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Start A New Hobby Kit – English Paper Piecing Style

Start A New Hobby Kit – English Paper Piecing Style

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Looking for a creative gift idea? Maybe something fresh for a silent auction fundraiser? Check out this "Start a Hobby" Kit, with everything someone needs to start English Paper PIecing (EPP). EPP is easy to start and requires no machine - perfect for sewing in the car, on the couch, and on the go! See what all is included in the kit.

Looking for a creative gift idea? Maybe something fresh for a silent auction fundraiser? Check out this "Start a Hobby" Kit, with everything someone needs to start English Paper Piecing (EPP). EPP is easy to start and requires no machine - perfect for sewing in the car, on the couch, and on the go! See what all is included in the kit.

Before I had kids, I worked in the social services field. I helped plan events and programming in a few different roles, so I am familiar with silent auctions. People tend to donate tickets, gift cards, wine, and massages. I always loved the “date night” or “family game night” baskets that sometimes popped up, so when I saw a local shelter was looking for auction donations I challenged myself to get creative. This is what I came up with – a “Start A New Hobby” basket with everything someone would need to try out English Paper Piecing! EPP is hand sewing and very beginner friendly – no sewing machine required and perfect to do on the couch or in the car line at school pickup.

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The first thing I made sure to include was All Points Patchwork: English Paper Piecing beyond the Hexagon for Quilts & Small Projects Paperback*  by Diane Gilleland. You can see a project I did from the book in this post; it is a great intro to EPP with lots of creative inspiration.

all points patchwork epp book

I also included a pincushion I used EPPto make, some needles, thread, several Cotton + Steel fabric squares*, cardboard templates, an example hexie, small scissors*, and a tag with my email on it, if they had any questions!creative silent auction item diy

I printed up a little sheet and put it on card stock, so it could sit in front of the basket. Otherwise I’m not sure people would “get” it!cute needle minder from etsy

The needle minder* is totally not a “need” and I think people often use them more for embroidery, but it was too cute to resist! From the Tinkinstitches shop on Etsy.

epp hexie pincushion

My pincushion! I gave a bunch of in process peeks on Instagram, I think it turned out pretty cute. I wish I’d used smaller hexies so it was more obvious with the pattern, but oh well. how to get started english paper piecing

The little card gives my email for any questions they might have; I know part of the difficulty in starting a new craft is not knowing where to turn for support!

sewing gift basket

The fabric bucket is using the same pattern I used from this sewing project book; both fabrics are from Jo-Ann Fabrics.

I wrapped it up with a plastic gift bag over the top and am hoping for the best! I told the coordinator if it didn’t sell at the event to let me know and I could auction it off on Instagram and donate the money, but I am hoping it does well. I think this would be an equally great idea for a gift – you could also switch the theme to embroidery or cross-stitch easily!

Would you bid on this? Fingers crossed someone does!

 

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Michelle Ramsay

Saturday 23rd of April 2016

I would totally bid on this!!! But I'm biased, because I'm already a quilter, LOL! I just made my first two EPP hexies at a Lexington MQG meeting a week ago, and it was SO MUCH FUN! I'm definitely making a little kit to take with me when I travel from now on!

Anyway, great idea! I hope it gets alot of bids! Actually, that reminds me. I made a quilt for a silent auction this January and never blogged it. One day I'll get to it!

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Monday 25th of April 2016

Aw, thanks! I can't imagine donating a whole quilt.. that is pretty amazing :)

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