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Have you missed us? Because we’ve sure missed you!! We can’t believe it’s been over 6 long weeks since we last posted, but sometimes adult life just finds a way to take over and meanly steal your sewing mojo.

But now we’re back and happy to report that not only has our mojo been found, but we’re ready to release the first pattern from our new collection… our first quilt pattern!

Windblown promo

Our Spring 2015 collection is inspired by wind, and more specifically the fun things in life that are powered by wind – kites and sailboats. And since kites and sailboats are better operated outside (or so we’re told), we wanted to design a quilt that would inspire you to get outside and use it.

Windblown Quilt over Fence

Windblown quilt at park

Our quilt is kind of an exploded nine-patch (is that a thing?), with large kite and small sailboat motif blocks.

Windblown Quilt Top

Windblown kite block

Windblown sailboat block 

We had a great time choosing all of these beautiful batiks from Quilting Adventures. They remind us of waves and clouds, also powered by wind. What can we say… when we go for a theme, we go all out.

Windblown quilt top center

We think it looks pretty great in solids too, as you can see from this portion of one of our test quilts.

Windblown solids

Just like we do with most of the bags we design, we incorporated a fun optional feature to our quilt. You can add corner pockets to the quilt back to fill with sand or rocks to keep it from blowing away on you. So simple, yet so useful. We also used PUL (polyurethane laminate) for the backing material so that it’s completely waterproof. MacArthur award, here we come.

Windblown quilt on beach

Windblown corner pockets

The PDF pattern has 13 pages, over 65 color photos, and 8 diagrams. You can buy it via instant download in our Etsy or Craftsy shops for only $9. The finished size is about 58” x 58”.

Come back in a few weeks, when we’ll release the first of the three bags we designed for our wind inspired collection… the Carried Away tote! And be sure to check us out on Instagram where we’ve been posting sneak peeks of what we’re working on and other fun things, like eating chocolate while sewing at 9am.

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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!