Monday, August 31, 2009

Lunch Box with Marlo Bloom Flower:)

Ok, now I am done!! I have been waiting for an excuse to make this beautiful Marlo Bloom Flower by Heather Bailey. I couldn't help myself when I saw that I had polka dots and strips in Red!!!! The original Lunch box pattern by Oh Fransson suggested a flower....... I just pumped it up a bit. I love pretty things!! Now display my lunch box proudly instead of hiding it in a drawer.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Sew Spoiled twist on the Oh, Fransson Lunchbox

This is a wonderful pattern by Oh, Fransson's, the Lunchbox pattern:) It is a free lunchbox pattern and I love the look. I used the dimensions given in the pattern for my daughter's lunch box. The reason I wanted to try it was the iron-on vinyl. I have never used this project before and I wanted to see what this product was like. I found that the iron-on vinyl was easy to apply but once on, if the bag is crumpled for any reason it looks beat up and in need of an ironing again. So I don't think it is a perfect product but it is really cool:) that you can waterproof any fabric you choose by applying the iron-on vinyl. Maybe it will get even better in the future.
This is the platypus side. My daughter loves Phineas and Ferb! In this cartoon there is a platypus called Perry who is a secrete agent. She wanted a platypus lunch box, so Mommy makes her one. (That's what mommies do.)
This is the Emily embroidered side. I added a decorative flower like the pattern suggests.
Super cute for any girly girl going to school or work.
I do want to share with you my Sew Spoiled twist. It is one that you can not see in these pictures. When I read through the instructions I realized that you make the outer shell and the lining separately. Finally, place the lining inside the outer shell and hand sew the top of the two together.
I like to flip my bags. Which means I made the four parts; draw string casing, straps, outer shell and lining. Then I layered them, first outer shell (right side out), second handles (Rick rack facing the outer shell right side facing), third draw string casing (right side facing the straps) and fourth the lining wrong side out (right side facing the draw string casing). I pinned everything in place and sewed around the top of the lunch box. Finally, I flipped the lunchbox right side out through a small hole in the lining. I finished the bag by closing up the lining hole, top stitching around the top of the lunchbox and threading ribbon through the casing.
If I make another one, I will take pictures of how these steps are achieved because I truly feel it was easier and probably faster.
I hope you give this lunchbox a try!! It was so much fun to make and bring into work the next day! I know Emily loves her one of a kind Platypus Lunchbox.
Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Mac Laptop Sleeve for my Hubby

Mac Laptop Sleeve
Originally uploaded by Sew Spoiled
This is the first thing I have ever made my husband! I know, that sounds terrible but it is hard to find things to sew for your guy. Not to mention fabric that is not black to create your project with. The Laptop sleeve is a Sew Spoiled design with Amy Butler fabric, imperial fans in spinach, I found at the Fabric Bar Etsy shop.
Hey, I have an idea!!! If you know of a great pattern to sew your guy please share it with me or us:) !!! Or if you know a great looking fabric that is not black! Please share with us the designer and the name of the fabric, maybe even where we can find it.
Happy Sewing!!
~Can't wait to see your posts!!!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Office Chair Recover Project

Have you ever had a project that you keep putting off?? Well, this chair has been on my to do list forever. The black original fabric was torn and worn out. I had a little help taking off the handles and hardware but once the cushions were off I was on a roll. First, I recovered the bottom cushion. We pulled the fabric over the cushion and stapled it down with a staple gun. I had my husband help me because you need one person to hold the fabric and the other to staple.
The top cushion is covered like a slip cover. I draped the fabric over the cushion and drew the cushion shapes onto the back of the fabric with a fabric marker. Then I cut out the shapes and pinned the slip cover, right sides together, along the cushion's old seam lines. Finally, I sewed the slip cover using the pins as a guide for the seam allowance. I left a hole open along the bottom, back of the slip cover so I could fit it over the cushion. After fitting it over the cushion, I hand sewed the rest of the slip cover closed. I added 4 fabric covered buttons to pull the fabric closer to the cushion.Over all this was an easy project and I wish I had braved it along time ago. What projects are you putting off?? Is fear keeping you from cutting your favorite fabric?? Go for it! You can do it!! Share it with us!! Write me at and we will share it with everyone.
Happy Sewing!
Bye, Bye! Old Chair!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sew Liberated's Gnome Messenger Bag

It's starting to be that time again. Tax free weekend was last weekend here in NC and teachers report back to school Friday, if you are not on the year round track. I always try to make myself something special when returning to school and this year is no different. Looking around my sewing room I found Sew Liberated's, Mischievous Gnome Messenger Bag pattern stuffed in the back of my pattern box. It had never been opened! I opened the pattern up and looked it over.
Next, I had to find what fabric to use. I had some Japanese fabric that I bought from the Fabric Bar Etsy shop. I had saved it for a rainy day and this was the perfect opportunity to use it. I gathered all of the supplies and cut all the pieces out. The instructions were very easy to follow and understand. I loved the simplicity of the design and I think I would like to incorporate that into my own patterns. I am rather short so I decided to make my strap adjustable. I found the hardware at 3D Pattern Paper. The 2" d-rings, 2" rectangle slider and 2" swivel hooks are perfect for the strap you make with the Mischievous Gnome Messenger Bag pattern. Also I added an extra bow to the front. I love how it turned out. Now all I need is a matching Pink Chalk Note Taker and Sew Spoiled Laptop Sleeve to go in my new Sew Liberated Mischievous Gnome Messenger Bag.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Brad Project, Dress Up Your Tote

Clear Acrylic Sealer
Scrapbook Brads
Peltex or a stiff interfacing 2.5"X2.5"
Seam Riper
Spray your brads if they are decorative paper pieces used for scrapbooking. These I found at Target, but you can find these anywhere.
Try to look at the brads themselves, the bigger the better.
I made a dot with a invisible ink pen, cut two tiny holes for the brad tabs and pushed the tabs through. Then make two small holes in the center of the 2.5"X2.5" peltex interfacing and push the brad tabs through.
Open the brad tabs so that it will stay in place!
You are done! What a fast and easy idea!!! I hope you give it a try:)
Happy Crafting!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Sew Spoiled Creations by Customers:)

I just received some more beautiful pictures of Sew Spoiled Designs by Marlene and Brooke!! I wanted to share them with you! I know that when I see creative ideas, I want to be more creative too. If you have any pictures of Sew Spoiled Designs you have made email them to and I will post them on this blog!
By Brooke
I love the pink and brown! So Cute!!!

By Marlene
I Love her fabric, bright and gorgeous!
By Marlene
I love Amy Butler's fabric. This looks like a fun wristlet to wear!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Sew Spoiled Ladybug Backpack Creations!

I wanted to share with you some pictures from Kara. She is a WAHM, Work at Home Mom, and she is owner of Sew Appealing. If you have a chance to visit her store do, she creates everything from car seat covers to curtains for your new nursey. She recently made two beautiful Sew Spoiled Ladybug Backpacks and shared the pictures with me! I love them so much I wanted to share them with you. Wonderful job!!! Her fabrics cooridnate and look great together.
If you have completed a Sew Spoiled Pattern project send pictures to me at and I will post them and showcase you on my blog! Thanks again Kara for the pictures. I really appreciate you sharing these with me:)
Happy Sewing!