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.


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




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



@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.



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




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.





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.

Alex 1 Year

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!

Instagram Giveaway

We’re celebrating reaching 300 followers on Instagram with an awesome giveaway!! We are excited to share a HUGE stash of fantastic fabric from our friends at Ink & Arrow Fabrics. The winner will receive thirteen 1/2 yard cuts from their Whip It Up, Happy Hour and Cat’s Meow lines  as well as nine fat quarters from their City Life and Talk to Me lines. For details on how to enter, check us out on Instagram @wivesofwhitewood.  The winner will be chosen at random at 10pm EST this Friday, June 17. U.S. entries only. Good luck!


FREE Pattern – All Charged Up with Sew Mama Sew

We are so excited to offer our next free pattern to sewers through the amazing Sew Mama Sew community!

All Charged Up promo

All Charged Up is a fun little pouch that stores all of your chargers and cords in one place. It’s the perfect size to slip into your handbag or laptop bag so you’ll always have your chargers when you need them. No more running around the house trying to find where you left your phone charger when you’re almost out of power!

The inside features elasticized pockets that stretch to accommodate different sized chargers and cords. There is also an outer pocket you can use to hold to your grocery list or a couple of business cards, or whatever else you might need.

All Charged Up Interior

We had so much fun using fabric from Ink and Arrow’s new Talk to Me line. It was the perfect match!

All Charged Up exterior

The PDF pattern has 5 pages and over 20 color photos to help you every step of the way. Hop on over to Sew Mama Sew to read about and download our next free pattern, the All Charged Up pouch!


Button It Up

Before we release our new free pattern later this month on Sew Mama Sew again (squeeee!), we wanted to pop in for a quick pattern hacklet. It’s not a real pattern hack, so we’re trying to see if pattern hacklet catches on. Help us out and use it in your next sewing conversation, okay?

So by now, we have sewn about 15 Gotta Go bags between us. But we often find ourselves either (A) being intimidated by the irreversible damage we could do if we screw up the snap installation on the Zipper End, or (B) being too lazy to go through the hassle of actually adding the snap. And of course, the latter scenario is almost always the case.

The reality is that you don’t really need the functionality of a snap unless you plan on regularly overstuffing the Gotta Go, because undoing the snap makes opening the bag easier when it’s extremely full. So we started adding buttons to several of our Gotta Go bags instead.

Gotta Go Button1

If you want to be lazy like us, here’s how to add a button instead of a snap to your Gotta Go. First, choose a size and color button that suits your bag and some coordinating thread.

Gotta Go Button2

Then, hold the button over the center of the Zipper End, and sew it down, through the Zipper End, the Inner Divider and the Inner Divider Lining. Secure the button by sewing through it several times.

Gotta Go Button3

It’s that easy! Now your Zipper End is permanently sewn down, but we’ve found that it works great for us and how we use the bag. We always keep our cash, cards, keys and phone in the Gotta Go and then just throw that into our larger bags. Then, when we need to run a quick errand, or leave the house without kids and diapers and pull-ups, we grab the Gotta Go, and well, we go!

Gotta Go Button4

We hope you enjoy this little pattern hacklet for the Gotta Go. You can buy our most popular pattern via instant download in our Etsy or Craftsy shops for only $9. And be sure to check back in with us the last week of May when we release our next free pattern!

Hello? Anybody Out There?

Well, in the tradition of all good bloggers, we just up and disappeared on you last year. Didja miss us? We sure missed you! Thankfully, there’s a pretty stinking cute reason for our absence.

Baby Alex

Alexandra (“Baby Alex”) was born on October 1st and like any good baby, has kept Courtney from doing anything productive at all for the past six months.

In fact, Ali and Courtney just had their first children-free (i.e. wine-filled) lunch the other day for the first time since last summer. And of course, we never go anywhere without our Gotta Go bags.

Gotta Go in Alison Glass

Did you swoon over that amazing Alison Glass Ex Libris fabric? It’s like angels singing.

