happy hexies

While taking Rachel's handstitched class, I really wanted to learn English paper piecing (EPP). I love the intricate star and hexagon shapes that you can make with the technique. Unfortunately, I couldn't get into Storm at Sea, so I did an alternate block and ended up machine paper piecing them. Still, I wanted to give the technique a shot (I'm in this class to learn after all), but with a project I really was excited about.

I had bookmarked this post ages ago, but had never had the gumption to actually try hexies. Silly me, they are super easy! I don't know what I was waiting for. But turns out applique week was right after paper piecing week, so it seemed the stars had aligned for this previously shelved project: hexagon applique jeans!

hexie jeans

I had a pair of jeans. Yes, I bought them with holes (Dad, don't be shaking your head, I feel it way over here). But the holes were not so large until one day, playing with a sweet and adorable cousin, the baby made a break for it and in my fast attempt to run and scoop her up, I heard the riiiiiipp that so often accompanies these kinds of things.

So my chic little peep hole had turned into a gaping, unattractive mammoth of a hole. I measured and one hexagon flower would take care of the whole (or hole?) thing.


hexie jeans

hexie jeans

This was an easy, single afternoon project that was super fun! I was thinking of what else to add hexagons to, but I don't want to be that crazy lady with the funny clothes. I'm much too young for that.

I apologize for the somewhat interesting photos. It's hard photographing your knees, attractively, while wearing pants in over 100F weather. These are most definitely fall pants.

I'm linking this project up to The Handmade Parade at There and Back - head over to check out all the fabulous hand made projects!

11 comments:

  1. Brilliant! I don't suppose my husband's going to let me do that to him :( i think that would be a great addition to handmade clothing too, amazing how versatile quilting is turning out to be!

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  2. Such an awesome idea! I used a hexie flower to hide a stain on my daughter's shirt.
    Good for you for modelling the pants even though it was HOT :-)

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  3. I noticed these the other night and meant to ask if you had enhanced them yourself, but Rita's got in the way. Priorities ;) They are super cute, though! It was so cool to see your stuff tonight. I can't wait to see your sewing room when it's all set up!! (Does Nick read this??) :P

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  4. What a great idea to cover up the hole! Your hexagons are lovely and it does make a pretty embellishment to your pair of jeans ;)

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  5. Oh my gosh that is cute! I might rip a pair of jeans just for fun...

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  6. what a great idea! I need to look around for something to add some patchwork to...

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  7. Great idea! Looks good too

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  8. I love this. It would be cute on little girls too!

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  9. I love this idea Jess - I'm totally going to do this with some of my daughter's pants (guess I might have to make smaller hexagons though) Thanks for the inspiration!

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