Sew Hayley Jane Unboxing

Surprise!  Bonus video for this week AND a GIVEAWAY!  I wanted to show you all what came in the October Sew Hayley Jane box and give one of you a chance to win a box of your own!

Sew Hayley Jane is a monthly subscription service for fabrics and notions that comes straight to your doorstep.  It is based out of the UK, but is now also available in the U.S. The box is offered in three different sizes – mini, classic, and luxury.  The one I received (and the winner will receive) is the classic box.

Check out the unboxing video HERE to find out more about the box and how to enter the giveaway.

Make sure to also check out the Sew Hayley Jane website for more details!

I’ll be back next Wednesday with another new post.  Until then, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

 

 

Quilt Binding – Quilting Quicky



This week I am kicking off a new series here on Whitney Sews!  It is called Quilting Quicky.  Each video will focus on a specific quilting technique so it’s easy to refer back to later, instead of being mixed in with a full project.  This week’s Quilting Quicky is all about quilt binding!

I have one binding method that is my go-to!  It is fast and easy and gives me great results every time.  Check out the step-by-step video tutorial HERE!

In the video I also cover how to know the number of WOF (width of fabric) strips you need to cut for your binding.  Below is the graphic from the video in case you need to pin it to refer back to later.

Let me know in the comments below what other quilting techniques you want me to cover in upcoming Quilting Quicky videos as well as sewing tutorials you want to see.  Until next time, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

Skyler’s Baby Quilt – DIY Inspiration




I’ve had a lot of people ask me over the years where I learned how to sew/where I get my talent from.  It is DEFINITELY from my mom!  She made a lot of my clothes when I was little and I remember standing next to her sewing table watching the pieces of fabric go under the presser foot and come out looking amazing.

My mom makes a unique quilt for each of her grandchildren and I love how precious they are.  I hope when my children are older they will have similar memories of having a mother/grandmother who sews and treasure their quilts.  Mom and I did a DIY Inspiration for Peyton’s Quilt last year.  So when we realized we never did one for Skyler’s quilt we grabbed my camera and started filming!

Watch the DIY Inspiration with my mom and I HERE!

My mom chose a fun design that alternates feature blocks of children’s prints with bright pinwheels.  It’s a great way to showcase fabrics you love and incorporate leftovers from your stash.

She also added a narrow flange of white fabric to serve as a small visual break between the busy blocks and border.  I’ve never incorporated a flange in any of my quilts, but I really want to now!

Of course my favorite part of the quilts are the custom labels my mom includes on the back.  This way everyone knows whose quilt it is and that is was made with love by grandma!

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing Skyler’s quilt and hearing from my mom how she created it!

Many more quilt videos are coming soon, so make sure to subscribe!  Until next time, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

The Panel Tote




It feels like it has been forever since my last post!  I have been taking a little bit of a personal break, but I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things and back to posting new videos!

Today I have a tutorial for you showing how to make The Panel Tote using the Pins + Needles Kits pattern.  It is a fun tote bag to make that includes piping, quilting, inside pockets, and much more.  You can pick up your copy of the pattern HERE!

I typically come up with my own patterns/designs when I’m making projects, but I had a great time using someone else’s pattern.  The bag has features that I never would have thought to include on my own and different ways to do techniques.  The part I found the most interesting were the handles.  I had never made handles this way, but I will definitely be using this method again.

BTW don’t you just LOVE the fabrics on this bag?!?  It’s Howdy from Moda fabrics.  I got mine, along with everything else I used to make this bag, in my September Pins + Needles Kits box.  I rarely get the opportunity to work with such adorable and high quality fabrics and I’m loving it!

Click HERE to watch my step-by-step video tutorial for the Panel Tote!

Let me know in the comments below what is your favorite part of the Panel Tote??  Make sure to come back next Wednesday for another new video.  Until then, Happy Sewing!

Whitney

 

*This video was sponsored by Pins + Needles Kits*

 

Storybook Cabin – Log Cabin Quilt Blocks



In my last Sew Your Stash update I showed a fun fussy cut log cabin quilt I had designed and started making.  A ton of people requested a tutorial on it, so that is what I’m showing how to make today!

This is a fun quilt to make to feature a cute print.  All my centers are cut from one fat quarter of fabric.  To plan out the design, and know where to put which color of strips, I drew out the design before starting.

I LOVE designing different log cabin quilts so it dawned on me one day to make some blank templates that I can color my designs onto.  This made things SO much easier!  Before I was using graph paper and if I messed up or changed my mind I had to not only recolor everything, but also draw out the block shapes again.

If you are interested in getting the templates I created you can find them in my shop tab or click HERE to go right there.  I created templates for log cabin quilts with 3 logs (like the one shown above), 4 logs and 5 logs as well as pages that have the blocks spaced out so they can be cut apart and rotated for even more design options.  You can print the PDF as many times as you want to design endless log cabin quilts!

Anyway, back to this quilt.  After I decided on the color layout I wrote a single letter in the center square of each block to represent the fussy cut square that would be used (Ex. P – princess, C – castle).  Once you have your design you are ready to start sewing!

Click HERE to watch the step-by-step video tutorial!

How easy, and cute are these blocks?!?  I can’t wait to get the other 6 finished so I can show how to put the rest of the quilt together!

