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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Drowned More Men than Neptune

While it’s been 363 days since our last post on here (insert super sheepish face), we promise it was worth the wait. Today we’re back to talk about Bacchus, and in preparation for writing this post, we did some Googling to find quotes about the Roman God of agriculture and wine. Dude. That was fun.

  • “Music is the wine which inspires one to new generative processes, and I am Bacchus who presses out this glorious wine for mankind and makes them spiritually drunken.” -Ludwig van Beethoven
  • “Far from me be the gift of Bacchus–pernicious, inflaming wine, that weakens both body and mind.” -Homer
  • “Bacchus: A convenient deity invented by the ancients as an excuse for getting drunk.” -Ambrose Bierce

And finally, the quote that inspired the title of this post:

  • “Bacchus has drowned more men than Neptune.” -Giuseppe Garibaldi

So, yeah. Bacchus was a pretty cool cat. And our super serious Google research only further solidified the name choice for our new bag-with-a-wine-secret. So without further ado, here is our Bacchus.

Bacchus is a large totebag that is great for special events and ocassions, with a finished size of 12″ x 19″ x 7″.

But Bacchus also has a fun secret. There’s an optional lining with a zipper pocket that hides cold bag storage for a bladder of wine. So here’s how the interior of the bag looks to the unsuspecting person.

But if you remove the false bottom, and open the zipper, there’s a cold bag hidden inside!

The flap hides the spout for the wine bladder… how cool is that?! And these fabrics are from the absolutely gorgeous Bellisima line from our wonderful friends at Quilting Treasures. It doesn’t come across well in the pictures, but the gold color actually sparkles.

How great is this bag for spring and summer festival season? (We’re clearly dreaming of warmer weather here in snowy Virginia.) But seriously, we’ve all stood in mile-long lines in the sun to get alcohol that gets hot almost immediately. (Again, maybe just a Virginia problem?) If you have a Bacchus though, you can bring your own chilled wine and have it stay cool for hours with the thermal batting in the cold bag.

Now, here is where we should pause for a minute for an important PSA. We are NOT in any way endorsing sneaking wine into an event or location that doesn’t allow outside alcohol. No! Bad drinker! We are talking about casual picnics and backyard barbecues, or concerts and festivals that allow you to consume your own alcohol. So you know, be cool and follow the rules. (Our lawyers told us to say that. Just kidding. We don’t have lawyers. But we probably should.)

So back to the bag. You want to see it in action? You know you do.

Okay, okay… so that wasn’t the greatest cinematic masterpiece of all time, but you get the point. It’s just that easy to pour wine from your bag!!

And before you go running around saying that ALL we do is drink wine over here at WOW HQ (although that’s a pretty fair characterization), all of these cool features are totally optional. The pattern also describes how to sew up a Bacchus without the lining, false bottom, flap, or cold bag and to create a beautiful, eye-catching totebag without all the secrecy.

The Bacchus PDF pattern has 17 pages and over 95 (!!) 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, and happy drinking, friends!

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.

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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.

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

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

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Small iPad Case Inner

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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

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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!”

One Last Sweet Rebellion Post!

We wanted to close out the super fun week we’ve had hosting the Sweet Rebellion sewing challenge by sharing a sneak peek of our newest pattern, the Applejack. We loved being able to use Sweet Rebellion fabrics because we can’t wait to use our new iPad and MacBook cases for ourselves!

Applejack Sneak Peek

We’ll be releasing the pattern on Tuesday, so be sure to come back and check it out!

Sweet Rebellion Sewing Challenge Day 3

It’s day 3 of the Sweet Rebellion fabric sewing challenge we’re hosting with our friends at Ink & Arrow Fabrics. Today we’re happy to feature two super talented sewers we discovered on Instagram – Ramona Cavanaugh and Brinkley Rayne.

Ramona created this crazy cool Rollie Pollie organizer, which shows off so many of the Sweet Rebellion fabrics.

Rollie Pollie organizer

Brinkley sewed a totebag of her own design, using a great geometric quilt block as the centerpiece.

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Head on over to the Ink & Arrow blog to see these great bags from our guest bloggers Ramona and Brinkley.

Be sure to come back each day this week to enjoy all of the other amazing creations:

And remember, we’re hosting a fantastic giveaway to celebrate! Come find us on Instagram to enter to win 1/2 yard cuts of all 17 fabrics (11 prints and 6 blenders) from this line!!! The giveaway will close on Friday at 7pm EST and is open to US and international residents. Spread the word!

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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!

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!

 

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.

Baby Alex

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.

Gotta Go in Alison Glass

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!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.