Friday, April 30, 2010

Sew Spoiled ePattern April Giveaway Winners!!

Here are our 5 Winners!

Each one will receive one free Sew Spoiled epattern. 

#42 Mäusimum, who said, "I really would like to sew the Ladybug Diaper Bag! Currently I am working on the Weekender Sew Along."

#6 Janel, who said, "I LOVE the Mommy and me Ladybug backpacks!!! total FAV!"

#12 Twins Squared, who said, "I am currently participating in the Travel Tote sew along and I can't wait to see the finished product. I also purchased the Mommy and Me Backpacks last week and can't wait to start on them. I love all of the patterns, but if I had to choose which I would like to try next it would be the Ladybug Shoulder Bag. Thanks for the chance to win!"

#38 Heather, who said, "Ohhhh the gadget pouch and the tic tac toe pincushion are on the top of my list!"

#24 Francisca, who said,"I have already purchased the ladybug wristlet, it's so cute. Would love to try the ladybug shoulder bag or cabrio tote or the ladybug backpack for my daughter so she's just like mommy!"
Winners please email me at and let me know which Sew Spoiled ePattern to send you. You should receive it within 24 hours of your email!
Thank you to everyone who commented about Sew Spoiled Patterns! I really appreciate all of your kind words. I was shocked by the response of this giveaway! Thank You!
Back to the Weekender Tote Sew A Long! We will start to cut out all of the shapes for our Weekender Totes. I have always enjoyed puzzles and in a lot of ways sewing is like putting together a wonderful puzzle! Can't wait to start cutting!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Gathering: 3 Days Left!

These cheerful prints are from ChristyErickson74's photostream! Thank you for sharing what your Weekender Tote fabrics are! 

This is from Blue is Dancing's Flickr post! This looks like a sophisticated bag!

Wow! Bamboo Handles! That is going to be beautiful!!! I love it when people think outside the box! Thank you for posting your friends Raygan's fabrics along with yours at Pink Stargazer's Photostream on Flickr.

This is Pink Stargazer's fabric choices, Elena also has a fun blog at Breakfast for Dinner! We both share the love for Heather Bailey's Nicey Jane collection! I recently made a dress from these fab fabrics! Can't wait for the Weekender Tote pictures! I also found out on her blog that Material Girl Shoppe is having a great sale on fabric through April 30th!!! Thanks Elena!

Speaking of MaterialGirlShoppe, here is her fabric choices!!! These rich brown, orange and green fabrics from Sandi Henderson's Meadowsweet Collection are beautiful!   

The creme, orange, taupe and brown colors are delicious! Great choices Kathy! Kathy also has a terrific blog at Quilts, Bags Gardens and Me.

These are from My Calico Cat's Photostream. I love it when you find fabric in your stash you can use! 
Great looking fabrics everyone! 
If you have not posted your fabric pictures please do so at 
We will start cutting May 2-8! So there is still time! Look through your stash and make a quick post! 
Oh and don't forget to make a post on the April Sew Spoiled epattern Giveaway! 
Happy Gathering!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Sew Spoiled Pattern April Giveaway!

This Month's Giveaway is one free Sew Spoiled epattern for five different, lucky winners! It will run through midnight on April 29, 2010 with the winners being announced on April 30, 2010. The winners will be chosen using We will send it through email May 1, 2010! All friends are welcome! What do you have to do to enter to win?? Just post a comment about which Sew Spoiled pattern you want to try, you are trying or have tried!
~Happy Posting!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Gathering: One Week left!

That is right we have one week left to gather our materials! 
May 1st starts the second stage of our sew a long!!! 
So here is some inspiration from our Sew Spoiled Weekender Tote Flickr group!
This selection of fabrics comes from Bramble Star's photo stream. She found these great pieces in her stash! Reducing her stash and making room for new prints. :)
Here we have Westie Sew's Choices! I love brown and the toile is going to make this tote look classy. 
Queen Sonia 2001 chose these adorable, bright prints! Can't wait to see this tote take shape! 

This is Jeanie0426 Sew Spoiled Weekender Tote's fabric choices! I love purple and green! 
Super cute and fun! I know this Tote will be stylish. These prints are from My Little Hedgehog!
I love this fabric, it is something about grey with the sharp contrast of white and yellow! Thank you Mother of 2 Miracles for posting your selection! 
Thank you to everyone who has posted their choices to Sew Spoiled Weekender Tote Project Flickr Group!
I have one more inspiring picture for you. My Grandmother turned 70 this year and we threw her a huge party! I made her this Sew Spoiled Weekender Tote!
These fabrics are from Heather Bailey's Nicey Jane Collection

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Gathering: 10 Days Left!

