiting to be stitched together. If I am not EPP’ing, I can be found at Fat Quarterly or doing the laundry and looking after my family! My eldest daughter, Amelie, has just started school and this has meant big changes in our daily routine, the worst of which is getting up at the crack of dawn!

Since the school is over the other side of our neighborhood we decided that instead of using the car every day, we would cycle to school. Amelie is absolutely loving the bike ride and the start of school but the one thing she has been worrying about is the responsibility of looking after the key to her bicycle lock. She is convinced she will lose it.

I thought the best way to alleviate her fears was to make her a fun key fob which she could attach to the inside of her school bag so that she would no longer worry about the key! And of course what is cuter than a few little hexagons!

What you will need:

  • 1“ key fob
  • 6 hexagon templates ¾”
  • 6 scraps 2” square

You can either purchase or make the templates for English paper piecing. I used my Sizzix Big Shot machine together with a ¾” hexagon die.

To cut the fabric you could use the 1” or 1 ¼” Sizzix hexagon dies. The 1” die will give you hexagons with a seam allowance of slightly under ¼” and the 1 ¼” die will give you hexagons with slightly over ¼” seam allowance.

However, for the key fob I wanted to fussy cut my fabric scraps so I cut the fabric by hand.

Baste the 2” squares to the hexagon templates. There are a number of methods for doing this so choose your favorite. I outline a couple of methods in the book.

Arrange in two columns of 3 hexagons. Sew each of these columns together.

Place the two columns right side facing and stitch together along the top.

Slip the key fob onto the column and hold in place where the two columns are joined.
Stitch the columns together, right sides facing, along the bottom and all the way along one side stopping just one edge before the top.

Press well. Remove the basting stitches and papers and turn right side out. Use a chopstick to push out each of the corners. Press again.

Whipstitch the remaining edges closed.

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193 Responses to Hexa Go-Go Tutorial

  1. Suzanne Daniels says:

    I love everything hexagon. Everything! I have a red, white and blue quilt that I’m sewing completely by hand and now really need to finish it so I can start on some more hexie lovelyness.

    Thanks for such a great giveaway.


  2. Donna Baker says:

    love this key chain! would love to win a copy of the book – I have some hexagons waiting to be made into something fun!

  3. Hilary says:

    Great little tutorial and I have a growing scrap pile that will benefit from some “hexification” Thanks for the chance 🙂

  4. alicia says:

    Love, love, love! Please, please, please! Hexa a go-go to my house!

  5. Anita says:

    Love your tutorial and book! Thanks for a chance to win my own copy 🙂

  6. mollie says:

    Hexagons are just the sweetest and I love every new idea for using them! (I love the old ideas too!) Thanks for the chance and for this great diy!

  7. Manuela says:

    Great ideia! Very simple.
    Tanks for the giveaway.

  8. Penny says:

    Id love a chance to learn anything hexie. Looks so fun!

  9. Karen D says:

    Love all the hexi projects out there. Thanks for the giveaway. This would be so fun to win.

  10. Jill Froelich says:

    I take my hexies everywhere!

  11. Caryn says:

    Add me to the list of the hexie obsessed. Can’t wait to page through this book!

  12. Lynnette says:

    What a cute little hexy project and the perfect thing to get started with! The book looks divine – I’ve seen other previews as well. Thanks for the opportunity!

  13. pamela Nees says:

    Never tried hexagons before, but I’m wanting to try! Book looks lovely!

  14. Karen says:

    I’ve been wanting to try hexagons for ages. Thankyou for the chance to win a giveaway.

  15. CathyH says:

    I love hexies and your project is so cute!! Thanks!

  16. Teresa says:

    I love hexies. I recently started to turn my many small fabric scraps into 2 ich hexagons to make a quilt with them but need some layout ideas. The book would be perfect.

  17. Christine says:

    This looks great. I am new to this hexis-technique but will try making a key fob as your instructions are very detailed and easy to follow. Greetings from Bavaria! Christine

  18. Jenniffier says:

    Too fun, thanks for the chance to win!

  19. Maree says:

    Have been wanting to try hexagons and this book seems the perfect way to start and learn

  20. Gunilla says:

    Great idea! I’d love to learn more about hexies!!!

  21. Jill says:

    I’ve been completely obsessed with hexies lately and have just started making some baby 1/2″ ones for a purse. Would love to win that book, it has been on my Amazon wish list for several months now!

