RAID YOUR STASH FOR ZINGY YELLOWS, WARM MUSTARDS AND LOW VOLUME PRINTS
From each of the outer fabric, lining fabric and batting cut:
■ Two (2) 12½in x 10in pieces.
From the contrast fabric cut:
■ Two (2) 12½in x 1in pieces for the zip trim.
■ Two (2) 2in x 1in pieces for the zip tabs.
PIECING THE HONEYCOMBS
Pin the twelve Hexagon templates on to the selection of print fabrics. Trim around each hexagon, leaving at least ¼in seam allowance. Baste in place, using your preferred method.
Sew the hexagons together, placing two hexagons RST and using a whip stitch to join them at one side. Continue adding hexagons to form the honeycomb shape, referring to Fig 1 as a guide.
Remove the Hexagon templates and baste or pin the honeycomb section to an outer fabric 12½in x 10in rectangle. Centre the honeycomb so you have approx. 1½in at each side, 2in at the top and 1¾in at the bottom.
PIECING THE BEE
Pin each of the Bee EPP templates onto a selection of fabric scraps, referring to the photography for colours. Trim around each shape, leaving at least ¼in seam allowance. Baste in place.
Sew the large wings to the sides of the hexagon head, placing RST and using a whip stitch to join together. Sew the small wings to the sides of the large jewel body. Then sew the head section to the body section (Fig 2).
Remove the paper templates and baste or pin the bee to the outer fabric, above the honeycomb, referring to the photography for placement.
Lay the EPP panel on top of a 12½in x
10in piece of batting and baste together. Quilt around the honeycomb and bee with metallic gold thread.
Add some hand quilting to complete the front panel, if you wish. Kate used embroidery floss and metallic thread to add hexagon shapes between the honeycomb sections.
Lay the remaining outer fabric rectangle on top of the second piece of batting and baste the layers together. Quilt if desired. This will be the back panel for the pouch.
PREPARING THE ZIP
Take one zip tab and bring the two short edges together. Press. Open out, then fold each short raw edge into the centre crease and press. Fold in half along the centre and press to enclose the raw edges. Repeat this process with the second zip tab.
Insert one end of your zip into a zip tab. Topstitch in place. Measuring from the end of the attached zip tab, trim your zip to 11¾in long. Attach the remaining zip tab to the other end.
PREPARING THE PANELS
Fold one piece of the zip trim in half lengthwise, WST, and press. Lay the folded zip trim along the top of the front linen panel, raw edges aligned with the edge of the panel, and baste in place with a "/ in seam allowance. 15
Repeat step 14 to attach the second zip trim to the top of the back panel.
INSERTING THE ZIP
Place the front panel right side up. Lay the zipper face down at the top of the panel, and align the edge of the zipper tape along the centre of the top edge of the panel.
Lay the lining on top, right side down. Pin, baste and then sew the zip in place with a ¼in seam allowance.
Carefully press the fabrics away from the zip. Topstitch along the side of the zip, "/ in from the zip seam.
Repeat steps 16–18 to attach the other side of the pouch and lining to the other side of the zip.
CONSTRUCTING THE POUCH
Open the zip roughly halfway. Place the two outer panels RST. Then place the two lining panels RST. Take care to ensure the sides are aligned at the zip join and the zip seams are pushed towards the lining.
Sew around the outside of the pouch with a ¼in seam allowance, leaving a gap for turning right side out along the bottom edge of the lining.
Trim the corners and turn the pouch right side out through the gap. Sew up the opening in the lining and then push back inside the pouch to finish.
Fig 1 Fig 2