DIY Neck Warmer – 30 Minute Project

Who doesn’t want to stay warm and be fashionable at the same time?!?  This week you can learn how to make a cute and cozy neck warmer that takes less than 30 minutes to make!  It’s very beginner friendly and great for last minute gifts for the men or women in your life.

I used a purple quilting cotton for the outside of mine and a ripple cuddle fabric for the lining.  It is so cozy!  I used a fun Star Wars print and flannel for my husband’s neck wrap.  He wanted his to just stop the wind, and not be as plush as mine.

Learn how to make your own using the step-by-step video tutorial HERE!

I used plastic snaps on my neck warmer because they are so easy to use, but you can definitely use some fun buttons and buttonholes as the closure on yours.  If you want to learn how to set snaps in a project like this, click HERE!

I’ll have another new tutorial next Wednesday, until then, Happy Sewing!



Paper Pieced Christmas Stocking | Holiday How to

Who is ready for a new holiday how to?!?  This week I’ll be showing how to sew a paper pieced Christmas stocking.  You can turn it into a mug rug or make several for a table runner or quilt.

I absolutely love paper piecing because it allows me to create designs that would be very complicated or even impossible to create with traditional piecing.  For this particular paper piecing pattern I made two mirror image versions so the stocking can point to the left or to the right.  Get your PDF stocking pattern HERE!

Learn how to sew your pattern together using my step-by-step video tutorial.   Click HERE to watch!

What other holiday how tos would you like to see on Whitney Sews??  I’ll be back next week with another tutorial to help you stay warm in the cold winter weather.  Until then, Happy Sewing!



Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2017

It’s that time of year again!  Time for my 6th annual Handmade Holiday Gift Guide!  Every year I share a video full of handmade items that would make great gifts for the upcoming holiday season.  For every idea shared there is a step-by-step tutorial already available on my channel for you to follow along with.  This year’s guide includes gift options for the kids, ladies, and men in your life.  Many of them are easy to make and great for sewing from your stash.

Click HERE to watch the 2017 Handmade Holiday Gift Guide!

Make sure to come back Wednesday for a new holiday how to and until then, Happy Sewing!


Newsboy Hat How to with FREE Pattern


I am so excited for this week’s tutorial!  I have been making newsboy hats for 9 years and shared a hat tutorial HERE on Whitney Sews almost 7 years ago.  That tutorial was filmed on my old camera and the pattern was hard to print and use, so it is definitely time for an updated version!

These hats are so much fun to make and wear!  I love to recycle old pants to use for the materials and incorporate some of the seams and details into the finished hat.  This keeps the hats eco friendly, budget friendly, and one of a kind!  I get compliments on my hats all the time and people are always impressed when I say I made it.  You can start impressing others too when you make your own hat using my FREE pattern and step-by-step tutorial!  Click HERE to get your PDF pattern!

Learn how to make your newsboy hat using my video tutorial HERE!


Love this tutorial and FREE pattern and want to help support future Whitney Sews tutorials??  You can do so by donating HERE.

I’ll be back in a few days with my Handmade Holiday Gift Guide for 2017!  It is full of tutorials that would make great presents for the upcoming holiday season.  Until then, Happy Sewing!


Straight Line Quilting a Pinwheel – Quilting Quicky

I have had a few different projects pop up recently that incorporated pinwheels and I knew exactly how I wanted them quilted!  I wanted a line of stitching just inside every side of each section.  So I needed to figure out how I could get the look I wanted in the easiest way possible.  After a couple of tries I realized it could be done in one continuous stitching line if I followed the correct pattern.

I originally sketched out the stitching order in pencil and even though I understood it I knew it would be super confusing to anyone else.  So I redrew it in color order!  *I love color order so much!*  Below is the stitching graphic for how I quilt my pinwheels.  Simply start at the black dot and follow the arrows in color order around the image to quilt your pinwheel.

Make sure to pin and save the graphic to have it next to you while you are at your sewing machine quilting.

Click HERE to watch the video where I show step-by-step quilting one of my pinwheels.

After you quilt a few pinwheels and get the hang of it you can really start at any point on the block and just keep following the same pattern until you get back to where you started.

