The Morning After

Happy New Year! We figured there’s no better time to post about this new addition to our website…

So we all know that the morning after having a bit too much to drink, there are good memories and bad ones. In that spirit, we decided to create a new page on our blog, aptly titled “The Morning After”. There we will share the good – ways to hack our patterns – and the bad – corrections to our patterns. We hope that over time the good will outweigh the bad on the page, just as we hope the good always outweighs the bad on your mornings after!

Thankfully we don’t have any “bad” to report just yet, but we do have our first “good”! We designed an awesome hack for our Fall 2014 Starburst Clutch pattern that we can’t wait to share with you.

Starburst Hack

Yes, folks, those are interchangeable flaps! We altered the pattern to add a separating zipper along the back of the outer bag and along the top of the flap so that you can make as many different fun flaps as you want. How cool is that?!?

Starburst Flap Zipping Off2

Ali was the genius behind this hack and her inspiration stemmed from her undying love for homemade holiday bags. She has a seriously enviable collection. So what is a girl to do when she needs (even) more holiday bags? Hack your own pattern so you can make a Halloween themed flap and a Christmas themed flap to cover your bases. Wait, why did Thanksgiving get the shaft? We’ll have to chat about that soon.

Starburst Halloween Flap

Starburst Halloween Flap Inner

Starburst Christmas Flap

Starburst Christmas Flap Inner

Our 2 page PDF tutorial explains step-by-step how to hack the original Starburst pattern (which you can buy at our Etsy or Craftsy shop for only $9) and includes 14 color images to help you along the way. All you need is a 10” separating zipper, the male end of a magnetic snap, fun fabric scraps for the flap, and a 20” X 15” scrap of batting.

Starburst Flap Zipping Off

Starburst Two Flaps Zipped Off

So click here to download the free Starburst hack and plan to spend the next several days making mountains of super cute interchangeable flaps. And check back often as we have some other fun hacks of our patterns already planned!

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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!

You’re Five Zippers Away from Thriller

100 bonus points to anyone who can name that movie… it’s a fan favorite in the W.O.W. households. It was also the original (but way too wordy) name for our final Spring 2014 collection bag – Zippers Galore. And in anticipation of next week’s in-depth look at our Zippers Galore pattern, we thought we’d share a snapshot of a zipper’s anatomy. And unlike human anatomy, it’s totally bloodless.

Zipper Anatomy

We snapped this quick pic the other day of one of the zippers in our stash (almost all of which are purchased at the awesome Zip It Etsy shop). Then we photoshopped a bunch of zipper part terms on there for you to get more familiar with an essential component of most bag patterns.

We hope this little anatomy lesson comes in handy one day when sewing up one of our bags!