Free Wine Totes Tutorial

To celebrate the 9,000th download (what the freaking what?!?) of our Wine Totes Free Pattern on Craftsy, we decided to republish our most popular pattern as a tutorial. Enjoy!

(If you prefer to print out the original PDF version of the pattern, just click here.)

Wine Totes promo

What’s more fun than one cute tote to carry your favorite wine? Two complimentary totes made from the same tutorial. These wine totes feature a padded divider so you can carry two wine bottles or one bottle and other supplies (plastic wine glasses, anyone?). Includes two outside pockets for a wine opener or other small items. This tutorial also has step-by-step instructions for French seams for a professional finish that even a beginner can follow.

(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)

Wine Totes Handle

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Wine Totes Side View

Finished Size:

Wine Totes are about 12” tall, 10” wide, and 5” deep.

General Notes:

  • Read all instructions before cutting and sewing.
  • For strength and durability, use canvas, duck cloth, outdoor fabric, or something of a similar weight and weave.
  • When adhering batting, place it fusible side up on ironing board, then place fabric, right side up, on top. Place another scrap piece of fabric (i.e. pressing cloth) between the iron and your fabric.
  • Test any disappearing inks or chalks on fabric before making any marks to ensure they will not be seen later. You can also use masking tape to mark lines and remove it after sewing.
  • If you have trouble with needles breaking when sewing through several layers of fabric, switch to a heavier needle rated for denim/canvas (e.g. 100/16).
  • If you have trouble with your thread breaking, switch to an extra strong/upholstery weight thread.

Abbreviations Used:

RST = Right Sides Together; WST = Wrong Sides Together; WOF = Width Of Fabric

Material List:

 For 44/45” Wide Fabric:

⅔ Yard Fabric A

⅔ Yard Fabric B

 

For 54” Wide Fabric:

⅝ Yard Fabric A

⅝ Yard Fabric B

 

NOTE: If using directional prints, you may need to buy more fabric than stated.

 

2 – 9” X 7” Pieces of Batting or Pellon Fusible Fleece (987F)

4 – 7” Strips of Sew-On Velcro

 

Cutting List:

Cut the following from BOTH Fabric A and Fabric B:

2 – 12 ½” X 9 ¾” – Body

1 – 12 ½” X 6 ¾” – Pocket

2 – 12 ½” X 6 ½” – Bottom

1 – 33” X 5” – Handle

1 – 2” X WOF – Binding

2 – 9” X 7” – Divider

 

When sewing Wine Tote #1, use Fabric A for the Body and Pocket and Fabric B for the Bottom, Handle, Binding, and Divider.

When sewing Wine Tote #2, use Fabric B for the Body and Pocket and Fabric A for the Bottom, Handle, Binding, and Divider.

NOTE: All of the construction seams are French seams (¼” WST and ½” RST), but they will be explained step-by-step each time. If you’ve never done a French seam, it will seem really weird and counter-intuitive, but they will give you an amazing finished product!

Wine Totes French Seams

Instructions:

Let’s start by assembling several different components of the Tote.

Handle and Binding:

1. With Handle wrong side up, press both long sides with raw edges folded towards the middle.

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2. Fold in half lengthwise and press. NOTE: You may need to use steam to lock in the fold. 

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3. Repeat Steps 1-2 to make the Binding.

Making Pocket and Attaching Handle:

1. Sandwich one of the long sides of the Pocket inside the Binding. Measure and cut Binding the same length as the Pocket.

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2. Pin Binding to Pocket and sew with ⅛” seam.

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3. With right sides up, place Pocket on top of one of the Body pieces, aligning the bottom edges. Baste ⅛” along the two sides and bottom to hold Pockets onto Body.

4. Draw a vertical line down the middle (6 ¾” from either short side) on both the right and wrong sides of both Body pieces.

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5. On the wrong side of one of the Body pieces, sew the loop side of the Velcro centered on the line drawn in Step 4, starting 1” from the bottom.

