Preempting Your Morning After

It’s Friday night. Which means that we hope you are all out there living it up, in whatever way that means for you. For us, it used to mean long nights of drinking, talking, game playing, and movie watching. All of which was followed by interesting mornings after.

And then Courtney had kids. Womp womp.

And while those kids are pretty stinking amazing (cue the cute pic of an older sister reading to her younger sister that we all knew was coming)…

…we are now posting pattern updates on a Friday night. And listening to Peppa Pig. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Anywho, we’ve been wanting to adapt our popular Carried Away pattern for use with other fabrics.

We wrote it for duck cloth, outdoor fabric, or something of a similar weight and weave. But if you would prefer to use quilting cotton, we created an addendum that includes a revised material and cutting list as well as additional instructions to follow. So if you:

(1) Already bought that pattern? Download the addendum directly for free.

(2) Want to buy that pattern? The addendum will download automatically with your pattern purchase on Etsy or Craftsy.

The worst part of this sad Friday night of ours? We don’t have time to sew up new Carried Away’s for ourselves in these amazing quilting cotton fabrics, all from our fabulous friends at Ink & Arrow Fabrics.

I mean, seriously. If we traveled with Carried Away’s in these fabrics, the paparazzi would clearly mistake us for Ashley Judd and Amy Schumer because we would just be that amazing. Duh.

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Drowned More Men than Neptune

While it’s been 363 days since our last post on here (insert super sheepish face), we promise it was worth the wait. Today we’re back to talk about Bacchus, and in preparation for writing this post, we did some Googling to find quotes about the Roman God of agriculture and wine. Dude. That was fun.

  • “Music is the wine which inspires one to new generative processes, and I am Bacchus who presses out this glorious wine for mankind and makes them spiritually drunken.” -Ludwig van Beethoven
  • “Far from me be the gift of Bacchus–pernicious, inflaming wine, that weakens both body and mind.” -Homer
  • “Bacchus: A convenient deity invented by the ancients as an excuse for getting drunk.” -Ambrose Bierce

And finally, the quote that inspired the title of this post:

  • “Bacchus has drowned more men than Neptune.” -Giuseppe Garibaldi

So, yeah. Bacchus was a pretty cool cat. And our super serious Google research only further solidified the name choice for our new bag-with-a-wine-secret. So without further ado, here is our Bacchus.

Bacchus is a large totebag that is great for special events and ocassions, with a finished size of 12″ x 19″ x 7″.

But Bacchus also has a fun secret. There’s an optional lining with a zipper pocket that hides cold bag storage for a bladder of wine. So here’s how the interior of the bag looks to the unsuspecting person.

But if you remove the false bottom, and open the zipper, there’s a cold bag hidden inside!

The flap hides the spout for the wine bladder… how cool is that?! And these fabrics are from the absolutely gorgeous Bellisima line from our wonderful friends at Quilting Treasures. It doesn’t come across well in the pictures, but the gold color actually sparkles.

How great is this bag for spring and summer festival season? (We’re clearly dreaming of warmer weather here in snowy Virginia.) But seriously, we’ve all stood in mile-long lines in the sun to get alcohol that gets hot almost immediately. (Again, maybe just a Virginia problem?) If you have a Bacchus though, you can bring your own chilled wine and have it stay cool for hours with the thermal batting in the cold bag.

Now, here is where we should pause for a minute for an important PSA. We are NOT in any way endorsing sneaking wine into an event or location that doesn’t allow outside alcohol. No! Bad drinker! We are talking about casual picnics and backyard barbecues, or concerts and festivals that allow you to consume your own alcohol. So you know, be cool and follow the rules. (Our lawyers told us to say that. Just kidding. We don’t have lawyers. But we probably should.)

So back to the bag. You want to see it in action? You know you do.

Okay, okay… so that wasn’t the greatest cinematic masterpiece of all time, but you get the point. It’s just that easy to pour wine from your bag!!

And before you go running around saying that ALL we do is drink wine over here at WOW HQ (although that’s a pretty fair characterization), all of these cool features are totally optional. The pattern also describes how to sew up a Bacchus without the lining, false bottom, flap, or cold bag and to create a beautiful, eye-catching totebag without all the secrecy.

The Bacchus PDF pattern has 17 pages and over 95 (!!) color photos to help you every step of the way. You can buy it via instant download in our Etsy or Craftsy shops for only $9. Happy sewing, and happy drinking, friends!