  22. Joyce says:

    Just attempted hexagons and I am sold! Would love to win!

  23. Hildy says:

    Looks like a cute book and thanks for the tutorial! Greetings from germany, Hildy

  24. sangeetha says:

    Very cute – love it!

  25. Caroline says:

    I just love anything to do with hexies!! What a fab idea with the keyring. I would love the chance to win this book!! Thank you 🙂

  26. Mieke E. says:

    Love this book. Great ideas to use those hexagons!
    Would be great if I won one!

  27. Beth T says:

    That is so cute. Wouldn’t that make a nice stocking stuffer? Never too soon to get started.

  28. Janieg says:

    This book looks so interesting. I’d love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance.

  29. Ali M says:

    That’s really cool, and I have hexagon templates but haven’t made any yet for some reason, this is a nice manageable size project to start with!

  30. Araignee says:

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

  31. Deb says:

    I love the rainbow hexie quilt. Just gorgeous.

  32. audrey says:

    I’ve never done a hexie quilt before. Would love to win this book! It looks like a fun starter book.

  33. brooke says:

    I love the hexy key fob! I will have to make one of my own this weekend! Thanks for the tute!

  34. Sandy says:

    I haven’t done hexies in years but now I want to try them again!

  35. Hilary says:

    Love those quilts. The key fob is adorable, and a great first hexagon project.

  36. Barbara Orozco says:

    Lovely book with tons of inspiration! I’d love to have it in my library.

  37. Andrea says:

    Love seeing the new look of what can be done with hexagons!

  38. Penny J says:

    I love hexagons! I’ve got 2 quilts going right now with them, (oops, make that 3). Thanks

  39. Sherri I says:

    The quilt on the cover is so cute. That would be my first project from this book. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  40. Amy G. says:

    I just bought some hexagon templates! This looks like a great way to use them!

  41. Donna says:

    The rainbow quilt is such a clever way to use some hexies! Looks like a great book!

  42. Wendy says:

    Love the hexies!

  43. Yvonne says:

    I just started making hexagons and am very interested in some projects using them. Thanks for a chance to win this amazing book

  44. shirley cree says:

    have not tried paper piecing….. looks like a fun challenge…… thanks for the opportunity…..

    s cree

  45. Mariana says:

    The work is wonderful. Love hexies. I am from Brazil and I would love to have this e-book.

  46. Heather says:

    I’ve been such a chicken, but I really can’t wait to try a Hexie project! I lve he idea of having his Asa takealong.

  47. Sandi says:

    Love the quilt. All the colours of the rainbow. Hexagons have me hooked, love the quiet time when I piece them together. Thanks!

  48. Anita says:

    This book looks great! I would love to win a copy!

  49. Crystal Renee says:

    Such a gorgeous quilt. Would love to win the book!
    sellcrystal2 at gmail dot com

  50. chibidani says:

    My husband loves hexagons, so this book would be amazing. I like the key fob too!

  51. Patty Nisbet says:

    So cute. I want to give hexies a try. This project looks doable for me.

  52. Christy says:

    I love the key fob! I have a whole stack of hexes that would love to be made into one (or several!).

  53. Kelli says:

    I love the hexagons. So wonderful.

  54. Destiny Lair says:

    I love hexagons and that book looks so inspiring! 😀

  55. I love that keychain idea… I’m thinking stocking stuffers 🙂

  56. Lisa says:

    Awww the hexie key fob is so cute. You reminded me that the first piece of EPP was in school and it was hexagons sewn to the front of a pillow. I still have it now, although much loved & worm.

  57. Maureen S says:

    So cute. Would love some inspiration for upcoming projects. Have a lot of scraps to put to good use. And what better use than some hexie goodness?

  58. Patsy Booher says:

    Ohhhh, I love hexies! This book would be a terrific addition to my library.

    thanks for the giveaway.

  59. Christina Recchio says:

    I love the key fob, so adorable! Thanks for the tutorial. Please enter me for a chance to win this book! Thanks!!

  60. Kristin says:

    love the hexi fob!

  61. What a great way to start hexi’s i love a fussy cut key fob!

  62. Becky Greene says:

    I am on quite the hexy kick right now, so I would love to have a copy of this book! Thanks for the great project and for the chance to win!

  63. Miranda says:

    What a cute key chain! I’ve never tried EPP but would love to try it out. Looks like a great book for newbies 🙂

  64. Hillary S. says:

    What great projects!