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6. Repeat Step 5 with the other Body and Velcro piece.

7. On the right side of one of the Body pieces, pin Handle centered on the line drawn in Step 5, aligning the bottom edges.

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8. Sew a scant ⅛” seam along the left side of the Handle. Stop 1” from the top of the Body, but don’t remove your needle.

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9. Sew across the Handle, and then back down the other side with another scant ⅛” seam to mirror the seam in Step 8.

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10. Add a box stitch on the Handle for support and decoration. We made the box 1 ¼” long, but feel free to use whatever size you like.

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11. Repeat Steps 7-10 on the other Body piece being careful not to twist the Handle.

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12. Fold the top of each Body piece behind the Handle so you don’t sew over it. Starting at one of the box stitches, continue the scant ⅛” seam along the side of the Handle all the way to the top of the other box stitch.

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13. Repeat Step 12 on the other side of the Handle.

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Now let’s work on constructing the Tote itself. Here come the French seams!

Sewing Bottom to Body:

1. With WST, place one of the Bottom pieces on top of one of the Body pieces, aligning the bottom edges. Sew together with ¼” seam. Press seam to one side.

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2. Fold at the seam so that Bottom and Body pieces are RST and press. Sew ½” seam, encasing the seam made in Step 1.

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3. Press seam towards Bottom.

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4. Topstitch ¼” below the seam on the Bottom.

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5. Repeat Steps 1-4 for the other Body and Bottom pieces.

Making the Tote:

1. With WST, match Body to Body and Bottom to Bottom, making sure you match the seams where the Bottom attaches to the Body. NOTE: Be careful not to twist the Handle. Sew ¼” seam along both sides.

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2. Press seams to one side. Flip Tote inside out so that the Body pieces are RST and press. Sew ½” seam along both sides, encasing the seams made in Step 1. NOTE: Go slow at the seam where the Body and Bottom meet. It will be very thick and could break your needle.

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3. Press seams towards the front of the Tote (the side with the pocket).

4. NOTE: If desired, topstitch ¼” from the seam on the front of the Tote along both sides. There will be several layers of fabric, so your machine and/or needle may not be able to handle it.

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5. With WST, sew Bottom closed with ¼” seam. Press seam to one side.

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6. Flip Tote inside out so that the Body pieces are RST and press. NOTE: Don’t worry about pushing out the points at the corners because you will be boxing them in the next step. Sew ½” seam along the bottom, encasing the seam made in Step 5.

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7. Flip Tote right side out. With WST, align the side seam with the bottom seam to “box” one side of the bottom of the Tote and pin. Draw a line across the ends at the point where the Tote measures 2 ¾”” from end to end. Sew along the line, then trim to ¼” from the seam.

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8. Repeat Step 7 for other side of the bottom of the Tote.

9. Turn Tote inside out, push out points, and press seams to one side. With RST, sew ½” seams on both box seams, reinforcing at both ends.

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10. Flip the Tote right side out. Starting behind the Handle, sandwich top of the Tote in between the fold of Binding and pin. Overlap the Binding 1”, then cut and fold back the Binding ½” to encase the raw edge. Sew to the Tote with ⅛” seam. NOTE: Be sure not to sew over the Handle.

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Making Divider:

1. Iron on or place batting on the wrong side of one of the Divider pieces.

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2. With RST, sew Dividers together with ½” seam along three sides, leaving one short side open. Clip corners, trim batting close to the seam, and turn right side out.

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3. Fold opening inside itself by ½”, press, then sew closed.

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4. Quilt, if desired.

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5. On one side of Divider, sew the hook sides of the Velcro along each long side.

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6. Attach Divider inside the Tote.

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And, we’re done! To make your other matching Wine Tote, follow the tutorial all over again, but with the opposite fabrics! Then step back and admire your beautiful Wine Totes, and use them with pride. Or, if they’re not so beautiful, give them to someone else as a gift. People love handmade gifts.

