HEXAGON BAG TUTORIAL
You can make this with any size hexagon. You could make stitchery hexagons or use different main fabrics for each hexagon. It is not a particularly quick project to make, especially if you are sewing by hand. However if you prepare first by doing all the cutting it is a great portable project.
Bag measures approximately 17" wide, 6" deep and 9" high without the handles.
For this you will need:
50cm of Main Fabric
80cm of Lining Fabric
Wadding of your choice
2 pieces of iron-on vilene each measuring 12 x 2"
Hexagon templates - your choice of size - I used a hexagon with 4" sides for the lining and 3" sides for the main fabric and wadding.
Normal sewing stuff, needles, pins, thread, scissors etc.
Trace 16 main fabric hexagons.
Now lay out the hexagons in rows of:
First sew together the vertical seams - oversew from the back if doing by hand, or zigzag together if doing by machine. Then sew the rows together using the same method.
After sewing the side seams wrong twice I found the best way was to start at the top and follow the seam down, even though you are sewing into a dead end. The start is shown with the butterfly pin in the photo below.
- Two pieces of main fabric, each measuring 2 1/2" x 14"
- Two pieces of lining fabric, each measuring 3" x 14"
- Two pieces of iron-on vilene, each measuring 2" x 12" (you could use wadding instead)
Make the handles by placing the main fabric right sides down, the iron-on vilene - spotty (glue) side up. Fold the fabric over this and iron in place.
Fold the lining fabric in half with right sides together. Sew the lining fabric on the longest edges, push the mount board in, then slip-stitch closed.
I hope you are not too confused by the size of the bag in the photos compared with the measurements given - the photographed bag is going to be a little sister and is big enough to take a pair of embroidery scissors, thread, and other little sewing accessories. It measures 7" wide x 2 1/2" deep by 4" tall excluding the handles and was made using a main fabric hexagon with a 1 1/4" side. This pattern is made and tested but if you have a problem or spot a mistake please let me know - thank you!