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“Help, You Know I Need Someone, Help”

You can tell by this post title that after releasing our Hard Day’s Night pattern a few weeks ago, we’re clearly not over our Beatles obsession. I mean, should anyone really ever be over the Beatles? Of course not.

(On a related, but completely non-sewing related note, we’ve been very conflicted about the upcoming “Yesterday” movie. Feel free to discuss in the comments.)

The actual point of this post is that we LOVE HELP from the sewers who buy our patterns. We always encourage comments, questions, and suggestions to help make our patterns better, so keep ’em coming!

In this case, we had gotten some great feedback from two different sewers in the past that our popular Stowaway pattern could use some clarifications. So we made some changes and revised the pattern available for purchase in our shop or on Etsy. And as always, if you purchased Stowaway from us in the past, just let us know and we’ll gladly send you a revised copy.

In this case, the changes were clarifications, not major revisions, so we didn’t feel like it warranted a posting on our “Morning After” page. But we’re committed to promoting all edits to our patterns – big and small.

Happy sewing, and keep your awesome suggestions coming! “Won’t you please, please help me…”

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Hard Day’s Night FREE PDF Pattern

Confession time. It’s been THREE years since we released our last free pattern. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh.

When we launched WOW, an important part of our mission was to contribute a free pattern to the sewing community at least once, ideally twice, a year. While there were many years when we met that goal, we are truly sad that we haven’t been able to fulfill it these past few years. But we are super proud of the free patterns we currently have, and they’re some of our most popular, which we also love.

So without further ado, here is the timeless inspiration for our newest free pattern. And since this song has been stuck in our heads for weeks now, it’s only fair that we pass this amazing earworm along to you. You’re welcome.

The funny thing is that neither of us can remotely remember how or why the idea for this pattern came about. ??!??!?? Turning 40 has been going really well for us by the way.

But I think we can all agree that when you love your pet, you always want them to look their best. And this tutorial will help you create a fun, interchangeable pet collar featuring stylish tie and bow tie options.

In this collage image, on the left Barkley wears the Hard Day's Night, and on the right he wears the Hard Day's Night bow tie

How cute is that?! No, not the dog! The collar! Although, Ali’s dog Barkley is indeed super cute and handsome, and since he’ll do anything for his momma, he’s always a willing model.

The fun part is that this isn’t a permanent change to your pet’s collar – the band just attaches with velcro tabs around your own collar and then you can choose to use the bow tie or tie option. You know, for all those times your pet needs to QUICKLY up their style game.

(If your eagle eyes noticed that the collar we happened to use in these pictures is holiday-themed, you’d be right. Ali owns dog collars for EVERY season.)

And our pattern includes templates for three sizes for differently-sized pups and kitties.

So now the only problem that we have is that we need one of you awesome cat-loving-readers to sew one of these up for your kitty and send them to us by email or post to your social media. I mean, we all know that cats hate it when dogs have all the fun.

Although we aren’t cat owners ourselves, so maybe we have it all wrong…

The Hard Day’s Night PDF pattern has 12 pages and over 40 color photos to help you every step of the way. You can download it in our Shop right now. Happy sewing for all of your furry friends!

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Bladders, and Kidneys, and Flu, Oh My!

So our plan had been to release our newest bag pattern this month, but it turns out that March had other plans for us. Between the stomach flu, the real flu, and a case of kidney stones, keeping up with the laundry and the cooking has been more than enough to handle. So instead, we’re sharing a quick post about bladders! You nervous yet? Here goes!

It’s not at all a surprise that we use our Bacchus bags to enjoy wine (I mean, you can pretend to be surprised if you want). You can view it in action right here:

But we recently got a great question from another sewist. Can you purchase similar reusable drink bags for other beverages, like iced tea? Turns out the answer is definitely yes. And the thing you’re supposed to Google is “reusable wine bladder.” Yep, bladder. It works.

Here are some examples we found that mimic the wine bladder found in boxed wine, as well as some that have screw tops instead of a spout.

Two pack of reusable wine bladders with spout

Four pack of reusable wine bags with screw top caps

So feel free to enjoy any and all beverages with our Bacchus bag, which you can still buy for 50% off during our amazing shop opening sale! Just use the code OPENING50 on your first order on our site (limit one per person thru 3/31/19).