Recently I have been heavily into making hexagons. When Your daily hexagon production is classed in the 'high' category, a homemade pouch (decorated in what else but hexagons) can be a helpful addition to your sewing kit. Providing handy instant storage and fully useable 'on the go', the pouch also gives peace of mind for always knowing where your hexagon collection is kept.
Take a look inside........
Want one???? Then please read on.
You will need
paper hexagon pieces
7" x 5" piece of fabric for pouch back
13 1/2" x 5" piece of fabric for inside lining
13 1/2" x 5" piece of batting
Two 2 1/2" x 14" strips co-ordinating fabric for the pockets (I used strips from a jelly roll!)
6" piece of 1/8" wide ribbon
2 fancy buttons of your choice
** all seam allowances are 1/4"
Step 1 - Making the hexagons
First you will need to sew up some paper pieced hexagons to make the fabric for the front of the pouch. The number of hexagons you will need depends on the size hexagons you are using (measure one of the edges to find out the size). Mine are 7/8" long and I used 24 hexagons in all. You will need to make a pieced rectangle that measures just over 7" x 5" in size for the front.
To paper piece hexagons - For ease buy die cut papers like these. Cut a hexagon shape from fabric 1/4" bigger all around. Place the paper hexagon in the middle of the fabric one, fold over the top edge then fold over the next edge along working left to right.
Holding down the corner where these two edges overlap with the thumb of your non-sewing hand, make a couple of stitches one on top of the other in the corner to hold the folds in place (bottom left).
Continue folding and stitching down the corners working all around the edge, left to right. Only the first and last corners need a double stitch to secure the beginning and end of the thread, all other stitches can be singular.
To stitch hexagons together - Place two paper pieced hexagons right sides together. Secure the end of your sewing thread by making a few stitches one on top of the other. Insert needle vertically through the fabric but not the paper of both hexagons, make a diagonal stitch to take needle back to first hexagon.
Repeat all down the side you are joining.
I find it easiest to join my hexagons into vertical rows first (see this post for a pic). Then join all the rows together using the same stitch as above.
Once pieced, press fabric with an iron and then remove the paper pieces.
Step 2 - Making the pouch
Turn over the top and bottom edges of the two pocket strips by 1/4" and press with an iron.
Place inside lining fabric piece (the 13 1/2" x 5" one) on top of batting. Lay the two pocket strips in place on top, with the stitched edges at the top of each strip. Pin the layers together and then stitch down horizontally along the bottom of each of the pocket strips 1/8" from bottom folded edge.
Seperate the pockets by stitching down vertically around 3" or so from each of the short edges (The large central pockets will be stitched down later).
Lay the pieced front and back piece on top of the pocket piece, right sides facing. Make sure the hexagon front piece is on the left when wrong side up. Pin layers together.
Stitch all around the edge leaving a gap of around 3" at the bottom of back of pouch for turning out.
Turn right way out, turn out the corners well using a knitting needle or chopstick. Whip stitch the small opening closed (in the same way you stitched the paper pieced hexagons together earlier).
Top stitch 1/4" away from the edge of the pouch all around.
With back and front piece uppermost, stitch down the central join to split the large central pockets inside.
Zig zag stitch the end of the thin ribbon to the left hand side of the back of the pouch.
Stitch 2 nice buttons to the front and then tie your ribbon around them in a circle of eight motion.
Fill with paper pieces and fabric scraps to hex til you drop whilst - at the park, in the car, waiting at train stations and wherever else you wish!!
I hope this tutorial wasn't too long and you didn't drop off whilst reading it. If you make one of these pouches I would love to see a pic or two of it in my 'Stitching with Comfort stitching' flickr group. If you haven't been yet, go take a peek at the loveliness.