So Happy Together: Hexi Cheater Projects

Hi,

I’m so excited to share this post with you.  I’m Jennifer, and I have been helping Deena “behind the scenes” for a while now.  I have been sewing projects with Deena’s wonderful fabric lines, projects that make their way to Quilt Market in the Riley Blake Designs booth.  I also manage her Etsy shop, where you can purchase all her fabric.

Today I am going to share a couple of quick projects using the Hexi cheater print from Deena’s newest line, So Happy Together.  I have loved hexagon quilts and other projects using these adorable hexi’s….but they require a lot of hand piecing….and I am not very good with follow-thru on projects (ask me about the yo-yo’s I started when I was in high school), so I love that I can get the same look in just an afternoon!

The first project is a dish towel.  Great for a quick gift when welcoming a new neighbor or bringing in a meal to someone….or Mother’s Day (hint!).

 

DISH TOWEL

Supplies Needed:

1 yd Osnaburg, a 100% cotton utility fabric that can be found in local fabric shops or online

-OR –

Flour sack dishtowels, which can be purchased at most big box retailers

1/8 yd Hexi cheater print of your choice, I am using the “multi” colorway.

Small pkg. or 1/8 yd Heat-n-Bond lite

Coordinating thread

Rotary cutter, cutting mat, and ruler are helpful, but not necessary

STEP 1: If using the Osnaburg, or some other unfinished material, cut to desired size.  I cut mine 20 x 30 inches.  Finish all edges with a narrow hem.

STEP 2: Using the hexi print, cut a strip slightly larger and longer than needed.  I cut mine approx. 3 x 22 inches.  Cut a piece of Heat-n-Bond the same size, and following manufacture’s instructions, apply to wrong side of hexi print.

STEP 3: Fussy cut (a quilters term for carefully cutting out a specific pattern/image) along edge of hexi’s.  Peel off paper backing and apply to one edge of towel.

 

 

 STEP 4: Stitch along all outside edges with a straight stitch or small zig zag.  DONE!

 

TOTE BAG

Supplies Needed:

Tote bag, I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby.

1/4 yd Hexi cheater print of your choice, I am using the “pink” colorway

Outside pocket if desired: 1/4 yd coordinating felt and decorative button

Lining if desired: 3/4 yd

Small pkg. or 1/8 yd Heat-n-Bond lite

1/4 yd fusible fleece

Coordinating thread

Rotary cutter, cutting mat, and ruler are helpful, but not necessary

STEP 1: Determine placement of hexi’s on your tote bag.  Cut a strip of the hexi print to your desired height and width, making it slightly larger than needed.  This measurement will vary based on the tote bag you are using.  I cut mine 6 x 15.

STEP 2: Cut the same size strip of fusible fleece and Heat-n-Bond as the hexi print.  Follow manufacture’s instructions, apply fusible fleece to wrong side of hexi print, then follow manufacture’s instructions and apply Heat-n-Bond to fusible fleece.

STEP 3: Fussy cut along the edge of hexi’s, and trim to correct length.  Peel off paper backing and apply to desired place on tote bag.

STEP 4: Stitch along all outside edges with a straight stitch or small zig zag.

STEP 5: If you would like an outside pocket, cut pocket  from felt to desired size.  I cut my pocket 7 x 7, and my flap 7 x 4 (at the peak).  Be sure to cut your flap slightly wider (1/4 inch)than your pocket  (I forgot…ooops!).  Place pocket on tote and sew around the sides and bottom with a straight stitch or zig zag…leaving the top open.  Place flap over pocket, approx. 1 inch above pocket opening, pin in place and sew the top edge of flap using a straight or zig zag stitch.  Sew decorative button to flap if desired.  I added an extra hexi embellishment to the pocket….a scrap from trimming the larger strip!  I also lined the pocket and flap just for fun.

 

STEP 6: Add a lining to your tote bag.

I am not including directions for this step, since it will be different for every tote bag.  Be sure you have done all the embellishments to the outside BEFORE sewing in the lining, as it will not be possible after the lining is in place.

Thanks for letting me share, let us know what projects you are thinking up with this adorable “cheater” print!

 

This blog post was written by Jennifer Seelos. Leave her a comment or take a moment to like and/or share on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. She’ll enjoy it as much as you enjoyed her blog post. 🙂
  • December 7, 2015 - 8:40 pm

    eileensideways - great site, great tutorial. thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2017 - 2:49 pm

    Willie - I hate my life but at least this makes it bebraale.ReplyCancel

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