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!

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.

Gotta Go on Date Night

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.

Adventures in Quilting

Today we are thrilled to announce that our patterns are now for sale in our absolute favorite quilt and fabric shop in Richmond – Quilting Adventures! We’re feeling pretty bad for Santa right now, because there’s no way the poor man can compete with a gift like this.

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And the cherry on top? Quilting Adventure’s buyer and sewer extraordinaire Phoebe Guider sewed one of our bags and featured it on their blog today!!! We’re not sure either one of us will ever get over the indescribable joy of seeing one of our bags out there in the world. I know, Santa, we’re not making it easy on you here.

Okay, enough about poor Santa… check out Phoebe’s amazing Tuxedo Wristlet!! The prints work so well together, and the polka dot fabric showcases the pleat panel perfectly.

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Phoebe's Tuxedo Trio Hidden Front Pocket

Phoebe's Tuxedo Trio Inside

If you want to read more about her gorgeous Tuxedo Wristlet, check out her blog post. And we might have to steal her styling ideas… how perfect is this picture?!?

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So the amazing folks at Quilting Adventures recently moved their store to a beautiful new location on the super fun Lakeside Avenue shopping corridor in the Northside of Richmond. When we first met actually, we used to spend Saturdays driving around town going to consignment shops and thrift stores filling our cars with furniture and the Lakeside Avenue shops never disappointed. Sadly, our houses no longer have room for thrifted scores so we haven’t been to Lakeside in quite some time. So we’re very excited to have an excuse to shop there again… and we all know there is NO such thing as a home without room for more fabric.

[all images taken from www.quilting adventures.com]

Quilting Adventures Outside 

Here are some shots of the inside of the store. We can never leave without buying something wonderful – they have the greatest selection of quilting fabric, especially if you like more modern prints like we do. They also sell all kinds of quilting and sewing supplies.

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They also support all kinds of fabric arts. Check out this swoon-worthy wall of floss!! Neither of us do embroidery, but this wall might just make us start.

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And of course they have a fabulous selection of patterns to make quilts, bags, home décor items, gifts, children’s toys, etc. And since they’re currently the only place in Richmond where you can buy our patterns, they obviously have the best selection in town. Right now, you can buy a copy of our Tuxedo Trio, Zippers Galore or Starburst pattern there.

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So the next time you’re in Richmond, be sure to check them out at 6943 Lakeside Avenue. Or you can shop from anywhere at www.quiltingadventures.com.

We’re still tweaking our next free pattern and it should be ready for release really soon. Instead of keeping you all in continued suspense though, we’ve decided you’ve earned a sneak peak – enjoy!!

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Speakeasy

It’s time to release the next pattern from our Fall collection! So it’s really no secret that these Wives of Whitewood would not have fared well during Prohibition. So when we thought about what we wanted to design from the raging 1920s, we decided to make a chic little wristlet that we could have sported while partying at our local speakeasy.

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It’s a fun special occasion bag that fits just your essentials for a night out on the town.

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Speakeasy Lining (Card Holder Removed)

The bag features a magnetic snap closure and includes instructions to make an optional card holder so you can bring only the cards you need.

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Speakeasy Card Holder

Speakeasy can be made more luxe by adding beaded trim to feel like a modern day flapper. We bought ours at the amazing U-Fab Outlet.

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Beaded Speakeasy Lining

For these two bags, we used coordinating fabrics from the Timeless Treasures Mosaic collection (C-8616 C-8610), and we do think the fabrics give them a timeless look.

The front is pieced together in a modern angular design that looks great in both prints and solids.

Speakeasy Solids

We also think Speakeasy would look fantastic in a special occasion fabric like satin. We have some plans to sew that up and will share pictures as soon as we’re done.

The PDF pattern has 12 pages, over 80 color photos, and 3 pattern pieces. You can buy it via instant download in our Etsy or Craftsy shops for only $9. The finished size is about 7 1/2” x 5” at the opening (6 1/2” at the widest point).

We’ll be back soon to talk about a sweet giveaway we’re participating in and then shortly after we’ll release our 1950s inspired clutch – it features a bold design that we’re really excited to show you!

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!

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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)…

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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:

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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:

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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).

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This wallet can hold plenty of your cards:

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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!

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)

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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)

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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!