Saturday, July 21

My Hussif Tutorial ...revisited

After I made a little hussif for a friend, ....I have been asked many times for the I thought this might be a good time to revisit the tut, hoping it might inspire you to make one...great gifts!

I know that there are many hussif's out there on the net and I would just like to say, this particular hussif is entirely all my design from start to finish.
I designed this hussif to be a nice practical size, simple, but elegant, with pockets to hold all the essential things a quilter needs to carry.

Please read all the instructions through carefully first.
NOTE: that all the measurements are the finished sizes and all seam allowances will need to be added
You will need:
Main fabric of your choice
Cotton Muslin to back inside fabric
Pellon to back front fabric piece.
Felt pieces for needle pages
Embellishments: lace, beads, threads, silk ribbons, etc..
General sewing requirements : needles, matching threads, scissors and basic sewing machine in good working order..
Please click on the should open up bigger to see the sizes and info...

From the main fabric: Cut 2 pieces 13" x 6 1/2" Plus a generous 1/2 inch seam allowance all the way around.
From the Muslin and the pellon cut 1 of each the same size as the main fabric pieces.
Working on the outside piece first:Baste the pellon onto the back of a main fabric piece, measure and run a tacking stitch where the stitch and fold line is marked on the pattern so you will know where it will fold and where to stitch later on. Note: the front section on the right, and is slightly wider than the other two.

Embellish the front section however you wish...embellish and attach a little pocket to the other end of the outside piece..this pocket will be on the inside folded piece..see photo.
Now working on the inside of hussif:Baste muslin piece onto the back of the other main fabric piece, and again run a tacking stitch where the stitch and fold line is marked on the pattern to divide it into the three sections...the front will be on the left here, under the needle pages..
Cut out the pocket pieces, again with seam allowances...embellish..turn raw edges under and machine stitch in place. Attach a piece of ribbon above the scissor pocket to tie scissors on with.
Cut two pieces for the needle pages flap, put right sides together, machine stitch around three of the sides leaving the top open, turn through to right side...cut three pieces of felt slightly smaller to fit under flap, turn the top raw edge of flap over the felt pieces and stitch in place.

With the outside piece done and all the pockets in place on the inside piece.

Lay the two pieces wrong sides together.... pin in place, run a machine stitch along the stitch and fold line through all the layers to hold them together.
Make a little strawberry pincushion and pin in place at the top, above the needle threader pocket.
Cut strips of binding two inches wide and bind the hussif with the binding.
Make ties from the same fabric or cut pieces of matching ribbon and hand stitch in piece at the front edge, and the other on the back, near the pocket on the stitch and fold line.
I finished off my hussif by working a feather stitch around the inside along the binding.
 You can instead replace the silk ribbon embroidery with fussy cut applique pieces...make it to suit your taste of style and colour....bright, plain, floral...etc

I beleive the word hussif was shortened from the word housewife..a hussif was a little sewing kit that men at war and nannies years ago...(and most likely still do).. carried to darn their socks, sew buttons back on and do little mending jobs...Enjoy....♥

Hugs Julia ...♥


  1. WOW, Julia, this is such a treat !
    THANKS a bunch, dear ! I'll certainly make one by next winter, it's sooo lovely and feminine (and useful!). In the meantime, I will collect some embellishments + accessories, and choose a very special fabric for making it...

  2. I made this a year or so ago, along with a friend who wanted to do it with me, as she had very little experience of making things like this. We both still use our hussifs all the time!

  3. I do remember this beautiful needle case - hussif - I love all your embellishments too!!! I have made a couple over the years, but they were a lot simpler - nice to see it again!!!!

  4. Hi Julia, very nice!!
    Thank your for this great tutorial!
    Hugs Sabine


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