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It’s a Morning After…ish

We posted last week about our favorite time of year – our annual sewing retreat – and this year, one of the bags we sewed up was our Whole Shebang. That pattern always holds a special place in our hearts because it was the very first pattern we ever created. #sniffsniff

But since it was our very first pattern, we now realize that we have learned a LOT in the past six years. So when we re-sewed the pattern for the first time in a few years, we decided there were a lot of clarifications we wanted to make.

Most of the changes we made were adding additional, helpful details to the instructions. But we also differentiated between height and width in the cutting list to help when determining yardage for directional prints, which is something we plan to do for all of our patterns that don’t currently include them.

None of the changes we made are considered corrections, but we made enough edits that we have replaced the version of the pattern that’s available for sale. If you purchased the pattern before 2020 and would like a new version, please contact us and we will be happy to send it to you!

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5 Patterns, 3 Days, 2 Girls, and 1 Sewing Machine

January for us means one important thing… OUR ANNUAL SEWING RETREAT!!

Any time spent at Ali’s river house is always special, and this year we added an extra day because we committed to something new – an actual sewing retreat! We are so excited to announce that we were asked to be teachers at this year’s Virginia Consortium of Quilters bi-annual retreat in Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. We will be teaching full-day workshops for our Stowaway and Whole Shebang bag patterns, but we also offered to teach our Wine Totes, Winezies, and All Charged Up free patterns as fillers, so we knew we needed to spend a lot of time refreshing our minds about all five patterns.

We spent the first day making decisions about fabrics, notions, and then Cutting.All.The.Things.

Oh, and we went grocery shopping. SUPER important step.

And of course, beautiful sunsets are just gravy.

Day two was super productive and before lunch we had two amazing finishes – Wine Totes and All Charged Up.

Since it was a (cold, but) gorgeous day, we made sure to get out of the house and headed to historic Gloucester Virginia for a delicious lunch at LuLu Bird’s Kitchen.

After lunch, we refocused and finished out day two with another fabulous finish – Stowaway.

On our third and final day, we focused on our last two fun finishes – Winezies and Whole Shebang.

Neither of us have sewn Winezies in a while, and we remembered how nice and quick they come together, as well as how cute they are! The versions we sewed up in this sweet winter flannel would make amazing hostess or holiday gifts.

We both were a bit blown away by the beauty of this Whole Shebang after we finished – it gave us all the *heart eyes*

We both felt so rejuvenated after sewing together and being creative together for three days in one of the most peaceful places in the world. Until next year!

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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…