(© Copyright Wives of Whitewood 2014. All Rights Reserved. This pattern is intended for personal use. No part of this pattern may be shared, copied or redistributed in any manner. Items made from this pattern may be sold in limited quantities by independent crafters only. Please credit “Wives of Whitewood Pattern” in all sales.)

 

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Gracie’s Whole Shebang

We can’t believe December is almost over and that this will be our last post of the year! We hope that all of your holiday sewing dreams came true. Our families know us too well and bestowed on us lovely giftcards that speak directly to our fabric hoarding hearts. Bless them.

And in the spirit of giving, we both sewed up some special projects for our loved ones. Sadly Courtney completely forgot to photograph the sweet stockings she sewed up for one of her dearest friend’s little girls. (Even worse, she still hasn’t finished up the doll quilt for her daughter. Thankfully, two year olds are none the wiser if Christmas comes twice this year.) Ali was smart though and took these fantastic shots of the Whole Shebang she sewed up for her beautiful niece Gracie.

Gracie Whole Shebang

Gracie is a little firecracker and needed a bag for all of her cheering gear in her new elementary school’s colors, black and orange. Ali did the most amazing job using fun and youthful black and orange prints that convey Gracie’s school spirit but doesn’t look too boring or collegiate.

Gracie Whole Shebang 2

Ali lengthened the handles of the Shebang from the original pattern so it would be easier to carry when full of pompoms and uniforms. And it’s this ease with which you can customize this pattern that makes it one of our top sellers and one that we go back to sew over and over.

Gracie Whole Shebang Long Straps

Finally, she added the sweetest touch – Gracie’s name embroidered on the side of the bag. How fantastic is that??? Gracie flipped when she saw it and we know it will be well loved and well used for years to come.

Gracie Whole Shebang Embroidery

If you want to sew up your own Whole Shebang, you can buy it via instant download in our Etsy shop or our Craftsy shop for only $9. The PDF pattern has 16 pages and over 40 color photos. If you want to read more about the pattern, you can check out the original blog post here. And send us pictures of your bags, please!! We would love to see them and showcase them on our blog.

Happy New Year, everyone! We’ll catch you on the flip side…

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Well folks, we’re hitting another blogging milestone… we’re hosting our first giveaway! Our free wine totes pattern has now reached OVER ONE THOUSAND DOWNLOADS ON CRAFTSY!!!!!!! (That definitely required the use of capital letter screaming and excessive exclamation points.) We are absolutely blown away and beyond grateful, so we’ve decided to host a giveaway to celebrate. More importantly, it gives us yet another reason for some obligatory drinking and cheers-ing:

Craftsy Celebration

Wasn’t that fancy of us? Well then, you clearly don’t know us. Here is how we actually celebrate Wives of Whitewood style:

Tervis Love

Yes, those are Tervis’ full of champagne and ice. You are now free to do it yourself – you’re welcome.

All you need to do is head to our Facebook page and like the post about this giveaway. Alternatively, you can enter the giveaway by commenting on the post – maybe something about how much you admire someone for going public about their classy use of Tervis-ware.

The winner (chosen by random.org) will get a free pattern of their choice from our Spring 2014 collection, and the giveaway will be open until Thursday at 5pm. Good luck and spread the word!

Zippers Galore

The time has come. We have arrived at the last pattern from the Spring 2014 collection – Zippers Galore. And we know that we shouldn’t play favorites, but if we admit that we do, this bag would be it. Zippers Galore is a larger and different version of the Classic Convertible and we both use it in our everyday lives.

Zippers Galore

At its core, Zippers Galore is an oversized messenger or shoulder bag.

Zippers Galore Laminated

Zippers Galore Cotton

(The bag in the top picture features two laminated cottons from Oilcloth Addict – the outside is Lark by Amy Butler and the lining is Happyland by Jennifer Paganelli – neither of which seem to be in stock at the moment.)

