Sew & Chat – Cosplay Plans

This week I really wanted to share a new video, but wasn’t sure how I could get one filmed and edited while still making enough progress on my cosplay project. Then I thought of a fun idea – what if I film a chit chat style video WHILE working on my cosplay. So that is what I did!

Last week I started my big cosplay for the year and have been spending every spare moment working on it (especially since it ended up needed about 72 extra hours of unplanned work…more on that in the video). The cosplay is going really well and I wanted to share the character, my plans, and how I’m putting it together with you all.

Grab a sewing project of your own and do some sewing with me while I chat.

I actually really enjoyed making this video. It didn’t take much extra time to film or edit so I was still able to make some good progress on my project. Let me know if you enjoy this type of video and want to see more like it in the future.

I need to get back to my sewing now. Until next time, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

January Update and Giveaway Winner

Last month I announced a Sewers Club box giveaway on my channel.

Today I’m sharing the winner who was randomly selected from all the eligible comments along with some updates.

I would to hear what you’ve been working on…maybe it will motivate me to get back to sewing! Also what are some plans or goals you have for this year? I’m going to try to teach my newly 5 year old how to sew. She wants to learn how to use a sewing machine soooo badly so I’m going to give her my old machine I got when I was about 15.

Until next time, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

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Unboxing Sewing Packages & Giveaway

Over the past couple of months several companies have reached out to me inquiring if they can send their products to me to try. Many of them are not a good fit for me or my channel, but I did say yes to two of the companies. So today I wanted to show the sewing goodies I was sent. The items were provided for free, but I’m not being paid to talk about them.

The first item I received is a tailors clapper. I had never owned one before so was very interested in giving this one a try. I could tell right away the quality was great! The wood is incredibly smooth, so no rough spots to snag fabric. The grooves on the sides help the clapper fit nicely in my hand. I happened to be making my dungarees right after the clapper arrived, so it was the perfect project to test it on. The clapper helped the denim seams to lay nice and flat. I’m looking forward to using it on other projects in the future! You can find the clapper (along with more information) HERE!

The next package that showed up was a Sewers Club box. Sewers Club is a monthly subscription service. They deliver sewing projects right to your mailbox. The first thing I noticed was their adorable branding! As soon as I opened the box I was the card listing the items inside and their retail prices. I am always curious if subscription boxes are a good deal or not so I love how they list it all out with nothing to hid. Plus the box ships FREE within the U.S. and Canada.

The holiday box I received includes a panel print for a fun Santa apron as well as red material to line it with and a few other small items. You can use my affiliate link to save $5 off your first box! I also earn a percentage for referring you and it goes right back to creating sewing content for you to enjoy! You can find the link HERE!

The kind people at Sewers Club have kindly offered another box for a giveaway! Check out the video HERE to find out how to enter! *Make sure you leave your comment on the youTube video and not on this post*

Both items I shared would make great gifts for the sewers in your life (or yourself)! If you need some DIY gift inspiration check out my Handmade Holiday Gift Guide HERE!

Until next time, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

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Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2019

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide

It is that time of year again! Time for another Handmade Holiday Gift Guide! This is my 8th year sharing a gift guide full of ideas for projects you can make to gift this holiday season.  Each year there is a whole new batch of ideas with a step by step tutorial already looked on my youTube channel.

This year’s ideas range from a gift idea to another sewer in your life (or yourself!), some eco friendly gifts and wrapping ideas, decor, and more!

Click HERE for Christmas gift inspiration!

You can find all the tutorials mentioned in the video HERE!

Aaannnnnndd If you’re still needing some more inspiration you can find all my previous years gift guides HERE.

Phew, that was a lot of links and ideas! I would love to know what you are making this year for Christmas. Here’s a little “clue” as to what I’m working on for Skyler.

Handmade Blues Clues Costume

Until next time, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

Making 1940s Inspired Dungarees

Making 1940s Dungarees

During Summer 2018 I decided I wanted to make a change to my style. I pretty much wore skinny jeans and t-shirts all the time, put zero effort into my hair, and just didn’t like how I looked or felt in my clothes. Then I started watching channels like Rachel Maksey and What Abi Makes and finding tons of people on Instagram who wear vintage/vintage inspired clothing on a daily basis. I kept thinking how amazing and confident they looked. I wanted to try vintage for myself and see if it helped me find myself and my style.

The first thing I did was make a trip to the thrift store. I looked for items that weren’t actually vintage, but could pass for ’40s when styled right. I also learned a couple of vintage hairstyles from a youTube video. Then I dove in and started trying out my “new” look. I LOVED it! I get compliments from random people, but most of all, I feel better about myself and how I look!

