The Loyalest of Friends and the Most Dependable of Ponies

About a year ago, Aunt Ali (or Aunt “Eye-yah” as Courtney’s daughter Eva calls her) introduced Eva to “My Little Ponies,” and they quickly bonded over Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash and Nightmare Moon. Since then, the Ponies have been a constant presence in our households, so when it came time to name our newest pattern for Apple iPad and MacBook cases, the answer came to mind immediately.

New applejack

If you don’t know who this is, allow us to enlighten you. She’s Applejack, the self-described “loyalest of friends and the most dependable of ponies.” Not a bad character to name your newest pattern after, even if she looks nothing at all like the My Little Pony Applejack we all had as a kid.

1980s applejack

Our version of the Applejack is a modern, geometric case for transporting and storing your iPads and MacBooks.

Applejack promo

It features one outer pocket, a customizable inner pocket with gusseted section for storing chargers and headphones, and a decorative strap closure.

Applejack flap open

Small iPad Case Inner

Applejack inside

Small iPad Case Outer

The pattern includes templates for making four different case sizes, a small and large iPad case and a small and large MacBook case. The finished sizes are:

  • Small (7.9″ display) iPad case is about 8 ½” tall, 10” wide and 1” deep
  • Large (9.7″ display) iPad case is about 10” tall, 13” wide and 1” deep
  • Small (13.3″ display) MacBook case is about 11” tall, 14” wide and 2” deep
  • Large (15.4″ display) MacBook case is about 12” tall, 15 ½” wide and 2” deep

Applejacks 2

Applejacks

We sewed up all of these Applejack cases with the new Sweet Rebellion fabrics from our awesome friends at Ink & Arrow Fabrics. The fabrics are so fun and sassy that we just finished hosting an entire week celebrating them! You can find all of those posts on our blog and the fabrics are in quilt shops across the country now.

Applejack Cases

The Applejack PDF pattern has 7 pages and over 30 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.

Happy sewing! Or,as Applejack would say, “Well, howdy-do, sugarcube!”

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.

Julie

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.

Windblown

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.

Thomas Crown

The time has come my little friends… time to release the last pattern for our Fall collection! We’d be super sad except for the fact that we’re crazy about this bag. The last of our vintage inspired bags comes straight out of the 1960s. And apparently when we think 1960s, we think bowler bags. And when we think of bowler bags, we think of bowler hats. And when we think of bowler hats, we think about Thomas Crown. Did you follow all of that? We hope so!

Thomas Crown promo

And why, yes… we also think it would be fun to make another nod to 1960s culture and talk like Austin Powers for the rest of this blog post. Because we’re groovy, baby. And you know you love it, baby. And because this bag is beyond, baby. Okay, that’s probably enough. Probably. You’ve been warned.

Thomas Crown is shaped like a usual bowler bag – beautifully curved lines and substantial rounded handles. You can add optional cording inside the handles for even more weight, if you’d like, baby.

Thomas Crown

Thomas Crown Handles

Ours also feature fun gusseted sides that add a pop of color. Surprising, baby.

Thomas Crown Side View 

Thomas Crown Gussets

Finally, the outer bag also features a hidden pocket, perfect for your keys or phone. And it fits the new (smaller) iPhone 6, baby.

Thomas Crown Hidden Pocket

The lining is divided into two halves with a super cool and functional center zipper pocket. There is also another zipper pocket on one side of the lining and a customizable divided pocket on the other side. Storage galore, baby.

Thomas Crown Lining

Thomas Crown Lining Pockets Open

For the above bag, we used another Timeless Treasures Mosaic fabric but this time in beautiful purples and blues (C-8616) and paired it with the fun Landing Net Royal of By the Sea by Dover Hill for Benartex.

Thomas Crown also looks very dapper in beautiful bold solids. Totally mod, baby.

Thomas Crown Solid

Thomas Crown Solid Hidden Pocket

Thomas Crown Solid Lining

The PDF pattern has 15 pages, over 90 (!!) color photos and 4 pattern pieces. You can buy it via instant download in our Etsy or Craftsy shops for only $9. The finished size is about 10” x 16” x 5”.