Make sure to come back next week for another new video.  Until then, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

 

Tips for Using Sewing Kits and Patterns | PINS + NEEDLES KIT GIVEAWAY


This week I had the opportunity to work with Pins + Needles Kits to bring you a fun video full of tips and helpful hints for working with sewing kits and patterns.  I got a box in the mail full of everything needed to make the Just in Case pattern from By Annie.

You can use the coupon code WHITNEYSEWS10 to save $10 off your first box from Pins + Needles!

Check out the video HERE to see me make the project from start to finish and find out how you can win your own free box from Pins + Needles!

I had a lot of fun making this project and doing something a little different than my usual tutorials.  Next week I’ll be back with a new quilt tutorial so make sure to come back for that.  Until then, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

Finishing Quilts and Starting More | Sew Your Stash



This week I am so excited to share another Sew Your Stash update!  I made a huge dent in my WIP pile as well as making several new projects.

Check out the video HERE to see what all I’ve been sewing!

All the tutorials mentioned in the video are linked in the description box on youTube.

I hope you all enjoyed the update!  Until next time, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

Double Pocket Crossbody Bag



I love when a project has lots of ways it can be transformed to create many variations!  This bag is the forth variation of my original 5 Minute Zipper Bag!  It started out as a very basic, unlined bag created to help beginners get used to working with zippers.  Then after receiving many, many requests for a lined bag I created a lined version.  I began to wonder if it was possible to combine two of the lined bags to create a fun double pocket version, and sure enough, it worked!  Then I got the idea to add a strap so it could be worn as a crossbody bag.  That is what I’ll be showing how to do today!

To make your bag you will need:
2-4 fabrics
2 D rings (mine measure 7/8 inch inside)
2 zippers (at least 11 inches in length)
Pellon Shape Flex (optional)

Small pocket – 10.5 x 15 inches (one lining and one outer)
Large pocket – 10.5 x 21 inches (one lining, one outer, one shape flex)
Tabs – 2.5 x 3 inches (two from any fabric and two shape flex)

After your pieces are cut out you’re ready to sew your bag together!  Click HERE to watch the full tutorial!

It’s the french seams that make this bag so easy to create!  I love incorporating french seams into my projects to easily finish of all the raw edges inside a project.  Check out my entire french seams playlist HERE!

Let me know in the comments are there are any other variations of this bag you would like me to make.  Until next time, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

Adjustable Bag Strap


 

This week I wanted to share a basic tutorial that can be used for lots of different projects.  It is an adjustable bag strap.  This one is made out of foam stabilizer and fabric, which allows you to match it to any print or design you want.  *If you need your strap to be very, very sturdy (ex. heavy camera bag strap) consider making it out of store bought woven strap material instead of sewing your own strap, but still follow the tutorial to know how to add the clips and slider to make it adjustable.*

The hardware I used in the tutorial was cut off of old bags and purses that were beyond use.  This is a fantastic way to get hardware, buttons, etc for little to no cost, especially if you are trying new projects and aren’t sure how they will turn out.  In the future I plan to buy some in larger quantities such as THIS and THIS.

The size you cut your fabric and stabilizer will depend on what size of hardware you’re using.  Mine measures about 3/4 – 7/8 inch on the inside opening.

With that measurement in mind I cut 2 strips of fabric 2.5 inches wide.  This allows enough material for it to be folded in half and a half inch of each side to be turned in for the seam allowance.  So the strap will finish 3/4 inch wide.  I like my straps super long since I’m fairly tall so I believe my strap (presewn) is something like 50-60 inches in length, but got with whatever length you need plus several extra inches for making the adjustable part.  I wanted the foam stabilizer just slightly smaller than the strap so I cut 2 pieces 5/8 inches wide.

The fusible foam stabilizer I used is the Bosal In R Foam Plus.  It is a double sided stabilizer that is not only fusible, but easy to sew through.

It would have probably been better to use the single sided fusible foam for this project since I did only fuse one side, but I used what I had on hand.  But if you want to check out the single sided bosal you can find it HERE.

Ok, so now that all that is out of the way, click HERE to watch the step-by-step adjustable strap how to.

Next week I’m going to share a really neat way to make a crossbody bag that this strap is perfect for!  Until next time, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

Double Pocket Lined Zipper Bag {EASY}


In the past I have shared my Five Minute Zipper Bag tutorial which is the EASIEST way ever to sew a zipper bag! After many, many requests I made a lined version of the bag. This week I wanted to show a fun way to use that same idea to create a double pocket lined zipper bag.

You will need:
2-4 cotton fabrics (the outer fabric for the small pocket can be a directional print, the rest need to be non-directional prints)
2 zippers measuring at least 10 inches (do not use metal zippers)

Cutting Measurements:


Small pocket – 9.5 x 13 inches (one lining and one outer)
Large pocket – 9.5 x 21 inches (one lining and one outer)

Once your materials are cut watch the step-by-step video tutorial HERE to learn how to sew the bag together!

I absolutely love this bag and have come up with so many different things I want to use it for!  I know if Peyton sees it she will try to claim it for herself!  Let me know if you want to see more bag how tos and other projects using french seams.

If you give this tutorial a try please share a pic using #WhitneySews so I can see it!

Until next time, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-