The Whole Shebang

Ack! It’s already time for the first detailed post from our Spring 2014 collection – the Whole Shebang!

First, we wanted to tell you where the name came from. This was the first bag we ever designed, so it has a special place in our hearts, and we also had many, many, many talks about what this bag should be able to do. Finally, we decided it should be able to do ANYTHING, and so the “Whole Shebang” concept was born. We have made Whole Shebangs that have served as gym bags, diaper bags, beach bags, market bags, and light overnight bags.

We also wanted to design a bag with so many customizable details that you could sew it over and over with completely different effects, and we think we achieved just that.

Whole Shebang

The Whole Shebang is a large multipurpose totebag with fully customizable outer and inner pockets, top or side straps, optional zipper closure, side ties or snaps, optional piping, and keychain clip. The finished size is about 14” x 20” x 10”.

Here’s a rundown of the fun choices you can make. You can choose a pieced band at the top, or straps that attach at the top of the bag:

Whole Shebang top straps

Or a plain rectangular band at the top, or straps that attach on the side of the bag:

Whole Shebang side straps

You can add ties on the side:

Whole Shebang ties

Or snaps on the side:

Whole Shebang snaps

You can add a keychain inside the bag:

Whole Shebang keychain inner

Or outside:

Whole Shebang keychain outer

You can also choose to add a zipper panel (or not!):

Whole Shebang zipper panel

Whole Shebang zipper closeup

Here’s a shot of what the interior with the fully customizable inner pockets might look like:

Whole Shebang interior 2

Whole Shebang interior

Whole Shebang inner pockets

The outside pockets are all also fully customizable to hold whatever else you want quick and easy access to:

Whole Shebang outer pocket 2

Whole Shebang outer pocket

You can also add a sweet piping detail along the top of the outer pocket (shown above) and along the top of the bag:

Whole Shebang piping top

The bottom of the bag and the lining feature a fun boxed detail, and the cardboard/mat board bottom makes it nice and sturdy:

Whole Shebang boxed bottom

And here’s what the Whole Shebang looks like in beautiful, shiny laminated cotton:

Whole Shebang laminated

Whole Shebang laminated side

The possibilities with this pattern are truly endless. You can mix and match materials, patterns, and options to your heart’s content to make the perfect totebag for yourself or a loved one. The PDF pattern has 16 pages and over 40 color photos, and you can buy it via instant download in our Etsy shop or our Craftsy shop for only $9.

We hope you enjoy this versatile bag and pattern as much as we do. We have already successfully gifted several test versions to our family and friends – the ultimate test of a good bag, in our eyes!

As always, if you have any questions or comments about our patterns, we would be happy to hear from you. And please send us any pictures of your finished Whole Shebangs, because we would love to see and share them!

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It’s the Little Things

How do we know that Wives of Whitewood is truly a reality? We got our first piece of junk mail! We couldn’t have been more excited, and it was very funny to watch us fawn over, and then take a picture of this silly piece of mail. (And we’re sure we’ll stop laughing once the barrage of junk mail continues.)

Our first piece of junk mail!

Our first piece of junk mail!

We also wanted to give a huge shout out to all of the friends and family who have sent us messages of support and encouragement and who have shown us love through Facebook and Etsy since we launched 10 days ago. We appreciate every single one of you!

We’ll be back next week with our first full detailed post for the Spring collection – the Whole Shebang totebag. In the meantime, we’re working on our first FREE PATTERN! It’s a super cute and quick wine tote that we’ll publish in April, right in time for winery and wine festival season to begin! 

It’s Official… Spring 2014 Collection Launch

We can’t believe it’s here… the past year of dreaming, scheming and hard work has finally come to an end! We are so proud to announce the launch of our first patterns with the W.O.W. Spring 2014 Collection. We will definitely be clinking our wine glasses in celebration tonight!

As we said in our first post, our idea is to release entire collections of patterns at one time. Sometimes our collections will be truly cohesive (such as the vintage collection we’re cooking up for the Fall!), and sometimes they will just be a collection of fantastic bags that we love. Such is the case for the Spring 2014 Collection – an assortment of great, classic bags that anyone could use. The following four patterns make six amazing bags, and we hope you will want to make them for yourself!

1. Whole Shebang (PDF; 16 pages; 40+ color photos)

Microsoft Word - Whole Shebang.docx

This was the very first bag we designed, so it has a special place in our hearts. We wanted to design a bag with so many customizable details that you could sew it over and over with completely different effects, and we think we achieved just that. The Whole Shebang is a large multipurpose totebag with fully customizable outer and inner pockets, top or side straps, optional zipper closure, side ties or snaps, optional piping, and keychain clip.  The finished size is about 14” x 20” x 10”. We have made Whole Shebangs that are serving as gym bags, diaper bags, beach bags, market bags, and light overnight bags. The possibilities are endless!

2. Classic Convertible (PDF; 16 pages; 100+ color photos)

Microsoft Word - Classic Convertible.docx

We loved the idea of a bag that could go from day to night, from serious to silly. The Classic Convertible is a fun, convertible bag that can be worn as a shoulder bag or a large clutch. It features a folded top, removable strap, multiple inner and outer pockets, zipper closure, and optional card holder and keychain clip. The finished size is about 10” folded (15” unfolded) x 15 ½” x 3 ½”. We think this bag is especially cool in laminated cotton, which gives it that extra special touch when you’re out on the town.

3. Tuxedo Trio (PDF; 36 pages; 170+ color photos; 3 pattern pieces)

Microsoft Word - Tuxedo Trio.docx

The Tuxedo Trio is a fun mini-collection of its own. It includes three coordinating items – a hobo, a wristlet and a wallet – all featuring a striking tuxedo pleat panel. The hobo and wristlet have a hidden front zipper pocket and optional inner pockets. The wallet includes a card holder and large inner zipper pocket. The finished sizes are as follows: Hobo – 10 ¼ ” x 13” x 4 ½”; Wristlet – 6 ½” x 8”;  Wallet – 4 ½” x 4 ¼” folded (8 ½” unfolded). We absolutely loved mixing patterns and solids in different combinations with the Tuxedo Trio. And while the Hobo, Wristlet, and Wallet are all strong enough to stand on their own, you could also make an amazing three-piece ensemble.

4. Zippers Galore (PDF; 17 pages; 100+ color photos)

Microsoft Word - Zippers Galore.docx

We know that we shouldn’t have favorites, but if we admit that we do, this bag would be it.  Zippers Galore is a larger and different version of the Classic Convertible. Zippers Galore is an oversized messenger or shoulder bag that features a unique grommeted double-strap, multiple inner and outer pockets, and optional snap closure, card holder, and keychain clip. The optional center padded divider panel offers great protection for a tablet or laptop. The finished size is about 15” x 18” x 5”. As a workhorse messenger bag, it’s perfectly suited for heavy-duty daily use, like a laptop/work bag or a diaper bag. When we wear this bag around town, we always get compliments on its super unique style and awesome functionality.

All of these patterns are available for sale in our Etsy shop or in our Craftsy shop for $9 each. We’re also offering a great combination discount – you can buy a bundle of all four patterns for $27 and get one pattern free!

We will be posting in-depth posts on each pattern in the coming weeks with lots more pictures. We hope that you will enjoy making and using these bags as much as we have enjoyed designing them!