Rainbow Hexagon Needlebook

Selfish Swap
I so rarely make things for myself, but I signed up for the Selfish Swap over at Things for Boys and it seemed like the perfect chance to make some things I’ve been putting off.

Rainbow Hexagon Needlebook from Hugs are Fun

First up is a new obsession of mine, these little hexagon needle books. I’ve made three so far, one for a swap that has to stay secret for now, and one that I will be sharing soon. But the third one, this is for me!

Rainbow Hexagon Needlebook from Hugs are Fun
I used this tutorial from My Three Sons and it goes so quickly. I used 1″ strips and sewed them together with a 1/4″ seam. I basted them like I normally would onto a 1.5″ hexagon template. It worked perfectly because I had some extra squares of felt from the pockets of the advent calendar I made and that was the perfect size for the inside hexagons.

Rainbow Hexagon Needlebook from Hugs are Fun
I want to make these for everyone I know, they are so quick and adorable and can be customized so many ways! You will definitely be seeing more of these popping up in the next few weeks!

WIP Finish – Another Hexie Headband

Hexagon Headband from Hugs are Fun

One of my 2015 goals was to finish more projects that I have started. I started the year off strong and then tapered off. Instead of finishing existing projects I just keep starting more…

Stephanie at Swoodson Says posted a link with different headband patterns she’s made and it reminded me of a long, long forgot WIP. Last year I started playing around with making English paper pieced hexagons out of old t-shirts. I had this idea to make a headband, I hoped that even with joining them the hexagons would be stretchy. It didn’t work quite like I envisioned but I still think it went well.

Hexagon Headband from Hugs are Fun

I used 3/4″ hexagons that I made with the Large Fiskars Hexagon Squeeze Punch.* I made them as I would any other hexagon except instead of quilting fabric, I cut up some old t-shirts.

Hexagon Headband from Hugs are Fun

Last August (I told you this was long forgotten…) I contacted Diane from CraftyPod for some advice and she said I should definitely use some lightweight interfacing. I talked with someone at Joann’s and settled on Shape-Flex Woven Interfacing.* Some sort of interfacing is definitely needed because even just pulling out the papers the fabric was stretching like crazy, I can’t imagine trying to sew the headband without it.

Hexagon Headband from Hugs are Fun

Stephanie suggested trying out the Alice and Lois headband pattern and she suggested using a woven fabric for the back. I used a scrap of Kona cotton I had and some fold over elastic from my friend at Bowtique Emilee.

Hexagon Headband from Hugs are Fun

I felt really silly that I had put this away for so long. I was really close to finishing, joining the remaining hexagons and assembling the headband probably took about an hour and a half. I am curious to make one out of regular quilting cotton hexagons to see if the jersey material really adds anything. They were a bit trickier to work with and they shifted a bit when I was adding the interfacing. All things considered though, I really love how it turned out and I want to make lots more headbands!

I made another hexagon headband last year, check that one out here.

Have you ever gone back to a project you put down and were embarrassed by how close you were to finishing?

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An Online Fabric Store – Bunny’s Designs Fabric Supply

An Online Fabric Store - Bunny's Designs Fabric Supply from Hugs are Fun

I’ve only bought fabric online a few times, a couple charm packs here and there. Since the bulk of my sewing is english paper piecing, I need such small amounts of fabric. Nearly every online fabric supplier I’ve come across has required 1/2 yard cuts and that is so much more fabric than I need most of the time.

An Online Fabric Store - Bunny's Designs Fabric Supply from Hugs are Fun

95% of the time I buy 1/8 yard cuts. These equal out to be 4.5″ (sometimes more depending on the store cutting it) and it works out pretty perfectly for making my hexagons. Plus it allows me to get a huge variety of fabrics for really cheap.

An Online Fabric Store - Bunny's Designs Fabric Supply from Hugs are Fun

I was browsing Etsy for Japanese import fabric and came across Fabric Supply, this adorable shop from Bunny’s Designs. They have so, so many incredibly adorable prints but they are all listed as 1/2 yard. But I noticed in the listing they mention they can do smaller cuts so I sent them a message and asked.

I was so overwhelmed by how amazing their customer service was. They were super accommodating and extremely patient with my indecisiveness. They were more than willing to cut 1/8 yard for me and even offered to do fat 16ths if I wanted. Their clearance fabric is a minimum of 1/2 yard so I did end up getting that adorable pink panda fabric (It was only $3.50, I couldn’t resist!)

An Online Fabric Store - Bunny's Designs Fabric Supply from Hugs are Fun

In addition to the amazing customer service and the adorable fabric I ordered, they also sent along some fabric scraps because I mentioned using it for english paper piecing. I was just beyond thrilled with my entire experience ordering from Fabric Supply and I couldn’t wait to show off all the adorable things I got and to tell you how amazing they are.

An Online Fabric Store - Bunny's Designs Fabric Supply from Hugs are Fun

Plus they sent a temporary tattoo that Evie promptly claimed for herself.

You can check out the Etsy shop or like them on Facebook.

I was in no way compensated for this post, I was just super thrilled with my fabric shopping experience and wanted to share it with everyone!

Check out some other amazing local stores I’ve loved visiting!

