Saturday 8 December 2012

Hexagon Shell Pouch

Hi Everyone! I would like to share with you another pouch that I've made for the Happy Pouch Blog Hop hosted by Emily of Mommy's Naptime and Elaine of Dashasel Sews for week 2.

I've found the tutorial link for making this pouch here but I've made mine slightly bigger.   Since I love EPP, I thought making 1/2" hexagons for the exterior would be fun - these hexies are the smallest I've done thus far!   Here are pictures of the pouch making process...
I've used fabric scraps to make the 1/2" hexies.   Started this project 3 weeks ago and it took me a week to finish piecing them together.

I love pockets thus I've added pockets on either side of the lining.

Then I've  hand quilted straight lines on a diagonal using quilter's tape as guide.   Since it is a small piece, I finished hand quilting it within two days - doing it when I have any free moment to spare.
Trimmed quilted piece

Then I've pieced a 1 1/4" binding strip around the top edges by machine and hand sewn the strip to the back.

Below are the pouch assembling stages I'd like to share with you...

Handstitched about 3 1/2" on each folded sides ( stitched till where the zipper begins on one side and ends on the other )   I've used a 12" metal zipper for this pouch, then I've boxed the corners and this pouch has a depth of 2".   Then on to the zippers...

Above is the zipper pouch process - I've hand stitched just under the edge of the binding seam to attach the zipper.  I've added x's at the edge of the zipper to give it a neat finish.   It may take longer to sew the zipper on using this method but I've enjoyed the process.

Here you can see the stitches just below the binding seam where I've attached the zipper to the pouch.
And ta-da!! The finished pouch!


I've also made a needlebook last week!

I've used my AMH Lou Lou Thi scraps  and  pieced the exterior using the qayg method.   I've added pockets, made a cloth button and a charm string to wrap around the button for closure. This mini needlebook measures at 2 1/4" x 3 1/4" closed.  

My finished pouch measures at 6 1/2" height x 9" wide x 2" depth.   To sum it up, I've enjoyed the whole pouch making process - it may take longer to finish since there's alot of handstitching involved but it was totally worth it for me!   Hope you'll check out the tutorial, ( it is in Chinese but the pictures are self explanatory ) and maybe make one for yourself!?
I'll be linking up to the Happy Pouch Hop Flickr group and hope you'll visit to see all the other lovely pouches made during the Hop!
On another note, my family and I will be leaving for a 2 weeks holiday next week!   So, I would like to take this opportunity to extend my season greetings to those who'll be celebrating Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone!!  Hope the new year brings good health, happiness and success to all of you!   Thanks for visiting!


  1. Wow Farah - I love this pouch! It looks so great with the hexies and handstitching!

  2. Both your pouch and your needle case turned out lovely. I used to make pouches like that too. There's a Taiwanese lady who has a shop and she also teaches. I used to go and take lessons from her. When you come to Singapore, I'll take you.
    In the meantime, have a fantastic trip and "see" you upon your return. xx

  3. The pouch is great! I really love the needlebook though as I dig all those fabrics and may actually have the free time to make one as opposed to 1/2 hexies!?!? ;)

    Have a wonderful vacation!

  4. Oh that's amazing, must have taken ages to cut those hexagons and sewed them! You are an amazing quilter.

  5. That is so pretty. It looks so difficult with those tiny hexies.

  6. Wow! Those are truly baby hexies... what an amazing project!

  7. Hello Farah,

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. Just love the little hexies, it is so lovely and bright. Making things by hand is so worth it.

    Happy days.

  8. Oh farah, your pouch is charming. It's just so lovely. Your needle case is pretty cute too.
    I hope you and your family have a great holiday.
    Chris xxx ooo

  9. Amazing work Farah, congrats !
    "Joyeux Noël" for you and family and happy New Year too. Kiss

  10. Hi, great tutorial!!!
    Thank you from Italy:-)

  11. What a lovely pouch, I love those tiny hexies.
    Thank you for the tutorial it's very clear.
    Greetings Roos

  12. Fantastic work. So little Hexies.
    Thank you for the tutorial.
    Liebe Grüße Grit

  13. Looks wonderful Farah. I love the litte sewing machine zipper pull too. Have a fabulous holiday. Merry Christmas to you and your family and see you in the new year!

