Sunday, December 27, 2009

Etsy Find at Francine Toukou!


Etsy Find at Francine Toukou
Originally uploaded by Sew Spoiled

I ordered these Slate Slippers from Francine Toukou just a couple of weeks ago and they came in Saturday!!! I love receiving packages in the mail, especially when they are wrapped up like wonderful gifts! I tore into the package to find these soft, cozy slippers. My Great Grandmother use to make these for us each Christmas and slipping these onto my feet made me feel like a kid again!
If you get the opportunity, go over to Francine Toukou right now!! She has amazing prices and perfectly crocheted gifts. If you need a little warmth in your life you might want to check out her Ruffle Wraps, Beanies or Simply Slated Slippers (My personal favorite!) I also ordered the Steel Beanie for my Niece. She is a teenager so it was hard to tell if she liked it, but these are so popular! I might have to order another for me!! (I am Sew Spoiled!)
Reading her profile, I found out that she is a mad crafter, hair salon owner, author of "CROCHET CHIC", published by Lark, and "I CROCHET", published by Leisure arts!!! Not to mention a Wife and Mom of 3 boys! Can you believe that??? Awesome! I love great finds!!
Warmest Wishes!
~Leah

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Music Lovers Listen



presents 2009
Originally uploaded by Sew Spoiled

I am a music teacher by day and seamstress by night, when the two worlds collide it is magical!! The Music Lover armband is so much fun to make because the first step involves a hunt through your fabric scraps. Little pieces of gold!! Once you have collected all of your scraps and cut out the shapes, you simply iron and sew!
I am currently working on a variety of shapes for different devices out there. Also I would like to make the arm strap for small, medium and large sizes using different strap templates. That is why I love being able to sew because you can change so many variables to customize your project.
These two are gifts. I hope you enjoyed the sneak peek.
Merry Christmas!
~Leah

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Swirls and Curls Sling Bag


swirls and curls sling bag
Originally uploaded by Sew Spoiled

My mom loved the laptop sleeve bag I gave her so much that she asked for a custom bag like this. Honestly, I have been putting it off but I love how it turned out! Zipper closure, adjustable strap,4 purse feet and 6 interior pockets! I might have to make a few more! It is a combination of the Sew Spoiled laptop sleeve and the weekender tote patterns. The fabric is Michael Miller's, Mud Surf. I found it at the HyperNoodle2 fabric store on Etsy.
Happy Holidays!
~Leah

Canvas Chair


Canvas Chair
Originally uploaded by Sew Spoiled
We have had this chair forever. It is one of those chairs that has moved with our family three times. I have always wanted to take the original white canvas off and replace it. This week I finally did it!!! Now the only problem is I need to spray paint the wood and I am not sure what color to paint it. The dots are white against black and the embroidery is a dark pink. So my question is should I paint it white again, shiny black or pink????? Let me know what you think.
~Leah

Friday, December 18, 2009

Give Away Winner!!!

I wish I had a bag for everyone!! I loved all of the wonderful comments and stories!
Thank you for all participating.
The Lucky winner is...
I hope all of you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
Colour du jour, please email me at leah.sewspoiled@gmail.com
and tell me where you would like me to send your new bag.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Sew Spoiled Give Away!!

My baby sister turns 30, Dec. 17!!!! I can't believe it! I made these two beautiful black and white, damask bags to celebrate. One is for my little sister's birthday and one is for you!! That is right I am giving away one of these gorgeous bags!! This giveaway will run through midnight on December 17, 2009 with the winners being announced on December 18, 2009. The winner will be chosen using Random.org. I will send it priority mail by December 21, 2009! I will ship internationally, so all friends are welcome.
What do you have to do to enter to win??
Just post a funny comment about your experiences this time of year. It could be about trying to get the perfect gift, a funny family story or a cooking disaster!
~Leah

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Gift Idea #6 French Cuff Tote Epattern!!!

The Sew Spoiled French Cuff Tote is the perfect tote to make for all of your friends and family. It is a simple and quick project that makes an elegant gift. The French Cuff epattern includes over 50 clear project pictures and easy instructions for all skill levels.
You can only find this pattern in my Etsy store!! It is only $8.00 for a limited time!

Materials you will need to make the Sew Spoiled French Tote are...
Fabric A: 1/2 yard of decorative fabric or One pair of suit pants (Outer shell)
Fabric B: 1/2 yard of bright fun fabric (for the lining,pockets and handle loops)
and Pockets)
Fabric C: 1/4 yard of white fabric (French Cuff)
One yard of light weight Interfacing, Pellon ® craft fuse 809 is recommended.
Heavy weight interfacing measuring 2”X2”for the magnet clasp installation.
3”X 7”of Peltex ® for the base of bag and to install the purse feet .
Hardware: 6”bamboo, purse handles, 4– purse feet (optional), 2-large decorative button and 1-magnet clasp for the closure.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Gift Idea #5, Pleated Bags!!

This bag is so much fun to make! If you have a ton of handmade gifts to make for family and friends this is a perfect pattern to use. You can make this bag out of scraps from other projects!! I found the pleated Buttercup Bag Pattern at Made By Rae's Blog! It is a free pattern that you can download and use! I made a slip pocket for a cell phone. To see more ways to use the Buttercup Bag pattern go to The Buttercup Bag Flickr picture group.
If you love pleats, I know I do!! You might want to try the Sew Spoiled Pleated Wristlet ePattern. After making this Buttercup Bag it will be easier to make the Sew Spoiled Wristlet, you can learn how to install a zipper too. You might want to try the two ideas together!
A Buttercup Bag with a zipper. Also the Sew Spoiled Boxy Wristlet base could be used too with the Buttercup Bag pattern, just make it a little longer.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Gift Idea #4, For the Paper Lovers

I found some really great gifts for those in our lives that love paper!
My kids love this first gift idea from Craft Apple, the Little Artist Drawing Case. It is not a free tutorial you will have to purchase the pattern but it is well worth it because it is 3 patterns in 1.
The second "I heart paper idea" is the large Note Taker from Pink Chalk Studio.
It is perfect for anyone who loves to write their creative ideas on paper.
For those who like to post everything from lists to new ideas. The Fabric Cork Board is the perfect gift! If you are wanting to make your gift even more special make your own tacks too with this Thumb Tack tutorial from How about Orange.
For a few more free paper tutorials go to Amy Butler designs. Scroll to the bottom and you will find a business card holder and a sweet greetings portfolios.
Also a free tutorial for a Fabric Covered Journal by Jennifer Paganelli at All People Quilt. I have not tried these wonderful tutorials yet but they are on my to do list :)
Happy Sewing!
~Leah