About Whitney


Hi everyone, I’m Whitney, the creator and host of Whitney Sews.

I live in Oklahoma with my husband, Jeremiah, and our two daughters.  I share weekly sewing tutorials here on WhitneySews.com and on youTube.  The first Whitney Sews tutorial was created for a college final ELEVEN years ago!  I haven’t stopped since and have only gotten better and better (both in sewing skills and teaching)!

I strive to explain every project so it is easy for anyone to understand.  I want sewing to be accessible and achievable for everyone, no matter their skill level.  There are hundreds of free sewing tutorials already on my channel along with sewing vlogs, hauls, cosplays inspiration, and more. Plus new videos are being added all the time!

New to my tutorials??  This PLAYLIST is a great place to start!

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Have a wonderful day and Happy Sewing!



  1. grace carter says:

    Hi Whitney! I love your you tube tutorials! Thank you! I was looking to use your everyday tote bag and I can find the video and the written instructions- but no pattern- is that all I need? Thanks again

  2. Kimberly says:

    I watch your tutorial on making a memory bear. I have only sewn curtains and I must say it was a challenge cutting a pattern. I did make it and it looks really good. I didn’t realize til I got to end you didn’t show how to make a vest. Is this on another tutorial? I am having hard time understanding the directions from the pattern

  3. Sue lievesley says:

    Please can you help Whitney, I wanted to download one of your patterns and now it appears you’ve signed me up to a monthly subscription for something I don’t want. Ive lost my partner of 45 years less than a month ago so don’t want more grief money wise. Hope you can help

    • Whitney says:

      There is no monthly subscription (or any paid item) on my website so there is nothing that could be charging you from my site. The only thing I have is my patron, but that is over on patron.com. To get my patterns simply put them in your cart then check out with only entering your name and email address. No other areas need to be filled in because the patterns are free. Hope that helps.

  4. Pamela Rhodes says:

    At the end of your vid on making a drawstring bag with a circular bottom, you asked for comments about how it can be used. I just finished a rather large version for carrying our rolled up yoga mat. It’s perfect! I love your vids and have made many various drawstring bags. Your instructions are perfect! Thank you!

  5. psklazeski@gmail.com says:

    Hello Whitney,
    Great sewing videos! Well done.
    I am curious if you use Zorb in your pads and diapers? Where do you purchase it?

    • Whitney says:

      I have used it in pads before. It was sent to me by a lovely viewer who had bought it online then never ended up using it.

  6. kelly says:

    Hi Whitney,,
    I found your car seat poncho tutorial and LOVED it. I am a complete beginner sewer and usually make things more complicated by overthinking… and it takes me 10 times longer to make anything than it claims… :/ .. having said that..I have directional fabric and am trying to figure out how to not have the dinosaurs upside down on the back side. So I figure I have to cut 2 half circles instead of the pie shape piece? But how will I account for the seams on the shoulders? And I would rather have it be one piece down the front versus having to cut and add snaps because this is for a younger child and I feel like the slit in the front and snaps would defeat the purpose of keeping him warm because he’ll keep undoing the snaps. Does that make sense? I’m hoping you can help guide me in this as I really want to make this for him. Right now Mom has a puffy coat and they both hate it! I figure this will make things easier for them both and keep him warm. I did try to find non-directional fabric but that proved challenging. Thank you for any quidance you can give a newbie like me! 🙂

  7. maha says:

    Hello, I just found your videos on YouTube and I’ve been watching so many one after the other. You mentioned that you take orders to make bears from clothes, do you still do that?

