Phoebe’s Starburst

Happy Friday! We’re here today with a really quick post about the awesome Starburst clutch that Phoebe of Quilting Adventures recently made. Ta da!

Phoebe's Starburst4

How awesome is that?!? The colors are spectacular and couldn’t possibly show off the Starburst design any better.

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And we always love how Phoebe stages her photos around Richmond (see her super cute Tuxedo Trio photo styling here).

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Phoebe's Starburst3

Phoebe also made some really helpful observations about her experience sewing the clutch (which you can read about on her blog post here) and we even tweaked the pattern to accommodate some of her suggestions. We always LOVE to hear about your experiences with our bags and are always happy to answer any questions along the way!

Okay, so that’s it for this super quick Friday post. What? Did you say that we actually owe you a nice long post about why we’ve dropped the blogging ball these last few months? You did? Good thing we didn’t hear you because we were too distracted over all of that sewing eye candy. Until next time!

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Fleather

Fleather? Yep, fleather. It’s actually a word. We just looked it up. And it’s certainly easier than having to type “faux leather” about 50 times in this post. So feel free to help the cause and start working it into all of your conversations immediately.

And now, without further ado, the MOST amazing (according to Gordon Ramsey himself – probably) fleather bag ever made. Behold the fleather Witchy Woman bucket bag!

Fleather

Fleather Side View

There really are not enough words to describe this perfect bag, and all of the credit goes to Ali and her wonderful sewing skills and vision.

The gold hardware paired with the industrial zipper is both super chic and so professional looking.

Fleather Detail

The fleather, which we bought at our beloved U-Fab, is a beautiful light camel color and has a classic basketweave design.

Fleather Basketweave

The interior fabric Ali picked is also fabulous. You can see it in the lining, inner divided pockets, and outer front pocket.

Fleather Lining

Fleather Front Pocket

Here are some more gorgeous detail shots.

Fleather Cinch Detail

Fleather Side Strap

Fleather Detail2

Fleather Side View2

While Ali was sewing, she made several small modifications to accommodate the special needs of sewing with fleather. Here’s what she learned:

  • Trim down the width of the Handle by 1” because you can’t press fleather. Instead, you need to just fold it and you can’t get as tight of a fold as with a thinner material.
  • Trim down the width of the Cord by ½” for the same reason as above.
  • Trim the seams on the top and bottom of the Top Band to reduce bulk, otherwise there isn’t enough room for the eyelets.
  • You can leave the edges of the Handle raw if your machine can’t sew through that many thick layers. Use a zigzag stitch to keep the raw edges from fraying.
  • Instead of overlapping the ends of the Slide, align the ends next to each other and then sew them down.

Fleather Slide Detail

If you want to make your own fantastic fleather bucket bag (say that 4 times fast), go and buy our Witchy Woman pattern from our Etsy or Craftsy shop for only $9.

And if that’s not enough Witchy Woman fun, stay tuned because we hacked our own pattern again! We’ll post about two new cord options later this week!

The Morning After

Happy New Year! We figured there’s no better time to post about this new addition to our website…

So we all know that the morning after having a bit too much to drink, there are good memories and bad ones. In that spirit, we decided to create a new page on our blog, aptly titled “The Morning After”. There we will share the good – ways to hack our patterns – and the bad – corrections to our patterns. We hope that over time the good will outweigh the bad on the page, just as we hope the good always outweighs the bad on your mornings after!

Thankfully we don’t have any “bad” to report just yet, but we do have our first “good”! We designed an awesome hack for our Fall 2014 Starburst Clutch pattern that we can’t wait to share with you.

Starburst Hack

Yes, folks, those are interchangeable flaps! We altered the pattern to add a separating zipper along the back of the outer bag and along the top of the flap so that you can make as many different fun flaps as you want. How cool is that?!?

Starburst Flap Zipping Off2

Ali was the genius behind this hack and her inspiration stemmed from her undying love for homemade holiday bags. She has a seriously enviable collection. So what is a girl to do when she needs (even) more holiday bags? Hack your own pattern so you can make a Halloween themed flap and a Christmas themed flap to cover your bases. Wait, why did Thanksgiving get the shaft? We’ll have to chat about that soon.

Starburst Halloween Flap

Starburst Halloween Flap Inner

Starburst Christmas Flap

Starburst Christmas Flap Inner

Our 2 page PDF tutorial explains step-by-step how to hack the original Starburst pattern (which you can buy at our Etsy or Craftsy shop for only $9) and includes 14 color images to help you along the way. All you need is a 10” separating zipper, the male end of a magnetic snap, fun fabric scraps for the flap, and a 20” X 15” scrap of batting.

Starburst Flap Zipping Off

Starburst Two Flaps Zipped Off

So click here to download the free Starburst hack and plan to spend the next several days making mountains of super cute interchangeable flaps. And check back often as we have some other fun hacks of our patterns already planned!

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.

Winezies Promo

(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!

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.

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

We’re getting closer and closer to releasing our next collection, so we thought we’d finally give you that sneak peek we promised, and also talk about some of the changes we worked into this new collection.

First up, we decided we wanted to use cohesive fabrics this time around. We found a color palette that inspired us and then worked to find fabrics that reminded us of the time periods we used for our bags – the 1920s, 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. We hope you like them as much as we do!

Collection 2 Fabrics

Second, our patterns are still filled with pictures which help explain the steps, but we now only use three solid fabrics for those images – white, aqua, and navy. Using contrasting fabrics means that you can now print the pattern in black and white at home and still find the images extremely helpful.

WOW Pattern Sample

Finally, we are going to release the patterns one at a time, instead of all at once, and we’re starting with a pattern that we are beyond excited about – a 1970s bucket bag – THE hottest bag for Fall – and if all goes well, we’ll launch it next week!

Bucket Bag Sneak Peek

After that, we’ll be releasing our 1920s wristlet, then our 1950s clutch and finally our 1960s bowler bag. Later this Fall, we’ll release our next free pattern – a different wine tote that will be the perfect item to whip up for holiday gift giving. So stay tuned!

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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