I have lots of crazy ideas (just ask my husband). One of them is to cut all of my scraps into the following sizes:
- 2½-inch squares
- 1-inch hexies
- 1½-inch squares
- ½-inch hexies.
I try to save the biggest piece I can from each scrap, so I start at the top of the list and work my way down. If I cannot cut a ½-inch hexie out of a scrap, it goes in the bin. Unless it is a string. That is a whole other category of scrap. Like selvedges.
My pile of scrap ½-inch hexies was growing, so I decided to sew them into a rainbow. That is what happens when I have almost a fortnight without television or Internet. I did not have enough of some colours – especially purple, no surprise – so I cut more tiny hexies from my stash.
Then, I made a mini Sew Together bag by following Elizabeth’s modifications. Elizabeth, of Occasional Piece Quilt, explains how to adjust the original pattern to the cute-as-a-button smaller size. I overshared on Instagram, so you can see all the progress shots there.
I had a couple of hiccups along the way: two broken needles (one machine needle and one hand sewing needle, both victims of the binding) and a desperate fight to save some fussy-cut cherries. I learned to measure the depth of the zipper pockets from the middle of B2 out and not from the zipper teeth down.
As always, I referred to the Quilt Barn’s tutorial and used the zipper-end modification explained by Crazy Mom Quilts.
If you want to make your own, you will need between 117 and 126 ½-inch hexies. I sewed 126 hexies, but I could have got away with 117 as I ended up cutting a ¼ inch off each end.
I already have another daft tiny hexie project in progress. Yes, I am addicted.