We got Nothin’ but Instalove for Ya

We’ve been designing patterns for 3 years now, and as cheesy as this sounds, there is honestly no greater thrill than scrolling through Instagram and coming across a picture of a bag you designed. To be fair, it’s actually only Courtney who discovers the pictures because Ali still refuses to join social media. So Courtney screenshots them and sends them to Ali via text – you know, 2007 style.

Either way, we definitely got nothin’ but Instalove for these women who are making our bags, so we are sending out air kisses through the web and sharing images of their awesome work with you.

Our latest free pattern All Charged Up organizer is definitely a huge hit! It’s a fun little pouch that stores all of your chargers and cords in one place. You can find it exclusively on the fabulous Sew Mama Sew blog here.

@PDXSpiceWeasel made this beautiful version, and we love that her son has already commandeered it for his action figures.

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@EyeRamona made these two gorgeous versions in some fantastic Alison Glass and Anna Maria Horner fabric.

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@MelodeeQuilts also made two versions in some super happy and fun fabrics that just make us smile.

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@Elnorac made this beauty with some awesome retro Cotton and Steel fabric, and we love that she chose to use a swivel clasp for the closure.

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Finally, the amazing @ColeandTaffy chose our All Charged Up for one of her free pattern reviews! We were so honored.

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Our Gotta Go Wristlet still remains our most popular pattern to purchase. You can buy it here and see why everyone loves this insanely versatile bag.

@EyeRamona made two fabulous and fun versions of the bag. And she gets all the bonus points for sewing a Gotta Go and an All Charged Up in matching fabric.

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We hope you have enjoyed this sewing eye candy as much as we have. Please continue to tag us on Instagram or email us pictures of your finished bags so we can show them off. And now that this little nugget celebrated her first birthday last weekend, Courtney should be returning to the sewing machine more often.

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And that is good news for you all, because we have been working hard on an awesome new bag. It’s called the Bacchus Bag and might be our most genius idea yet. Stay tuned!

Button It Up

Before we release our new free pattern later this month on Sew Mama Sew again (squeeee!), we wanted to pop in for a quick pattern hacklet. It’s not a real pattern hack, so we’re trying to see if pattern hacklet catches on. Help us out and use it in your next sewing conversation, okay?

So by now, we have sewn about 15 Gotta Go bags between us. But we often find ourselves either (A) being intimidated by the irreversible damage we could do if we screw up the snap installation on the Zipper End, or (B) being too lazy to go through the hassle of actually adding the snap. And of course, the latter scenario is almost always the case.

The reality is that you don’t really need the functionality of a snap unless you plan on regularly overstuffing the Gotta Go, because undoing the snap makes opening the bag easier when it’s extremely full. So we started adding buttons to several of our Gotta Go bags instead.

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If you want to be lazy like us, here’s how to add a button instead of a snap to your Gotta Go. First, choose a size and color button that suits your bag and some coordinating thread.

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Then, hold the button over the center of the Zipper End, and sew it down, through the Zipper End, the Inner Divider and the Inner Divider Lining. Secure the button by sewing through it several times.

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It’s that easy! Now your Zipper End is permanently sewn down, but we’ve found that it works great for us and how we use the bag. We always keep our cash, cards, keys and phone in the Gotta Go and then just throw that into our larger bags. Then, when we need to run a quick errand, or leave the house without kids and diapers and pull-ups, we grab the Gotta Go, and well, we go!

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We hope you enjoy this little pattern hacklet for the Gotta Go. You can buy our most popular pattern via instant download in our Etsy or Craftsy shops for only $9. And be sure to check back in with us the last week of May when we release our next free pattern!

Hello? Anybody Out There?

Well, in the tradition of all good bloggers, we just up and disappeared on you last year. Didja miss us? We sure missed you! Thankfully, there’s a pretty stinking cute reason for our absence.

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Alexandra (“Baby Alex”) was born on October 1st and like any good baby, has kept Courtney from doing anything productive at all for the past six months.

In fact, Ali and Courtney just had their first children-free (i.e. wine-filled) lunch the other day for the first time since last summer. And of course, we never go anywhere without our Gotta Go bags.

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Did you swoon over that amazing Alison Glass Ex Libris fabric? It’s like angels singing.

Life is still crazy as Courtney adjusts to having two kids, so there still won’t be a ton of sewing going on for the Wives of Whitewood until later this year, but we do have plans to reward your patience with our next awesome free pattern. It’s something small but super useful, so it will be fantastic for stash busting and gift giving. Stay tuned for its release this summer!

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.

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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Witchy Woman Uncinched and Long Strap

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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.

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

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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.

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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.