Life is still crazy as Courtney adjusts to having two kids, so there still won’t be a ton of sewing going on for the Wives of Whitewood until later this year, but we do have plans to reward your patience with our next awesome free pattern. It’s something small but super useful, so it will be fantastic for stash busting and gift giving. Stay tuned for its release this summer!

Gotta Go

Okay, so let’s just get this out of the way right now. Aaaaand… everyone start singing… “Gotta go, gotta go, gotta go right now. Gotta go, gotta go right now!”

Phew. Glad that’s done.

Now it’s time to do our absolute favorite thing – kick off the release of a new collection! Our Fall 2015 collection is all about travel, and the best pattern to start with is our new perfect traveling companion, the Gotta Go.

Gotta Go promo

We actually started work on this bag two years ago. Which means we have been excited about releasing this bag for two years. And to be honest, we have no idea what took us so long to get this pattern out into the world, but we are even more thrilled with it now and we could not be happier to share it with you all.

This is an exceptionally versatile bag that can function as a wristlet or a pouch and is fantastic for everyday use and anywhere you want to go.

Gotta Go on Date Night

Gotta Go features two outer sections with a zipper closure that has divided inner pockets on one side and card holders on the other.

Gotta Go Divided Pockets

Gotta Go Card Holders

In the middle is an inner section with a separate zipper closure. Any of the sections are large enough to fit the iPhone 6 or similar sized phones.

Gotta Go with iPhone6

You can fill the Gotta Go with all of your essentials and more and then use it as a zipper pouch or clip on the detachable strap and use it as a wristlet.

Gotta Go Side Views

Finally, you can create a fun and easy optional patchwork design on the outer sections. Here’s an example of the patchwork in a more monochromatic look, which also looks amazing.

Gotta Go Solids Patchwork Front

The best part? Gotta Go only uses 4 fat quarters if you choose to do the patchwork version, or 3 fat quarters if you choose to do the non-patchwork version. And we all know there is no better music to a sewist’s ears than a pattern that only uses a few fat quarters.

And now it’s time to share even more eye candy… the amazing bags our testers made!

Julie made the Gotta Go for her niece and lovely model. We absolutely love the bright and beautiful Kaffe Fassett fabrics she used and it looks like the wristlet is already getting great use.


Brinkley chose to do the non-patchwork outer bag and used a really charming blue floral for all of the exterior pieces. She uses the Gotta Go as a zipper pouch and stuffs it full with everything she needs in her backpack everyday. What a great idea.


Lindsay also chose to sew the non-patchwork version of the outer bag and used it to highlight some amazing Cotton and Steel Picnic fabric. And check out the lacey zipper she used on the inner divider! That zipper has already made its way onto our must-have notions list.


Finally, Vicki is an experienced quilter and we love how she made the Gotta Go her own by creating her own patchwork design on the outer bag. And her use of colorful, fun scraps is totally inspiring and a great way to sew your stash.


The Gotta Go PDF pattern has 17 pages and over 90 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. The finished size is about 5 1/2” tall, 7” wide and 2” deep when closed (5 1/2” deep when fully opened).

Happy sewing and Gotta Go-ing! And remember to send us images of your completed bags because we’d love to feature them on our blog or on our Instagram.

Sew Mama Sew, New Free Pattern and a Giveaway!!?!

ETA: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Mahlicadesigns! Thank you to everyone for playing and sharing all of your pet stories with us!


We have big news today… we are thrilled to announce that we are now a Sew Mama Sew contributor!!! We can officially check another thing off our sewing bucket list!

Sew Mama Sew is an amazing community of sewers who offer free patterns, tutorials and expertise to other sewers everyday. It’s an absolute treasure trove of content and we always love seeing what their contributors come up with.

So far, our free patterns have all been focused on one of the great loves of our lives – wine. But we didn’t want you to get the impression that all we do is drink and sew. Sometimes we drink and sew with our beloved pets by our side. So our next free pattern was designed with the furry loves of our lives in mind.

Hop on over to Sew Mama Sew to read about and download our next free pattern, the Dreaming Away pet bed!

