I've had a lot of questions lately about how I cut my fabric hexagons so I thought I'd write a little tutorial for you. This is a super easy way to cut a lot of hexagons quickly ... (recommended for English paper-piecing only).
Measure the height of a hexagon template - mine is 7/8".
Add 1/2" to the measurement from Step 1 (for seam allowance) and cut a strip of fabric that width - mine is 1-3/8".
Lay a template, centered and a little bit away from the end of the strip.
Measure 1/4" away from the top left edge of the hexagon.
Trim the corner.
Measure 1/4" away from the bottom left edge of the hexagon and trim.
Repeat for the top and bottom right edges of the hexagon.
You are essentially cutting an "X". This "X" conveniently forms the left edges of the next hexagon.
Take the cut fabric hexagon and lay it on the strip of fabric, matching up the point on the left side. Use this first hexagon as your cutting template from now on.
Cut the next "X".
Repeat as necessary.
By the way, I usually stack as many as 6 fabric strips at a time ... I can cut a lot of hexagons quickly!
Also, don't worry about being super duper accurate ... these fabric hexagons will be basted onto perfectly shaped English Paper Piecing templates so you don't need to be as accurate as if you were machine piecing them.
I hope you find this tutorial useful.