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English Paper Piecing: Hexies!

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Jul 15, 2014 4:34:00 PM
  

When I was at Camp Stitchalot last month, Katy Jones gave us all a quick lesson in English Paper Piecing and a little project to do there or take along home. Now, I have seen hexies around, but never had the urge to try something I thought was a bit too labor and time intensive for a hobby (if you know me, you'd know if I can't get a machine to help me do it, it's quite possibly not worth doing). It's one thing to think, "oh, that's amazing, but I'll never try that!" upon seeing other people's work, but when someone places it into your hands, in Cotton + Steel fabrics no less, you've got to at least do one, right?

Then one turns into 14, because, um, you know how everyone says they're addictive? Well, it just so happens that they're addictive, and also easy:

EPP Hexies

And 14 turn into a mason jar pincushion:

EPP pincushion

Katy gave us directions at Camp, but Riley Blake has a fairly similar tutorial here.

And now I'm looking around for another English Paper Piecing project. And I'm going to make a Noodlehead's Road Trip Case to carry all my supplies.

Then maybe I'll attempt this amazing pincushion, made by my friend Melissa from a tutorial by Kristy of St Louis Folk Victorian:

EPP Ball

Or something like the patchwork on this Sew Together bag, made by my friend Vicky:

EPP pouch

I have a few blogger bundles collected in my stash that would be quite amazing as little bags and pouches like this!

Hopefully I have convinced you to adopt this yourself. It's a good little offshoot to machine quilting, it's great for travel, poolside, or just sitting on the couch, and the supplies you need are few.

All you need to English Paper Piece:
-fabric
-hexagon papers
-a good handwork needle - I used Black Gold needles, and they are super thin and just the perfect length.
-thread and/or glue (though I just use thread)
-scissors
-and something to secure the fabric to the paper - a pin, a wonder clip, a paper clip...

Many of these you probably already have, but we do have a paper piecing kit in the shop, which will get you everything but the scissors and fabric. Though, if you're reading this blog, it's likely you have both those things already.

If you're wondering how to get started with hexies, Lori Holt's hexie tutorial on her blog, Bee in my Bonnet is a good place to start.

And if you make any projects with hexies or without, we'd love to see them in our Made with Pink Castle Fabrics Flickr pool.

Topics: Cotton+Steel, English Paper Piecing, Noodlehead, sew together bag, Paper Piecing, Techniques

The Sew Together Bag Pattern!

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on May 7, 2014 10:38:00 AM
  

Find the PDF Sew Together Bag pattern at Pink Castle Fabrics!

Have you seen the Sew Together Bag pattern by SewDemented? I wouldn't be surprised if you've heard of it. I see versions of it everyday in my instagram feed. With the help of my friend, Amanda, I recently finished two of these awesome bags.

Find the PDF Sew Together Bag pattern at Pink Castle Fabrics!

The construction is challenging, but not out of reach! You can make your own Sew Together bag.

And any of these awesome linen blends would make an excellent exterior fabric!

Find the PDF Sew Together Bag pattern at Pink Castle Fabrics!

This is a roomy pouch, with three inner zipped compartments. It would be great for a makeup bag or for sewing notions! Find the PDF Sew Together Bag pattern at Pink Castle Fabrics!

You just need four fabrics and four zippers, so I encourage you to give it a try!

And please add yours to the Pink Castle flickr pool, if you make one!  Grab the PDF version of the Sew Together Bag pattern here!

Topics: Bags, patterns, sew together bag, Techniques

Feature Friday! Sew Together Bag Pattern!

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Jan 31, 2014 8:00:00 AM
  

On Feature Friday today, we are focusing on the Sew Together Bag! A bag pattern by Michelle of SewDemented.

Sew Together Bag Pattern

This is a fun little sewing storage bag! It has three zipper pockets and four open pockets between the pockets that act as pockets, all bundled up in a large zipper, that forms two handles on the sides. This is one of the best bag patterns to sew.

The Sew Together bag pattern will easily hold all your on the go sewing supplies. It will amaze you how much you can put into this fun and compact bag.

Dorie of Tumbling Blocks made one with a pieced and quilted exterior for a friend. So gorgeous. Love the feather print binding!

Sew Together Bag Pattern - PDF instant download at Pink Castle Fabrics!

And on the inside, more rainbow deliciousness!

Sew Together Bag Pattern - PDF instant download at Pink Castle Fabrics!

Dorie reports of the pattern that it is clearly written and fun to make! They certainly are fun to look at! Let's see some more:

Jeannie of Lv2Create calls them "addictive." I love the contrast between the bright zippered pockets and the the text print outsides on this one!

 

Jamie of silverbailey has made several lovely ones too:

Sew Together Bag Pattern - PDF instant download at Pink Castle Fabrics!

I especially like the lime and grey combination! A bag is always a great opportunity to combine many coordinating smaller pieces of cherished fabrics into one compact project!

Sew Together Bag Pattern - PDF instant download at Pink Castle Fabrics!

I hope you are inspired to try something new and challenging by these pretty bags. And maybe you'll find it not so challenging after all!

Whatever you create, be sure to show it off on Instagram using the #pinkcastlefabrics !

Sew Together Bag Pattern

Topics: Bags, feature friday, sew together bag, Techniques

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