A few weeks ago my postman delivered a super parcel from Patchwork Chicks - "Hexagon Sewing Bag" by Lynette Anderson Designs. This super kit contains absolutely everything you need to make this small bag including the fabrics, wadding, embroidery threads, paper hexagons and even the wooden buttons. I traced the design onto the background fabric using a Pigma Micron pen and my lightbox...
...a small piece of weaveline interfacing was included in the kit and this was fused to the back of the stitchery design, then I was ready to get this in my hoop and start the stitchery and applique - and yes, I used my apliquick rods, applique paper and gluestick for these small pieces of applique! A final press when it was finished, and it was ready to be appliqued onto the pocket of the bag...
...I decided to make my bag bigger than the pattern suggested as I often have several projects on the go at once, and my friend Lynette had kindly send me a bundle of fat eighths of the same "Quilters Garden" fabric a couple of years ago, so I added them to the fabrics in the kit and sorted through my huge collection of patterns for a suitable bag. I decided to use the pattern "Perfect Quilted Tote" designed by Elizabeth Hartman...
...this is made using the QAYG method, and was quilted with Aurifil thread. I used pellon wadding for the bag, as this gives a more structured finish. Once the front panel was completed, I appliqued the stitchery design onto the front, then made another panel for the back of the bag...
...this pattern has excellent instructions for a pocket panel, with a pocket that closes with a zipper, and a slip pocket too, which has a bound edge and is reinforced with some lightweight fusible interfacing. I added a key fob which I thought would be useful for clipping a pair of scissors onto...
...and here's the completed bag, ready to be filled with my hand sewing projects so they're all together ready for when I want to do some hand sewing! I'm sure it won't take long to put all my hand sewing bits and bobs in here. This really was a simple bag to make, with very well-written instructions, and I'll definitely be making more of these with this pattern.
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