Since we’re done releasing all of the patterns from our Fall collection, that can only mean one thing. It’s almost time for our next free pattern!! Our first free pattern, Wine Totes, was a huge success – over 2,000 downloads on Craftsy! – and we think our next pattern could be just as big. It’s another wine related item and should be perfect to make as a holiday gift. Some come back next month and check it out!

Starburst

The next pattern from our Fall collection that we’re releasing today is a real eyecatcher, and it’s the first time we have really incorporated our love of quilting with our love of bags. It’s called Starburst, and it’s pretty obvious why we chose that name.

Starburst promo

(Now that we think about though, maybe we should have called it Stardust, in honor of one of our favorite movies. It’s basically Princess Bride with a cross-dressing Robert De Niro… a recipe for success every time. And it’s on Netflix now, so go run along and watch it. No, seriously go watch it. We’ll be right here when you’re done.)

Okay, sorry… back to business. We knew pretty early on we wanted to make a sophisticated clutch that reminded us of 1950s elegance, but we wanted to give it our own twist. So we used a classic clutch shape and kept the body of the bag very simple so that the beautiful Starburst design could shine through. (Did you see what I did there?)

Starburst

Starburst Side View

For this bag, we used two coordinating fabrics from the Bluebird Park by Kate and Birdie Paper Co. collection for Moda (13104 and 13106) with a Riley Blake Designs Basic Shades in Teal (C-200-32).

It’s a nice sized bag – not too small, but not too big. So it could even be used for work or your daily errands if you didn’t want to save it for a special occasion or event.

Starburst Home Dec

Starburst Home Dec Side View

For this bag, we used a home dec fabric remnant from our favorite home dec store here in Richmond, U-Fab. We think it looks very Eddie Bauer.

The pattern comes with the template to cut your Starburst design, and you decide if you want to use 1 or 2 fabrics. (Although we are just about to start making some versions with 3 – or more! – fabrics.)

Starburst Detail One Fabric

Starburst Detail Two Fabrics

The top is pieced together onto a piece of non-fusible batting because we didn’t want the flap to be too floppy (try saying that 5 times fast).

Starburst Flap Open

Starburst features a magnetic snap closure and includes an inner zipper pocket as well.

Starburst Side View Open

Starburst Lining

This bag looks even more striking in bold solids. Seriously, how great is this look??

Starburst Solids

Like we mentioned earlier, you really could go crazy with this versatile pattern. Think rainbow or neon solids… cue the bad Photoshopping… now!

Rainbow Starburst

Neon Starburst

Or vintage or ethnic prints….

Vintage Prints

Ethnic Prints

You could also go scrap happy and make a crazy quilt version. The possibilities are endless, and we have lots of fun ideas floating around in our heads that we plan to sew up and then share pictures with you.

The PDF pattern has 11 pages, over 60 color photos, and 2 pattern pieces. You can buy it via instant download in our Etsy or Craftsy shops for only $9. The finished size is about 6 1/2” x 12” x 2″.

Come back in a few weeks when we release the final pattern from our Fall collection – a mod 1960s inspired bowler bag!

Speakeasy

It’s time to release the next pattern from our Fall collection! So it’s really no secret that these Wives of Whitewood would not have fared well during Prohibition. So when we thought about what we wanted to design from the raging 1920s, we decided to make a chic little wristlet that we could have sported while partying at our local speakeasy.

Speakeasy Promo

It’s a fun special occasion bag that fits just your essentials for a night out on the town.

Speakeasy

Speakeasy Lining (Card Holder Removed)

The bag features a magnetic snap closure and includes instructions to make an optional card holder so you can bring only the cards you need.

Speakeasy with Card Holder

Speakeasy Card Holder

Speakeasy can be made more luxe by adding beaded trim to feel like a modern day flapper. We bought ours at the amazing U-Fab Outlet.

