Allison from Still Water Designs and Campbell Soup Diary has big sewing plans for 2015, on the heels of some recent, fun successes in 2014. Allison is based in Germany and runs her online Still Water Designs fabric, pattern and trims shop there. You can find free tutorials on her Campbell Soup Diary blog sidebar, and a lot of beautiful quilting and more throughout her archives! Allison designed this Mochi Necklace so you can take your freezer paper hexies beyond appliqué.
Looking for other hexie projects? We have some good ones!: Modern Geometric Pillows, Hexie Diamond Pillow, Star Hexies Tutorial + English Paper Piecing, Color Block Messenger Bag, How to Sew Hexagons + Slow Sewing Posts
Next to fabric, the first medium of choice that I grab for is freezer paper. The technique allows you to achieve clean finished edges without having to zig-zig raw edges.
For your own hexagon necklace, you will need the following sewing supplies:
- Fabric Scraps
- Invisible Thread
- Freezer Paper
- Glue Stick
- 1.5″ Hexagon Template
- Felt or Quilt Batting Scrap
- Chambray Denim or Linen Strips
Additionally you will need the following jewelry making supplies:
- 13 mm Ribbon Clamp End Crimp – 2
- Jump Rings – 2
- Lobster Clasp Closure
- Extension Necklace
- Jewelry Tools – Round Nose Pliers + Flat Nose Pliers
Start by completing 10 mini hexagons using various fabric scraps. I used a 1.5″ template for the hexagons that I found online. If you have never made anything using the freezer paper applique method, you can find a how-to at Sew Mama Sew or visit my tutorial here.
Before you start sewing, lay out the hexagons in a design that you like. Begin by sewing the center hexagon to a lightweight felt scrap or batting (approx. 8″ x 12″). I used invisible thread for my top thread, so I don’t need to change thread colors for each hexagon. Once the first hexagon has been stitched in place, line up the second hexagon, making sure to place it as closely to the first hexagon as possible without overlapping. Continue sewing the rest of the hexagons according to the layout, except for the two top corner hexagons:
Next, prepare the two side ties and the bottom accent edging. For this you will need to cut two 2″ x 10″ strips for the side ties and one 2″ x 28″ strip for the bottom edging. Iron each strip in half lengthwise. Open the strip and iron the outer edges toward the center. Fold in half again so the raw edges are on the inside. Iron flat. Stitch along both long sides for a finished look. Note: It is not necessary to stitch both sides of the edging strip.
Place the unfinished, short end of one of the side ties under the corner hexagon. Be sure the side tie is at an angle, as it will lay better when the necklace is worn. Pin and sew the two corner hexagons in place. The side ties should be sandwiched under each corner hexagon as shown.
Here’s how it should look after both side ties have been sewn under the upper corner hexagons:
Next trim the excess felt as close to the edge as possible around the entire piece:
Find the center point of the edging trim and pin on the underneath side of the bottom center hexagon. Twist the trim following the outline of the necklace.
Here’s how the necklace should look once the edging trim has been pinned in place.
Once the edging has been pinned in place, trim the end leaving enough to neatly tuck under top hexagons to finish. Stitch the edging trim in place all along the outer stitch lines of the hexagons, making sure to catch the edging trim and the tucked in end.
Trim each of the side ties to desired length. For my necklace, I trimmed each side tie to approximately 6″. Place the ribbon end crimp over the short raw edge of the side tie. Using flat nose pliers, clamp the end crimp closed. Attach the jump ring to one side with the necklace extender, and to the other side attach the jump ring and the lobster clasp. Keep in mind if you are left or right-handed so you place the clasp on the desired side.
Now you‘re done!