These prints are Icky Ricky's fabric picks! Thank you for sharing your pictures on Flickr!! 
I especially love the crane print.
This is my favorite part about making a project. It is so exciting to lay out your fabrics to see what the end result might look like. Thank you Twins Squared for sharing your pictures on Flickr!

Wow, The Sewist shared these photos on our Sew Spoiled Weekender Tote Project flickr group! I love the paisley prints! Thank you for sharing your beautiful choices in fabric!
Cook Clean Craft chose these cool blue prints! 
I can't wait to see how the Weekender Tote will look in these prints!
 Thank you for posting your inspiring pictures!
It is still not to late to share your fabric choice!
There are 10 days left and we will start cutting into these gorgeous fabrics!!!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Gathering: Choice #1

I made my choice!! Yeah! Now I will just have to wait until my pretty package arrives! I love getting fabric in the mail! Oh, if you are wondering where I found these prints, it was at Cotton Thread Fabrics on Etsy. I hope you are having fun shopping for your new bags! It is very hard to pick out fabrics! That is sometimes the hardest part. Post your pictures on the Sew Spoiled Weekender Tote Project Flickr group once you have your fabrics ready. It is not too late to join in the fun!
Little Ditty Designs' is first to post a picture of her fabric choices. Thanks Kirsty!
These are awesome!! Can't wait to see how you use these prints!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Gathering: Choices, Choices, Choices

Wow!!! I can not believe how many are joining the Weekender Tote sew-a-long!!! Please do not forget to also sign up on flickr, Sew Spoiled Weekender Tote Project. After you share your pictures there I will make blog posts with our groups progress using some of the feedback I gather from Flickr! Speaking of gather.... I am have such a hard time choosing fabrics! Maybe you can help:) ! 
I loves these prints are Stone Flora and Fauna fabrics by Patty Young from Michael Miller Fabrics. I love the contrast between the stone and bright colors! I could see this Weekender Tote being part of a girls weekend! Just the girls, pink and sassy! No boys allow weekend!
I have not made anything from Amy Butler's Love Collection! What a great opportunity this would be! This Weekender Tote would need to go to the beach! Somewhere fun and in the sun!
These prints are from Joel Dewberry's Modern Meadow Collection with Free Spirit and Rowan Fabrics. If I made a Weekender Tote with these prints I would have to go somewhere relaxing, Spa Weekend!
I adore these two prints they are Alexander Henry's 2-D Zoo Holly and Pink Dumb Dots from Michael Miller. They have both prints in pink and blue. You might have already guessed where I am going with this, a diaper bag would be super cute!!!
Here is also Amy Butler's Interfacing guide. I thought it might help. I usually use fusible fleece but I think I might try a lighter weight interfacing this time Pellon 809 has been my recent favorite. It is so much easier to sew, especially if you are a beginner.
Ok, so what are you thinking about using fabric wise?? Which fabric collection should I choose?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Sew Spoiled Weekender Tote Sew-a-long! Closed

We are starting a Sew-a-long!!!! Yeah! 
Here is the Time line...
Gather Fabric and supplies- - - - - - April 17- May 1 (2weeks)
Cut out the pieces - - - - - - - - - - - - -May 2- May 8
Outer Shell Pleats - - - - - - - - - - - - -May 9- May 15
Straps and finish Outer Shell- - - - - -May 16- May 22
Pockets and Magnet Clasp - - - - - - May 23- May 29
Lining and Finish the Tote- - - - - - - May 30- June 5

If you finish before the deadline great! Post your work early, it might inspire someone else to finish! If you fall behind the group that is ok too try to catch up, some weeks are easier than others.   

Please take a photo or two each week of your progress and load them to the new Flickr group 
Sew Spoiled Weekender Tote Project! If you do not have a flickr account it is free and you will find that there is an incredible sewing world at your finger tips!!! 

There are some ground rules...
1. Have Fun! Make your sewing space relaxing and make sure you have everything you need at your finger tips.
2. Take at least one picture of each section of the sew-a-long.
(Gathering, Cutting, Step 2-3, Step 4-6, Step 7-9, Step 10-11 and finished Tote. A total of 7) Post it at 
Sew Spoiled Weekender Tote Project!
3. Do Not give up! Ask if you need help!
4. Sew Spoil yourself with a treat of some kind after you complete each part of the sew-a-long. (Ice Cream, bubble bath, long walk or something that you really enjoy doing.)

Well, this is my first time hosting a sew-a-long so I am bound to make a mistake. Please let me know if we need to make any changes. I will be making a Weekender Tote with the group, posting pictures and writing about our progress right here! 
Ready......... Set........Sew!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Sew Spoiled Fun!

