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Monday, July 23, 2012

Just for Fun! Hexie bag!

 Lately I've not had a lot of time to sew just for fun. But one of the things I decided I did want to do was Katy's MF Hexie quilt in the fabulous Bari J's Lilly Belle. (check out her blog to see 14 days of Lilly Belle, where she's doing a new project EACH day!)

I've been plugging away at basting and sewing hexies, in the end we need 666 (no I'm not making that up) petals and 74 centers. That's a whole lotta hexies. To keep myself a tiny bit organized I've been using a big ziploc bag to keep all my stuff together.

 But ziplocs while handy, aren't very pretty. And they don't have a handle.
So I decided to make a bag for my hexies.
And then decided it should be made out of hexies. I think I was insane at the time. Maybe from the crazy heat or the super bad sunburn I got last week.

Well whatever the reason I decided to make the hexie bag. I use the AccuQuilt 1.5" die, the 2.5" I thought was too big and the 1" way to small. I really wish there was a 2" on the die, I think it would have been better but whatever.


I had some left over Fandango by Kate Spain from when I made the filing cabinet cover for Moda Bake Shop and I found it when cleaning my sewing room to get it ready for painting so I decided to use it.


So here is my hexie bag for hexies!


 You can see how I've even tried to organize the inside! A pocket for my thread, of course using some Aurifil!, scissors, needle jar, and a pocket for the hexies waiting to be basted. I use a dab of glue to hold the papers to the hexies so they're in the pocket to keep the papers from being torn off. I use the bright pink thread to baste, so much easier to see when it's time to pull it out, and the grey and taupe to stitch the hexagons together.

 
 I even put a zipper on it! Just for you Bari! I hadn't originally planned on the zipper so I made the strap go through to make the bag draw up when hung. I'll fix that later when I find something to put on the ends of the strap because I used 1" grommets.
Have you ever made a bag just to hold a project? What do you think? Smart or crazy?

11 comments:

Sally Johnson said...

Beautiful work Cara.

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

Perfect!!

Sarah Strange said...

I just love this! I always make a new tote for my carry-around projects. A hexie bag is brilliant!

Poppyprint said...

Not just smart, genius! It's a great bag that'll serve you well!

hlberg said...

Love it!

Colleen said...

I organized hand projects for this vacation. I used pouches from swaps. I put my hexie stuff in a hexie fabric pouch. I did make a cross stich bag too. I like your bag. It is cute!

SameliasMum said...

I love your bag made of hexies to hold hexies. Fantastic idea. I use one of my kids lunchboxes to hold mine.

sandra said...

I think it is a smart idea and looks way nicer than a plastic bag, you will get lots of comments on it.

Andrea Turner said...

This is really super cute. I normally just use the nice paper bags that my fabric comes in from the local quilt shop.

alwaysquilting said...

Nice bag and clever idea. You will always know where your hexie project is hiding.

Mary Ellen said...

Love it!! I used to make drawstring bags made from cute themed fabric to corral my kids' toys - For instance, cute cars to corral matchbox cars, geometrics to keep puzzle pieces together, etc. Hmmmm - I need to make cute bags to corral my toys, um projects.