What do you do when you get sick and really don't feel well enough to sew up a big project ? You find some hand sewing to work on!
I looked up several tutorials on Hexies and decided to try sewing a few. When I started out, I didn't have a specific project in mind. Echinops and Aster has quite a few projects and tutorials on making hexies. After reading her blog, I sort of lost my fear of making a hexie, and decided to make a few and see where it led me.
I found some great free hexi patterns at Echinops and Aster, and decided to print out the 1 1/4 " size on computer paper .
My fabric pieces tended to be about 3 1/2 " x 3 1/4 " , to wrap around my little hexagon paper template. I enjoyed basting them by hand , while watching tv. They only took a few minutes to starch and press into shape.
After I made 8 hexies, I started playing around with them, to see what shape to put them in. I ended up liking the straight line. I realized that if I put three in a row, that would fit on the front of an eyeglasses case.
Last week, I made a simple eyeglasses case , for little "A"....
|Pouch set including an eyeglasses case|
I decided to try this glasses case again, and then decorate the front and back sections with a row of 3 hexies.
So, I whip stitched the hexies, 3 in a row. I fused them on the back with HeatnBond.
I ironed them onto the front and back of the outer fabric, and stitched them along their outer edge to the fabric. I then simply stitched the outline of the hexi string, a scant quarter of an inch from the outer edge.
I had some problems again, finishing the case, at the junction where the the lining and outer meet (step 5), and sewing up the lining-to-lining and cover-to- cover edges. (step 6 in directions). (the pivot area she refers to in the directions)
After several attempts at trying "something different", I finally figured out what I was doing wrong. I didn't look at the pictures in the instructions. I used "common sense".
And it worked!
So I WROTE IT down quickly, so I wouldn't forget what I did! And took a few pictures.
I went to my computer and began to study the online tutorial. I realized it was from the early 2000, and it was not as detailed as we make our tutorials today. I then found a "related" link below, and it mentioned "printer friendly" eyeglasses case. It was actually the same directions, but had DIFFERENT PICTURES to show the steps, and was all on one page , for printing. USE THIS ONE: About.com Sewing Make an eye glass case
If you make the pattern, use this link Make an eye glass case , and these pictures will make sense. (And a more experienced sewer would probably know this already!)
|The other directions showed sewing the 1 inch seam on the right sides of the fabrics in step 5. I finally figured out that it needed to be wrong sides|
|My hexies glasses case|
|The back side|
|Simple stitching along the outside|
|My "hex-cellent" eye glass case (sorry for that one)|
I want to make some more things with hexies now.
Have you made anything? Any fun suggestions for me? Let me know!
|I'm off to my sewing room!|