Best Birthday Ever Swap Gift

swappackage

A few months ago I posted about sign ups for the Best Birthday Ever Swap. My friend Kristy and I have both been a bit swap obsessed recently and we decided it would be fun to organize a swap to ensure you get fun birthday gifts.

needlebook
My first partner’s birthday isn’t until June, but I decided to make something for Kristy’s birthday this month even though she wasn’t my partner. Kristy loves budgies so I knew I wanted to cross stitch some for her. I used water soluble canvas and stitched this design up (I found a random Japanese sticker picture doing a Google image search and used that for my pattern).

backofbook

I used the needle book tutorial from nanaCompany. I’ve been wanting to try out this pattern for awhile and I really liked it a lot. It’s a really simple tutorial and can be customized so many different ways. My patchwork is a little wonky but I really love the fabrics I used and I still love it despite the imperfections.

insidepocket

With the help of some awesome Instagram friends, I added a pocket to the book. I stuffed it full of fun extras, I clipped some Clover Wonder Clips* to the pocket and tucked a little Omnigrid 2-1/2-Inch by 2-1/2 -Inch Grid Ruler* in there too. I got a couple of these mini seam rippers when I was at the Needle Shop in Chicago and it fit so perfectly in there. I also included a little pair of embroidery scissors because you can never have enough embroidery scissors.

fabric

Then finally I sent a selection of fabrics for a quilt I knew she’s been working on. Then a few silly other things like some bird socks and emoji stickers.

I had a lot of fun putting this together and I was really excited to send a surprise package her way. Normally we send each other pictures and get advice on projects we are working on but I managed to keep this all under wraps. Now I just need to finish up the birthday package for my actual partner!

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10 Year Anniversary Quilt

10 Year Anniversary Quilt from Hugs are Fun

Last year I created an origami crane cross stitch pattern and in the back of my mind I kept thinking about how neat it would be to stitch 1000 cranes. But my logical side told me that idea was crazy and I should focus my efforts on reasonable projects instead.

10 Year Anniversary Quilt from Hugs are Fun

I seriously started thinking about it again last week and was trying to figure out how to make it happen. My first thought was to get an enormous piece of fabric and embroider them all onto it. While I think that would have looked cool, it seemed silly because then what am I going to do with a giant piece of fabric with 1000 cranes stitched on it?

10 Year Anniversary Quilt from Hugs are Fun

So then I decided to add yet another layer to this enormous project and turn the 1000 embroidered cranes into hexagons to make a quilt. If I’m already going big, I might as well go really big.

10 Year Anniversary Quilt from Hugs are Fun

Our wedding colors were red and aqua, so that’s what I’m going to do for the quilt. I did the math and using 1.5″ hexagons, I will need just over 1,400. So there will be 1,000 embroidered hexagons and then 400 plain ones.

10 Year Anniversary Quilt from Hugs are Fun

I’ve been using Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy Stabilizer* for the patterns but I don’t have the sheets, I have a big roll. It can be cut down and printed on, but I haven’t wanted to deal with that so I’ve just been tracing the pattern by hand. Which definitely is not going to cut it for 1,000. I love the Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy but I would love something easy that doesn’t have the added steps of washing off the stabilizer, waiting for it to dry, and then ironing.

10 Year Anniversary Quilt from Hugs are Fun
So far I have 16 embroidered hexagons and 32 plain ones. I still have a long, long way to go but it’s a start! I can stitch them pretty quickly, they take about 30 minutes. My ultimate plan is to finish this for our 10 year anniversary July 5, 2018. It’s definitely doable, especially if I keep going at the pace I am now. But I’m not sure if that’s sustainable or if I will lose steam. I’m going to need a lot of red and aqua fabric!

What’s the biggest project you’ve ever taken on? Any tips for staying focused?

If you want to follow along, I’ve started posting my progress photos on Instagram using the hashtag #1000cranequilt

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Nerds Craft It Better Swap – What I Sent

Nerds Craft It Better Swap - What I Sent from Hugs are Fun

I’ve done yet another swap, this one was the Nerds Craft It Better swap on Instagram. Sign ups were all the way back in January and the ship date is just now coming up. While I like having plenty of time for swaps I also feel like such a long deadline can be a bad thing and cause you to put things off.

Nerds Craft It Better Swap - What I Sent from Hugs are Fun

I already showed off the Mario 1up mushroom necklace (and shared the free pattern) but here’s the rest. My partner listed other nerdy things she was into as well, but I couldn’t resist sticking with the Mario theme.

marioluigipouch

I designed a Mario and Luigi cross stitch pattern and made a pouch. I originally intended on it being bigger but due to an unfortunate incident with some glue getting on the fabric, I had to cut it smaller than I planned. Thankfully though it was only on the extra fabric and not on the cross stitch or I probably would have cried.

I want to make Josh an iPad sleeve with these and also make patterns for Toad and Peach. I tried to pick fabrics that went with the color scheme of Mario and I think they work well together. And I finally think I’m starting to get the hang of making lined pouches without it taking 3 tries.

Nerds Craft It Better Swap - What I Sent from Hugs are Fun

I was originally going to make some sort of pin cushion but my partner has a baby and I thought making a little Luma plush for her would be cute. I printed out a picture I found online to use as the template. It’s made of fleece with felt for the eyes.

I had a lot of fun putting this together, I was really excited to get to do a Mario swap package. I haven’t gotten my package yet and I’m really excited to see which of the many nerdy options they went with.