Preempting Your Morning After

It’s Friday night. Which means that we hope you are all out there living it up, in whatever way that means for you. For us, it used to mean long nights of drinking, talking, game playing, and movie watching. All of which was followed by interesting mornings after.

And then Courtney had kids. Womp womp.

And while those kids are pretty stinking amazing (cue the cute pic of an older sister reading to her younger sister that we all knew was coming)…

…we are now posting pattern updates on a Friday night. And listening to Peppa Pig. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Anywho, we’ve been wanting to adapt our popular Carried Away pattern for use with other fabrics.

We wrote it for duck cloth, outdoor fabric, or something of a similar weight and weave. But if you would prefer to use quilting cotton, we created an addendum that includes a revised material and cutting list as well as additional instructions to follow. So if you:

(1) Already bought that pattern? Download the addendum directly for free.

(2) Want to buy that pattern? The addendum will download automatically with your pattern purchase on Etsy or Craftsy.

The worst part of this sad Friday night of ours? We don’t have time to sew up new Carried Away’s for ourselves in these amazing quilting cotton fabrics, all from our fabulous friends at Ink & Arrow Fabrics.

I mean, seriously. If we traveled with Carried Away’s in these fabrics, the paparazzi would clearly mistake us for Ashley Judd and Amy Schumer because we would just be that amazing. Duh.

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FREE Pattern – All Charged Up with Sew Mama Sew

We are so excited to offer our next free pattern to sewers through the amazing Sew Mama Sew community!

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All Charged Up is a fun little pouch that stores all of your chargers and cords in one place. It’s the perfect size to slip into your handbag or laptop bag so you’ll always have your chargers when you need them. No more running around the house trying to find where you left your phone charger when you’re almost out of power!

The inside features elasticized pockets that stretch to accommodate different sized chargers and cords. There is also an outer pocket you can use to hold to your grocery list or a couple of business cards, or whatever else you might need.

All Charged Up Interior

We had so much fun using fabric from Ink and Arrow’s new Talk to Me line. It was the perfect match!

All Charged Up exterior

The PDF pattern has 5 pages and over 20 color photos to help you every step of the way. Hop on over to Sew Mama Sew to read about and download our next free pattern, the All Charged Up pouch!

 

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!

Dreaming Away promo

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!

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.)

Wine Totes promo

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.)

 

And then this happened… again!!

You know what they say about plans…

So we *planned* on yesterday’s post being our last post of the year. And then this happened… again!

Winezies Number One Pattern

We uploaded our latest free pattern – Winezies (aka Wine Koozies) – to Craftsy almost a month ago and got some downloads here and there, but today the stars aligned and we’re the number one free pattern on Craftsy again today! We’ve gotten a few hundred downloads in the last several hours, and we’re so excited to be able to share our patterns for free so anyone can try us out and see what we’re all about.

So head on over to our Craftsy shop to download either of our free patterns – Winezies or Wine Totes (which is just about to reach 3,000 downloads!!! what the what?!?) – or to buy any of our other patterns.

So we’ll wish you all a Happy New Year once again, and unless sewing pigs fly, we’ll see you in 2015.

FREE (!!) Winezies Tutorial

First we owe you an apology. We had every intention of releasing our next free pattern/tutorial before Thanksgiving, but we both got downed by absurdly prolonged illnesses. One of us got it at Disney, the other at preschool drop-offs and pick-ups (anyone noticing a theme here???). Anyway, onto the main event.

So what is a Winezie? A koozie for your wine bottle, of course! So now, just in time for the last-minute-holiday-gift-season, we’re sharing our great new free pattern which makes any of three different sized Winezies – a standard 750mL bottle, a magnum 1.5L bottle and a champagne bottle.

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(Those of you with crack investigating skills will notice that yes, all of the corks are gone… which means that all of the actual wine in the bottles somehow went missing too. Pattern testing is hard, people!)

One of the fantastic things about the Winezie is that you only need one fat quarter to make one (or a 16″ x 16″ piece of fabric). So you can also use scraps to make a fun coordinating Winezie.

Winezies with  2 Fabrics

You will also need 4 elastic hair ties and 4 buttons. That’s it!

Winezies Button Closure

We suggest using fleece, flannel or cotton for your Winezies.

Winezies Fleece

Winezies Flannel

We also sewed some up in a knit, but if you decide to use a stretchy fabric, be aware that the 750mL template will actually fit a 1.5L magnum bottle.

Winezies Knit

Another fantastic thing about the Winezie is that it’s a super quick sew. We can whip one of these up in less than 30 minutes, which makes it the perfect last minute holiday gift or host/hostess gift. You can make just one, or an awesome set to give to all of those wine lovers in your life.

Winezies Group

When testing the Winezie, we found that wine bottles are not standard sizes. We modeled the templates on Barefoot wine products. We included notes at the end of the pattern to alter the templates for other bottles that are taller or narrower than Barefoot products. If your bottle is wider than Barefoot products, use a stretchy fabric to sew the Winezie.

Finally, we also didn’t “just forget” to draft a Chardonnay bottle template. Okay, here goes… deep breaths…. We. Are. Chard. Haters. There, we said it. So don’t ever expect any Chardonnay love from these ladies. LOL.

