Supertote Backpack with Leather Handles

I have never made a bag I liked nearly as much as this bag.  It is possible I have never OWNED a bag I like nearly as much as this bag–and I am deeply emotionally attached to my yellow full-grain pebbled leather Ralph Lauren satchel with brass hardware, so that’s saying something.  This is the […]

Charm Packs, Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, oh my!

I got a comment the other day on the Wonderland post asking about charm packs for this yummy collection–they’ve re-released the 13 most popular prints, and a customer is searching for more charms. The sad news is, there aren’t any. That’s the way charms work: they’re cut when the entire collection is cut, and only […]

Charm Pack Pattern Series, Pt 5: Skirts for Girls

Today’s charm pack idea is a simple, sweet one: charm square skirts and jumpers for girls!  This pattern, available in the Whipstitch Etsy shop (in the patterns section), is from Indygo Junction, and gives clear, concise directions to make these sweet outfits. I like that the construction is so straightforward–this was a two-ish hour project […]

Charm Pack Pattern Series, Pt. 3: Charming Necklace

Today’s charm pack pattern comes from the ladies over at the Moda Bake Shop.  Moda, the fabric manufacturer who has pioneered the precuts available today, has set up their own Research Lab to develop patterns and ideas for charm packs, jelly rolls, and other precuts.  This necklace idea is similar to one shown on Martha […]

Just My Luck! Charm Pack Pattern Series, Pt. 1

Here I’ve been, quietly plotting a weeks-long series on Things To Do With A Fat Quarter, and Sew,Mama,Sew has beaten me to it! At times I fear I am much too much of a planner, and attempt to find perfection before going public, and then I miss the boat–you know, a visualizer when I should […]

Charm Pack Projects Series: Introduction

I’ve just discovered charm packs, and to be honest, when I first saw them I thought they had NO value–maybe to a quilter, but not to anyone else. I may have said something along the lines of, “What a stupid idea–who needs 36 different pieces of itty bitty fabric??”  Boy, was I wrong! These puppies […]

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I’m Deborah, and I sew.  I got here sort of by accident, the happiest accident ever in the history of happy accidents.  I started out as a schoolteacher, then became an archaeologist, then was a stay-at-home mom, and now I’m here!   With four kids, a husband, a (lovely but largely imagined) garden, a house (which […]

Welcome to Whipstitch!

I’m Deborah, and I sew.  I got here sort of by accident, the happiest accident ever in the history of happy accidents.  I started out as a schoolteacher, then became an archaeologist, then was a stay-at-home mom, and now I’m here!   With four kids, a husband, a (lovely but largely imagined) garden, a house (which […]

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The Sew Together Bag

This is my fourth version of the Sew Together Bag.   Previously this year, I made THREE of these puppies as pencil pouches for my children for school.  Act of motherly loving self-sacrifice, it was. I don’t think this fourth version will be my last, but I’m not sure yet–the Sew Together Bag is a […]

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Seedlings!

THIS year!  Is finally The Year! After ages and ages and ages of planning a Real Garden, we’ve finally tilled the soil and sprouted seeds.

Pattern Testers Wanted!

As I work my way through posting these charm pack pattern ideas, I’ve had requests for paper copies of these patterns. Currently, I’m sending a couple versions in rotation out free with every charm pack purchase over at Whipstitch Etsy, but I have a bunch of new ideas whose patterns need refining. I’m looking for […]