Announcing the Popcorn Pouch Sew-A-Long!

Hello and welcome! I'm popping in today to announce the Popcorn Pouch Sew-A-Long!

I'm Amista Baker, the Popcorn Pouch designer, and I'll be your host for the next couple weeks while we make some of these easy pouches! I'll help you along the way with posts here on my blog and you'll have a chance to win prizes at the end of the month!

Why are we having a SAL?

I get many questions on a weekly basis about zippers, how to finish off the Popcorn Pouch binding, or add a key ring loop to the Mini sizes. We'll talk about these things over the coming days as well as general tips for getting better results when sewing with zippers and more.

FIRST: You'll need the Popcorn Pouch Pattern to participate.


The SAL will last from May 1st through 24th, 2019 and will take place here on my blog.

We'll take the weekends off - no sewing on Saturdays and Sundays. Those can be catch-up days if you need them, and we'll use the weekdays to follow the SAL progress.

Week 1: From May 1-3. Getting started, choosing supplies.
Week 2: From May 6-10. Cutting and prepping.
Week 3: From May 13-17. Assembly, attaching binding and key ring loops, etc.
Week 4: From May 20-24. Show-off your finished pouches and enter to win prizes

*You have four days (May 20 through 24) to share your pouches. The cut off date for entering prizes is May 24 at Midnight EST. Enter by completing the Rafflecopter form at the bottom of this post on the dates mentioned. 

Where can I participate?

The full details for each week will be posted here on the Hilltop Custom Designs blog. Please sign up here to be notified via email when the swap commences and there are new blog posts.

Alternately, we'll be following along on Instagram @amistabaker. But you'll need to visit the blog to get all the details each week.

What do I need?

You'll need to click here & purchase the Popcorn Pouch Pattern to participate if you don't already have it.

OPTIONAL: Bauble Pod, $1 hack (you'll get extra entries for making one!)

All fabric requirements and other supplies needed are listed in the pattern details. For Week 1 you'll simply want to grab the pattern and look over / gather supplies needed.

Rules and Info:

  • You'll get credit for posting EACH WEEK and following the actual stitch-a-long progress. You're more than welcome to sew ahead, but please remember to hold off on posting finished pouches until the appropriate times so you're eligible to win the prizes! 
  • Previously made pouches will not qualify for the giveaway prizes. You must participate in the actual stitch-a-long and make new pouches.
  • Use #popcornpouchsal and #popcornpouch on your social media posts.
  • Open internationally. Anyone who participates and follows these rules is eligible to win.
  • Cut off date for entering to win prizes is May 24th, 2019 at midnight. To enter, please check back here on Week 4 of the SAL to enter yourself at the bottom of this post on the Rafflecopter form.

I hope you'll join us!

These pouches are incredibly fast to make, you won't have any problem whipping right through this pattern! But for those that need help, I'll be here for you! Each week I'll provide helpful tips and tricks right here on my blog!

Enter to Win

After completing the sew-a-long you may enter to win a prize pack using the Rafflecopter box below.

Entries will be open from May 20th until May 24th at Midnight EST.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Rifle Paper Co. Redwood Tote

I'm popping in today to talk about my new Redwood Tote! 

I have been dreaming up a new tote for myself for quite some time now, had a few fabrics picked out, changed my mind, and so on. But, when I saw the new Redwood Tote by Noodlehead I knew I had to make it with these Wildwood fabrics by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton & Steel.

This tote has a zipper pocket on the front, a slip pocket on the back and some on the interior, plus a zip top closure. I used one of my new custom cork labels from ByPiera on the back as well, which I REALLY love!

The handles are made from natural cotton strapping and I up-cycled the crossbody strap from a previous purse I had made for myself last year.

One really unique thing about this tote pattern is the reinforced bottom. I had never made a bag of any size this way and it totally makes perfect sense! The construction method for this part of the bag is genius!

