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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Brinkley

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.

Lindsay

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.

Vicki

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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.)

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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

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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

Instructions:

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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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3. Press seam towards Bottom.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Making Divider:

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

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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.

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

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4. Quilt, if desired.

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

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6. Attach Divider inside the Tote.

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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.)