Welcome to another stop on the 12 Hexies (or less) Blog Hop! I’m so happy you’ve joined us. When Diane asked if I would be interested in participating in an EPP blog hop, I didn’t have to think twice. Her challenge to each of us was to use 12 hexies or less for our original project. Brilliant idea because we all know how hard it can be to complete an EPP project once you realize you have to make and sew a gazillion pieces. With this hop, you’ll see ten different projects–all doable without investing years of your life in the process.
I had no idea what project I would make, only that I wanted to use some Anna Maira Horner fabric. I grabbed some bits and scraps and made 12 hexies. Then I played with the arrangement and decided on a triangular shape which only uses 10 hexies. Once I settled on something to act as a canvas for these pretty hexies, it came together fast. The end result is this very stunning grocery tote. To make this tote you will need the following:
- 2/3 yard of medium to heavyweight fabric such as canvas, twill, or cotton duck
- 1 1/8 yard of 1″ webbing in coordinating color
- 1 1/3 yard of 1″ to 1 1/2″ trim (I used Anna Maria Horner’s Gold Reliquary ribbon for Renaissance Ribbon)
- 10 scraps of cotton fabric at least 4″ x 4 1/2″ (5″ charm pack pieces work great)
- 10 – 1 1/2″ hexie papers (I use Paper Pieces)
Prepare your hexies. If you’re new to EPP, there are numerous video tutorials available showing you exactly what to do. Here are links to Diane’s clear instructions to check out:
Cut a rectangle measuring 23″ x 41″ from the medium to heavyweight fabric you have chosen for the bag. Place your hexie applique on the right side of your rectangle, approximately 6″ from the top edge and 6 1/4″ inches from the sides.Use pins or fabric glue to secure. Edgestitch around all outer edges of the hexie triangle.With right sides together, pin the side seams and sew. If desired, finish the edges (a simple zig zag or pinking will work fine). Press the folded edge of the bottom to create a crease. Keeping the bag wrong side out, line the side seam up with the freshly pressed crease. Measure 2″ from the point and mark this line. Stitch on the marked line. Cut off the pointy end leaving a seam of approximately 1/2″. Turn the bag inside out. Sew a narrow hem around the top edge.
Cut the webbing into two equal lengths. Place the handles as shown in the picture below. The handles should be overlapping the top edge by approximately 1 1/2″. Don’t worry about the raw ends. They’ll be covered by the ribbon trim. Stitch the handles in place. For extra security, sew a box stitch on each end. A box stitch is made by sewing a box with an ‘x’ through it.To finish off the tote, pin the ribbon trim in place around the top edge of the bag. Center the ribbon over the raw edges of the handles to cover them. Stitch along both edges of the ribbon to secure.And that’s all there is to it! The prettiest grocery tote in the store will be yours.
Be sure to check out all the other projects. The links below will update as each day of the hop continues. The hop ends on the 25th so there are more great projects yet to come.