  14. I LOVE your hexagon pouch, Farah!!! You must be so patient to sew all those hexagons together.

  15. Hello Farah! Your hexagon pouch isso pretty. I adore hexies!!!

  16. Really incredible makes!! The pouch is so stunning! Not sure I'd manage those little pieces but it looks so wonderful I might try :)
    Happy early christmas and New Year, I hope you have a fabulous time! x

  17. Hi FarahLin,

    you hexagon pouch is so nice.

    Have a nice weekend, Manuela.

  18. Farah! That is a lot of tiny hexies! Thanks for showing the technique of how you put the pouch together. I like the idea of hand stitching down the zipper - it gives you more control.

  19. Hey Farah, what a beautiful pouch. Thank you for sharing the tutorial. Have nice holidays and merry christmas to you.

  20. What a lovely pouch and needlebook! You used such tiny pieces! Love the scrappy look. I just love your work, as usual! Happy Holidays to you and your family as well! Talk to you next year! Haha!!

  21. Beautiful pouch Farah. I love everything about it, the tiny hexies and the hand stitched zipper adds a more handmade feel to it, which is the best. Amazing work as always!
    Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones.

  22. Farah, another wonderful project! Those hexies are really tiny! Your pouch came out fantastic, I really love it! How do you make the button for the needle pouch? That looks really cute!

  23. So pretty Farah! The little bitty hexies are gorgeous! Wishing you wonderful holidays!

  24. Oh, Farah, this is stunning!!!! I love every little detail! Thanks for including the links to my Flickr and to the Chinese tutorial. I'm completely in awe of what you've done here!!! Happy holidays to you, too!

  25. This is the cutest hexie pouch ever! Wow, so tiny and so much work, it looks! Have a wonderful trip and happy holidays Farah!

  26. Oh.. I am soooooo loved it.... It's too cute...
    Happy Holiday to you and your family :D Enjoy!

  27. I agree with everyone cute! I love hexies! I was really impressed that you were able to sew that many hexies together in one week! I have been working on an EPP project for a few month not just a week with less hexies.

  28. Oh, I love your pouch, and I love hexagons. I've made them in all sizes, from 1/4" on. Have to make a pouch like this some day. Thanks for showing me.

  29. Happy Holiday to you and your family , thank you for the tutorial .

  30. i LOVE it! it is so colorful! thanks for sharing photos of your process. i am giving away some scraps this week on my blog if you want/need some more scraps for your hexagons. meanwhile i think i'm going to try and make a pouch like yours, with hexagons. i love the idea of all the little scraps and colors in one place. (but i can imagine how much patience it required!)

  31. Gorgeous, fruity colours, at first glance the pouch looks like a bag of lovely sweets. I admire your patience for doing so much tiny EPP, but the result makes it worth the while. The needle case looks great too!

  32. cute tiny hexies..
    what is the size of the hexies? is it 1 inch?

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  35. I hope you don't mind...I'm pinning this on Pinterest. It's SO fantastic!

  36. This is such a great pouch. Hats off to you. All those small hexies and hand quilting too.

  37. Love it!
    Here's the pattern for the squares, thought it would be easier to read it here than on instagram ;)

    Cast on an odd number of stitches (I've got 47 on the squares I'm making now).
    Place a marker in the middle stitch.
    Row 1 (wrong side): knit all stitches.
    Row 2 (right side): slip one stitch, knit until there's one stitch left before the marker. Slip one stitch as to knit, knit two stitches together. Put the slipped stitch over the two stitches you knitted together. Knit until there's one stitch left. Slip the last stitch.

    Repeat the 1st and 2nd row until you've just got 1 stitch left, then you cut the thread and pull it through.

    You knit one square at a time, when you're done with the first you can pick up stitches from one side of that one and use them instead of casting on new stitches.
    Hmm... this was a bit more difficult to explain, I'll send you a link of att pattern for socks instead where they're using this techique ;)

    Good luck! Now I'm gonna continue to look at your blog :)

  38. Hi dear,how r u? I know that u don't know me but I'm amazed with ur great work.they r really wonderful.I want to ask u a favor if u don't mind,I'm a beginner in the crochet stuff and I only aim to make a toy for my girl so can u plz tell me from where to start and what to watch coz I'm a bit confused from where to start and how I would be able to do it.
    Waiting for ur reply
    Tnx in advance


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