Dreaming Away promo

And because we’re in such a celebratory mood, we decided to host a giveaway. Actually, we decided to host TWO giveaways, which means you have TWO ways to win!

  1. You can enter right here on the blog by leaving us a comment about your favorite pet, past, present or future. We would love to hear more about the furry, scaly or feathery loves of your lives.
  2. You can go to our Instagram feed and follow the directions on our giveaway post.

We will choose one winner from each contest, so feel free to enter both. You can win one of two beautiful fat quarter bundles – one Morning Walk by Leah Duncan for Art Gallery Fabrics and one Brambleberry Ridge by Violet Craft for Michael Miller Fabrics – purchased at our favorite local quilt shop, Quilting Adventures.


The giveaway will be open until 6pm EST on Sunday, August 16, and we’ll contact the winners (chosen by random.org) that evening. Good luck!

Free Wine Totes Tutorial

To celebrate the 9,000th download (what the freaking what?!?) of our Wine Totes Free Pattern on Craftsy, we decided to republish our most popular pattern as a tutorial. Enjoy!

(If you prefer to print out the original PDF version of the pattern, just click here.)

Wine Totes promo

What’s more fun than one cute tote to carry your favorite wine? Two complimentary totes made from the same tutorial. These wine totes feature a padded divider so you can carry two wine bottles or one bottle and other supplies (plastic wine glasses, anyone?). Includes two outside pockets for a wine opener or other small items. This tutorial also has step-by-step instructions for French seams for a professional finish that even a beginner can follow.

(So we realized AFTER the photoshoot in Ali’s beautiful backyard that we probably should have waited to put the ice in our glasses. We swear that the bottle hadn’t been chilled… LOL)

Wine Totes Handle

Wine Totes Top View2

Wine Totes Side View

Finished Size:

Wine Totes are about 12” tall, 10” wide, and 5” deep.

General Notes:

  • Read all instructions before cutting and sewing.
  • For strength and durability, use canvas, duck cloth, outdoor fabric, or something of a similar weight and weave.
  • When adhering batting, place it fusible side up on ironing board, then place fabric, right side up, on top. Place another scrap piece of fabric (i.e. pressing cloth) between the iron and your fabric.
  • Test any disappearing inks or chalks on fabric before making any marks to ensure they will not be seen later. You can also use masking tape to mark lines and remove it after sewing.
  • If you have trouble with needles breaking when sewing through several layers of fabric, switch to a heavier needle rated for denim/canvas (e.g. 100/16).
  • If you have trouble with your thread breaking, switch to an extra strong/upholstery weight thread.

Abbreviations Used:

RST = Right Sides Together; WST = Wrong Sides Together; WOF = Width Of Fabric

Material List:

 For 44/45” Wide Fabric:

⅔ Yard Fabric A

⅔ Yard Fabric B


For 54” Wide Fabric:

⅝ Yard Fabric A

⅝ Yard Fabric B


NOTE: If using directional prints, you may need to buy more fabric than stated.


2 – 9” X 7” Pieces of Batting or Pellon Fusible Fleece (987F)

4 – 7” Strips of Sew-On Velcro


Cutting List:

Cut the following from BOTH Fabric A and Fabric B:

2 – 12 ½” X 9 ¾” – Body

1 – 12 ½” X 6 ¾” – Pocket

2 – 12 ½” X 6 ½” – Bottom

1 – 33” X 5” – Handle

1 – 2” X WOF – Binding

2 – 9” X 7” – Divider


When sewing Wine Tote #1, use Fabric A for the Body and Pocket and Fabric B for the Bottom, Handle, Binding, and Divider.

When sewing Wine Tote #2, use Fabric B for the Body and Pocket and Fabric A for the Bottom, Handle, Binding, and Divider.

NOTE: All of the construction seams are French seams (¼” WST and ½” RST), but they will be explained step-by-step each time. If you’ve never done a French seam, it will seem really weird and counter-intuitive, but they will give you an amazing finished product!

Wine Totes French Seams


Let’s start by assembling several different components of the Tote.

