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Hexie Table Runner Project

Make a hexie table runner

The Folk Art Factory presents an original table runner design by Debbie von Grabler-Crozier.  

You will need…

Assortment of 10” squares in four autumn colours. I have used 10 squares in grey, coral yellow and green from the Sun Prints 2018 collection by Allison Glass from Makower UK – Layer Cake precuts would also be great to use 

14” wide x 45” long winter white solid

15” wide x 46” long backing fabric

FQ of grey fabric for the bias binding


15” wide x 46” long  80/20 cotton mix wadding (Vlieseline)

Bias tape maker 

Fabric glue

1½” hexie patchwork template 


Finished size: 13” wide x 34” long

Seam allowances are all 1/4” unless otherwise stated. Please read all instructions through and assemble the equipment before beginning. 

When printing the template, check that the box on the same page measures 1″ to check you have the correct scale.

To Sew

Begin by making 39 hexies from scrap paper and the hexie template. Cover the hexie papers with the fabrics. You will easily get four hexies per 10” square.

Using a paper template to make hexies

Cover the papers by cutting the 10” square into four pieces and placing the paper in the middle on the wrong side of one of the quarters. Roughly cut the shape of the hexie leaving at least 1” all around.

EPP techniques

Fold the edges over the paper using the shape of the paper as a guide and finger crease to press.

How to baste an EPP template

Baste with a few stitches to keep the shape. Repeat for the other hexies and then press and allow to cool with a weight on top.

Note: This is a similar technique to English Paper Piecing as you cover papers with fabric. That is where the similarities end as normally in English Paper Piecing (EPP) you do not remove the papers until the whole shape is surrounded by other shapes. In this way, the hexie stays neat.

For this project we will remove the papers immediately so that the hexies can be appliqued down. This means that they can lose their shape a bit if you are not careful. Press them and then lay them out under a large quilting ruler and top that with a stack of books. When cool, those creases will be sharp and there for good. That helps when the papers come out.

Take the papers out of the hexies, carefully removing the stitches as you go. Press your background fabric and lay your fabric hexies onto it. Add a dab of fabric glue to hold them in place without the need for pins.

Home sewing projects

Your hexies should be roughly ¼” apart. I have mixed mine up to create a random pattern but you can also make stripes or ombre patterns – it is up to you! On the ends, they should come to a point.

Swap to a walking foot. Make a quilt sandwich with the backing fabric (face down), the wadding and then the prepared top (face up).

Machine applique hexies

Quilt by straight sewing through the hexies from corner to corner and from one side of the backing fabric to the other. Then come back the other way. Finally, stitch down the middle of the table runner – basically, a line goes from each point to each point intersecting down the centre of each hexie.

TIP: You could draw some water erasable lines to help you sew dead straight.

Trim the table runner and round the corners with a tea cup or similar round object. Bind with your bias binding.

TIP: Making bias binding is easy. Cut 1½” wide strips on the bias and then join them together to form a long strip. Fold in half lengthways and press and then fold the raw edges in and press them too. You can use a bias tape maker to make this easier. There’s a detailed guide to bias binding with step by step instructions here. 

It is very easy to make this table runner project smaller or larger by simply increasing the amount of hexies – be aware that your backing, wadding and background fabric needs will also change.

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 © Debbie von Grabler-Crozier 2018

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