The Hexiecase pattern by Amy @ During Quiet Time
, is pretty straight-forward if you've made any type of zippered pouch before. There are however a few tips I would suggest for ease of construction and ultimate outcome of the project.
1) Like sewing a hexagon quilt, you start and stop sewing 1/4" of the edge of fabric. Here, you should do the same on the ends with the hexagons. The instructions tell you differently, but I found that I was having to ease too much between the seams. On the other hand, if you do it exactly like the pattern states, I recommend trimming your points to reduce bulk - again, not stated in the pattern, just a little common knowledge if you're a seasoned pouch maker.
2) The zipper. This is important. Be sure your side with the zipper is exactly the same as the rest of the sides. Why? Because the ends won't fit if it's not. I figured that one out the hard way. Every zipper is different, from the width of the tape or the size of the teeth. If you just play with it with some basting stitches, you'll figure it out quickly. It's not difficult, just a point that needs to be made.
3) Interfacing. This really depends on the fabric. If you're like me and used regular cotton, you should be fine with something like ShapeFlex Pellon SF101. I used a double layer on the Hexie ends to give it a little more oomph and it was just fine. Just be sure with any interfacing that you trim it down on the seam allowance to avoid bulkiness in your seams. You'll want those seams nice and crisp to bring out the hexie shape, instead of it looking round like a tube.
Size... It's a whopper! This baby is a roomy 9" x 4". My orange handled scissors and rotary tools fit inside with room to spare! I bet it would even work perfectly for cosmetics and brushes.
All in all, I consider this project a low intermediate rating, but easy enough that confident beginners could pick it up. It also goes fairly quick! From cutting, fusing, and sewing, and pressing, I made this in a total of about 2.5 hours over 2 nights after work. One night I cut and fused, the next night I sewed.
Now go get one and make it!