This tutorial is for cutting 6-inch point-to-point hexagons. Another great resource for cutting without templates can be found on by from the blue chair, which also includes a fantastic table with lots of size references. As you probably know, I have recently been having fun making the 5 Minute Hexi Coasters, so I have been cutting these shapes a lot recently. (Update: here is a link to the tutorial for making the 5 Minute Hexi Coasters by Thistle Thicket Studio.)
For 6-inch point-to-point hexagons, you will need a 5 3/16-inch by 6-inch rectangle. As I tend to make a set of coasters using the same fabric, I start by cutting a 5 3/16-inch by width of fabric (WOF) strip.
So what is 5 3/16-inches? It is halfway between 5 1/8- and 5 1/4-inches. I don’t aim for perfection here, for the record.
From the 5 3/16-inch x WOF strip, subcut 6-inch wide rectangles.
Fold the rectangles in half, such that the folded rectangle is just over 2 1/2-inches (2 19/32-inches) tall by 6-inches wide. Press the fold flat.
I have an Olfa 18- by 24-inch cutting mat. In the center of my mat, there is a portion that has 60° angles marked. Where I have the folded rectangle positioned, the 60° lines are separated by 6-inches, which is perfect!
Note that you want to have the fold pointing down and the free edges of the rectangle pointed up.
Line up a ruler with the 60° line.
Trim along the 60° line.
Repeat on the other side: line up a ruler along the 60° line and trim.
Press the hexagon open and marvel at the precision of your 6-inch point to point hexagon!
And if your mat does not have the same handy lines on it that my mat does, here is a visual reference and spacing information that you can use to draw your own 60° lines on your mat.