  65. Amanda C. says:

    oh my goodness that quilt is to die for! and the near-instant-gratification fob is too cute! 😀

    I haven’t worked w/hexies before, I love how they look 😀

  66. Cynthia T. says:

    I am going to try this. You made it look so easy! Thanks!

  67. Deanne says:

    Cute project.

  68. Rachel says:

    What a great book – I can’t wait to get a copy for my library!

  69. Pattij says:

    This would be a great project to learn! So cute!

  70. Laura Anderson says:

    I love this idea. Great stocking stuffer ideas.

  71. Mhairi says:

    What a gorgeous way to use hexagons. Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial. I think my keys need a new keychain!!!

  72. Caroline says:

    I love the colors in the cover photo!

  73. Allison C says:

    Fun project! I just started making hexies and I’m addicted!

  74. Marcia Kosturock says:

    Oh man I love EPP too. I love the peacefulness of hand piecing. What I am not so keen on is hand quilting. I just can’t seem to get the hang of the hand quilting stitch. I need to machine quilt my pieces. I am learning that from my first big queen size quilt that I am currently hand quilting, and trying desperately to finish the quilting on, so I can move on to another project. The ones you have shown in this preview, aren’t helping my desperation to FINISH!!

  75. PennyDog says:

    What a sweet little tutorial!

  76. mary says:

    That’s a cute project – she’s one awesome lady.

  77. Tina L. says:

    Looks like a very interesting book. I always wanted to try EPP.

  78. M says:

    A hexies key fob! So creative:)

  79. Galatina says:

    What lovely projects – and love your fabric choices. Thanks for the chance!

  80. Anne Rita says:

    I love the way you combine the traditional hexy block into modern looking work. Paper piecing is so easy to take along.


  81. Page says:

    I adore the quilt and have always had a weakness for hexes!

  82. Michelle says:

    I’ve wanted to learn how to make hexagons so winning this book would be fun.

    thank you for the opportunity.


  83. Michelle says:

    Love hexagons, English paper piecing, and I also have a Sizzix! I think I’ll have to make a couple(dozen) key fobs! Thanks!

  84. lee says:

    I love the rainbow quilt and the sweet hexie keychain fob! thanks!!

  85. Chris says:

    Thank you for the tutorial and for the giveaway of such a great book!

  86. Debbie Cameron says:

    Would love to win an ebook of this lovely book. I have never worked with hexies before, I would love to learn too!

  87. Lori Morton says:

    What a cool gift idea! And not so hard a project for someone who has never made a Hexie! Sooooo love them, and want to learn!

    Thanks for sharing! and for chance to win the book! 🙂

  88. Alyssa says:

    I have been eyeing this book! I’m ready to get my hexie on!

  89. Nichole says:

    Love hexies! Great little project…thanks for sharing it with us!

  90. Sara says:

    I’m definitely going to try this!

  91. michele says:

    Love the rainbow quilt. And the hex fob looks like a fun project.

  92. Ginger says:

    I’ve been excited about this book since I first heard it was coming out. Can’t wait to see it in person.

  93. Caroline says:

    What a great idea for hexagons! And a give-away is always fun, thanks!

  94. Paula says:

    I just started making hexies this week. This key fob is adorable.

  95. Debbie M says:

    I’m a hexagon junkie, hexagons in any form, not just EPP. Thanks for the tutorial, Tacha. And, thanks for the giveaway, Beth. This book is on my wish list!

  96. Heather says:

    looks like fun.

  97. Gina says:

    That quilt is super cool. I’m sure the book is brimming with awesome projects!

  98. Carrie P. says:

    really cute!

  99. Deborah says:

    A great project for scraps!

    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

  100. Very cute key fob, and useful too.

  101. Sharon Meek says:

    I have just started doing epp – Love it! Your book looks really great. Hope I win.

  102. Sharon P says:

    What a great tutorial and giveaway! I love Hexies and would love a copy of this book!

  103. How fun is that??

  104. leanne says:

    that little key fob is adorable – I’d love to win this book – it looks fabulous 🙂

  105. Darby says:

    What a creative project. Wonderful idea for teacher gifts.

  106. Jezibels says:

    Hexies are little bundles of textile wonderment!

  107. Heather says:

    Looks like a great book!

  108. Jill A says:

    I’ve never done hexagons before, but they always look awesome!

  109. Linda says:

    Great hexie projects. The key fob is so cute.

