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"This is a unique honeycomb-shaped purse, celebrating honey bees. My father was a beekeeper in his spare time. I am highly allergic to bee stings, but I was fascinated by his hobby, which I obviously could not pursue myself. However, in honor of his memory, and because I thought it would be a fun project, I created this purse to use as a Cos-Play piece. It turned out to be as special as I had hoped, so I thought I would share it with others who might enjoy such a project themselves. "
Project TypeMake a Project
Time to CompleteWeekend project
- Cotton quilting fabric
- thin fusible or sew-in foam
- Matching thread
- Zipper (anywhere from 6" to 12").
Cut out a hexagon. The one I chose has 6-inch sides. The zipper can be anywhere from 6-12 inches. The foam is 1/2 inch smaller all around than the outer fabric. The lining is the same size as the outer fabric. Cut 2-1/2 inch strips of accent fabric the length of the zipper (including tabs). Cut two 2-inch strips of fabric the remainder of the length of the circumference of the hexagon. Also with accent fabric, cut 2-1/2 inch wide strip the length of the desired strap plus around 2 inches. If you want an adjustable strip, make the first piece longer, and also add another piece 2-1/2 inches wide by 4 inches to make the holder for the D-ring.
Start by attaching the foam to the wrong sides of the hexagonal lining, either by stitching around the edge (if not fusible), or by fusing, making sure to leave the 1/2 inch seam allowance all around the outside edge.
Folding the strips of accent fabric that is the length of the zipper in half, attach them to the right side of the zipper, using a zipper foot. Once attached, trim zipper strip to the size of the other accent pieces.
Attach the accent pieces all together (zipper and remainder). This will be both the outer layer and the lining of the accent area of the bag.
Mark the center of the top of the bag. Mark the center of the zipper on both sides along the outer edges.
Matching up the center of one hexagon piece and the zipper piece (outsides facing), and pinning or clipping all the way around, stitch, being careful to make the corners crisp.
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