Friday, June 30, 2017

Holiday Sale & Giveaway

It's been far too long since we paid a visit to you all via our blog! Apologies are in order and we are sorry! Life is crazy, life is busy and we are going to try to be better at keeping y'all up to date here!
That being said....we have a HUGE HOLIDAY Sale going on now and we've tossed in a giveaway to go along with it!

Hundreds of bolts only $6.00/Yard!25% off patriotic yardage, precuts, bundles and kits!

Enter to win a fat quarter bundle of Parade on Main by Samantha Walker:

Growing up, 4th of July meant filling a grocery bag with candy from the local parade, working on the summer tan at the nearby lake, gathering for a family bbq, smelling dirt and leather while fully engrossed in all of the actions of the rodeo and topping it all off with late night fireworks. So many memories are created over the holidays! 
To enter our giveaway, tell us what your favorite 4th of July tradition is! 
Then, find us on social media and enter there too! Winner chosen and announced July 5th!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

February Spring Bunny Fun Giveaway!

Oh goodness! Two darling collections just landed in our shop over at!  Rustic Elegance by Carta Bella for Riley Blake Designs is simply, rusticly stunning in it's entirety!

The colors are beautifully soft and blend so perfectly. We are anxious to start creating with this lovliness!

Spring Bunny Fun by Stacy Iest Hsu is bold, and vibrant and full of Spring just in time for your Easter projects! Can't you just picture a cute little Easter basket made out of Spring Bunny Fun?

The most exciting aspect of this new collection is that it includes another one of Stacy's darling doll panels!

Picture credit: Stacy Iest Hsu

February Giveaway: This month we are giving away a fat quarter bundle of Spring Bunny Fun, including the doll panel! To enter our giveaway, leave us a comment and tell us who you'd be making this cute bunny family for.

Also, find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and enter there too!

WINNER: Zoey Meeks! Thanks to all who entered our giveaway! Check back next month for another opportunity to get your hands on some FREE fabric!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Peeking Stag Zipper Pouch

Do you ever have those days when sewing inspiration strikes out of nowhere? I wish I had them more often than I do and I wish even more so that I had the time to act on them when they come. Today was one of the far and few in between, magical days where the inspiration and the time landed at the same time. Well, I sorta, kinda had to rearrange (by rearrange, I mean neglect) a few things to figure out the time, but it all worked out and I love the finished product.

Get your kit at and make your own!

Peeking Stag Zipper Pouch Tutorial

Finished Size: 10 1/2" x 12 1/2"

Material Requirements:
  • 16 Mini Charm Squares or 2 1/2" squares (We used a Hello Darling Mini Charm Pack)
  • 1/6 yard for pouch top and stag (aqua pictured)
  • 1/2 Yard background and pouch back fabric (I used Moda Cross Weave in Black)
  • Binding fabric per you favorite method
  • 6" square of Wonder Under
  • 12" x 14" batting
  • 12"-14" zipper
  • Cute zipper charm (I mean, come on, this is a must!)

Select and lay out 16 Mini Charm Squares (or 2.5" fabric squares) as pictured.

Sew top row of 5 together.
Sew bottom row of 5 together.
Sew each side (3 squares) together as pictured.

Press all seams open.

Cut a 6.5" square of vinyl.
Cut (2) 6 1/2" x 2 1/2" strips of lining fabric - I used Black Moda Cross Weave. 
Layer one assembled 3-square side strip of fabric right side up, vinyl square and then one strip of lining fabric and sew 1/4 seam.

Repeat the layering on the other side and again sew 1/4" seam.
Turn right sides out on both sides, pressing carefully as to not melt the vinyl. 
(That would be a gosh awful mess that you really don't want).
It should now look like this:

Cut (2) 10 1/2" x 2 1/2" lining strips.

Layer the assembled 5-square top strip of fabric right side up, vinyl square and then one strip of lining fabric and sew 1/4 seam just as you did with the sides.
Repeat with the bottom. Carefully press open.

This is what your soon to be zipper pouch should look like at this point:

Stay stitch around the entire outside of your square.

Decorative stitch around as you desire. I chose a simple straight stitch around the vinyl as pictured:

Place 12" zipper face down on top of pouch, secure with clips.

Stitch length of zipper. Press open and top stitch close along seam.

Cut (1) 4" x 12" strip of coordinating fabric, fold in half length wise and iron.
Stitch to the opposite of the zipper as pictured.

Press open and top stitch close to seam.

The back will look like this:

Slide zipper to the middle of the square and stay stitch each end of the zipper as pictured.

Trim off excess zipper as shown.

Cut 11 1/2" x 13 1/2" square for stag background. I used Black Moda Cross Weave.
Cut 6" square stag fabric
Cut 6" square Wonder Under.
Print and cut out your stag pattern or draw your own. (I'm just not that talented.) I used the same stag pattern that I used for my Stag Pillow Duo Tutorial and resized it to fit within the 6" x 6" vinyl window.
Iron your stag fabric to the Wonder Under. (Wrong side of fabric to "rough" side of Wonder Under - per the directions found on your Wonder Under.)

Tape your stag cutout to the paper side of the Wonder Under and trace around it.

Because the pattern was so small, I simply used a highlighter and drew around the pattern which made it much quicker. 

Cut the stag out, peel off paper and position stag over the background fabric. I used the completed top of the pouch and positioned it over the background fabric and stag cutout to determine exact placement before I ironed it down. 
Iron stag to background fabric.

Cut 12" x 14" piece of batting.
Cut 12" x 14" pouch back fabric.
Layer back fabric right side down, batting and then stag top right side up.
Using spray adhesive, adhere the three layers together.

Quilt as desired. I chose a simple straight stitch 1/4" apart, using Aurifil 50wt 2024.

And of course, be sure to make time for machine problems. I was due, apparently.

Okay, now you are ready to pin the pouch top to the back as pictured.

Trim back to match all four sides of top.

Baste around entire outer edge of pouch.

Bind per your favorite method. 

I may or may not have gotten carried away with the wonder clips. I'll let you decide.

Add your cute zipper pull.

Sit and admire your work while you consume a bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup.

There you have it! A cute Peeking Stag Zipper Pouch!

We'd love to see your zipper pouch! Please share on social media and tag LouLou's Fabric Shop and use hashtags #icansosewthis & #loulousfabricshop!