It features two outer zipper pockets that are super accessible (even when holding a toddler in one arm – trust us on that one) and an optional keychain clip.

Zippers Galore Outer Pockets

(Does anyone else see the weird face the bag is making in the picture above? No? Okay. Moving on.)

Zippers Galore also has a really unique grommeted double-strap that you likely won’t see anywhere else.

Zippers Galore Grommet Handles

Zippers Galore Side View

The interior of the bag has multiple inner and outer pockets (customizable to your needs, as always), optional snap closure, and optional card holder.

Zippers Galore Inner Lining

Zippers Galore Card Holder

The optional center padded divider panel offers great protection for a tablet or laptop.

Zippers Galore Divider Pocket

The finished size is about 15” x 18” x 5”.

As a workhorse messenger bag, it’s perfectly suited for heavy-duty daily use, like a laptop/work bag (Ali) or a diaper bag (Courtney).

Ali's Laptop Bag

Courtney's Diaper Bag

Here’s Courtney showing off just how easy it is to grab your keys while wearing the bag!

Reaching for the Keys

The PDF pattern has 17 pages and over 100 color photos!! You can buy it via instant download in our Etsy shop or our Craftsy shop for only $9.

We really like Zippers Galore (and hope you do too!) because we think it’s easy to love but very unique. As always, if you have any questions or comments about our patterns, we would be happy to hear from you. And please send us any pictures of your finished Zippers Galore bags because we would love to see and share them!

We’re going to be a little quiet on the blog front over the next few weeks as we sew away on our next collection (which if the stars actually align, will be released in late August). Let’s just say that we’re getting our vintage on this time around and we couldn’t be more excited!

Classic Convertible

The next pattern from the Spring 2014 collection we’re going to take a closer look at is the Classic Convertible.

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[via cargurus.com]

No, not that classic convertible. (Although anyone who knows Ali knows that she would sell her soul for a Shelby Cobra.) We’re talking about this Classic Convertible:

Classic Convertible

Originally, this bag was called “The Slouch”, but we decided to change it pretty early on, because as you can tell, this bag ain’t no slouch. It’s definitely the sleekest and most sophisticated bag from our debut collection, especially when sewn up in gorgeous, shiny, laminated cotton.

Classic Convertible Laminated

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As you can see, the convertible aspect of the bag comes from the fact that it can go from a cute shoulder bag by day to a perfect oversized clutch by night by easily unclipping the removable shoulder strap.

It’s also pretty darn awesome in a sweet quilting cotton.

Classic Convertible Cotton

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When you fold the top up, the bag features what we call the Front Divider Pocket.

Classic Convertible Front Divider Pocket2

The Front Divider Pocket has two cool aspects. The first is the bottom pocket with optional keychain clip, which is easily accessible, even when the bag is used as a clutch.

Classic Convertible Bottom Pocket

The other fun thing is the hidden zipper pocket with optional card holder.

Classic Convertible Front Divider Pocket

Classic Convertible Card Holder

Here’s the same hidden zipper pocket without the card holder.

Classic Convertible Laminated Zipper Pocket

Inside, the lining features multiple inner pockets that you can customize for your needs.

Classic Convertible Inside

The bag also features a zipper closure, so nothing will fall out when you fold the top down.

Classic Convertible Zipper

The finished size is about 10” folded (15” unfolded) x 15 ½” x 3 ½”.

So up until now, the W.O.W. sewing circle has been pretty small – basically Ali and Courtney sewing together in our kitchens. But we tried to make some new sewing connections in Richmond so we could find some awesome people to test our bags. This time around, we managed to find two great women to help us out, and when given the choice of patterns to test, they both picked the Classic Convertible! And we couldn’t be happier with their results.

Our first tester was Theresa. She is the amazing artist behind More Than Muzzles. She is truly a sewer to admire. She hand bastes every seam before machine sewing, and her beautiful Classic Convertible speaks for itself.