I have made a few updates to this pattern. If you bought the Sew Spoiled Cabrio Tote through my Etsy shop you should have received the updated version through email. If you have not received it please feel free to email me at and remember to state the transaction #. I will gladly send the update to you. YCMT and Above All Fabric has the updated version as well! 
After making a beautiful Cabrio Tote in Heather Bailey's Nicey Jane I found a few things that needed to be updated within the pattern. I love that epatterns are every easy to update and modify. 
We could work on the Weekender tote together and send pictures of our work at different stages! At the end we could share how we are using our Sew Spoiled Weekender Tote! (gift, business bag, diaper bag, traveler bag) Also some of you might even find ways to modify the Weekender and I would love to hear how you did it!
So if you are interested in a Weekender Sew Along make a post! Let me know! 
Even if you have already made one you are more than welcome to join in the fun!
The more the Better!
Happy Sewing!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Trying to do the right thing...

It has bothered me greatly that some people, including me, seem to be having a problem with the presentation of my Weekender Tote pattern as it appears in the Feb./March 2010 issue of Sew News Magazine. It is apparent that a pattern that is originally 19 pages long should not be condensed into 2 pages of helpful tips. So to this end I have decided to try to do the right thing by correcting the problem and offer the full pattern for free on my website.  If there are any problems with the complete version of the pattern, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at
Happy Sewing! ~Leah

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Sew Spoiled's Twist on a T-Dress for Adults!

After making the T-Dresses for my little girls with a pattern from Duck Soup Originals, I began to wonder if the same rules could apply for a Mommy version? I bought a small woman size t-shirt and measured how long the t-shirt length needed to be then added the seam allowance to it (.5"). I took a yard, 44" W X 36" Long, of fabric I had bought and cut it in half width wise now it measured 22"WX 36"L . I am short so 36" long was way too long, I cut the length of the fabric to approximately 22" but you can decide how long you would like your dress to be.
At this time, I have a cut t-shirt and the 2 pieces of flowery fabric measuring 22"X22". My flowery dress fabric was white and see through, so I decided to line my dress as well. I cut out 2 white lining pieces measuring 22"X22" exactly like the flowery dress fabric. I placed the lining piece behind the flowery piece and I treated it as one piece for the remainder of the project. 
I wanted to have pockets! I love pockets and with all of the pollen here in the Carolinas I wanted to be able to keep a tissue close by. I remembered in Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross she placed pockets in the Trapeze Dress, page 87!!! I use the pocket template from her book! If you have not bought it yet, you really should!!! 
Oh, I just went to her blog and she has a line of adorable Ked shoes out in her fabrics!!! 
For kids and Adult kids!!!! EEEK!
Ok Focus!
Back to this project! After sewing in the pockets to the front and back sides of the dress 3.5" from the top of the skirt but before joining the front and back of the dress, I made two ties. The two ties are 4" wide X 36" long, I folded and iron each in half and then folded the raw ends toward the crease in the center. To make a finished end I tucked in the shorter end by a .25" then fold and iron. Place the two ties on either side of the dress .5" from the top. Then pin and join the front and back panels as shown in 
Finally, I liked the look of the ruffle at the bottom so I followed Duck Soup's advice in her pattern and continued to follow it as it suggests how to attach the dress skirt to the t-shirt. It worked!!! This works for women sizes 2-8. If you are size 10 and up, use 44" wide X the length of your desired dress for both skirt panels! Everything else lining, pockets and ties would remain the same!
I hope you give this a try! I love the look and feel of this dress. I usually dress so casual and it is nice to have a dress to wear that feels comfortable to be in. 

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Posh Platypus!

My daughter loves the hit kids show, Phineas and Ferb! Her favorite character is Perry the platypus. We had trouble finding a Perry in the stores, so we made our own Perry. (Ok truly, he is a little funny looking.) The pattern is from Pauline McArthur of, we found it at All Free! It is super easy! 
You will have to increase the size of the templates by 40% but once you do the rest is easy. Follow the step by step pictures with instructions and you will have a perry a platypus within minutes! Anyone else a Phineas and Ferb Fan?
Happy Sewing!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

I did it this year, I got a family picture!! I know this might seem like an easy task but it truly is one of the hardest things for our family to do. One of us hates his picture taken, oops... did I say his...oh well, now you know who it is. The girls have a hard time focusing on the camera and I am usually the only one left looking at the camera, trying to smile. Anyway, I made matching T-dresses and a skirt for myself from Heather Bailey's, Nicey Jane Collection so we could even match! I love my family and I want to take more pictures of us. What steps could I take to be more successful?? 
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!
Psst- Just wanted to let you know the Free Lanyard Tutorial is available for download!