Handle and Binding:

1. With Handle wrong side up, press both long sides with raw edges folded towards the middle.


2. Fold in half lengthwise and press. NOTE: You may need to use steam to lock in the fold. 


3. Repeat Steps 1-2 to make the Binding.

Making Pocket and Attaching Handle:

1. Sandwich one of the long sides of the Pocket inside the Binding. Measure and cut Binding the same length as the Pocket.


2. Pin Binding to Pocket and sew with ⅛” seam.


3. With right sides up, place Pocket on top of one of the Body pieces, aligning the bottom edges. Baste ⅛” along the two sides and bottom to hold Pockets onto Body.

4. Draw a vertical line down the middle (6 ¾” from either short side) on both the right and wrong sides of both Body pieces.


5. On the wrong side of one of the Body pieces, sew the loop side of the Velcro centered on the line drawn in Step 4, starting 1” from the bottom.



6. Repeat Step 5 with the other Body and Velcro piece.

7. On the right side of one of the Body pieces, pin Handle centered on the line drawn in Step 5, aligning the bottom edges.


8. Sew a scant ⅛” seam along the left side of the Handle. Stop 1” from the top of the Body, but don’t remove your needle.


9. Sew across the Handle, and then back down the other side with another scant ⅛” seam to mirror the seam in Step 8.


10. Add a box stitch on the Handle for support and decoration. We made the box 1 ¼” long, but feel free to use whatever size you like.



11. Repeat Steps 7-10 on the other Body piece being careful not to twist the Handle.


12. Fold the top of each Body piece behind the Handle so you don’t sew over it. Starting at one of the box stitches, continue the scant ⅛” seam along the side of the Handle all the way to the top of the other box stitch.



13. Repeat Step 12 on the other side of the Handle.


Now let’s work on constructing the Tote itself. Here come the French seams!

Sewing Bottom to Body:

1. With WST, place one of the Bottom pieces on top of one of the Body pieces, aligning the bottom edges. Sew together with ¼” seam. Press seam to one side.


2. Fold at the seam so that Bottom and Body pieces are RST and press. Sew ½” seam, encasing the seam made in Step 1.


3. Press seam towards Bottom.


4. Topstitch ¼” below the seam on the Bottom.




5. Repeat Steps 1-4 for the other Body and Bottom pieces.

Making the Tote:

1. With WST, match Body to Body and Bottom to Bottom, making sure you match the seams where the Bottom attaches to the Body. NOTE: Be careful not to twist the Handle. Sew ¼” seam along both sides.



2. Press seams to one side. Flip Tote inside out so that the Body pieces are RST and press. Sew ½” seam along both sides, encasing the seams made in Step 1. NOTE: Go slow at the seam where the Body and Bottom meet. It will be very thick and could break your needle.


3. Press seams towards the front of the Tote (the side with the pocket).

4. NOTE: If desired, topstitch ¼” from the seam on the front of the Tote along both sides. There will be several layers of fabric, so your machine and/or needle may not be able to handle it.



5. With WST, sew Bottom closed with ¼” seam. Press seam to one side.


6. Flip Tote inside out so that the Body pieces are RST and press. NOTE: Don’t worry about pushing out the points at the corners because you will be boxing them in the next step. Sew ½” seam along the bottom, encasing the seam made in Step 5.


7. Flip Tote right side out. With WST, align the side seam with the bottom seam to “box” one side of the bottom of the Tote and pin. Draw a line across the ends at the point where the Tote measures 2 ¾”” from end to end. Sew along the line, then trim to ¼” from the seam.




8. Repeat Step 7 for other side of the bottom of the Tote.

9. Turn Tote inside out, push out points, and press seams to one side. With RST, sew ½” seams on both box seams, reinforcing at both ends.




10. Flip the Tote right side out. Starting behind the Handle, sandwich top of the Tote in between the fold of Binding and pin. Overlap the Binding 1”, then cut and fold back the Binding ½” to encase the raw edge. Sew to the Tote with ⅛” seam. NOTE: Be sure not to sew over the Handle.



