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Making Hexies On The Go Travel Kit
Submitted by Pam on Tue, 04/30/2013 - 19:40
Most of my readers know that when I am working on a project in earnest, I carry it with me almost everywhere I go to take advantage of what would otherwise be "lost" minutes! This habit is a big part of how I manage to fit as much crafty goodness into my life as I do! Generally speaking - most fiber crafts - knitting, crochet, embroidery and hand sewing - are excellent candidates! Hexies on the go - a bit more challenging! So many little bits and scraps - and hexies to corral.
To keep all those little completed 3/4" hexes, the cutting scraps, pins, needle, thread, patterns together and organized while on the move, I put together a "hexies on the go" kit about four years ago!
And as often happens when a new idea is put to the test - I added a few improvements!
My new improved "hexies on the go" kit is still tucked into a 10 1/2" x 10 1/2" x 1 3/4" gift box. But I have added a couple zip-loc baggies to hold fabric waiting to become hexes and excess cutting scraps.
Not only do they perform the task they are given very well, they also work beautifully to hold the kit parts in place during transport! (Handmade fabric bags would work well too!)
Lay these two bags aside and the "working" layer is exposed.
The mini muffin tin is the most useful "upgrade"! It fits perfectly in the box, and each little cup holds about 25 mini hexies which helps me keep track of my progress. Once all 12 cups are filled, it is time to add them to the quilt!
The cardboard? I place that over the muffin tin when done stitching to discourage the tiny hexies from visiting each other while I am otherwise occupied!
The little box on the lower left holds a pin cushion, sharp "fabric" scissors, and paper scissors; and is very convenient for catching cutting scraps. ( When they build up - I add them to the cutting scrap bag.)
I love the convenience of being able to simply sit this box on my lap. All the little scraps fall right into that little box as I cut around the hexie pattern!
The box on the right holds recycled tea light cups given new purpose as paper hexie storage. And two spools of thread. Black thread for hexie basting and gold thread for stitching hexies together.
GOLD thread? The hexies are red, white and green! Why GOLD?
Using a neutral colored thread for stitching hexies together will result in almost invisible stitches! I learned that trick from Joanie at Nini Makes! You will find some very good tips in Joanie's post.
Lift the muffin tin to find the paper pattern's hiding place!
FYI for larger size hexies, the original box set up will work quite well. You can see that here.
Small hand stitching projects, like these hexie pin cushions, will also travel well in a similar "on the go box".