Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Lined Baby Hat

Lined Baby Hat Pattern

Located below is the pattern for creating lined baby hats/beanies. Perfect project for using your old soft t-shirts!  Use my tutorial to complete the project.

When printing chose ‘fit to page’ or ‘none’ on scaling so they will print properly.

**These patterns were created for personal use and gift giving only! Please do not sell items made using my Whitney Sews template and tutorial.**

*UPDATE- I have had a few people tell me they've had trouble printing this pattern the right size.  I going to give the measurements so when you print it you can double check the size and adjust if needed.  The bottom edge should measure around 7 3/4 inches.  From top to bottom should be 5 1/4 inches.  You can also cut the band to 16 X 5 inches to make it easier.  Hope that helps :)

Sewing Pattern Markings

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide

Some ideas for projects you can make for gifts to give for Christmas or other occasions.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A Message from Annie

Creating Handmade on a Budget

With the holidays approaching many of use are looking for ways to save money. This means lots of crafty people creating handmade gifts.  I wanted to share 4 tips for staying on budget when buying supplies. 

Zipper Headband

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

Whitney Sews on Threadbanger!

You all have no idea how exciting it is for me to be a part of Threadbanger!  Without the inspiration from Threadbanger, I never would have started Whitney Sews.  I've been a part of Threadbanger for almost two months now...but my first tutorial was posted on the TB youTube channel TODAY!

Here it is...I hope you love it!


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Etsy Store Sale!

I was laid off this last Monday from my day job.  Since then I've been hard at work sewing new items for my etsy store.  Because of all the new items that are being added, I have slashed prices on older inventory by 15-20%Buy 2 or more items and receive free shipping (shipping costs will be refunded via paypal once payment is received).

Now is a great time to start thinking about holiday gift *wink*

Head over to my store to see what's on sale and keeping checking back for new items :)

My newest item! Many more vintage character items coming soon :)

Animal Hood Patten

Located below are the patterns for creating your own animal hood. Personalize yours by adding whatever ears, spikes, etc. that you like.  Use my tutorial found on Threadbanger to put the pattern pieces together and complete the project.

When printing chose ‘fit to page’ or ‘none’ on scaling so they will print properly. 

**These patterns were created for personal use and gift giving only! Please do not sell items made using my Whitney Sews template and tutorial.**

Cute Hot Diggity Dog

Monday, October 17, 2011

Halloween Linkage

Welcome to my first linkage post...I hope to do more of these in the future :)

My video explaining what this is and a little bit about each video posted below.

My Halloween Favs-

Friday, October 7, 2011

Owl Plushies and Other Projects

Owl Templates-

Owl Templates

Located below are two templates for creating owl items. The larger can be used to make an owl coaster or plushie. The smaller pattern is perfect for creating key chains and Christmas ornaments. 
Click the photos and save to computer. When printing chose ‘fit to page’ or ‘none’ on scaling so they will print properly.

**These patterns were created for personal use and gift giving only! Please do not sell items made using my Whitney Sews template and tutorial.**

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Big News!

When I started Whitney Sews in May 2009 it was a final video project for college.  It was only meant to be the 1 episode and nothing more.  I never would have dreamed that over 2 years later I would still be on youTube creating tutorials on a weekly basis.  I had been watching Threadbanger since December of 2007 and it was inspiration from Corinne, Rob, and Meg that helped me come up with the idea of Whitney Sews. 

So having said all that you can only imagine my excitement when I was asked to be a part of the Threadbanger relaunch!  At first I wasn't sure if it was legit, so I contacted Corinne and she confirmed it was I squealed.  After my phone conversation with a gal at Next New Networks who is working with TB- I squealed.  The day the announcement video went up- I squealed!  There has been a lot of excited squealing happening around here :) 

Anyway, the way things work is there are 5 core channels and we take turns posting a Monday Haul video on the TB channel.  Then sometime that week we post a corresponding video on our personal channels using the items we showed in the haul for a tutorial.  I think it's going to be a great way to showcase more DIYers and give viewers the opportunity to subscribe to the channels they like.  There will also be some viewer submitted videos and editor picks from Corinne. 

I'm so thankful that I get to be a part of a channel that has meant so much to me over the past several years!  It's really helped to encourage and inspired me to come up with better tutorials.  Also thank you to everyone who has supported Whitney Sews!  Without you all I would never have made it this far! 

I think that's all the news for to work on some new videos...

Envelope Style Pillow Sham

youTube is giving me here is the link to the tutorial :)  Hope you like it!

Gatsby Collection Inspired Flowers

YouTube isn't letting me here's the link :)

Basic Sewing Supplies

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Craft Tutorial

This is a quick little tutorial I created and posted to my second youtube channel. Hope you enjoy!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Sewing Projects

I've been sharing what I'm working on over on the Whitney Sew's facebook page...but I thought it was time for an update here :)

Yesterday I spent the entire day sewing!  Have to have something to keep me busy inside since it's so hot outside!  I made two pillow shams using a vintage Smurf sheet (they are super cute!), I finished a whale shaped zipper bag also using vintage sheets for material, and I started a paper pieced string wall quilt (using my latest tutorial) to use up a lot of my fabric scraps.  All of these items will be for sale in my handmade etsy store Generation Gap once I get them photographed. 

