I’ve recently gotten interested in English Paper Piecing, and have experimented with different ways of basting fabric hexagons to paper. I tried sewing: Sewing to the paper, or two stitches in each corner avoiding the paper. Of these, I liked the latter best. Then I tried gluing- both with a Sewline Glue Pen, and with plain old Elmer’s school glue stick. The glue-basting is undeniably faster, although perhaps not as precise at stitch-basting. In this situation, I’m willing to sacrifice a little precision for speed, as the nature of pieced hexagons all together means the irregularities are evened out.
The sewline glue pen works well- but the Elmers works just about as well, and is a whole lot cheaper. Here’s how I’ve evolved doing the gluing:
This is the critical step. I pick up the hexie and turn it over. Very slowly, I use my fingers to define the edge of the paper hexie, and fold the fabric precisely over it. I set the hexie down fabric side up, and use my fist to crease the glue into the fabric/paper.
Proceeding counterclockwise, I repeat this step.
Here all but the final fold have been completed. The final side to fold is on the left. I dab glue onto the fabric at both corners, and fold.
And here is how these glue-basted hexies are looking as I put this larger piece together.
I hope this mini-tutorial is helpful to you!!