Ahh…summer. It’s a time of days at the beach, lazy vacations, concerts at the park, and outdoor BBQs. With all this time outside, your sewing time is guaranteed to go down, right? Never. Hexagons are the perfect accompaniment to slow summer days spent out of the sewing room. With just a few items, you can pack a travel sewing kit and have your hexies (or your favorite paper piecing project) with you anytime.
Here are my key essentials in my travel sewing kit:
- pre-cut fabric
- it’s a bit tough to tote around a rotary cutter and mat, so I always cut my fabric at home. While I used to do this by hand, I recently bought the Brother Scan & Cut, and – WOW!!! Not only does it cut the hexagons from cardstock, but with the press of a button, it adds 1/4″ allowance and cuts the fabric, too. What once took hours to cut now takes just minutes.
- glue pen
- when it comes to basting, I much prefer glue basting as opposed to thread basting. The glue basting is a faster process, both up front and when removing the papers. There are no threads to cut or extra stitches to sew. I’ve also had projects that have passed the 2+ year mark, and the glue basting is still holding up strong.
- tiny scissors
- seam ripper
- extra hand quilting needles
- needle carrying case
- paper for piecing
I also *often* rely on my portable design wall. While this isn’t an item that travels with me unless I’m working on a fussy project or have a bit more space to work in, it’s a great tool for transporting blocks to and from meetings and retreats. I’ve been making blocks for the Farmer’s Wife QAL for a while now, and it’s so easy to cut a block and save the pieces in their final arrangement until it’s time to sew. An added bonus is that it saves space at home, too.
When it comes to these items, I always have two sets – one for my home studio, and one that stays in the paper piecing bag. Seriously, don’traid your travel kit when you need supplies. It may be a great idea now to grab those scissors out of your bag as you sit at your sewing machine, but it’d be a real bummer tomorrow when you find yourself on the go with your bag and no scissors inside. Been there, done that.
Your suggestions on other items you include in your travel kit are wonderful!
- beeswax thread conditioner
- Thread Heaven protectant
- both blunt-nose and needle-tip scissors
- chalk pencil
- straight pins (some as small as 1/2″)
- sandpaper board
- needle threader
- bobbin box with assorted threads
What do you keep in your travel sewing kit? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll update our list.
Don’t forget to pin this post so you’ll have it for your next trip – and tag your photos with #travelinghexies to show us where your paper piecing goes!
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