You can find the tutorial to make the needle book here on my blog! Below are the templates so you can cut your fabric into hexagon shapes. If you make a needle book and share online, please tag me as I'd love to see it!
Here are some instructions to help you make your own version of my English paper pieced mini quilt, Mabel's Garden. The quilt uses half inch hexagon shapes and involves some simple embroidery details. I've provided two sets of instructions, depending on how you are making your hexagons. One for using paper templates in the traditional way, and one for using Hexiform shapes made by Ashmead Designs. Whichever you choose, I hope you love making this quilt and if you do make it, please tag me on Instagram as I would love to see it. If you need any help or support, please contact me via the contact form on the homepage of this website, in the blog comments or on Instagram.
Here is the printable template to make this Dresden flower. Printed as it is, it measures approx 6 and 1/4 inches from rounded petal to rounded petal and approx 7 and 5/8 inches from pointed petal to pointed petal. Feel free to enlarge the pieces to suit the size of your project. I enlarged mine and appliquéd it onto a shopping bag I made but you could appliqué them onto quilt blocks or reduce the size to fit it onto a purse. This motif would also make a lovely cushion. If you make a version of this and share it on Instagram, please tag me so I can see it, I'm @vintagesewingbox.
For anybody who would like a small version of the Dresden Flower Template, here it is! It measures approximately 3 and 3/4 inches from tip to tip and the straight side of each petal is approximately one inch. I’ve also included a video showing as much as I could of my process of making this, it’s a long one, but I hope it is useful and answers a lot of the questions I’ve received. Please get in contact with me if you have any further questions!
Here is the template to make this little butterfly. There are enough shapes on the page to make three butterflies but you can of course print off as many as you need. There are some basic instructions here too to help you get started. For more tips on how to make this, check out my little video which shows some of the steps. You can view it here.
Here are the templates for an even smaller version of this butterfly. This uses half inch jewel shapes and a three quarter inch diamond. I find that spraying my pieces with spray starch whilst pressing, before removing the papers, helps enormously when making these as it keeps the seam allowances crisp.
Here are some free hexagon templates in a variety of different sizes. All you need to do is choose a size, print it out, cut them out, then you are ready to begin creating your hexagon flowers or whatever you want! You can get creative!
This lovely birthday crown can be made in any colour scheme to suit girls or boys. It is made from felt, which is so easy to use as it doesn't fray, you can just cut and sew! The special thing about this crown is that the number is attached with Velcro so it can be changed for the following birthday. Be sure to add an extra candle to the cake each year too. The crown is fitted with elastic at the back, meaning it will grow with your child and be something they enjoy wearing each birthday.