Prototype party!

I was so happy to get a Rav message from one of my “flatmates” in the 221B (Sherlock) group on Ravelry. She had seen some of my project bags and was wondering if I could make a themed one for the Sherlock hexipuff quilt she’s working on.

I enjoy creating new items that meet someone’s specific need, so I made a prototype yesterday with some fabric I had on hand, while I wait for my new Sherlock fabric to arrive from Spoonflower. I have to say, I love it — it is a smaller version of my zip top project bag, made just big enough to carry around the supplies for a few hexipuffs (you may be thinking, what the heck are hexipuffs? If you can wait, that will be the subject of a future post!).

Here’s the front and back of the bag (it’s about 6″ tall, 9″ wide at the top, and 7″ wide and 2.25″ deep at the bottom), along with a couple of “action shots” with hexipuff supplies:

33-Hexipuff bag 1 front 33-Hexipuff bag 1 back

33-Hexipuff bag 4 33-Hexipuff bag 3

And the prototyping didn’t end there! My friend Cat had a suggestion for a way to improve the magnetic pincushions I make. Here’s one I made a year ago:

35-Pincushion watermelon 35-Pincushion watermelon w ruler

Today, I used the same “orange creamsicle” fabric as for the hexipuff bag, but I found that fabric was too heavy for the magnet to be effective:

36-Pincushion creamsicle 36-Pincushion creamsicle w ruler

It looks great, but if you tilt the pincushion, the pins fall off… Back to the drawing board!

I knew I had the perfect fabric for this and so made one more prototype today:

34-Meas tape pincushion

A measuring tape pincushion — this one is getting added to my Etsy shop! The fabric is light enough that the magnet does its job, and it is so cute, to boot. What more can you ask in a sewing notion?