Hexagon Zippered Pouch

I made up a little pouch yesterday.

Hexagon pouch made with Riley Blake Fabric

Hexagon pouch made with Riley Blake Fabric

The Modern Quilt Guild provided 6 fat eighths of this Riley Blake Fabric and challenged its members all around the world to make something from them and post a picture by Feb. 17th.

DCMQG's group of fabric for the Riley Blake fabric challenge

DCMQG’s group of fabric for the Riley Blake fabric challenge

The rules are simple – you can make anything that is quilted using these fabrics or any Riley Blake fabric and you can also add in any solids that you wish to.

Back of pouch

Back of pouch

I just wanted to make something up with the bundle we were given. I used the whole piece of the solid grey for the outside and a white and grey stripe for the inside. I simply cut the grey piece in half and quilted both halves.

Quilted wavy lines and added some leaves to one line just for fun.

Quilted wavy lines and added some leaves to one line just for fun.

I then made English Paper Pieced hexagons out of the other 4 fabrics into 2 flowers and appliquéd them onto the outside. 

EPP hexagon flower

EPP hexagon flower in progress

I wanted this flower to be flowing off the edge.

I wanted this flower to be flowing off the edge.

I inserted the zipper using my favorite technique of using little fabric tabs on both sides of the cut zipper to make the final product all neat and tidy. How this works is that there doesn’t end up being any zipper parts caught in the sewn side seam. In fact, I try to make it such that the fabric tabs aren’t caught there either.

Zipper inserted. You can't see it here, but the lining is also attached at this point.

Zipper inserted. You can’t see it here, but the lining is also attached at this point.

I had intended to make a flat bag, but right at the very end of sewing it up, I decided to box the bottom corners so that the bag would stand up.

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Boxed corners on the bottom

This kind of messed with my hexagon flower placement, but I do think it makes the bag more useful.

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10 Comments

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10 responses to “Hexagon Zippered Pouch

  1. Danita

    Hi Linda, Well done! I think the flower placement is perfect, much more interesting than centered or symmetrical. I am a fan of the Zippered Bag! Hope all is great out there. Danita

  2. Cool! It’s nice to make something useful, and I always love a little EPP!

    • I’m going to teach an EPP workshop at the MidAtlantic MOD retreat in April, and so I wanted an example of something you could do with a little hexagon flower. Love EPP!

  3. Frederick

    I like this bag, would love to do one as a group lesson some time. I guess it would require that I buy a zipper foot for my feather weight? The boxed bottom is a very good idea.

    • Thanks for your comment, Frederick. I did use a zipper foot for this but I’m not totally sure I couldn’t have done it without it. I didn’t sew that close to the zipper!

  4. Phyllis Holt

    Very creative and attractive!

  5. Sandy J. Selig

    I like this project a lot. The colors looks great together and I like the different colors on opposite sides. Great job!!!

  6. Great job! In your pics I could even see your teeny tiny stitches on the paper piecing. I love pouches, and agree that those that stand on their own are ever so much more useful.

    • Thanks, Lynne. It was nice to complete something in one day. I entered it into the Riley Blake fabric challenge and I’ll use it as an example for using EPP as an appliqu for the workshop I’m going to teach in April. Win/win!

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