Theresa's Purse

Theresa's Purse Front Divider Pocket

You can see that Theresa had a lot of fun using pops of color in her pockets.

Theresa's Purse Bottom Pocket

Theresa's Purse Inside

We also loved that Theresa wanted us to share the following comment about her experience with our pattern: “Follow along step-by-step even if you are not sure where the process is taking you. You may learn some new techniques you can apply to future projects.”

Our next tester is Regina. She is a machine when it comes to sewing and probably makes about 30 projects each year, everything from quilts to handbags. Her Classic Convertible was intended as a Fall/Halloween bag, but we think it is so classic that it can be used any time of year!

Regina Outside

Regina Outside with Handle

Regina Unfolded

Regina chose to include the optional card holder in the hidden zipper pocket and we love the play on prints she chose.

Regina Card Holder

The PDF pattern has 16 pages and over 100 color photos!! You can buy it via instant download in our Etsy shop or our Craftsy shop for only $9.

And while we generally always encourage you to sew our bags for yourself or your loved ones, we think you should definitely sew this one for yourself before you sew it for anyone else. <smile>

As always, if you have any questions or comments about our patterns, we would be happy to hear from you. And please send us any pictures of your finished Classic Convertibles (the bags, not the cars) because we would love to see and share them!

And We’re Out There!!

We totally forgot to share some amazing news with you all last week… our print patterns are already out in the world!

Spring 2014 Paper Patterns

It kinda feels like letting your kids ride off into the sunset without training wheels… except for the fact that Ali doesn’t have kids and Courtney’s daughter isn’t even close to riding a bike. But otherwise, it’s just the same.

So we sent off copies of our entire Spring 2014 collection down to a super cute and eclectic store in Largo, Florida called The Emporium. They offer a wide array of custom painted furniture, exclusive antiques and reproductions, home decor pieces, accessories and wonderful gift items. We couldn’t be happier to be a part of their offerings for folks in Largo that love everything handmade! And a huge thank you goes out to Clare Loree (aka Courtney’s Auntie Clare) for making it happen!

Emporium 1

Emporium 2

Emporium 3

Emporium 4

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.

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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!

 

Tuxedo Trio

The next pattern from our Spring 2014 collection that we’ll talk about is the Tuxedo Trio – a fun mini-collection of its own!

Tuxedo Trio

The Tuxedo Trio includes three coordinating items – a hobo, a wristlet and a wallet – all featuring a striking tuxedo pleat panel, hence the name. Cue visions of awesome 1970s prom attire (which is a super fun thing to Google, by the way)…

1975 Simplicity Pattern

We absolutely loved mixing patterns and solids in different combinations with the Tuxedo Trio. And while the hobo, wristlet, and wallet are all strong enough to stand on their own, you could also make an amazing three-piece ensemble:

Tuxedo Trio

So let’s look at each piece separately. First, we have the Tuxedo Hobo, which features a hidden front zipper pocket, optional inner pockets, optional keychain, zipper closure, and an adjustable strap. The Tuxedo Hobo measures 10 ¼ ” x 13” x 4 ½”.

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The front features the pleated panel, and the hidden zipper pocket was made to fit your phone perfectly:

Tuxedo Trio Hobo

Tuxedo Trio Hobo Hidden Pocket

The inner pockets are customizable, and you can also see the optional keychain here:

Tuxedo Trio Hobo Inside

You can also choose to quilt the outer pieces if you wish. This version has a super chic and simple diagonal pattern:

Tuxedo Trio Quilting

Next up is the Tuxedo Wristlet. It also features the hidden front zipper pocket and zipper closure, but has a card holder inside as well as an optional second pocket. The Tuxedo Wristlet measures 6 ½” x 8”.

Tuxedo Trio Wristlet

The optional second inner pocket (across from the card holder below) again fits your phone perfectly:

Tuxedo Trio Wristlet Inside

And that front hidden zipper pocket can easily stash a small set of keys:

Tuxedo Trio Wristlet Hidden Pocket

(And those of you with eagle eyes might be able to recognize the car brand that both W.O.W. wives drive!)