If you haven't checked out the new Redwood Tote pattern by Noodlehead you really should. Its a quick project for an experienced bag maker (it took me a few hours) and the results are really beautiful. (PS: Do yourself a favor and use canvas on the exterior, it makes it that much more beautiful and professional looking!).

FREE Big Patchwork Crib Quilt Pattern

I recently finished this patchwork quilt using 7" squares and provided the free instructions to our local quilting club, Perry Co. Sewcial Club, for any beginners or members who may want to try an easy quilt.

This top came together in one day and I sent it off to my long arm quilter the next day, but its easy enough and small enough that you could quilt it yourself on your domestic machine too!

If you're interested in trying this pattern as well, feel free to download it below at no cost. If you want to share the pattern with others, please direct them to this page to download the pattern for themselves instead of emailing it to them privately.

Click to get the FREE pdf pattern!

Thanks so much for reading! Please tag me @amistabaker on social media if you make this quilt :)

Lugu Blog Tour: Eventide Quilt

Hello and welcome back! If you've been following along with Jessica Swift's Lugu Fabric Blog Tour you may remember me. My first stop on this tour was on April 3rd where I shared some Popcorn Pouches with you.

Today I've got a FREE quilt pattern to share with you that I have designed using EQ Mini especially for Lugu Fabrics. These fabrics are so rich in color and if you've ever seen Jessica's fabrics before, you know they're also rich in detail and beautiful designs. Keep reading for more photos and to grab the pattern!

I chose specific prints from the Lugu collection to emulate a sunset... which is why this quilt is called Eventide. There are saturated pinks, oranges, teals, and navy with a couple pops of mustard yellow and peach thrown in.

A big thank you to Jessica Swift and Art Gallery Fabrics for providing the fabric for my blog tour projects XO

I wanted to showcase the Sova print in Dayglow (owls) as the main feature of the quilt. They are so pretty and captivating! The entire vibe of the quilt reminds me of a sunset over a lake.

Eventide finishes at 40" square but could easily be made larger by adding more blocks. If you double this quilt it would be a great large throw! Plus, there are so many possibilities to change the look of the quilt just by switching up fabric placement.

Click to download the FREE pattern.

I hope you'll give Eventide a try. If you do, please tag me @amistabaker, Jessica @jessicaswift, and use the hashtag #eventidequilt + #lugufabrics

Eventide Quilt mockup done in EQ Mini

Wait! Before you go..

Checkout my first stop on the Lugu Fabrics Blog Tour where I made these Popcorn Pouches, and you can get the pattern for them in my shop! ;)

Lugu Blog Tour: Popcorn Pouches

Welcome to my first stop on the Lugu Fabrics Blog Tour hosted by Jessica Swift! My name is Amista Baker. I'm a wife and mom of 3, a current Aurifil Artisan and I love making quilts and bags any chance I get! You can find me daily on Instagram @amistabaker :)

Today I want to share with you some Popcorn Pouches I have made using scraps leftover from a quilt I designed especially for this blog tour (you'll see that later in the month, so stick around! it will be a FREE pattern download).

The Lugu Collection by Jessica Swift is a beautiful mix of rich jewel tones with moths, owls, moons, and so much more! Jessica's fabrics with AGF are so soft and silky they would be perfect for garments as well as quilts and bags. You really can't go wrong with Art Gallery!

I was inspired by the hues of these fabrics to make so many different things, but for this post I chose to make some super quick and easy zipper pouches from my own pattern, The Popcorn Pouch.

One fantastic thing about these pouches is the ability for them to lay totally flat or to expand as they're stuffed full, which makes it great for baby items (especially wipes packages!), device chargers, feminine hygiene products, etc. They are really very versatile ontop of being quick to make.

These particular Popcorn Pouches are made with various Lugu fabric prints backed with Pellon SF101 for durability. I always love to add a little suede tassel charm on my zippers for an extra touch.

If you love what you're seeing here, you should check your local online and brick and mortar shops for Lugu Fabrics! You won't be disappointed!