Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Winner of the Edith Apron March Giveaway!

The winner of the Edith Apron, March Giveaway is Maddy Maze Studio! Please email me at leah.sewspoiled@gmail.com to let me know the address to send it to. At the end of each month I am planning to have a Sew Spoiled Giveaway, so make sure you continue to check back! 


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sew Spoiled Spring Lanyard Tutorial!

I decided to make my daughters teachers Lanyards for Easter! I enjoyed making them so much I wanted to show you how simple they are to make! These lanyards are made from some of my favorite spring fabrics this year Nicey Jane from Heather Bailey!  If you would like the PDF Tutorial click here. Enjoy! 

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Baby Binky Bunny Pattern by MMMCrafts

When I saw these adorable baby bunnies from mmmcraft and I knew I had to make two for my daughters. They are so soft and lovable! I planned to make them and give them to the girls on Easter but I just couldn't wait that long. The patchwork blanket is part of the pattern too and the pattern is 20% off through April 3, 2010!
 
That's right, those are cottontails!
 If you go to mmmcraft Flickr Group you can see what others have made to help you pick out your colors and what you like/dislike.
Now I need to try the accessories...
Bib, booties and carrots!!! So Cute!
Sew Spoiled Apron Drawing is still going on, so comment below to enter to win! 

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Sew Spoiled Edith Apron Giveaway!

After making many Aprons in an Hour from Fabritopia's free tutorial and her Edith Twirl Skirt, I wondered if the two could be combined to make an Edith Apron! It can be done and here is the end result. This is also my March Sew Spoiled Giveaway Gift this month!
Just incase you have not noticed, I am trying to giveaway one Sew Spoiled gift each month! January was my Scrap Happy Giveaway with the Tic Tac Toe Pincushion, Birdie appliques and the Buttercup Bag, February was Name this Bag month and I gave away one free Sew Spoiled Cabrio Tote ePattern and this month, March is the Edith Apron! So make sure you check each month for the fun surprise! This month is extra special because it is Sew Spoiled's Birthday month! Two years ago, March 22, 2008, I began selling my first Sew Spoiled Wristlet epattern! Just two years later I have over 12 different patterns in my shop and can be found in 3 other online stores. (You Can Make This, Pink Chalk Studio and Above All Fabric) I have recently written for Sew New magazine and my work was featured on the front cover. It has been so exciting to sew and share my enjoyment with others and they too find enjoyment making gifts for others or themselves.
Back to this great giveaway, it will run through midnight on March 30, 2010 with the winners being announced on March 31, 2010. The winner will be chosen using Random.org. We will send it priority mail by April 2, 2010! All friends are welcome! What do you have to do to enter to win?? Just post a comment about a birthday wish/ memory or the latest project you want to venture! I love hearing from my readers! Please make sure that you also sign up to follow Sew Spoiled's Blog to find out about new up coming giveaways, tutorials and PDF patterns!!!
 Good Luck!!
~Leah

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Fabritopia's Edith Twirl Skirt!

I found the Edith Twirl Skirt at FabritopiaIt doesn't hurt to mention that she has a Fabric Sale going on right now in her shop too! I wanted to make my daughters something special for Easter this year! When I saw how beautiful these Twirly Skirts were I had to give the pattern a try!
These skirts are not like the Lazy Day Skirt Tutorial by Oliver and S
No, I made two Edith Skirts at the same time and it took me all weekend cutting, ironing and sewing all of the pieces together. The pattern also uses a lot of fabric for just one skirt but that is how you get the twirly skirt! If you are looking for a quick skirt, the Edith Skirt is not a quick pattern. However,  it was wonderful making everything from the binding to gathering the ruffle and skirts! 
Here is another technique for gathering! If you break your gather stitches, like I did, here is another way to gather a skirt, ruffle or Sew Spoiled Cabrio Tote! Take a long piece of floss, ok :) I only had red yarn at the time but we will pretend that it is floss, and zig zag stitch over the floss. (Make sure the floss is not sewn.) When you are finished sewing a zig zag stitch over the floss for the length of the project pull the fabric and it will gather for you just like a shower curtain on a straight rod. 
After you sew the gathered fabric to the next piece of your project pull the floss out. Ta Da!!
I love that it is an Ebook too! I was able to read the pattern on my Dell Mini and not print out all of the pattern pages! Ebooks are the Greenest Way to sew! There is no car ride to the store and no paper needed unless you have to print templates. The Edith Twirl Skirt is made up of rectangle shapes so no templates needed!
Overall I enjoyed making these beautiful Edith Twirl Skirt for my two little ones. I hope you give this pattern a try and try gathering with the zig zag technique!
Warmest Wishes!
~Leah

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Review From Fishsticks and Fries!