Finally we have the Tuxedo Wallet, which includes a card holder, large inner zipper pocket, and button closure. The Tuxedo Wallet measures 4 ½” x 4 ¼” folded (8 ½” unfolded).

Tuxedo Trio Wallet

This wallet can hold plenty of your cards:

Tuxedo Trio Wallet Inside

As well as your paper bills and change:

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As we mentioned earlier, this pattern is particularly well suited for the sewer who loves to mix and match fabrics. In this coordinating wristlet and wallet, we used two similar patterns and you can see what fun effects the tuxedo panel gets you!

Tuxedo Trio Wristlet and Wallet

The PDF pattern has 36 pages and includes 3 pattern pieces and over 170 color photos!! You can buy it via instant download in our Etsy shop or our Craftsy shop for only $9.

We really hope you enjoy the Tuxedo Trio. And we’re pretty sure that anyone would swoon if you gave them a three-piece coordinating set as a gift.

As usual, if you have any questions or comments about our patterns, we would be happy to hear from you. And please send us any pictures of your finished Tuxedo Trio Hobos, Wristlets or Wallets – or even better, your own Tuxedo Trio collection – because we would love to see and share them!

The Whole Shebang

Ack! It’s already time for the first detailed post from our Spring 2014 collection – the Whole Shebang!

First, we wanted to tell you where the name came from. This was the first bag we ever designed, so it has a special place in our hearts, and we also had many, many, many talks about what this bag should be able to do. Finally, we decided it should be able to do ANYTHING, and so the “Whole Shebang” concept was born. We have made Whole Shebangs that have served as gym bags, diaper bags, beach bags, market bags, and light overnight bags.

We also wanted to design a bag with so many customizable details that you could sew it over and over with completely different effects, and we think we achieved just that.

Whole Shebang

The Whole Shebang is a large multipurpose totebag with fully customizable outer and inner pockets, top or side straps, optional zipper closure, side ties or snaps, optional piping, and keychain clip. The finished size is about 14” x 20” x 10”.

Here’s a rundown of the fun choices you can make. You can choose a pieced band at the top, or straps that attach at the top of the bag:

Whole Shebang top straps

Or a plain rectangular band at the top, or straps that attach on the side of the bag:

Whole Shebang side straps

You can add ties on the side:

Whole Shebang ties

Or snaps on the side:

Whole Shebang snaps

You can add a keychain inside the bag:

Whole Shebang keychain inner

Or outside:

Whole Shebang keychain outer

You can also choose to add a zipper panel (or not!):

Whole Shebang zipper panel

Whole Shebang zipper closeup

Here’s a shot of what the interior with the fully customizable inner pockets might look like:

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Whole Shebang interior

Whole Shebang inner pockets

The outside pockets are all also fully customizable to hold whatever else you want quick and easy access to:

Whole Shebang outer pocket 2

Whole Shebang outer pocket

You can also add a sweet piping detail along the top of the outer pocket (shown above) and along the top of the bag:

Whole Shebang piping top

The bottom of the bag and the lining feature a fun boxed detail, and the cardboard/mat board bottom makes it nice and sturdy:

Whole Shebang boxed bottom

And here’s what the Whole Shebang looks like in beautiful, shiny laminated cotton:

Whole Shebang laminated

Whole Shebang laminated side

The possibilities with this pattern are truly endless. You can mix and match materials, patterns, and options to your heart’s content to make the perfect totebag for yourself or a loved one. The PDF pattern has 16 pages and over 40 color photos, and you can buy it via instant download in our Etsy shop or our Craftsy shop for only $9.

We hope you enjoy this versatile bag and pattern as much as we do. We have already successfully gifted several test versions to our family and friends – the ultimate test of a good bag, in our eyes!