The Loyalest of Friends and the Most Dependable of Ponies

About a year ago, Aunt Ali (or Aunt “Eye-yah” as Courtney’s daughter Eva calls her) introduced Eva to “My Little Ponies,” and they quickly bonded over Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash and Nightmare Moon. Since then, the Ponies have been a constant presence in our households, so when it came time to name our newest pattern for Apple iPad and MacBook cases, the answer came to mind immediately.

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If you don’t know who this is, allow us to enlighten you. She’s Applejack, the self-described “loyalest of friends and the most dependable of ponies.” Not a bad character to name your newest pattern after, even if she looks nothing at all like the My Little Pony Applejack we all had as a kid.

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Our version of the Applejack is a modern, geometric case for transporting and storing your iPads and MacBooks.

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It features one outer pocket, a customizable inner pocket with gusseted section for storing chargers and headphones, and a decorative strap closure.

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The pattern includes templates for making four different case sizes, a small and large iPad case and a small and large MacBook case. The finished sizes are:

  • Small (7.9″ display) iPad case is about 8 ½” tall, 10” wide and 1” deep
  • Large (9.7″ display) iPad case is about 10” tall, 13” wide and 1” deep
  • Small (13.3″ display) MacBook case is about 11” tall, 14” wide and 2” deep
  • Large (15.4″ display) MacBook case is about 12” tall, 15 ½” wide and 2” deep

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We sewed up all of these Applejack cases with the new Sweet Rebellion fabrics from our awesome friends at Ink & Arrow Fabrics. The fabrics are so fun and sassy that we just finished hosting an entire week celebrating them! You can find all of those posts on our blog and the fabrics are in quilt shops across the country now.

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The Applejack PDF pattern has 7 pages and over 30 color photos to help you every step of the way. You can buy it via instant download in our Etsy or Craftsy shops for only $9.

Happy sewing! Or,as Applejack would say, “Well, howdy-do, sugarcube!”

One Last Sweet Rebellion Post!

We wanted to close out the super fun week we’ve had hosting the Sweet Rebellion sewing challenge by sharing a sneak peek of our newest pattern, the Applejack. We loved being able to use Sweet Rebellion fabrics because we can’t wait to use our new iPad and MacBook cases for ourselves!

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We’ll be releasing the pattern on Tuesday, so be sure to come back and check it out!

Sweet Rebellion Sewing Challenge Day 5

Today is the final day of the Sweet Rebellion fabric sewing challenge we’ve been hosting with our friends at Ink & Arrow Fabrics! We are really excited to close out our series with the work of Karen of Capitola Quilter. We are in awe of her modern colorful aesthetic and amazing technical skills.

Karen created a truly stunning quilt that perfectly reflects the spirit of the Sweet Rebellion line.

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Head on over to her blog to see the final quilt.

We wanted to extend our sincerest appreciation to our contributors this week. We have been so inspired by their talent and creativity and it was so much fun to see the how these fabulous fabrics work in so many different types of projects. And who can’t get behind fabric that has sweet little hidden secrets?

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Finally, today is the last day to enter our fantastic giveaway! Come find us on Instagram to enter to win 1/2 yard cuts of all 17 fabrics (11 prints and 6 blenders) from this line!!! The giveaway closes today at 7pm EST and is open to US and international residents. Good luck!

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Sweet Rebellion Sewing Challenge Day 4

It’s day 4 of the Sweet Rebellion fabric sewing challenge we’re hosting with our friends at Ink & Arrow Fabrics. Today we’re bringing you the work of Karis of The Modern Sewist, this awesome quilt shop specializing in modern and contemporary fabrics that she owns in Sarasota, Florida.

Karis created a gorgeous table setting that is so fresh and modern.

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Head on over to her blog to see the final placemats and napkins and download the tutorial to make your own.

Be sure to come tomorrow to enjoy our last amazing creation:

And remember, we’re hosting a fantastic giveaway to celebrate! Come find us on Instagram to enter to win 1/2 yard cuts of all 17 fabrics (11 prints and 6 blenders) from this line!!! The giveaway will close tomorrow at 7pm EST and is open to US and international residents. Spread the word!

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Sweet Rebellion Sewing Challenge Day 3

It’s day 3 of the Sweet Rebellion fabric sewing challenge we’re hosting with our friends at Ink & Arrow Fabrics. Today we’re happy to feature two super talented sewers we discovered on Instagram – Ramona Cavanaugh and Brinkley Rayne.

Ramona created this crazy cool Rollie Pollie organizer, which shows off so many of the Sweet Rebellion fabrics.

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Brinkley sewed a totebag of her own design, using a great geometric quilt block as the centerpiece.

