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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.

Wine Totes promo

(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.

Wine Totes Top View2

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!