  8. Barbara says:

    Hello, thanks so much for the diy TOTE bag tutorial. I am a beginner, but your tutorial is so easy to understand and follow. I made one and it turned out so good, I am very happy with the result.
    Thanks again, from Australia,

  9. MARILYN C. ADAMS says:

    Hi Whitney
    I saw your youtube tutorial on Stuffed Animal Sleeping Bags. I went to your site but couldn’t find the measurements. Please help.
    Thank you

  10. sdkvalentine says:

    Hi Whitney,
    I don’t normally sew things to sell. But I have someone wanting me to make some memory bears. Would you mind giving me an idea of how much to charge?
    Thanks, San

    • Whitney says:

      Make a practice bear and see how long it takes. Multiply the number of hours it took by a fair wage in your area plus the full cost of supplies.

  11. Lynn Wilder says:

    Hi Whitney. QUESTION PLEASE – The lined tote bag with pockets from a 4/11 video no longer has a working link. Anyway to get the dimensions for the cut fabric? I’d love to make this bag but can’t access the materials list. Thanks.

    • Learning to Sew :) says:

      Hi Whitney, I’m thankful for you ! I made my version of the Child’s Book Bag you posted on youtube (train pieced on dark denim w green liner).
      Your communication skills are “5 Star”! Your video, voice and closed caption are just what I needed. Your video lighting, enunciation, list of materials, measurements, engineering explanation of seam allowances and so on are highly professional and made my project a success.
      I’m sending this book bag to a 5 year old who is having an extensive surgery and I feel confident with its professional appearance that it helps to express my love for him and his family. I credit you for this accomplishment.
      I went to find you on the Internet upon completing this project and got a big smile to see the photo of you w your family and also when I read/saw you are sewing for St. Judes Childrens Hospital. You’re an amazing Oklahoma gal!
      Thank you for all you do to keep inspiring people like me in so many different ways. May God bless you and yours.

  12. Joy Carey says:

    Hi Whitney! You’re a wonderful teacher for me. I’m using your tutorials to make some Christmas presents. Thank you for sharing your skills!

  13. Kathleen says:

    Hi Whitney,

    Maybe you have and I couldn’t find it, but have you done any tutorials on the printed fusible grid interfacing for making perfect squares? I’ve begun sewing with the 2.5″ grid (comes in 1″, 2″ and 2.5″)..

    It’s amazing how fast the squares work up and you don’t have to be perfect in placing them inside the printed grids. I’ve made table runners and decorated towels just using my scraps.

    It’s so much fun. If you haven’t done a tutorial on it, maybe it’s a cool one to teach.

    Enjoy your videos,

  14. Suzanne says:

    Hi Whitney. Today I purchased the PDF Download of your Log Cabin Design Templates for $2.50. I haven’t received the download yet. The payment has gone thru my bank.

    Please advise.

    • Whitney says:

      When you purchased it there should have been a link to click to download it from that page. If you created an account you can log in and see it there. But I will also send it to you at the email address you commented with just to be safe 🙂

  15. Leslie Macpherson says:

    Hi Whitney,
    So glad to see your new site and all the wonderful additions to your family! Years ago I found your newsboy hat tutorial with pattern and wanted to make about a dozen, but let fear kill that dream. Now I’ve printed out the pattern, found your You Tube video and am giving it a go! I’m getting a bionic ear, (also known as a cochlear implant) soon and want to hide my extensive scars during the healing process.

    I’m deaf and really appreciate the closed captioning on your videos. I also am a lip reader and noticed that you enunciate beautifully and I have no problem just reading your lips, when your face is visible. Keep up the wonderful work of inspiring others, like myself. Many thanks!

    • Whitney says:

      Wonderful! I’m so glad you came back and have worked up the courage to make yourself a hat! Also glad that the CC and enunciation help! I have a degree in communication and a minor in speech theatre, so making my videos clear and easy to understand is important to me 🙂 Best of luck with your bionic ear 😉

      • Leslie Macpherson says:

        Thanks for the good wishes Whitney. I finished my first hat from your pattern, and posted on Instagram. (I gave you credit with the You Tube video that I used-over and over again!) I’m sooooo excited that it turned out perfectly. I made it out of reclaimed place mats from Kohl’s and did a little tweaking. I made 4 liners to test out size, and settled on #3. It’s a floral pattern with a white background and huge light green leaves and turquoise flowers. Naturally I made it to match my wardrobe. I’d love to send pics, but don’t know how or where to do that. For those that know me, this is only the beginning of a long and productive hat making period. Many thanks again!

