Denim Hexie Messenger Bag

By Judith on June 10, 2020
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I’ve been working on a few gifts lately, and now that one has been received I can show you it here.


Denim Hexie Messenger Bag


This bag was made as a special thank you to a lovely lady who enjoys repurposing textiles as much as I do!


Denim Hexie Messenger bag


I had a few relaxing evenings making up the EPP hexies, but with no other plan in my head than that!

So when I had 2 panels made to a good enough size the old design juices started flowing.


Denim Hexie Messenger Bag


I got the panels quilted on to Flex Foam which I think really adds some lovely texture to the hexies.

I had a vision of a messenger bag with curved corners this time.  Once the gusset was in, the bag really started to take shape.


Denim Hexie Messenger Bag


Getting the depth and style of the flap was important.  I didn’t want anything too fussy, so as not to take away from the hexies.  So a few lines of Aurifil 12wt wool thread in contrast gold did the trick, with curved corners to mirror the bottom of the bag.


Denim Hexie Messenger Bag


When it comes to bag linings, I love the surprise of opening up a bag and getting that ‘wow’ factor from a stunning lining!


Denim Hexie Messenger Bag


This lining is Autumn Nectar Honey by Maureen Cracknell for Art Gallery Fabrics and is available here in my shop.


Denim Hexie Messenger Bag


Doesn’t it just bring a blast of sunny colour to the inside of the bag!  And the purple tones are the perfect match for a cheeky Liberty key fob tab!

No funtional bag is complete without a handy slip pocket.


Denim Hexie Messenger Bag


And the adjustable cross body strap means you can get out and about hands free!!


Denim Hexie Messenger Bag


I’m delighted to report that the new owner loves her bag and says it was a timely gift as her old bag was in need of being replaced! Yay!


I love it when my ‘play time’ repurposing textiles brings happy smiles and pleasure to faces!


Happy sewing!


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Hexie Book Bag

By Judith on January 26, 2020
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I like a little ‘hexie action’ in the evenings, and over Christmas I enjoyed working my Tilda scraps into 1.25″ EPP hexies.


As they grew I thought I would make a cover for my soft cover Bible.  But then I keep a journal with my Bible, as well as Bible Study books!!!


So a cover grew into a bag!


Hexie Book Bag


I remembered many years ago I had designed and taught a boxy bag class (my mum uses hers for keeping books in).  So I blew the cobwebs off my pattern and set to!


There is so much I love about this new boxy bag.


Hexie Book Bag


Firstly, it has plenty of room for my Bible and study books and a separate pocket for my A4 journal. And because it is made from flex foam it sits squat and open giving me visible and easy access to the contents.


Hexie Book Bag


I also love the combo of Essex Yarn Dyed Linen (Denim) with the Tilda Hexies and a little vintage lace.


Hexie Book Bag


I even included some hexies inside.


Also inside is handbag mesh in the base, to ensure the shape of the bag is maintained while carrying around heavy books.


Hexie Book Bag


Now that I can keep my Bible books together in one place, I’m super organised whether reading at home or at Bible Study group!


I have another round of hexies being made at the moment!


I wonder what they’ll turn into!


Happy sewing!


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Denim Hexie Bag: Class Finishes

By Judith on March 30, 2018
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For the past 6 weeks some very talented ladies in my classes have been beavering away on my Denim Hexie Bag Pattern.



This pattern combines techniques such as English Paper Piecing (EPP Hexies), eyelet holes, zippered pocket, handbag construction as well as some serious denim upcycling!


At times it looked like a missile had gone off in a jeans factory in my classroom, as scissors and blades feverishly amputated legs, pockets and loops! While denim is one of my favourite textiles to work with, it doesn’t half shed!


But oh boy, the results of this serious crafting were so worth it!




Not all the bags being made are represented here, a few are still being finished off.


But aren’t they brilliant!  Sturdy, stylish practical bags that I know will get lots of use!


And I also know that the bags still being finished are equally as fabulous!


I haven’t been able to capture all the individual details in the bags here, but trust me when I tell you that each bag has it’s own unique characteristics.


Details like repurposed loops, tabs and pockets from the jeans, as well as complimentary fabrics like cotton and tweed, buttons, badges and even embroidery and printing.


A huge ‘well done’ to all my wonderful ‘Bag Ladies’!


If you would like to have some re-purposing fun of your own, you can get my Denim Hexie Bag Pattern here.



I also have 3 part-kits available in my shop, which include the pattern, pre-cut hexie papers, various coloured denim squares (for the hexie panels) , 1 metre of heavy weight sew-in vilene and 4 eyelet rings.


But be quick!  When they’re gone, they’re gone!


Happy recycling!


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New Class Project: Feb-March ’18

By Judith on February 4, 2018
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Hello everyone!


I hope you’ve had a healthy and creative week!


My first (half) term of classes are almost through (this is week 5 of 6) so it’s time to announce next (half) term’s class project!



This is a project for those who not only enjoy a spot of ‘re-purposing’ but also bag construction.  The exterior and lining are reinforced with heavy weight vilene, and the exterior is quilted.




What’s involved?

  • Upcycling your unwanted denim jeans, skirts and shirts (I have a large stash you can avail of!)
  • English Paper Piecing (EPP) – hand sewing the hexies into 2 panels
  • Eyelet Ring handle opening
  • Zippered pocket in the lining
  • Reinforced base


And to make it even easier to make this great shopper, I will have part-kits made up of the following:


    • 37 hexie papers Sizzix cut and hole punched
    • 37 varied pieces of denim for the hexies
    • 4 sets of eyelet rings
    • 1 metre heavy sew-in vilene
    • comprehensive Just Jude Designs pattern with step by step photos


The part-kits are discounted at £13 for those attending the classes.


So the only materials you need to bring with you are:


    • 0.5 metre cotton for the bag lining
    • 1 fat quarter cotton for zippered pocket lining
    • 8″ plastic zipper


Easy peasy!


As always, the class project is optional, and I will be announcing class vacancies at the end of this week!  So stay tuned!


Happy re-purposing!



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