Hexagon Sewing Kit
A while ago I saw this beautiful hexagon sewing machine cover created by AnaZard and I knew that I had to make one myself. So I jumped right in. I printed hexies from a pattern shared by Geta Grama and then I spent some time (probably too much time) on youtube researching different techniques. I tried out a couple until I found one that I liked. But by the time I was ready to really get down and dirty with my hexies I was so frustrated by the unorganized mess they brought with them. Paper pieces, fabric, needle, finished hexies… sooo… I decided that I needed something to keep everything in check, and what better way than create something myself. I mean I can’t be the only one who creates a new project to solve the problem created by another project? Right? Right?
Anyway, let me present my Hexagon Sewing Kit!
I have no idea where I’ve got the fabrics, they’ve been in my stash for about 7 years. The kit is inspired by the beautiful travel sewing kits that Amy from “lots of pink here!” has created. I kind of followed her travel sewing kit tutorial but made a few changes to suit my needs.
So, when you open the kit this is what you see. It looks a bit crooked but it really isn’t, it’s just not very rigid and has already been put to great use. Opened up it measures about 24 cm wide and 20 cm high. And it fits everything I need to create hexies.
Starting from the left upper corner there’s a little pocket for my embroidery scissors, it has a tiny snap button so there’s no risk of it falling out. Down to the bottom left corner is a pocket with a collapsible thread catcher (more info on that under the next photo). Then in the middle there’s a secured thread spool and below that is a felt spread with a couple of pins and needles. On the right side of the book is two pockets, one to keep all the fabric pieces and one for the templates. Finished hexies goes either in one of those pockets or gets to share pocket with the thread catcher.
The collapsible thread catcher is just the neatest thing ever! I found this amazing tutorial on youtube: Collapsible Thread Catcher by Angie’s Bits & Pieces. I have to admit that I did one before this one that didn’t quite work out… I made the bottom pieces too large so it didn’t close properly. Lesson learned and for my second try the fit was perfect. There were some sizing issues with the side pieces but it worked out all right in the end I think.
The thread spool is secured with the help of a safety pin. That way it’s easy to change the spool whenever I want to. At the moment I’m using Guterman black polyester thread for my hexagons.
And once the hexies are done I store them in ziplock bags. These are 1″ hexagons. So far I’ve done about 200 and I’m about 1/2 to 2/3 on my way… I think…
And here’s one last image of the kit in all its glory. I love it! It makes the whole paper piecing process so much easier. I can grab the kit and know that I have everything I need with me, in one safe place.