Boxy Pouch

Posted on October 25, 2016 by Rae | 1 comment

The third of our 12 Makes of Christmas is brought to us by Louise Orth aka I'm Studio Lou, regular contributor of sewing tutorials to Love Sewing, Quilt Now and Sewing World magazines.  It's also the first of our gift idea projects and - best of all - it can be made for both the men and women on your list!

Lou brings us The Boxy Pouch tutorial - a beautifully roomy and fully lined washbag but it could also be made as a project bag, pencil case or make up bag so it's a pretty useful make to have in your handmade Christmas gift arsenal.


Materials needed:

1 Fat Quarter of main print

1 Fat Quarter lining print

1 Fat quarter of medium iron on interfacing

9” zip




Cut one rectangle 10 ½” wide x 13 ½” long

X 1 for main fabric

X 1 lining fabric

X 1 interfacing (and interface onto main fabric)


X 2 from main fabric 3” x 5” for the tabs



1. First make your tabs by folding the two long edges into the middle and then folding in half again. Top stitch in place


2. Attach your zip. Lay the zip facing up with pull at the left. Lay your main fabric on the top of the zip and your lining fabric under the zip. Make sure they all line up (using a touch of glue or binding clips to hold in place is a good idea at this point.) Sew zip in place then press wrong side together and top stich.


3.Then do the same for the other side of the zip, main on top of zip, lining under.

Again, when finished press and topstitch. This will get difficult towards the end as you are sewing a tube. Take your time and be careful not to catch any other part of the pouch in your topstitch.

4. You now have a tube. Turn it wrong side out and lay it flat so that the zip runs through the middle. Sew a seam, approx. ½” down each of the raw edges, trim to ¼” and zig zag over the seam. (I like to do quite a tight zig zag so that the seam looks neat, also try to use a thread that blends well with your lining.) 

5. To box the pouch cut a square 1 ¼” from each corner.

Open out and lay so that the seams match. Pin or clip in place. Take one tab, center in the seam and line up with raw edges, with the majority of the tab inside the pouch and sew with a ¼” seam allowance. Use the other end of the tab at the next corner (make sure it doesn’t get twisted and the tabs loop over each end of the zip). When you have completed each corner, zig zag over each seam.

6. Turn the right way round, poke out the corners and admire your boxy pouch! Watch out, they’re addictive to make!

 Thanks so much Lou!  Pop back later this week for Make 5!

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Christmas Table Runner

Posted on October 18, 2016 by Rae | 0 comments

We're back sharing our ideas for 12 fab makes for Christmas and this week it's the turn of  the essential Christmas Table Runner!


Christmas Table Runner


Karen made this beauty using Moda's Luxe Brushstrokes plus Winter Berries from Hoffman.


Table Runner Fabric HQ


If you're close to our Stoke Mandeville shop and studio there are couple of spaces left on this class with Karen on Saturday 19th November and Saturday 3rd December (see here for details and to book) or you could check out this post put together by Quilt Inspiration where you can find a whopping 50 ideas and tutorials for Christmas table runners!



This runner was whipped up by Lesley, one of our lovely customers, using Makower's Wrap It Up collection.



You can find the free pattern by Lynne Goldsworthy here.  See you on Friday again for the next installment!

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The 12 Makes of Christmas - back for 2016!

Posted on October 13, 2016 by Rae | 0 comments

It always feels rather odd to think that we're at that time of the year again but yes, our 12 Makes of Christmas series has begun again for 2016!

For those of you not familiar, every year, in the lead up to Christmas we post 12 great ideas for Christmas makes.  They can either be lovely things with which to decorate your home, or fab ideas for gifts to make for others.  This year we've got a lovely mix of the two brought to you from various members of the HQ team and the odd special guest maker.  We're sure you're gonna love what we've got lined up!


So on to our first make and we're getting in nice and early this year with our Christmas Advent Calendar!

Karen whipped up two lovely calendars using the Dashwood Studio panel from their 2016 Christmas collection, Festive Friends...


...and also Makower's Wrap It Up calendar panel. 


We love both of these calendar panels which are a great way to make your advent calendar.  You can get the panels here or why not come along to our class and make one up with Karen?  Find the details of the class here.


We'll be back soon with our second make of Christmas - see you then!

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The Simple Sampler Quilt Along - Week 1

Posted on October 03, 2016 by Rae | 1 comment

It's begun!  The Sewing Directory and Kerry Green have teamed up to create the Simple Sampler Quilt Along!

The sampler is designed for beginners, showing you new skills as you progress ending with a beautiful lap quilt or a bigger one if you wish!  It's also for more experienced quilters.

Here are our first two blocks, made up by Jacqui.

We're using Dashwood Studio's Distant Dreams collection designed by Phyllida Coroneo as well as their brilliantly versatile Twist collection.  

Why take part?

