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Love You!

Our sincere apologies to anyone who has a birthday in the weeks following the turn of the new year, but man does it feel like life always gets the better of us during that time. Between illnesses, cold weather and messy homes, we are both seriously ready for a recharge by the time mid-February rolls around.

So this Valentine’s Day, we decided to offer you a truly fabulous sale in the hopes that all of you will LOVE YOU and treat yourself to a pattern (or three) so that you can create those beautiful new bags you know you deserve.

Love You 30 Sale

Just use coupon code LOVEYOU30 in our Etsy shop to get 30% off any of our patterns (bundles excluded). Yep, that’s right, a whopping 30% off! That’s how much we want you to love you, because we love you. (Unfortunately, Craftsy doesn’t support coupon codes, so you’ll have to head to our Etsy shop to take advantage of this awesome sale.)

The coupon code will be good for the entire week (February 9-16), so happy shopping!

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There’s More Than One Way to String a Bag

For our newest pattern hack, we *maybe had too much wine one night* and decided it would be a fun challenge to each find a new way to make a cord for our Witchy Woman bucket bags we use all the time. Thankfully our tipsy contest lead to a fantastic pattern hack, and we came up with two awesome ideas to make different cords – a sewn sash, and a knotted paracord.

Sash Hack

Witchy Woman Paracord Hack

For the sash, Ali bought a 1/3 yard of a fun coordinating fabric for her amazing fleather bag that we unveiled a few days ago. She experimented with a few different lengths and widths until deciding that this was the perfect look for this bag.

We think it adds a feminine, sophisticated touch and the possibilities are obviously endless. You can punch up a neutral bag with a bold colorful print, like Ali did, or you can use a solid to quietly complement a beautifully patterned bag.

Sash Hack2

Sash Hack Side

Sash Tutorial

Step 1. Cut a 5” x 60” piece of fabric.

Step 2. Fold in half with wrong sides together and press. Sew 1/8” along the long edge.

Step 3. Flip sash right side out and press.

Step 4. Fold each end inside itself and press. Topstitch 1/8” from each end to close the openings.

Step 5. And you’re done! Weave the sash through the eyelets starting at the middle front and ending at the eyelet next to the one where you started and tie a bow.

For the paracord, Courtney bought a pre-packaged length that you can find at any craft store for just a few dollars. She researched and practiced various knots and landed on the “overhand sliding/scaffold” knot. It slides very easily and is simple and quick to tie.

Witchy Woman Paracord Hack2

For the visual learners, you’ll find step-by-step photos below. For those of you that prefer something a little more hands-on, we filmed another video with a quick tutorial, which you can watch on our YouTube channel here.

Paracord Tutorial

Step 1. Weave the paracord through the eyelets starting at the middle front and ending at the eyelet next to the one where you started. (Note: we decided to double up the paracord to make it stand out a bit more.) Leave the cord(s) shorter on the left-hand side.

Paracord Knot1

Step 2. Hold the short end(s) in your hand, then place the long end(s) on top.

Paracord Knot2

Step 3. Wrap the long end(s) around the short end(s) once, being careful not to twist the cord(s).

Paracord Knot3

Step 4. Wrap the long end(s) around the short end(s) two more times, being careful not to twist the cord(s).

Paracord Knot4

Step 5. Wrap the long end(s) around one more time to insert them into the wrapped cords (you may need to loosen them up a little to make room).

Paracord Knot5

Step 6. Pull the long end(s) down and through the wrapped cords completely.

Paracord Knot6

Step 7. And you’re done! Pull on the short end(s) to slide the knot up to the top of the bag then trim the long end(s) to the same length as the short end(s). To keep the cut ends from fraying, wrap scotch tape around the ends or singe them with a lighter.

Paracord Knot7

We hope you enjoy our newest pattern hack. It’s a great way to add versatility to our Witchy Woman bucket bag. You can make sashes and paracords for every occasion!

To keep you in the loop, we’re already hard at work on our next collection. It’s a little bit different than our previously purely bag collections and we’re really excited to share a sneak peek with you soon. We also jumped on the Instagram bandwagon this week, so come follow our misadventures here. Finally, we will be having a Valentine’s Day “love yourself” sale, so be sure to check back early next week for the details!

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Fleather? Yep, fleather. It’s actually a word. We just looked it up. And it’s certainly easier than having to type “faux leather” about 50 times in this post. So feel free to help the cause and start working it into all of your conversations immediately.

And now, without further ado, the MOST amazing (according to Gordon Ramsey himself – probably) fleather bag ever made. Behold the fleather Witchy Woman bucket bag!


Fleather Side View

There really are not enough words to describe this perfect bag, and all of the credit goes to Ali and her wonderful sewing skills and vision.

The gold hardware paired with the industrial zipper is both super chic and so professional looking.

Fleather Detail

The fleather, which we bought at our beloved U-Fab, is a beautiful light camel color and has a classic basketweave design.

Fleather Basketweave

The interior fabric Ali picked is also fabulous. You can see it in the lining, inner divided pockets, and outer front pocket.

Fleather Lining

Fleather Front Pocket

Here are some more gorgeous detail shots.

Fleather Cinch Detail

Fleather Side Strap

Fleather Detail2

Fleather Side View2

While Ali was sewing, she made several small modifications to accommodate the special needs of sewing with fleather. Here’s what she learned:

  • Trim down the width of the Handle by 1” because you can’t press fleather. Instead, you need to just fold it and you can’t get as tight of a fold as with a thinner material.
  • Trim down the width of the Cord by ½” for the same reason as above.
  • Trim the seams on the top and bottom of the Top Band to reduce bulk, otherwise there isn’t enough room for the eyelets.
  • You can leave the edges of the Handle raw if your machine can’t sew through that many thick layers. Use a zigzag stitch to keep the raw edges from fraying.
  • Instead of overlapping the ends of the Slide, align the ends next to each other and then sew them down.

Fleather Slide Detail

If you want to make your own fantastic fleather bucket bag (say that 4 times fast), go and buy our Witchy Woman pattern from our Etsy or Craftsy shop for only $9.

And if that’s not enough Witchy Woman fun, stay tuned because we hacked our own pattern again! We’ll post about two new cord options later this week!