The Winezies measure approximately 10” x 3” (750mL), 11” x 4” (1.5L) and 9” x 4” (champagne).

The PDF pattern has 11 pages, 6 pattern pieces and over 20 color photos to help you every step of the way. Click here to download our FREE (!!) Winezies pattern. (You can also download it from our Craftsy shop.)

We really hope you enjoy our second free pattern. As always, send us any questions or comments, and especially send us any pictures of your finished Winezies, as we would love to share them! Happy holiday sewing!

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Well folks, we’re hitting another blogging milestone… we’re hosting our first giveaway! Our free wine totes pattern has now reached OVER ONE THOUSAND DOWNLOADS ON CRAFTSY!!!!!!! (That definitely required the use of capital letter screaming and excessive exclamation points.) We are absolutely blown away and beyond grateful, so we’ve decided to host a giveaway to celebrate. More importantly, it gives us yet another reason for some obligatory drinking and cheers-ing:

Craftsy Celebration

Wasn’t that fancy of us? Well then, you clearly don’t know us. Here is how we actually celebrate Wives of Whitewood style:

Tervis Love

Yes, those are Tervis’ full of champagne and ice. You are now free to do it yourself – you’re welcome.

All you need to do is head to our Facebook page and like the post about this giveaway. Alternatively, you can enter the giveaway by commenting on the post – maybe something about how much you admire someone for going public about their classy use of Tervis-ware.

The winner (chosen by random.org) will get a free pattern of their choice from our Spring 2014 collection, and the giveaway will be open until Thursday at 5pm. Good luck and spread the word!

So then this happened…

We posted yesterday that we had just joined the Craftsy community. In less than 24 hours, our free wine totes pattern became the Number 1 selling free pattern with just under 200 downloads!! We were also the featured pattern designer for the day!! We are so grateful and excited. It’s a happy Friday on Whitewood Road today!

Craftsy Number 1 Pattern

Dog Days of Summer

To be honest, we have absolutely no idea what that expression even means, but here in Richmond, the temperature and humidity keeps rising. So you think we would be holed up inside sewing away, but instead we keep finding ourselves outside, drenched in sweat and weeding, watering, and tending to all of the things that are dying. We do manage to find some time to reward ourselves with some wine though… never fear!

We know that you’re all eagerly awaiting our Fall 2014 collection which is totally vintage-inspired, so we’re finally here to share a sneak peek of all of our hard work:

Fall 2014 Collection Sneak Peek

Look at all those beautifully sewn bags… ha! Yeah, we told you we were behind. All of those pictures actually are a sneak peek, but you’ll have to wait a bit longer to understand their meaning.

The good news is that we do have two of the bags completed and the other two in various testing stages. So while it doesn’t look like we’ll be finished in August, we should be ready to release the collection in September. You know, after all those pesky summer dogs go back to wherever they came from.

In other news, we are now part of the Craftsy community! We had read about other bloggers taking the awesome classes they offer, but we didn’t realize there is also a huge community where you can share your completed projects and also sell your patterns. Our FREE FREE FREE Wine Totes pattern is available on Craftsy too, so come check us out!

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FREE (!!) Wine Totes Tutorial

So what could possibly be more fun than one cute tote to carry your favorite wine? Two complementary totes made from the same free pattern! So just in time for the Spring wine festival season, we’re sharing this awesome free pattern/tutorial which makes not one, but two, super fun and useful wine totes.

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(Yeah, 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)

When we first came up with the idea of releasing entire collections of sewing patterns, we also immediately knew that we wanted to offer free patterns with each collection. And in deference to W.O.W.’s humble beginnings, we wanted this first free pattern to pay homage to our love of wine. Wouldn’t these make the perfect host or hostess gift for the wine lover in your life?

Wine Totes with Bottles

These totes feature a padded divider so you can safely carry two wine bottles or one bottle and other supplies (anyone besides us obsessed with stemless plastic wine glasses for summer?). The totes also have two outside pockets for a wine opener or other small items, and measure approximately 12” x 10” x 5” each.

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Wine Totes Top View

All of the construction seams are French seams, so you can really impress yourself and anyone you gift one of these totes to with the professional finish they provide. The pattern includes step-by-step instructions for each French seam, so we feel confident that even a beginner sewer can follow them.

And here’s a helpful hint… if you’ve never done a French seam before (ahem, Courtney, ahem), it will seem really weird and counter-intuitive, but if you just trust the process, they will give you an amazing finished product.

Wine Totes French Seams

This pattern makes two complementary totes. So you buy less than a yard of two different fabrics, cut the same pieces out of both fabrics, but sew them up so that each tote features the opposite fabrics. Fun!

Wine Totes Side View

Wine Totes Handle

You will also need two 9”x7” pieces of batting or Pellon Fusible Fleece and four 7” strips of sew-on Velcro. That’s it! The PDF pattern has 9 pages and 50 color photos to help you every step of the way.

Click on this link to download the FREE Wine Totes Pattern: W.O.W. | Wives of Whitewood | Free Wine Totes  or you can also download it from our Craftsy shop for free.

We really hope you enjoy our first free pattern. And as usual, please send us any questions or comments, and especially send us any pictures of your finished Wine Totes, as we would love to share them! In the meantime, raise your glass and keep on sewing!