As always, if you have any questions or comments about our patterns, we would be happy to hear from you. And please send us any pictures of your finished Whole Shebangs, because we would love to see and share them!

It’s Official… Spring 2014 Collection Launch

We can’t believe it’s here… the past year of dreaming, scheming and hard work has finally come to an end! We are so proud to announce the launch of our first patterns with the W.O.W. Spring 2014 Collection. We will definitely be clinking our wine glasses in celebration tonight!

As we said in our first post, our idea is to release entire collections of patterns at one time. Sometimes our collections will be truly cohesive (such as the vintage collection we’re cooking up for the Fall!), and sometimes they will just be a collection of fantastic bags that we love. Such is the case for the Spring 2014 Collection – an assortment of great, classic bags that anyone could use. The following four patterns make six amazing bags, and we hope you will want to make them for yourself!

1. Whole Shebang (PDF; 16 pages; 40+ color photos)

Microsoft Word - Whole Shebang.docx

This was the very first bag we designed, so it has a special place in our hearts. We wanted to design a bag with so many customizable details that you could sew it over and over with completely different effects, and we think we achieved just that. The Whole Shebang is a large multipurpose totebag with fully customizable outer and inner pockets, top or side straps, optional zipper closure, side ties or snaps, optional piping, and keychain clip.  The finished size is about 14” x 20” x 10”. We have made Whole Shebangs that are serving as gym bags, diaper bags, beach bags, market bags, and light overnight bags. The possibilities are endless!

2. Classic Convertible (PDF; 16 pages; 100+ color photos)

Microsoft Word - Classic Convertible.docx

We loved the idea of a bag that could go from day to night, from serious to silly. The Classic Convertible is a fun, convertible bag that can be worn as a shoulder bag or a large clutch. It features a folded top, removable strap, multiple inner and outer pockets, zipper closure, and optional card holder and keychain clip. The finished size is about 10” folded (15” unfolded) x 15 ½” x 3 ½”. We think this bag is especially cool in laminated cotton, which gives it that extra special touch when you’re out on the town.

3. Tuxedo Trio (PDF; 36 pages; 170+ color photos; 3 pattern pieces)

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The Tuxedo Trio is a fun mini-collection of its own. It includes three coordinating items – a hobo, a wristlet and a wallet – all featuring a striking tuxedo pleat panel. The hobo and wristlet have a hidden front zipper pocket and optional inner pockets. The wallet includes a card holder and large inner zipper pocket. The finished sizes are as follows: Hobo – 10 ¼ ” x 13” x 4 ½”; Wristlet – 6 ½” x 8”;  Wallet – 4 ½” x 4 ¼” folded (8 ½” unfolded). We absolutely loved mixing patterns and solids in different combinations with the Tuxedo Trio. And while the Hobo, Wristlet, and Wallet are all strong enough to stand on their own, you could also make an amazing three-piece ensemble.

4. Zippers Galore (PDF; 17 pages; 100+ color photos)

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We know that we shouldn’t have favorites, but if we admit that we do, this bag would be it.  Zippers Galore is a larger and different version of the Classic Convertible. Zippers Galore is an oversized messenger or shoulder bag that features a unique grommeted double-strap, multiple inner and outer pockets, and optional snap closure, card holder, and keychain clip. The optional center padded divider panel offers great protection for a tablet or laptop. The finished size is about 15” x 18” x 5”. As a workhorse messenger bag, it’s perfectly suited for heavy-duty daily use, like a laptop/work bag or a diaper bag. When we wear this bag around town, we always get compliments on its super unique style and awesome functionality.

All of these patterns are available for sale in our Etsy shop or in our Craftsy shop for $9 each. We’re also offering a great combination discount – you can buy a bundle of all four patterns for $27 and get one pattern free!

We will be posting in-depth posts on each pattern in the coming weeks with lots more pictures. We hope that you will enjoy making and using these bags as much as we have enjoyed designing them!