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EQSThis project has been designed by Laura Strutt - a designer maker and the author of a number of craft books including: Sewing Manual (Haynes 2013) and Sewing for Babies & Children (CICO Books 2017). For more details on Laura's books visit Amazon Author Central 

EQS have kindly sponsored this project. EQS is a leading distributor of high quality Patchwork & Quilting products.


Travel Sewing Case Project - Part One

Travel Sewing case project

Create your own cute travel sewing case with this fun three-part project! In this first part discover how to create a simple EPP panel to use as the outermost section for your case. This guide shows you how to both glue baste and stitch baste so you can select your favourite method.

The other two parts to make this project can be found here:

Part Two

Part Three 


You will need...

Cats Cradle by Michael Miller

 (Note: These materials are for all parts of the project)

Selection of print cottons - we used Cats Cradle by Michael Miller kindly supplied by EQS

Selection of solid cottons to coordinate

Mesh fabric- 10cm x 20cm - order from Sew Hot

Vlieseline Decovil 1 Light -  25cm x 40cm (or medium/firm fusible interfacing) - order from Jaycotts or Cotton Patch 

Vlieseline Stylevil -  25cm x 40cm (or lightweight foam such as Bosal or Soft and Stable) - buy from Cotton Patch

Elastic -  2cm wide x 20cm

Felt remnant

Bias tape 5cm (2") wide (this can be custom made or pre-made as desired) - minimum 2m

Small zip - 7 or 8 inches (18-20cm) long

Large open-ended zip - 26 inches (66cm) long - buy from Minerva Crafts or Zips Online

Clear vinyl - 30cm x 45cm - buy this from Sew Hot or Search Press

Kam Snap fasteners x 3  & applicator (or sew-on snaps) - buy from Plush Addict

Small, sharp quilting needle & cotton

Sewline Glue Pen (optional for Glue Basting EPP method) - buy from Plush Addict or Backstitch

Pins & quilt clips

Rotary cutter, ruler & cutting mat


Pinking shears

Sewing machine - with zip & Teflon feet

Iron & ironing board

Hexie templates - 1 inch sides for the papers, 1.25 inch sides for the fabric

(Any EPP templates or fabric pieces can be used to create the outer panel as long as the finished panel measures 25cm x 39cm).


To Sew

Cutting EPP templates

1. Cut the EPP templates

Cut 67 x 1 inch side paper hexagon shapes. From the selection of print cottons cut another 67 fabric hexagons with 1.25 inch sides.


Glue basting hexagons

 2. Prepare the hexagons - glue basting

Position the paper template centrally onto the wrong side of the fabric shapes - there will be a small even border around the outer edge. Carefully fold the fabric in around the edge of the paper to make a neat shape, using a small dab of Sewline glue to hold the fabrics into position.

Tip: You only need a very small amount of glue to secure the fabrics to the paper templates - if you are concerned about removing them, simply make a small hole in the centre of the paper templates before using them and use this to help ease them out from the fabric.



Basting hexagons with stitches

 2. Prepare the hexagons - stitch basted

If you prefer not to use the glue method, position the paper template onto the fabric in the same way and carefully fold the fabric in around the edge of the paper to make a neat shape. Using a needle and contrasting cotton, work a small tacking stitch through the overlap in the fabric folds. Stitching in this way means the tacks are not visible from the front of the work and don't have to be removed later.


Sewing hexagons

 3. Join the hexagons into pairs

Arrange the hexagons into seven rows - alternating between ten and nine hexagons in each row starting and ending with ten - until you have created the design you like. Working on pairs of hexagons in turn, place the pieces together, aligning one side with the right sides of the fabric facing and stitch together using small neat whip stitches.


Making rows of hexagons

4. Join the hexagons into strips

Continue working in the same manner to add pairs of hexies together to create strips. Once all the strips have been worked lay out again to check your chosen design.


Sewing hexies together

5. Join the strips to make a panel

Working on each strip in turn, align the first two hexagon sides together with the right sides facing and join with neat whip stitches as before. Fold the fabrics and align the next two sides and join in the same manner. Continue until all the strips have been joined in this way to make a panel - don't worry about crumpling and folding the papers as you work.

Tip: Using a small sharp quilting needle and making very small stitches when sewing the pieces will help to make them less visible from the front of the work.


 Removing papers

 6. Remove the papers

With the wrong side of the work uppermost, carefully pinch the centre of the paper templates and pull free from the fabric panel. Repeat to remove all the papers.


Making the hexagon panel

 7. Trim the panel

Using a rotary cutter, ruler and mat, carefully trim the pieced hexagon panel to a neat rectangle measuring 25cm x 39cm. Press to neaten and set aside.

Now move on to Part Two of this project.



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