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

Applejack inside

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.

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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!”

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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!

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!

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.

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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.

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!

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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!

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!

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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 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!

Stowaway

We can’t believe it, but this is the final pattern from our Spring 2015 collection. Cue sad faces all around. However, we already designed our next free pattern and we’re working away on our Fall collection, so let’s turn those frowns upside down. (Okay, one of us clearly needs to listen to something other than preschooler music.)

So without further ado, we bring you our next everyday bag, the Stowaway!

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When we designed our oversized Carried Away tote, we knew immediately that we wanted to design a smaller companion bag to go with it. So we took the idea of angled pockets and a similar strap design and came up with the Stowaway. We think it’s pretty darn awesome.

Stowaway Front View

Just like we did with Carried Away, we used outdoor fabric and we’re totally crushing on this bold and fun print combination.

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Stowaway Back View

As usual, one of our test bags was done in solid broadcloth, and it gives off a completely different vibe – very cool and ultra modern.

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Stowaway Solids Back View

Stowaway Solids Lining

The outer bag features two front pockets, one with a zipper closure and one without. You can easily fit your phone, keys, sunglasses or whatever else you need to grab quickly and easily.

Stowaway Front Pockets

Stowaway Front Zipper Pocket with iPhone

The lining features our usual customizable divided pocket, and the zipper closure will keep everything that you stowaway inside. Sorry, we couldn’t resist. Actually, we’re surprised we held off this long. You’re welcome.

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Stowaway Zipper Closure

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The strap is adjustable so you have the option to shorten it and wear it over your shoulder or lengthen it and wear it as a messenger bag.

Stowaway Strap Detail

The PDF pattern has 12 pages and over 75 color photos to help you every step of the way.

Stowaway Pattern

You can buy it via instant download in our Etsy or Craftsy shops for only $9. The finished size is 10 ½” tall, 12” wide and 3” deep.

We’ll be back in a few weeks with our awesome new free pattern, and we’re hoping this sweet face will entice you to come back and check it out.

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And remember to send us images of your completed Stowaways because we’d love to feature them on our blog or on Instagram.

Carried Away

We’re so excited today to release the next pattern from our Spring 2015 collection – the Carried Away totebag!! Isn’t she stunning???

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(Did you notice how we just jumped right into the release without explaining why we haven’t posted in 6 weeks again? You didn’t? Okay, good.)

As we mentioned in our last post, this collection was inspired by wind, and the fun things in life that are powered by wind – kites and sailboats. So we wanted to design the perfect boat tote, something large, versatile and durable.

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And it just so happens that if you design a fabulous boat tote, it might just be so versatile that it also makes a great overnight or weekend bag. And that it might even fit into the overhead bins on an airplane.

Overhead Bins

For the durability factor, we used duck cloth canvas and outdoor fabric and it looks so professional. And we are loving how many fun colors and prints are available in outdoor fabric these days.

Carried Away Side View

Outdoor Fabric

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One of our test bags was done in solid broadcloth and shows just how fantastic the tote looks in solids too.

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Carried Away Solid Zipper

Carried Away Solid Lining

The outer bag features a super modern and fun V-shaped front pocket, which is perfect for dropping your keys or phone into for quick retrieval.

Carried Away Front Pocket

The interior is the most simple one we’ve designed yet. No divided pockets, zipper pockets, keychains, or any other bells and whistles. This way you could pack it to the brim with whatever suits your fancy. And the top zipper panel closure will keep all of those fancies inside.

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Carried Away Top View

Carried Away Zipper

Carried Away also has a unique design feature. The long shoulder straps are attached to the bag and then threaded through buttonholes on the outer bag and zipper panel.

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The PDF pattern has 12 pages and over 75 color photos to help you every step of the way.

Carried Away Pattern

You can buy it via instant download in our Etsy or Craftsy shops for only $9. The finished size is about 16” tall, 31 ½” wide and 10” deep. And remember to send us images of your completed Carried Away totes because we’d love to feature them on our blog or on Instagram.

Next up is the final pattern for this collection and Carried Away’s companion messenger bag, the Stowaway. It features the same great angles and graphic qualities but in a smaller size perfect for everyday use.

Stowaway Sneak Peek

And if you really miss us in the meantime, we post over at Instagram regularly, including recent sewing injuries and cease and desist letters to our seam rippers.