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Head on over to the Ink & Arrow blog to see these great bags from our guest bloggers Ramona and Brinkley.

Be sure to come back each day this week to enjoy all of the other amazing creations:

And remember, we’re hosting a fantastic giveaway to celebrate! Come find us on Instagram to enter to win 1/2 yard cuts of all 17 fabrics (11 prints and 6 blenders) from this line!!! The giveaway will close on Friday at 7pm EST and is open to US and international residents. Spread the word!

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Sweet Rebellion Sewing Challenge Day 2

It’s day 2 of the Sweet Rebellion fabric sewing challenge we’re hosting with our friends at Ink & Arrow Fabrics. Today we’re excited to feature the accomplished designer and author Kelly McCants of The Modern June. Plus, Kelly is also from Richmond, and we love supporting local talent!

Kelly designed a beautiful table runner with the most gorgeous hand embroidered designs adapted from her own artwork.

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Head on over to her blog to see the final table runner and find the tutorial to make your own.

Be sure to come back each day this week to enjoy all of the other amazing creations:

And remember, we’re hosting a fantastic giveaway to celebrate! Come find us on Instagram to enter to win 1/2 yard cuts of all 17 fabrics (11 prints and 6 blenders) from this line!!! The giveaway will close on Friday at 7pm EST and is open to US and international residents. Spread the word!

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Sweet Rebellion Sewing Challenge Begins! (And a Giveaway, Too!)

If you follow us on Instagram (@wivesofwhitewood), you know that we recently teamed up with the fantastic folks at Ink & Arrow Fabrics to showcase one of their new collections with a fun sewing challenge. Our friend Tiffany at Ink & Arrow clearly gets us because she knew we would jump at the chance as soon as we saw these fabrics.

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The line is called Sweet Rebellion and is just like us – sassy and sweet. The bike chains, the bees, the skulls, the peonies – we couldn’t get enough.

So to celebrate this fun new line, we lined up 6 amazing sewers, bloggers, designers, and overall super creative women who have created some fantastic projects to share with you.

We’re kicking off this week with one of the most talented quilters around – Cindy of Live a Colorful Life. She created a beautiful, fun, and of course colorful mini-quilt using a block of her own design.

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Head on over to her blog to see the final quilt and find the tutorial to make your own blocks and quilt.

And make sure to come back each day this week to enjoy all of the other amazing creations:

And finally, we’re excited to announce a fantastic giveaway. Come find us on Instagram to enter to win 1/2 yard cuts of all 17 fabrics (11 prints and 6 blenders) from this line!!! The giveaway will close on Friday at 7pm EST and is open to US and international residents. Spread the word!

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We got Nothin’ but Instalove for Ya

We’ve been designing patterns for 3 years now, and as cheesy as this sounds, there is honestly no greater thrill than scrolling through Instagram and coming across a picture of a bag you designed. To be fair, it’s actually only Courtney who discovers the pictures because Ali still refuses to join social media. So Courtney screenshots them and sends them to Ali via text – you know, 2007 style.

Either way, we definitely got nothin’ but Instalove for these women who are making our bags, so we are sending out air kisses through the web and sharing images of their awesome work with you.

Our latest free pattern All Charged Up organizer is definitely a huge hit! It’s a fun little pouch that stores all of your chargers and cords in one place. You can find it exclusively on the fabulous Sew Mama Sew blog here.

@PDXSpiceWeasel made this beautiful version, and we love that her son has already commandeered it for his action figures.

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@EyeRamona made these two gorgeous versions in some fantastic Alison Glass and Anna Maria Horner fabric.

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@MelodeeQuilts also made two versions in some super happy and fun fabrics that just make us smile.

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@Elnorac made this beauty with some awesome retro Cotton and Steel fabric, and we love that she chose to use a swivel clasp for the closure.

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Finally, the amazing @ColeandTaffy chose our All Charged Up for one of her free pattern reviews! We were so honored.

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Our Gotta Go Wristlet still remains our most popular pattern to purchase. You can buy it here and see why everyone loves this insanely versatile bag.

@EyeRamona made two fabulous and fun versions of the bag. And she gets all the bonus points for sewing a Gotta Go and an All Charged Up in matching fabric.

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We hope you have enjoyed this sewing eye candy as much as we have. Please continue to tag us on Instagram or email us pictures of your finished bags so we can show them off. And now that this little nugget celebrated her first birthday last weekend, Courtney should be returning to the sewing machine more often.

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And that is good news for you all, because we have been working hard on an awesome new bag. It’s called the Bacchus Bag and might be our most genius idea yet. Stay tuned!