        • Whitney says:

          How wonderful! I’m so glad that you gave the hat tutorial a try and love how it turned out! The materials you used sound beautiful. Please add the #WhitneySews to your pic on instagram so I can find it because I definitely want to see a pic 🙂

  16. bret says:

    Loved your youtube clip showing how to use the Dexter hand sewing machine. My wife found one in her Mom’s sewing kit after her mom passed. Would it be possible for you to email a copy of the instructions? Her machine doesn’t have one. Thanks.

  17. Emily O'Beirne says:

    Dear Whitney,

    Just started watching your tutorials (I was hunting for an apron tutorial when I came across your channel on Youtube) and I would just like to say that I have really enjoyed your projects so far. My name is Emily and I am from Victoria, Australia and I am 21, it is really nice to see a person close to my age that is so accomplished in sewing. I have only just started and hope to one day be as talented as you. In my suburb it is very hard to find anyone under the age of 35 that sews! So I very much enjoy seeing your videos.

    From Emily O’Beirne

  18. Robin says:

    Whitney, I just wanted to tell you that your video of a lined tote bag is the first one I have seen that made sense to me (and I’ve looked at quite a few). Thank you very much. 🙂

  19. Julie says:

    Just found you YouTube videos, Love them, very informative. I’m really a terrible sewer, but your helpful videos have given me better skills. I want to thank you for that. My first love is knitting, and now I can sew my own carry all bag for all that yarn I seem to need.
    Congratulations on your baby news!! Best dressed baby around I’m sure.
    Thanks again, Julie.

  20. constance emily says:

    Hi Whitney! Love your tutorials! You are a clever and talented lovely young lady. Thank you for all you give. Can we send you something we have made? To show appreciation? Yours truly, Connie.

  21. Rebecca says:

    Whitney! I stumbled upon your site and I am so excited to try some of your patterns. I also just noticed that you’re from OK….me too! I do not live there any more but if you don’t mind me asking what town are you from? I am from Ada.


  22. Maria says:

    Hi Whitney,

    Love the T-shirt underwear. How long does it take to make the underwear including making the pattern first?

    Thank you,


  23. Heather says:

    Many thanks for the free bunting pattern this will save me a lot of time on my next project for my grandaughters room.

  24. Rod Van Wyngarden says:


    What a pleasant surprise when I came across your site and saw that you had read one of my books. I hope you enjoy the kids book and try some of the other books. The charities thank you for the support.
    If I can be of help, please let me know.

    Rod Van Wyngarden

    • Whitney says:

      Hi Rod! I absolutely love your books! I don’t know if you realized, but I was the narrator for the Lake Alamo series audio books 🙂 That’s how I came across them in the first place. Can’t wait to read more from you. Have a great day!

  25. caitlin says:

    Fantastic tutorials I love them! They’re very short but clear so it makes it very easy to watch and understand without being bored!! It’s great 🙂

  26. Rachel says:

    Hi, Whitney! I’ve been watching you since I discovered Threadbanger (and your channel subsequently) earlier this year. Can I just say that I am fangirling out over the fact that you’re from Oklahoma?! I’m from right outside Tulsa, although I live on an army base in Texas now for my husband’s job. I love your videos!

  27. Josie says:

    Hi! Just wanted to say your site looks great 🙂 I have been watching you for a long time now though I never comment. You channel is so fun to watch just set it to run for hours on my wii to get inspired!

  28. Jo Ann Helm says:

    I am thrilled to see how far your journey as taken you!!! I love, love, love your youtube videos and now this! Keep on going in the direction you’re taking, you will go far!!

    Have a great day!
    Jo Ann

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