Speaking of my store...I currently have 2 cuffs listed made using this tutorial.  I had so much fun that I kept making them :)  I also listed the newsboy hat I made in another tutorial.  Lastly, I have 2 wrap skirts I need to photograph and list.  They are based off the wrap skirt tutorial for a while back. 

Well that's what I've been up to...I would love to hear what you all are working on!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Comment Info

I just wanted to write a quick note to all you lovely people who read, watch, and comment on this blog.  I appreciate every single one of you!  I read every comment left- whether on this blog or on youTube.  However recently blogger has had some sort of glitch and is not allowing me to leave comments on other people's blogs.  I'm not sure what the problem is, but when I go to the commenter's blog to respond it keeps saying I'm not logged matter how many times I sign in.  I want to apologize to everyone who has commented and not received a response.  Hopefully this problem fixed soon.

Hemming Basics

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

New Tutorial!

5,000 Subscriber Contest Rules

Two ways to enter:

1st- Submit a photo of a project you created using one of my tutorials or a project you created that was inspired by one of my tutorials.  To submit email me at whitneysews[at]gmail[dot]com with the subject line 'Whitney Sews Contest'.  You can enter up to 3 times with 3 different projects in 3 separate emails.

2nd- Leave a comment on the contest video on youTube telling me which Whitney Sews tutorial is your favorite. 

One winner will be chosen for each contest from qualifying entries.

To qualify-
MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER- I will check :)
Open international
18+ years or have parents permission
Enter by June 8th at Midnight Central time

Backstitch Basics

Thursday, May 19, 2011


I love the Pirates of the Caribbean movies! So in honor of the new one I created a pirate themed tutorial :)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Faux Feather Earring

I love how these earrings turned out!

Faux Feather Earring Template

Click the photo to enlarge then save to your computer. Print with 'fit to page' or 'none' selected for scaling.

For use in the Faux Feather Earring Whitney Sews tutorial.

Sewing Basics- Bobbin

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Stuffed Bunny Tutorial

Stuffed Bunny Template

Click the photo to enlarge then save to your computer. Print with 'fit to page' or 'none' selected for scaling.

For use with the stuffed bunny tutorial...or for coloring pages for kids :)

Follow the directions in the video tutorial for cutting and sewing instructions.

*If you are making this for a child use an alternative for the eyes to make things safer*

Sewing Basics- Finishing Seams

Friday, April 8, 2011

Friday, March 25, 2011

Crocheting in a Circle

In Fall 2009 I did a co-hosted episode with my friend Angela and we all got a great lesson in crocheting. She just came out with a tutorial on her channel for crocheting in a circle to create a flower. Go check her video out and let her know I sent you :)

*Blogger isn't letting me embed today, so here's the link*


Thinking of Buying a Vintage Machine?

I get questions all the time about vintage sewing machine...probably because I own so many. So when I came across a great article with tips of what to look for when buying a vintage machine I knew I should share it.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Newsboy Hat...Finally

Newsboy Hat Pattern

Pattern for the Whitney Sews Newsboy Hat Tutorial. Click the photo to enlage and save to your computer. Then print with 'fit to page' or 'none' selected for scaling. Cut the pattern out just inside of the black outlines.

*This pattern is for personal use only. Please do not sell hats made using this pattern and tutorial*

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Lace for Sale

The lace is a beautiful blue/grey color. It is 1/2 inch wide and there are about 100 yards available.

*The lace is $.60 a yard with a minimum of 5 yards.
*For 10 yards+ the price is lowered to $.55 a yard.
*There is a $1 shipping charge on all U.S. orders.

To order email me the number of yards you want and I will send a paypal invoice for the cost + $1 for U.S. shipping (outside the U.S.- email me the number of yards you want and your country and I will figure the shipping costs.) Once payment is received the lace will be mailed.

My email- Whitneysews[at]gmail[dot]com

Medieval Monday Part 3

**Blogger hasn't been working for me since Sunday...which is why this is so late**

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Tutorial Thursday...

...really late because of embedding problems...

So here's the link to this week's tutorial :)

Blogs and Sewing Supplies

Tonight I found a couple of great blogs and I've been going through their archives for the last hour or two. I love finding new inspirations and ideas! Both blogs have wonderful photos (because I tend to not do a lot of reading on blogs...) and tons of tutorials.
Make It and Love It


On Noodlehead I found a great post that has photos showing sewing supplies and each item is numbered. Then below the photos is the item name and a short description on some. It's a great post to look at if you are new to sewing and don't know what supplies you need or if you've heard the name of an item several times but aren't sure what it you can look at the photos and find out :)

So go check out these two blogs and let me know what you think. Also let me know if your 'to make' list doubles after looking at the blogs for awhile...I think mine just did...

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Hand Sewing Tips

Great video that was uploaded today on a channel I'm subscribed to. Go check it out and subscribe if you like it!

(For some reason I'm having trouble embedding things right I've linked the two sentences above. Just click it and the video will open up in a new page.)

Geek Week Tutorial

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011

A Little Different

A little over a week ago I saw that Burda Style was hosting an open casting call for a one-time 10 minute spot on a PBS sewing show. I decided to submit an audition video and here it is! Let me know what you think :)

Friday, January 7, 2011

Wednesday, January 5, 2011