  110. Veronica says:

    Wow! I would love to be able to make a ‘hexy’ quilt! Thanks for the opportunity!

  111. Jo @ The Hungry Crafter says:

    Great book idea…I’ve been wanting to try my hand at hexies, but haven’t been sure what to DO with them, since I’m not brave enough to tackle a full quilt!

  112. kathy says:

    I would so love to win this book!!

  113. That key chain is just the cutest thing ever…love it! Can’t wait to see this book!

  114. Wivi says:

    I would love the chance to win a copy of that book. I have never tried hexies.

  115. Melissa says:

    What a great intro to making some hexies. Small and practical.

  116. Joan Rodriguez says:

    Cute project and great book. Connecting Threads has free english paper piecing templates available for download in their pattern section.

  117. TinaM says:

    Oh was a wonderful project. Thanks for sharing. I just recently discovered the fun of English Paper Piecing.

  118. marci says:

    id love to win
    thank you

  119. Christine says:

    My MIL loves making quilts with hexagons. I think I would,too!

  120. Jane S. says:

    What a great little key fob! It will make a good carry along project, quick and easy. 🙂

  121. Christine M says:

    I love the idea of a hexagon key fob. Thanks for the tutorial. I’ll have to give one of those a go!

  122. Jessica says:

    How cute!! I would love this book!

  123. ritainalaska says:

    am loving this book blog hop … love the hexies and enjoying the projects!

  124. Bruinbr says:

    I’ve been wanting to try hexies! Love the keychain!

  125. Deb H. says:

    Cute idea! Gotta love hexies!

  126. karen says:

    Adorable key fob! Would love to win the book & try a new project!

  127. Heather Kittrell says:

    My favorite blocks have always been anything with hexagons. My dream quilt to make is Grandmother’s Flower Garden. This would be a great book to use to practice smaller projects before moving on the the big one!

  128. Inmaculada says:

    Thanks for the chance!!

  129. DMeredith says:

    I have some vintage hexies that I’d love to use in a project. This book would probably give me some great inspiration.

  130. Patricia Crowley says:

    Great ideas! I’d love to read the book!

  131. Mike Pearson says:

    Oh, my! That book is right up my alley!

  132. Jennifer says:

    thanks for the chance, gorgeous quilt!

  133. Kris says:

    This book looks great – can’t wait to see it in my LQS.

  134. Carol says:

    Love the rainbow hexie quilt. I’ve not tried EPP but want to give it a go

  135. Debbie says:

    What a great looking book. i would love to win it. Thanks!

  136. pippa says:

    ohh I needed an excuse to cut some hexis 🙂

  137. Linda says:

    Love the hexie key fob. I am going to try that one. Thanks!

  138. MarciaW says:

    Thanks for the fun project. I have a lot of hexies and would love to win a copy of this book to get some more ideas for my own hexa-go-go projects.

  139. wendy says:

    That’s really cute!! I’ve just started a hexi quilt… so much fun!

  140. Missy says:

    What a cute key fob!

  141. Beth says:

    What a great project idea!

  142. Deb says:

    Oooh, I would so love to have this book! Just got my first 1″ hexie paper pieces in the mail, but now I have to figure out how to make them! The book would do the trick right now. 🙂 I’m a little confused about learning to make the hexies at the moment. Have been investigating on line and can’t figure out whether it is best to stitch through the papers or not….? Thanks for the chance to win such a great book!

  143. Jennie P. says:

    What a cute keychain! I’d love to win this book. I’ve never worked with hexagons before.

  144. Catherine Eddleman says:

    So cute! I’m a hexagon freak… can’t seem to get enough of them in any type of medium. Thanks for the give-away!! I hope I get the book!

  145. Chelsea Grey says:

    I love hex with all my heart. Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

  146. Anna Cole says:

    I already have about 6 key rings on my keys, one more can’t hurt! Would love some more ideas for english paper piecing!

  147. Lisa Clarke says:

    Super cute fob – I am going to make some for stocking stuffers!!

  148. Sarah says:

    The key fob is so cute! I just started my first hexagon project and looking for some more ideas to use all of these hexagons up!

  149. Cute key fob! I am a little obsessed with hexagons right now. I can’t wait to get this book!

  150. Seanna Lea says:

    That’s really cute. Though I’m desperately in love with your chromatic hexagon quilt up above!

  151. Amanda S. says:

    I’m falling in love with hexagons again, so this book is super timely! Thanks for the tutorial!

