If you look up the word Hussif you will find that it is described as an alternative form of hussy which originally meant a sewing-case and that is our clue. Traditional hussifs were a long strip of fabric pockets that can rolled or folded to be stored. They contained sewing items such needles pins, small sewing tools such scissors etc. In other words a hussif is a basic sewing kit. The word itself is old and simple sewing kits used to be given to soldiers as their “housewife”.
Today we would call them sewing kits or craft organiser. When I said that I wanted a cross between a traditional hussif and modern organiser I meant that I wanted the design to be big enough to hold the hand sewing needs of a contemporary embroiderer. I wanted pockets enough to fit my needs yet not so large that I did not use it.
I have made one hussif before above is what it looks like closed and below is the interior.
I like some aspects to it, but to be honest it not big enough to be of practical use. So my next hussif will be larger. I will do some things the same however such as using the press stud popper tape to secure the plastic zip lock bags only this time around the stud will be more heavy duty! I will also include more elastic straps to hole marking pencils and of course a pocket for my CQ templates.
I have done a scout around the net to find a few links for folks to explore. Do follow them as there is lots of eyecandy
Carol Lindberg made a wonderful hussif and bag. I have always wanted to set aside some time to design and make another hussif but I am sure seeing Carols Lindberg’s hussif inside a bag was the germ of the idea to make a matching workbag. Here are a number of hussifs made by CQ Mag online readers and a there is a second batch here.
They are great to make as you can keep it small and simple or make them very complex with all sorts of pockets to store sewing tools. They make great gifts and yet are not a huge project like a quilt.
This post is in response to readers questions about my post written with much excitement last Wednesday. I have since started piecing my hussif so stay tuned as I will try and write a work in progress report each Wednesday.
Have you made a hussif?
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