Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Festival of Hexagons: Boxy-Hexi Pouch

Festival of Hexies
I've been in a hexagon mood lately (if you follow me on Instagram you can see my traveling hexies) so when Ali asked me to participate in the Festival of Hexagons I was stoked! Check out Ali's blog for all the details (including prizes!!!)


Monday, Aug. 13
Ali from a²(w)
Tuesday, Aug. 14
Amanda from A Crafty Fox
Wednesday, Aug. 15
Kelly from Kelbysews<---that's me!
Thursday, Aug. 16
Terri from Sew Fantastic
Friday, Aug. 17
Jeni from In Color Order

Monday, Aug. 20
Lindsey from LRStitched
Tuesday, Aug. 21
Wednesday, Aug. 22
Michelle from Super Orange Sewing (formerly I Like Orange, Too)
Thursday, Aug. 23
Sara from Sew Sweetness
Friday, Aug. 24

Saturday, Aug. 25

Aug. 27 - Sept. 2
Link Party

Sept. 3 - Sept. 5

Friday, Sept. 7
Winners announced

Deciding what to make was a bit of a challenge.  I sort of flew by the seat of my pants, but I was pleasantly surprised by the results!  Don't you love it when that happens?  So I present you with the Boxy-Hexi Pouch!

I did not take pictures of how I assembled hexagon, but I can talk you through it.  Alternatively, you could cut one large hexagon with each side measuring 9.5".  
  1. Cut a center hexagon--I used a hexagon ruler--that measures 5.5" high, each side is 3.25" long.
  2. Cut 1 WOF strip that is 1.5" wide. Sew around the sides of the hexagon and trim using the method described in this Moda Bakeshop tutorial.  It's like making a log cabin with some extra trimming. :)
  3. Cut 2 WOF strips that are 3" wide.  Repeat method linked above.
  4. Cut 2 WOF strips that are 2.5" wide.  Repeat method linked above.

You should now have a hexagon that measure approximately 9.5" on each side.  Use your pieced hexagon to cut another hexagon from your lining fabric so they will be the exact same size.

Take a deep breath and cut your pieced hexagon and lining hexagon in half as shown in the above picture.  It's important you cut through the points, not through one of the sides!

Now it's just like any other zippered pouch.  I have a more elaborate tutorial for these here.  Place lining fabric right side up, put a 9" zipper right side up on top of the lining, and then place your pieced half hexagon right side down.

Pin the dickens out of it and sew 1/4" from edge.

Repeat for the other side: Lining right side up, zipper right side up, exterior right side down!

Press exterior and lining fabric away from zipper then top stitch on either side for a nice finished look and to keep the fabric from getting caught in the zipper.

OPEN UP YOUR ZIPPER!!!  Pin exterior pieces right sides together.  Pin lining pieces right sides together.  Fold the zipper toward the lining before pinning.  Sew around all sides using 1/4" to 3/8" seam allowance leaving a 3" hold at the bottom of your lining for turning.  Since the sides are 9.5" and you're using a 9" zipper (it's actually 10" with the tape), you will want to sew close to the zipper stops, but not past them or through them in order to get the best looking zipper ends.

This is where the boxy part comes in.  This method "boxes" the corners.  Pin all four corners together, matching the seams along the bottom and sides.  It helps to push the seam allowances in opposite directions and nest them.  Measure 1.5"to 2" (it's up to you, either is fine) down from the point and draw a line.  Sew along these 4 lines.  

Cut the corners off leaving 1/4" of fabric from the line you sewed. 

Turn the pouch right side out through the hole in the lining.  Use a turning tool if necessary to push out the edges near the zipper and the corners.

Ta-da! A cool shaped zipper pouch!

The bottom view!

If you decide to make one I'd love to see it!!!


Laura said...

What a great idea for a beautiful little pouch!!

Angela said...

that's awesome Kelly! And very original! said...

great idea for a wonderfully shaped zipper purse

Katie B said...

Love this idea!

Toohey said...

Cute, cute, cute! I love black, white and bright pink. Also a great way to learn this method of hexagons. Thank you!

Kati said...

This is pretty much fabulous! I love this idea!

Katy Cameron said...

Ooh, fun use for giant hexies

Lynette said...

This is super cool, Kelly, and I'm TOTALLY digging the colors.

Marcia W. said...

very unique pouch -thanks for the tutorial

Marcia W. said...

very unique pouch -thanks for the tutorial

Tracey Jacobsen said...

I like the big hexagon as a block too!
Great pouch Kelly!
(and P.S. -- would you mind taking off your word verification? makes me batty I say! If you don't allow anonymous commenters, you get virtually no spam)

Debbie said...

SO clever! It looks terrific!

Simone de Klerk said...

What a very beautiful idea!!!
Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Love this pouch and the large hexagon. Thanks for tutorial

Unknown said...

This turned out so great. I love home-made purses and pouches. Great job on your hexis!

Amanda Rose

Kritta22 said...

How do you get a hexie without a hexagon ruler??

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