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.


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???

Carried Away Promo

(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.

Carried Away

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

Outdoor Fabric2

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

Carried Away Solid

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.

Carried Away Lining

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.

Carried Away Strap Detail2

Carried Away Strap Detail3

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.

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…

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.

Wine Totes Top View2

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!


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:

Whole Shebang interior 2

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)

Microsoft Word - Tuxedo Trio.docx

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)

Microsoft Word - Zippers Galore.docx

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!