Monday, October 9, 2017

Bag It Featured Designer - Fat Quarter Gypsy

Have you seen these cut pop-up bag kits in your favorite quilt store?

I was quite excited to give them a try and am thrilled to introduce you to today's featured designer, Joanne Hillestad.

Joanne, owner of The Fat Quarter Gypsy Designs, started her sewing journey at the age of 5. Hooked instantly, the love of playing with fabric only grew over the decades. 

After 20 years as a database analyst in Corporate America, Joanne decided to follow her dreams and pursue a career around her love of all things fabric. While designing quilts, one chilly Minnesota day inspiration hit! Combining Joanne’s fabric and her husband Mike’s wire forming ability the Fat Quarter Pop-Up was born! This handy, collapsible container became an instant hit leading to a fun line of Dress Up Your Pop Up patterns. 

Visit for more information.

I made two of these pop-ups.  First up is Fat Quarter Pop-up which is the smaller size.  I used a solid red fabric for this one and dressed it up with measuring tape ribbon.   Construction was easy and Joanne's directions are filled with illustrations and photographs are easy to follow.  

The tips for inserting the spring form were perfect.  I used the enclosed elastic for this pop-up so it is ready to be folded up and taken with me to quilt class.

My second pop-up is the medium sized one.  For this one, I sewed together all these scraps to make a piece of fabric big enough for the pattern directions.  The medium one sits next to my cutting table and has become the home for my small cutting scraps.  I made ties for this one instead of using elastic.

I thank Fat Quarter Gypsy for the kits I used to make my pop-ups.

Want to make some yourself?  They would make great gifts for really anyone on your list.  Make a pet themed one for someone special.  Or make one with to celebrate a favorite sports team!

You can find these at local quilt stores and at Fat Quarter Gypsy.  Fat Quarter Shop also carries these.

Fat Quarter Gypsy has provided a prize package for one lucky randomly chosen Bag It participant. The pattern package includes the supplies you need to make your own Pop-ups plus her latest pattern called the Wingman!

I'll be linking up my pop-up with  Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Needle and Thread Thursdays, Finish it Up Friday and Finished or Not Friday.

Have a wonderful day! Patty


  1. Cute little bags. The measuring tape ribbon on your red one is esp. cute :)

  2. This is really neat. I will have to get some of these!

  3. Those are really cute--I saw some samples in a shop the other day, but yours are a lot cuter--might have bought the pattern if I had seen yours first. :) Neat bags!

  4. Super cute bags - thank for sharing!

  5. These are interesting. I could imagine making these.

  6. I am going to put this on my list to make! Great project!


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