# Use the The Magic 8 Method and Make 8 Half-Square Triangles at Once

If you don’t like cutting and stitching loose triangles together on the bias, you’re not alone. Making enough half-square triangles for a quilting project can get totally tiring. But don’t fret — here’s a quick and easy solution to your HST woes.

## The Magic 8 Method

Level: Easy

### 1. Determine Size

First you need to know what size finished half-square triangles are desired.

#### For example:

1. Let’s say you want to make 3” finished half-square triangles.
3. Multiply your total of 3⅞” by 2. (That equals 7¾”).
4. 7¾” squares are the size needed to make your 3” finished half-square triangles.

### 2. Cut

Cut two squares the desired size, based on the formula above.

### 3. Mark

Place the two squares on top of each other, right sides together. Draw two diagonal lines corner to corner on the top fabric.

### 4. Stitch

Stitch a total of four lines: two on both sides of each diagonal line, ¼” away from the line.

### 5. Cut

Carefully cut the sewn square into the eight HSTs. You’ll make a total of four cuts.

Cut 1: Cut vertically right down the center. Align your ruler with the center where you drawn lines intersect and one straight edge of the fabric squares.

Cut 2: Make a second cut that’s perpendicular to the cut you just made. At this point, it’s best to leave the fabric pieces where they are — don’t try to rotate the fabric! Instead, walk around your table so you are better positioned to make the cut, or turn your cutting mat.

Cuts 3 and 4: Cut on both of the drawn diagonal lines, between your stitching lines. Again, it’s best not to move your fabric; instead, move your body or your board so that you don’t shift the fabric.

### 6. Open and Press

Separate the cut pieces and open them up to reveal your perfect half-square triangles! Press the seams to the darker side and you’re ready to use them in a project.

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5 Responses to “Use the The Magic 8 Method and Make 8 Half-Square Triangles at Once”
1. JoAnn

Say I want to make six inch triangles how big would my fabric have to be to make four at a time?