Beaded Speakeasy

Beaded Speakeasy Lining

For these two bags, we used coordinating fabrics from the Timeless Treasures Mosaic collection (C-8616 C-8610), and we do think the fabrics give them a timeless look.

The front is pieced together in a modern angular design that looks great in both prints and solids.

Speakeasy Solids

We also think Speakeasy would look fantastic in a special occasion fabric like satin. We have some plans to sew that up and will share pictures as soon as we’re done.

The PDF pattern has 12 pages, over 80 color photos, and 3 pattern pieces. You can buy it via instant download in our Etsy or Craftsy shops for only $9. The finished size is about 7 1/2” x 5” at the opening (6 1/2” at the widest point).

We’ll be back soon to talk about a sweet giveaway we’re participating in and then shortly after we’ll release our 1950s inspired clutch – it features a bold design that we’re really excited to show you!

Witchy Woman

Woooo… hoooo… witchy woman… see how high she flies… woooo… hoooo… witchy woman…   she got the moon in her eye-eye-eye-eye…

C’mon, we know you’re singing it too. And for your sake, I hope you sound better than we do.

Off-key singing aside, we are so excited to release the first pattern from our new collection! And there is absolutely no better pattern to kick-start our Fall collection than this one.

Witchy Woman Promo

Our 1970s inspired bucket bag is the classic statement of boho chic. It’s perfect for everyday use and it’s at the top of every trend list for Fall. (Which is rather miraculous since we’re never at the top of any trend list ourselves.)

Witchy Woman

We decided to use some amazing tribal fabrics to go along with the cool 1970s vibe. The top, bottom and straps are Sunprint Feathers Teal by Alison Glass, the middle panel is Hapi Camel Blanket Cloud by Amy Butler, and the lining is Josephine by Yuko Hasegawa.

A classic bucket bag, you can cinch the bag closed with a cord and slide that threads through 12 eyelets along the top band.

Witchy Woman Side View

Witchy Woman Top View

We know that eyelets can sometimes be intimidating because they’re almost always added once you have completed most of your sewing. No one wants to spend all of that time working hard on a bag only to cut an eyelet or grommet hole too large and ruin your final product. Not that we’ve ever done that. Cough cough.

So we made a short little video of how we like to insert eyelets, and we hope you find it helpful. It’s embedded below and we’ve also added a page to our header where this and other future videos will live.

(Courtney filmed the video and is hoping her voice only sounds like that because she’s already sick after only one week of her daughter being in preschool. Although, on the plus side, cold meds give you a nice little buzz while you’re off the wine.)

(Oh, and apologies for the blurry bits with the scissors in the middle. Live and learn, people.)

Witchy Woman has two removable versatile straps so you can decide day-to-day which length you’d like to use. The shorter handle can be used over your shoulder, in your hand, or in the crook of your elbow. The longer strap can be used over your shoulder or cross-body.

Witchy Woman Cinched and Short Handle

Witchy Woman Uncinched and Long Strap

Witchy Woman Strap Detail

It also has a large front zipper pocket that would be great for stashing things you need to find quickly, like your keys or phone.

Witchy Woman Front Zipper Pocket

The lining features completely customizable inner pockets to fit anything you want to carry.

Witchy Woman Lining

Like we mentioned in our last blog post, our test bags are now made with solid color fabrics to make the images in our patterns useful in both color and black and white. Here are some images of our test bag – you can see just how fantastic and classic this bag looks in solids.

Witchy Woman Bag2

Witchy Woman Bag2 Side View

Witchy Woman Bag2 Cord and Eyelets

We also cannot wait to sew this up in a delicious faux leather. Ali has already purchased some yardage and we’ll be sure to share photos when she’s done with it!

The PDF pattern has 14 pages and over 80 color photos. You can buy it via instant download in our Etsy or Craftsy shops for only $9. The finished size is about 13” x 11” x 9”.

So if you want a bucket bag this Fall but don’t want to spend lots of money, make your own! Happy sewing, and remember, we’d love to see pictures of your finished Witchy Women. We’ll be back in a few weeks to release our next pattern – a sweet little 1920s inspired wristlet.

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!