  152. Tiara says:

    So cute and simple

  153. Angiesue says:

    I started making 3/4″ hexies this summer & now have a few hundred…but I don’t know what to do with them!!!

  154. Corrie says:

    Wow! Great looking book & tutorial. I’d love to win an ebook and learn more about this technique.

  155. natali says:

    Wow, these are just so cute! Definitely going to try :). Seems like a fun book to own!!

  156. Cheri Searles says:

    I love, love, love hexigons! I made a grandmother’s garden quilt and enjoyed every minute of it! Would reallllly love to have a copy of this great book!

  157. Judy says:

    What a cute Key fob that would be a great way to color code your sets of keys without having to use labels on them that always seem to wear off.

  158. Taysha Riggs says:

    Great giveaway! Fingers crossed I win

  159. Sam says:

    Super cute key chain. I will be whipping some of these as gifts!

  160. Karrie Pennington says:

    The first quilt picture made me smile. What a delight. Thanks for sharing this book and the tutorial. I have been exploring the machine stich hexagon methods so this book just increased my interest in both hand and machine stiched hexagons.

  161. amy bickford says:

    have seen some reviews of the book and it sounds amazing! 🙂

  162. Elizabeth says:

    I love the hexies! I have only done a little bit of EPP, but would love to try more. Thanks for the giveaway!

  163. Linda Sandusky says:

    I have always loved hexagons & can’t wait to see some of the other projects in the book!!

  164. Cathy says:

    What a cute project! I am becoming addicted to hexies too– this book would be wonderful to win. Thanks for a chance.

  165. elsa says:

    Oh, this little key fob is so cute ~ thanks for the tutorial!

  166. MissEnota says:

    Cute! I think I’ll make one today.

  167. Diane W says:

    Cute tutorial. Thanks for the giveaway. I really want this book.

  168. Becky N. says:

    How cool!!!

  169. Jenni says:

    How cute!! I’m going to have to make some for gifts… 😀

  170. lynaeve says:

    Thanks for the chance! Cute tutorial.

  171. Rachel B says:

    Hexi’s are my fave shape. I have a ruler for them and paper pieces for them and the sizes range from 1/2 inch to six inches. Yay for hexi’s.

  172. Carrie says:

    super cute key fob!!

  173. Christy Coy says:

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  174. JOAN GODFREY says:

    love the hexie ideas!!!! more than a “plain” quilt top…..lol
    will NEED this book for sure!!!!

  175. craftytammie says:

    that’s so cute! thanks for the project!

  176. Norma says:

    What a cute keychain. Thanks for the chance to win the book.

  177. Margaret says:

    So cute. This looks like the perfect little project to get me over my fear of hexagons.

  178. Amy says:

    I recently discovered the joys of English Paper Piecing, and am in love!! I really want Hexa Go Go!

  179. The key hanger is absolutely adorable! Would love to win a copy of the book!

  180. Sandra says:

    I live quilt , and want to win a copy of the book 😀 have fun

  181. Heather says:

    Thanks for the chance. Looks like a fun book.

  182. What a great key fob! I also adore the hexie block quilt. I just discovered EPP and am an addict!

  183. Cal says:

    Paper piecing scares me, but I have always liked the look of hexagon projects… maybe this book will alleviate my fear!

  184. Susie Perez says:

    Would love to receive this hexi book. I taught myself paper pieced hexi’s this summer and would love to further my instruction with this lovely theme. Thank you!!

  185. Jennie T. says:

    Hexies are on my bucket list – ’bout time I got started on them!

  186. Beulah says:

    I have always been intimidated by hexagons…..this project makes it look so easy! I might just have to try some this afternoon!!

  187. Judy Schofield says:

    Love it! I have a container of loose hexies just waiting for a project and this will take care of a few of them.

  188. Heidi says:

    Looks like a great book! I love making hexies!!

  189. The book looks amazing and I had no idea you could die-cut the hexagons! So Cute! Thanks!

    Happy Sewing,

  190. Jess says:

    That key chain is so cute! I’ve been wanting to try EPP and that might be the perfect small project to start with. Thanks!

  191. Erin Palmer says:

    I love the hexagon rainbow quilt you posted! What a fun book to win!

  192. I love the key fob – what a great idea!

  193. Terry Kessinger says:

    What a beautiful quilt! Love the hexies, love the borders. Well done!

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