Thrift store clothing haul

So I’m sure you’re wondering what that has to do with today…well last Winter I resorted to wearing my same old skinny jeans and t-shirts every day because I didn’t have anything else that worked for the cold weather. My plan last Fall was to make a pair of dungarees from Simplicity 8447, but I never found the time to actually get them made.

So fast forward to this year. I don’t want to go through another Winter without wearing the clothes I feel best in. Since I have slowed down from youTube I have had the time to tackle some of my personal projects – one of which is the dungarees from Simplicity 8447. I whipped up the first pair over the course of two days with 8-9 working hours. I LOVE them and wore them five days in a row!

wearing 1940s style everyday

As I wore the dungarees I found a few details I wanted to change to improve on a second pair. So two weeks after making the first pair I made another! It is so rare for me to have the time to take on two clothing items like this in such a short time frame!

I made the desired changes and altered the pattern for a better fit and they turned out exactly how I wanted!

In today’s video I’m sharing a Sew & Tell about the process of making both pairs of dungarees along with a pattern review for Simplicity 8447. You can watch it HERE!

If you give this pattern a try please share a pic to my Facebook page or tag me on Instagram! I hope you enjoy this style of video, I really enjoyed chatting all about my dungarees. Until next time, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

This is a Hard Week For Me…

I have been posting on youTube weekly (sometimes twice a week!) for the past ten and a half years! There are countless hours upon hours of time and energy I pour into my tutorials each week. I love being able to reach people all over the world and inspire them to create amazing things.

But I have come to a point where I feel like I am no longer creating amazing things for myself. I spend every spare moment of time (when I’m not homeschooling my kids, cooking, sleeping, etc) working on youTube videos. Planning projects, filming, editing, etc. That leaves ZERO time to work on things for me. Projects I don’t want to film and just get to enjoy making. Earlier this year I made my “big cosplay” for the year and it took me 4 months to make when it really should have only taken 2 or 3 weeks. I have several dream cosplays (and other types of projects) I really want to make. I get very excited about them and start planning what all needs to be done…then begin to talk myself out of them before I ever even start. I realize if my other cosplay took 4 months and didn’t involve any mockups and things went smoothly I know I will never have time to make other projects that WILL need mockups and require all sorts of techniques I’ve never done before.

I’m tired of telling myself no when it comes to things I really want to do. I don’t want to grow old and think back on my life and wish I would have dressed up with my kids more, made the costumes I was excited about, and done more fun things when I could have. This all came to head a couple of months ago when my website crashed and was down for about a week. I didn’t post a video that week because I couldn’t get the accompanying PDF up on my site. During that week I realized how stressed I was on a regular basis to the point that I wasn’t even sure I wanted to continue with any of it.

But I know there is no way I could walk about from youTube! I have so many amazing viewers I love interacting with. I love seeing what you all are creating, I love being able to teach people all around the world! So I’m not quitting; but I am slowing down. I just can’t keep up with posting every single week any longer. I’m going to work on the projects that make me happy and post videos when I can. I have a feeling I’ll fall into a rhythm of a video every other week after a while. The videos themselves won’t all be tutorials. Some will be tutorials, others will be pattern reviews, or just sewing related chit chats. I might eventually get back to weekly videos, but no guarantees.

Since making my decision to cut back I already completed one project I had planned on making a year ago. For an entire year I never had a chance to make one pair of 1940s style dungarees. A week and a half ago I decided it was now or never. I didn’t want to go through another winter without them. So I spent 8 or 9 hours working on them (over the course of two days) and I LOVE them! They are my current favorite clothing item and I’ve worn them at least 5 times already. I will have a video all about the dungarees (pattern review, things I love, things I didn’t quite love, etc) and it will be up…when I get a chance.

But for now I do have this week’s video where I pour my heart out even more than I have in this post already. You can watch it HERE!

So, long story short. I need to take some time for me to do some happy sewing. You can find me on Facebook and Instagram in the meantime where I will post more day to day and current project updates. I will see you when I see you and in the meantime I hope you are doing what makes you happy! Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

DIY Halloween Costume Inspiration

This year for Halloween my girls had some interesting ideas on what they wanted to wear. Peyton came up with a flower princess idea (because she loves princesses and anything pretty) and Skyler wanted to be Hawk Moth (the villain on a show she likes). Neither of these are costumes we could easily go out and buy, so I got to be very creative.

I brainstormed the flower princess idea for a couple of weeks before remembering an awesome dress/tutorial I had seen several years before. The dress I remembered basically looked like an upside down flower and was stunning. I used it as the inspiration for Peyton’s skirt and it was a lot of fun to make. When I started I was very unsure how it would turn out, but it went really well and Peyton loves it!