For the Star Wars quilt pictured above I started quilting on the tan/blue pinwheel in its upper left corner.  I quilted the pinwheel then when I got back to where I started I stitched straight up into the feature block above and did some straight line stitching then went right into the yellow/white pinwheel, quilted that one and moved to the feature block below.  I was able to continue that pattern to quilt two full rows of the quilt in one continuous stitching line!  Then I repeated the pattern with the next two rows, etc.  You can see more of my Star Wars quilt HERE!

On the Oklahoma Harvest mini quilt I quilted each pinwheel separately then quilted straight lines on each of the sashing/cornerstone pieces.  Click HERE to learn how to make the Oklahoma Harvest quilt!

I hope this helps gave you the confidence to try sewing/quilting some pinwheels!  Let me know what other quilt blocks or techniques you want to see covered in a future Quilting Quicky video.  Until next time, Happy Sewing!


Oklahoma Harvest Quilt Tutorial

This week I am so excited to share a new quilt tutorial.  Well, new for you…not for me.  This is one of the first quilts I ever designed, 12 years ago, the summer after I graduated high school!  I am FINALLY turning some of those old design sketches into actual finished quilts!

I actually partnered up with a company called Arteza to create this tutorial.  Because of that partnership the companion PDF is FREE!  The PDF includes cutting measurements, a colored graphic to help with the piecing, as well as a blank graphic you can print and color to try out other fabric colors.  Click HERE to download your PDF!  Once you go through the ‘checkout’ process there will be a button to click to download the PDF on that page.

This quilt is made up of four 13 inch blocks for a nice wall hanging size, but feel free to make twelve blocks for the perfect baby quilt size!

Learn how to make the quilt using Whitney’s step-by-step video tutorial.  You can find the tutorial HERE!

Make sure to stick around to the end of the video to find out how to enter the giveaway to win some Arteza supplies of your own!

Let me know if you want to see more tutorials showcasing some of my original quilt designs!  Until next time, Happy Sewing!


DIY Frozen Costumes – DIY Inspiration

This year for Halloween we let Peyton pick what she wanted to dress up as and after two days of thinking she decided to be Elsa and that Skyler was going to be Anna (poor Skyler got no say in it).  Now I see Elsa and Anna costumes at the thrift store all the time and could have picked them up for about $1.50 each…but that’s not how I do things.  I wanted to create the costumes myself!  So I did hit the thrift store, but for clothes I could cut up and refashion.

I picked up a prom dress and two white shirts for Elsa.

For Anna I got a blue button up, black button up, silk skirt, and maroon jacket.

I could not be happier with how the costumes turned out and how cute the girls looked in them!  Check out my DIY Inspiration HERE to hear more about the process of making the costumes.

Who did you/your kids dress up as for Halloween??  This was the first year in a while that I didn’t dress up because I didn’t have enough time to make a costume for myself (or Jeremiah).  Anyway, hope you enjoyed seeing the costumes.  Until next week, Happy Sewing!


Star Wars Quilt – DIY Inspiration

Some of you may remember the Star Wars quilt I mentioned designing in my last DIY Inspiration video.  I started working on it…and just couldn’t stop until it was finished!  I spent one week (about 25 working hours) on the quilt and it turned out so amazing!

The quilt features several Star Wars prints along with many low volume prints, all from my stash.  The backing also includes a few of the prints to help make the most out of my fabric yardage.

Check out the video HERE to hear more about this quilt!

BTW if you haven’t noticed the trend lately…I’m really into quilting right now!  I do have some other sewing projects in the works, but am loving quilting and following that motivation at the moment.   I started my first quilt when I was 14 and designed several quilts when I was 18.  At the time I didn’t even know how to piece together the designs I was sketching out.  But I’ve learned so much over the years that I can now easily figure out how to create those designs.  It is so exciting to see how far my sewing skills have come and actually make some of my original quilt designs.  I have a video coming in a few weeks where I’ll be showing how to make a mini quilt I designed in 2005 right after I graduated high school!  I can’t wait to share it soon!  Until next time, Happy Sewing!


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!




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!