How to make Magic 8 HST

In picto-toot format, here is a very very simple tutorial on how to make 8 HST at a time!  I know, I know, its not new, its not different,  but it is still very exciting for those of us who are needing a nudge to do things differently from time to time.

I love HSTs.  IMHO, these little beauties are the cornerstones  of patchwork.   Especially when they turn out perfectly like they always do when I make them this way. Follow along with the pictures.  I really really hope my photography and photo-editing skills will improve.

The first thing you need to know is how big to cut your squares. Here is the math chart for commonly used HSTs.


Okeydokey, once you have that organized, proceed as follows. FYI, in this toot, I wanted 2 1/2 unfinished HSTs, so I cut 5 3/4″ squares.



  1. Abigail says:

    Thanks for sharing this – I have never seen it before and to trim before pressing is a great idea!


  2. Kate Heads says:

    I usually just make them in 2s. Thanks for the tutorial, and the tip about the dog ears.


  3. Liz says:

    Yes, I never thought to trim dog ears first…good idea….I love HST’s as well, they can make so many different patterns


  4. I’ve always trimmed the points after I press, but I think I’ll be doing it this way from now on! Looks way easier. Also, aren’t HST shortcuts the best? 😉


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