When I made my pretty pastel Hussif in June the response from readers was incredible, so it seemed only natural that I should take you through the steps to make your very own Hussif/Huswif/Housewife.
If you weren't following along with Elefantz back then but would like to know exactly what a Hussif is and the history behind it, go HERE and scroll through the five posts I made that week.
My first Hussif featured a set of pretty embroideries on three different areas.
The second version of my Hussif has no embroidery. Instead I chose to fussy cut sections from my fabrics. This is easy to do, as you'll see during the tutorial.
If you're just following the 5 days of tutorial on my blog you'll need the Hussif templates to make your scissor scabbard, applique heart, paper pieced hexie, and to trace the 'gentle domesticity' wording.
These are available as a free download HERE
I used assorted Tilda fabric scraps for the shabby chic style embroidered Hussif, and pieces from a Lecien "Antique Rose" layer cake for the fussy cut vintage style Hussif.
Therefore I suggest you grab some favoured prints of your own as we're just using small pieces for the inside and one larger cut for the outside.
The Hussif has three pieced sections which we'll cut, sew and assemble today.
I'll mix and match photos from both versions of my Hussif...
Sew your pieces together to complete the bottom section of the inner Hussif background.
Sew a length of lace over the long centre seam.
If you're going to embroider the words "gentle domesticity" on your Hussif, now is the time to trace "domesticity" where indicated below...
Fussy cutting is choosing a particular portion of your fabric that can feature as a stand alone 'design' in your project. I chose a rose from one of my layer cake fabrics for this section of the Hussif.
(the 4" x 4 1/4" piece is either fussy cut or use the bird embroidery)
Sew your pieces together to create the second piece of the Hussif background.
NOTE: Trace the bird design onto the centre of the 4" x 4 1/2" piece of fabric if you're making the embroidered version of the Hussif.
Now we're going to add two pockets to this section.
You will require two pieces of fabric:
One, 6 1/2" square
One, 3 1/2" x 6 1/2"
Fold them in half along their 6 1/2" width and press the fold with your iron.
Sew a line of lace just under the fold on both pieces.
(I used two different pieces of lace)
Lay the larger pocket down on to the middle section so that the base of the pocket and the base of the middle section are together, and pin in place.
Measure down 2 inches from the centre seam line and draw a line across the pocket using a heat erasable pen (the line will not be seen later so you could even draw it with a faint pencil)...
Machine sew along that line, and then down both sides of the pocket with a scant 1/8th inch seam...
Lay the smaller pocket on top of the larger one so that the bottom edge of both pockets are together.
Pin it in place. Machine sew the smaller pocket in place down both sides and then secure the base of both pockets by sewing a scant 1/8th inch seam across the bottom edge.
In the first Hussif this section features a stitchery and a paper pieced hexie, but in the alternate version I used a small print floral fabric and a fussy cut hexie.
If you're going to use the embroidery choose a pale print that will allow the pattern to shine when you've stitched it.
If you're making the fussy cut version of this Hussif you can choose to add the paper pieced hexie or leave it off entirely. Perhaps add some lace or pretty buttons?
You'll need to cut a piece of fabric 5½” x 6½”, and you'll require a dinner plate.
Make a small pencil mark 3 inches up the 5½” sides of the fabric and lay your dinner plate over the fabric so that the edge of the plate sits on those pencil marks and draw a line around the curve.
Trace the stitchery inside the curved section of your fabric keeping the base of the eye glasses 3/4" above the bottom edge of the fabric.
Sew the three sections together and you have the background to the inside of your Hussif complete.
Fuse a medium weight Pellon behind this inside section of your Hussif.
I used a large piece of scrap Pellon leftover from a previous project, but I suggest you still cut your Pellon larger than you need and we shall trim it later.
If you are embellishing your Hussif with the three embroideries you'll need to stitch them before moving on to the next stage.
Go HERE for day 2 of the Hussif Tutorial.