It’s official, I really like EPP! Well, the initial “cover shapes in fabric” part, anyway – I haven’t quite got to the “join shapes together” part yet, but I can’t see why I won’t enjoy that bit too. 🙂
I’ve discovered how fun EPP is thanks to the craft swap I mentioned recently. Having decided to sign up, I also decided that I would try and sew up as many hexagons as I could for my partners (with the exception of the one person who only wanted squares)… mission accomplished! I took my little IKEA bags full of templates and fabric squares away with me while I dog-sat for my cousin, and managed to churn pleasingly briskly through all of them while I was away.
Here they are all ready to sew!
And here they are all sewn up and ready to be put in the post:
This person requested squares only, so I sent hers out before I went away. Unfortunately, Royal Fail in their infinite wisdom decided to put her parcel through the office woodchipper and delivered a mangled, empty envelope, so I had to re-do hers when I got home (the picture above is of the replacements).
Much annoy. Very sulk. 😐 “Sincere apologies” my bum. To make up for it, I did extra squares for her and while I was at it, I did extras for everyone else, too – after all, I already had the rotary cutter out and the scrap bin upended all over the floor!
At 2″ on a side, these were the largest hexies requested (all the others are 1″ a side, and I requested 3/4″ ones). This partner asked for a wide variety of fabrics to build up her collection. This was by far the most fabric-consuming parcel, so in this case I decided to just add in the snippet of VW camper fabric – it’s cute and I think she might like it.
Some people asked for multiples of 2 or more – this person wanted a good variety of prints as well. I really hope she enjoys the red/gold square print, it’s one of my favourites!
Guess what this person’s favourite colour is! 😀 I think she and I might be colour-twins, I love blue too and it was hard to pick out just a few blues for her!
Yellows, purples, reds and aquas, as requested. 🙂
Another person who requested a mixture of prints (her only criteria was “no pink!”) – there’s a few duplicates there but not many.
Lastly, this person requested greys, aqua, cute critters and mushrooms – I thought I was going to fail on the last two but then I discovered I had that purple unicorn print, which featured both – yay! The paper cranes were a great find while I was away and I think they count for both grey *and* cute critters.
Being new to EPP, it took me a little while to settle into a method I found most comfortable, effective and quick. Because I cut my templates from card, I didn’t fancy trying to pin or stitch through that, so I opted for using paper clips to hold the fabric around the shape as I sewed:
As I stitched each side, I moved the paperclips round the shape – this probably wasn’t strictly necessary except on the fussy-cut prints, but it did stop me losing paperclips down the side of the sofa! I also learned that the ends of paperclips are quite sharp and will catch very easily in fabric and thread, so I couldn’t push them all the way onto the hexagon – this meant that they had a vexing habit of pinging off without warning unless I was fairly careful, but I still preferred this method overall. It’s been great practice and I’ve really enjoyed learning how to do it, I’ll be trying some more challenging shapes soon too.
I’m still receiving hexagons from the other swap partners (three parcels have arrived so far), when I have them all then I’ll show them off in their own dedicated post and explain what I want to do with them all. 🙂