Remember this post? Well, I finally filled the shoe box with enough hexagons to make the top of the duvet cover.
If you're wondering how many hexagons there are here I can tell you there's 272 of them. By my calculations that's how many I need but given my relationship with numbers I'm sure I'll find at some point that either I have too many or not enough. But we'll see!
As the name of this technique suggests it envolves printing and cutting lots and lots of paper shapes which can be expensive and time consuming but there's a way you can save time and money. This is the way I did it, it may not be the correct way of going about it but it worked for me, if you look on the web you're sure to find many more tips and tricks for English Paper Piecing.
For this type of project I like to use A4 copy paper but not clean paper as that would be a waste. Instead I took this opportunity to recycle old school newsletters and worksheets, junkmail, etc. As long as the paper is not too creased, it's thick enough to hold its shape and support the fabric and can go through the printer it should be fine.
When cutting the shapes I saved time by cutting up to 4 at once. Carefully put together 3 or 4 sheets of paper and align them, the top one should be the page where you printed your chosen shape. Cut using a cutting mat, a ruler (preferably a metal one) and a sharp craft knife.
I resized my hexagon shape because some of the fabrics I'm using have large prints and I want them to show. To make sure the part of the print I want is centred in the hexagon I used the cutout pages as windows. The photos below show you what I mean.
With the wrong side of the fabric facing up, place the "window" over the area of the print you want to show.
Then carefully place the cutout hexagon shape inside the "window" and pin in place.
Remove the window and cut the fabric, it's easy. Here are a few examples of fabrics where I used this method.
I hope you find these tips useful.