This is a great project that is fully sewn and assembled by hand! If you have never made hexagons before, I will briefly walk you through how I made mine.
The fabrics I used for my wallet are all from Laurie Wisbrun's line for Robert Kaufman called 'Olive the Ostrich'. Laurie's signature animal prints (in this case, a super-cute duo of ostriches!) are combined with cute red and pink coordinating fabrics. I really love these...I have fabric from all of her lines and they are just so great for many things (I used Tufted Tweets for both a quilt and a dress, and I'm still hoarding a yard of each of them, lol!).
Finished size: 6-1/2" x 3"
- 40 squares measuring 3.5" x 3.5" (or a charm pack would work great!)
- 1/6 yard Pellon SF-101 Shape Flex fusible woven interfacing
- 16.5cm x 8cm metal purse full frame (I purchased mine here)
- hand sewing needle and thread
- fabric glue (I used Aleene's Original Tacky Glue, and also UHU All-Purpose Glue)
- small paint brush
- paper clip
Making the Hexagons
1. Cut out your hexagons from the fabric squares using the template provided in the link above. I used the middle-sized hexagon on my Accuquilt die.
2. On your printer, print out copies of the hexagon template. Cut out each of the hexagons. You should have 40 hexagons (with 5 extra).
5. Press the hexagon well, then remove the paper.
6. Repeat Steps 3-5 for all remaining hexagons.
Sewing the Hexagons Together
1. Divide your hexagons into 2 separate piles. One pile will be for the front of the wallet, and the other for the back of the wallet.
2. Your layout for each side of the wallet will be as follows:
5. After all 20 hexagons are attached, press the unit flat. Repeat to assemble the other side of the wallet.
Finish the Wallet
1. Fold your interfacing in half. Take 1 of the hexagon units and place it on top. Trace around the unit on top of the interfacing, then cut out the interfacing. You should have 2 pieces of interfacing. Fuse 1 piece of interfacing to the wrong side of each hexagon unit using manufacturer instructions.
6. Place the shell into the ridge and apply light pressure for a few seconds.
7. Repeat Steps 2-6 for the remaining hexagon unit and shell.
8. Leave the wallet open at least an hour to allow to dry.
I hope you've enjoyed this project! It's a fun little bit of sewing to take on the go. You can also embellish the front of the wallet with fabric flowers or applique before you glue the hexagon unit onto the wallet shell (I appliqued a larger hexagon onto the front of mine!).
And now...how about that giveaway?!? One lucky winner will be chosen at random to be the recipient of this lovely fat quarter bundle of 'Olive the Ostrich', courtesy of Laurie Wisbrun and Robert Kaufman Fabrics!! Thank you Laurie!
To enter the giveaway, please click the link below to take you to the entry page. You have until August 31st at 7pm CT to enter!
This giveaway is now closed! The winner is #39 Anonymous (left an e-mail address).