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…