Making Divider:

1. Iron on or place batting on the wrong side of one of the Divider pieces.


2. With RST, sew Dividers together with ½” seam along three sides, leaving one short side open. Clip corners, trim batting close to the seam, and turn right side out.


3. Fold opening inside itself by ½”, press, then sew closed.


4. Quilt, if desired.


5. On one side of Divider, sew the hook sides of the Velcro along each long side.


6. Attach Divider inside the Tote.


And, we’re done! To make your other matching Wine Tote, follow the tutorial all over again, but with the opposite fabrics! Then step back and admire your beautiful Wine Totes, and use them with pride. Or, if they’re not so beautiful, give them to someone else as a gift. People love handmade gifts.

(© Copyright Wives of Whitewood 2014. All Rights Reserved. This pattern is intended for personal use. No part of this pattern may be shared, copied or redistributed in any manner. Items made from this pattern may be sold in limited quantities by independent crafters only. Please credit “Wives of Whitewood Pattern” in all sales.)


Phoebe’s Starburst

Happy Friday! We’re here today with a really quick post about the awesome Starburst clutch that Phoebe of Quilting Adventures recently made. Ta da!

Phoebe's Starburst4

How awesome is that?!? The colors are spectacular and couldn’t possibly show off the Starburst design any better.

Phoebe's Starburst2

And we always love how Phoebe stages her photos around Richmond (see her super cute Tuxedo Trio photo styling here).

Phoebe's Starburst1

Phoebe's Starburst3

Phoebe also made some really helpful observations about her experience sewing the clutch (which you can read about on her blog post here) and we even tweaked the pattern to accommodate some of her suggestions. We always LOVE to hear about your experiences with our bags and are always happy to answer any questions along the way!

Okay, so that’s it for this super quick Friday post. What? Did you say that we actually owe you a nice long post about why we’ve dropped the blogging ball these last few months? You did? Good thing we didn’t hear you because we were too distracted over all of that sewing eye candy. Until next time!


We can’t believe it, but this is the final pattern from our Spring 2015 collection. Cue sad faces all around. However, we already designed our next free pattern and we’re working away on our Fall collection, so let’s turn those frowns upside down. (Okay, one of us clearly needs to listen to something other than preschooler music.)

So without further ado, we bring you our next everyday bag, the Stowaway!

Stowaway Promo

When we designed our oversized Carried Away tote, we knew immediately that we wanted to design a smaller companion bag to go with it. So we took the idea of angled pockets and a similar strap design and came up with the Stowaway. We think it’s pretty darn awesome.

Stowaway Front View

Just like we did with Carried Away, we used outdoor fabric and we’re totally crushing on this bold and fun print combination.

Stowaway Side View

Stowaway Back View

As usual, one of our test bags was done in solid broadcloth, and it gives off a completely different vibe – very cool and ultra modern.

Stowaway Solids

Stowaway Solids Stitching Detail

Stowaway Solids Back View

Stowaway Solids Lining

The outer bag features two front pockets, one with a zipper closure and one without. You can easily fit your phone, keys, sunglasses or whatever else you need to grab quickly and easily.

Stowaway Front Pockets

Stowaway Front Zipper Pocket with iPhone

The lining features our usual customizable divided pocket, and the zipper closure will keep everything that you stowaway inside. Sorry, we couldn’t resist. Actually, we’re surprised we held off this long. You’re welcome.

Stowaway LIning

Stowaway Zipper Closure

Stowaway Zipper

The strap is adjustable so you have the option to shorten it and wear it over your shoulder or lengthen it and wear it as a messenger bag.

Stowaway Strap Detail

The PDF pattern has 12 pages and over 75 color photos to help you every step of the way.

Stowaway Pattern

You can buy it via instant download in our Etsy or Craftsy shops for only $9. The finished size is 10 ½” tall, 12” wide and 3” deep.

We’ll be back in a few weeks with our awesome new free pattern, and we’re hoping this sweet face will entice you to come back and check it out.


And remember to send us images of your completed Stowaways because we’d love to feature them on our blog or on Instagram.