Thursday, May 22, 2014

Hexie drawstring pouch

Hexie drawstring bag

I'm happy to hear today that this little drawstring pouch arrived safe and sound with it's recipient! 

back to English paper piecing

When I finished that hand sewn dress, I was exhilarated at the thought of starting NEW handwork projects.  Hexagons danced in my head, but (thankfully) I had the forsight to reign myself in to a small project instead of a giant hexagon flower quilt or something!


Basting hexagons is fun, fun, fun... but I do get bogged down at the joining stage.  This project only required 3 rows of hexagons front and back.  Once joined and papers removed, I appliqued them to these Essex linen rectangles.

a bit of Hexagon

Ended up handstitching them on with pearl cotton thread.  I hadn't handled pearl cotton in awhile.  Mmmm!

fun lining

Then with the help of Svetlana's tutorial, it all became a pouch in no time.  This is my favorite drawstring pouch style so far.  I think it's a faster sew than others I've tried and I love the way the casing sticks out at the top.  You can use just about anything for the drawstring.  I used some baker's twine - Cute!

(psst... linen still makes me nervous, so I treated the seams with fray-check and did not blunt the corners before turning.) 

a gift for a friend!

Thanks, Ella, for a reason to make!  May this little pouch harbor many of your special creations.




  1. Very pretty! I will check out the tutorial!

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  3. Super cute! I love the drawstring casing too. Great idea!

  4. The pouch is lovely -- as is the unfinished project it's resting on in the first pic. Can you reveal those details yet?! : )

  5. love the addition of hexies. What a fantastic idea.

  6. Really cute. I don't think I will ever tire of hexies.

  7. Love it! Svetlana's tutorials are fantastic - I find that I just have to make each bag that she posts! What size hexies did you use?

    1. These are 1" along each side. My bag is larger than Svetlana's tutorial though. I cut the rectangles 11" x 12".

  8. A super sweet bag! You are such an inspiration.

  9. This is gorgeous, and I just love all the quilty decor in your photos (table topper, calendar, gorgeous curtains)! I need someone to come home-decor make-over at least a small corner of my house for quilty photoshoots! My house is pure kid-craziness :)

    Anyway, back to your pouch! I've been wanting to try hexies EPP, since I've never tried them before. Starting small is a great idea. This turned out beautifully!

  10. Love it! Can't wait to put a project in it and carry it around!

  11. It looks great! Linen makes me a bit nervous as well. Even if no other fabrics are pre washed, I pre wash and dry and press the linen before using it.

  12. Hmmmm I have some hexies that need a home. Just maybe.....
    Thanks for inspiring