Skyler’s costume involved a lot less DIYing. We started with some thrifted clothing and added in a few handmade details.

You can check out my video HERE where I share step by step progress photos and much more!

Let me know if you’re dressing up this year. If so, what is your costume?? Until next time, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

Sew Your Stash – Summer Update

It’s time again for a Sew Your Stash update! If you aren’t familiar with the Whitney Sews Sew Your Stash Challenge you can find out more about it HERE!  It’s a challenge I set for myself to focus on using the fabrics and supplies from my stash before buying new.  I extended the challenge to anyone else who has their own fabrics stash and wants to join in.

It’s a good thing I keep a running list of items I make using my stash because I had definitely already forgotten a few of these.  I used everything from flannel to clear vinyl and lots of bias tape this time around!

You can see everything I made HERE!

What is your favorite item shown in the video? I would love to know!

Don’t forget you can join the Sew Your Stash facebook group to share the projects you are making from your stash.

BTW do you do any online shopping!? Did you know you can use that shopping to help support the Whitney Sews content you enjoy?!?

If you are shopping through Amazon I would love for you to use my Amazon referral link. By clicking the link first (then continue to shop on Amazon as normal) Amazon knows I referred you and sends me a small percentage. That money goes right back into creating high quality sewing tutorials for you to enjoy!

I greatly appreciate your support in any form, from using my referral links to sharing my videos with your friends!

Until next time, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

Zippered Tote Bag WITH Pockets

I LOVE when a project turns out exactly as planned! Shortly after my last zipper tote bag tutorial I was inspired to design another zippered tote bag in a completely different style AND WITH POCKETS! A couple of weeks ago some fabrics in my stash motivated me to finally give this design a try and it turned out EXACTLY how I wanted! So today I’m sharing the step-by-step tutorial for a zippered tote bag with pockets.

This bag includes a fully finished pocket on the front and back, a unique strap design and of course the zipper on top.

As you can imagine, a bag like this does require quite a lot of pieces in all different sizes.  So I made a separate 6 page PDF with everything from the yardage requirements to cutting details and much more.  You can pick up your copy over on my shop page or on Patreon if you are a second tier or higher Patron.

You will need three fabrics for the tote along with some stabilizer and a zipper. For my main body fabric I used a medium weight denim. I actually bought an entire bolt of denim last Summer because I wanted to make myself some 40s inspired jeans and a few other projects. I actually wore those jeans this past Sunday! Can’t wait to wear them more now that the weather is finally cooling off again.

Anyway, the leftover denim was perfect for this project and looks great with the two cotton prints I picked out. Click HERE to watch the step by step sewing tutorial!

I would love to see pics of the bags (and other projects you make) so make sure to share them on the Whitney Sews Facebook page or tag me on Instagram @Whitney_Sews

Until next time, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

How to Make a Memory Bear from Clothing

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A few days ago I finished making a very special memory bear.  I used two of my Grandma’s shirts to make a bear for my dad.  It got me to thinking about all the bears I’ve made throughout the last two years.  Last year I made a series of videos all about making memory bears, but after making 50+ bears I definitely have even more tips and info to share.  Today I’m focusing on answering as many of the questions I’ve received about using clothing for memory bears.

 

In Fall 2017 I made a huge rag quilt for a friend using their loved one’s clothing.  I had some leftover pieces left over, so as a surprise I made a memory bear.  I wanted to try out the pattern and thought it was the perfect opportunity.  If the bear turned out I would gift it to my friend.  If it failed no one would ever know about it.  Well, as you can assume, the bear was amazing!  My friend was completely surprised and loved it.

Memory bears made from clothing

Word got out and orders started rolling in and I made many, many, many bears.  But no matter how many bears I make, I can not make one for everyone who wants one so I taught you all how to make them to.  I posted several videos last year showing everything from selecting a good pattern to sewing the final stitches.  I had no idea how many people would watch the videos and make their own bears!

I have LOVED seeing the bears you all create and hearing the stories about who they are for and the clothing used!  It makes my heart happy to know the tutorials I make have such a positive impact on people’s lives!  Some people reached out to me and said the VERY FIRST thing they ever sewed was a memory bear using my step by step tutorial.  How amazing is that?!?

I do still get messages, most of them pertaining to the clothing aspect of making bears.  How to get started. What kinds of clothing can be used and more.  So today I’m sharing everything you need to know to transform clothing into memory bears

Click HERE to learn how to make a memory bear!

I would LOVE to see pics of your bears!  Please tag me on Facebook or Instagram.  Until next time, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-