See the Simple Sampler Quilt Along page on The Sewing Directory's website but in a nutshell:

  • Learn patchwork and quilting skills including piecing squares, triangles and foundation piecing
  • Discounted fabrics!  Use our code SIMPEQAL at the checkout at Fabric HQ until 17th October and get 15% off your Simple Sample Quilt Along fabric when you order online!
  • Each month we'll pick a winner from everyone who shares their progress on social media using the hashtag #simplesamperQAL

There are lots of other reasons to join in outlined on Fiona's post with all the other info on how to join in, as well as all the patterns written by Kerry.  You can find all the info here and see Fiona, Julie, Kerry and our progress on our Instagram pages as well as seeing what others are up to by checking out the hashtag #simplesamplerQAL.  Don't forget to use the hashtag if you're joining in for your chance to win prizes each month of the QAL and that you can get your fabrics using our 15% discount code SIMPLEQAL before 17th October.  We look forward to seeing what you make!


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Row By Row Experience

Posted on July 16, 2016 by Rae | 6 comments

 If you have been lucky enough to pop down to Fabric HQ in the last few weeks you will no doubt have seen Jacqui’s AMAZING work for the Row by Row experience.

Fabric HQ's Row for Row by Row Experience 2016

If you have not heard about the Row by Row and you have even the smallest urge toward the adorable the cute and the down-right addictive... LOOK AWAY NOW!  I warned you....

If you have not already done so, look at the website. www.rowbyrowexperince.com but before you do let me give you a bit of the history. The Row by Row experience was started to try and encourage people into quilting shops. To encourage the shoppers into their local shops but also to them seek out and find new shops they have not been to or even knew about. In this day and age where quilt shops are struggling like mad to keep things afloat, which to me, is one of the most important things I have done in my quilting passion.

With the fear of local shops closing, that was the reason why I have approached every shop I shop in to ask them, plead with them, and do everything possible to make sure they take part in it. Fabric HQ is one the only 2 shops I frequent who were even remotely interested in taking part. Jacqui and Rae were so keen to take part but were completely honest that they were not too sure how to make a row pattern and given there was only a few days to the deadline of entering I offered to help and together Jacqui and I made the row. And I know I am biased but I think it is just adorable. We wanted something that would make anyone visiting the store remember not only the English countryside and the location of Fabric HQ in such a gorgeous spot but also to make the fabric selection work for us in adding more and more details into the row that were interesting for the person sewing the row. So after a few attempts and fabric switch outs we finally got it right.

So I hear your next question loud and clear. What is a row? Each shop taking part designs and patterns a row. Each row measures 36.5 inches by 9.5 inches. Each shops, row is different and you have the choice of using their pattern with your fabric which costs you nothing, or you can buy the kit and use the shops' fabric which means your block will be identical to that in the shop.

The next question I know you have... What do you use the Rows for? The rows are designed to all be the same size and they do this so if you have eight rows, you can create a lap quilt out of eight rows. The rows however can also be used for other things if you fancy just making the one. You can make fabric baskets. You can make wall hangings. You can make the same row over and over again with different things on the washing line if you wish. It is a versatile item you can do whatever you like with.

The main question everyone always has....  How much?  If you come into the shop you can get the pattern for free.  The kit is for sale with all of the fabric you need to make the pattern exactly like the one in the store for £18 a kit.

(But PLEASE be advised there are severely strict copyright laws in the patterns with fines in the UK amounting to £10,000 for EACH TIME YOU COPY THE PATTERN AND DISTRIBUTE IT!) Copyright is a major problem with this event and there have been cases in the USA where people have been prosecuted on this and it is just not the spirit of the event. From November the pattern will then be available for sale on www.craftsy.com so if you don’t manage to get it now then don’t worry it will be available later.

How will I know how to make the row is the next question I have had. The pattern I think is very beginner friendly. It is a step by step methodology and unlike the king sized quilt patterns on a page and a half, this is a 12 page pattern trying to show you exactly what needs doing on each step. However if you fancy coming to a sewcial type event and I teach you exactly how to make the row, we are hosting an evening of fun wine and rowing on the 21st July 2016 from 7-10pm. The cost is £38 including the kit and you will need to book with Rae or Jacqui at the store ASAP or via the website here because there are only six spots open! 

So that is the row by row experience. Please try and take part if you can and make sure you read up in the newsletters about the prizes up for grabs by people, like me, who are officially hooked on the row by row. If you really want to get sucked into the row by row experience event... Check out the Facebook pages of the states of the USA, Canada and Europe to see what each shop is doing and how gorgeous these rows are and then perhaps you may even find another quilter willing to swop row kits. Please be very careful of the copyright thing though. It is very serious the infringements of this.

So that’s all from me this week. BUT I will say if you have not managed to get into the shop to see the new Halloween fabric that has arrived....  GO right NOW to see it!!  I bought tons of it!!!

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