This weekend as I was blogging a little, and I stumble onto Fishstick and Fries blog! With a name like that I had to find out more! Bonnie is a mother to 6 and loves to sew! She recently made a  Gorgeous Ladybug Diaper Bag and she reviewed the pattern on her blog


This is the back of her new Ladybug Diaper Bag!
She also made a few modifications that might be helpful to any mother. 
Beautiful bag Bonnie and thank you for your review and advice!
Happy Sewing!
~Leah

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Sew Spoiled Rose Pin Tutorial!

I woke up Wednesday morning and realized that it was St. Patrick's Day and I had no GREEN! (Did I mention I am a music school teacher to over 1000 kids!) I looked through my wardrobe once more, nothing. Finally, I decided to make my own Green for the day!
1.) I took a scrap of Patty Young's Gothic Flower in leaf green approximately 18" long X 3" wide I folded it in half, right sides together and ironed. (Not really but you should if you have time:)
2.) Sew 1/4" seam allowance starting at the short end, pivot the needle to continue sewing the 18" long side and leave the last short side of the rectangle open so you can flip it right side out.
3.) Flip the fabric right side out and iron! (I did iron this time!) 
4.) Sew a gather stitch down the 18" long side. This is the longest stitch on your machine! (My machine calls it my baste stitch but I use it most to gather.) Tug gently on the bobbin thread to gather the petals together.
5.) Take your hand sewing needle threaded with coordinating thread, turn the gathered strip of fabric around in circles and sew the back of the rose so that the layers stay together. Cut excess fabric off.
6.) Glue gun magic! Glue the raw edge of the rose (Where you cut off the excess.) and turn the short edge in, glue again and turn it in again. (Making a quick seam.) You could hand sew this too. Glue a 1.5" card stock circle onto the back of the rose and then glue your pin to the card stock. You are done!!!
I think I might make a few more of these for bags, sweaters, blouses, my jean jacket and more!
Happy sewing!
~Leah

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Alice in Wonderland Party Ideas!

My Grandmother is turning 70! We are throwing her an incredible Birthday Party at my house and I am looking for inspiration! I thought I would share what I have found! With Disney's New Alice In Wonderland Movie by Tim Burton in the movie theaters I was inspired to try this as a party theme. These are all great ideas for an Alice In Wonderland Parties and even if I don't use all of them I thought you might like to see these fantastic party ideas! 
This first table scape is from Amy Atlas I love the polka dot fabric draped over the white table cloth and the stacked tea cups with bright flowers everywhere.
This table scape comes from No Fuss Fabulous blog! I love how simple this looks. The cake is sitting on top of a extra large "tea cup" with boa around the bottom! 
Ribbon and flowers make this table come to life!
At Hostess With The Mostess you can see a child's party with fun ideas for little ones!
Last but not least, I found these are Free Alice In Wonderland paper print out from In Good Company Boutique! It was made for a bride's party but you could still use some of it for a birthday party as well.
Happy Creating! 
~Leah

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Yummy Lunch box Tutorial

Somehow I recently stumbled upon this Lunch box tutorial on Belly Buttons Boutique. She took Joann's Cute-Enough-To-Eat Lunch box and took pictures of each step. What a great idea! The fabric I used was from Patty Young's Andalucia and Mezzanine collections are fun and perfect for spring! This project was easy and I made it in the amount of time that it takes a 3 year to nap. :)

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Spring Tops!

I am making myself a new Spring Wardrode! So far, so good! I have started with a few tops. Shirts and tops can be very difficult to make, especially when you add elastic, buttons, pleats, gathers and/or zippers. The Sew Liberated Schoolhouse Tunic is great because it only calls for fabric. (ok, she does add elastic to the sleeves but I like mine 3/4 without.)  The fabric in this photo is Anna Maria Horner's Fortune in Chocolate from her Good Folk's line. I found it at Sew Love Fabrics Etsy Shop. I love buying from her because she wraps your fabric in such a neat package with 5" charm swatches and when it arrives it looks like a birthday gift! (Smiles!)
This is a work in progress. I know it looks like a completed shirt, you are right. I mean the pattern itself is a work in progress. The shape is simple, no buttons or zippers and you can make one in a matter of minutes. The bottom is smocked with elastic thread and gathers to show off your girlish figure. The smocking technique is the same as the Smocked Sundress in Heather Ross's Book Weekend Sewing. The fabric is Michael Miller Fabric, Big Plain Jane and quarter dots, in Gray. I found this fabric at Humble Boy's Etsy Shop
I hope you are sewing and/or  enjoying your creative time on your own. It is so important to recharge with you time! What is sitting on your table? What work in progress are you in the middle of? Have you starting on something new? What tutorial have you seen and you can't wait to start on?
Let me hear from you:)
As always Happy Sewing!
~Leah

Monday, March 1, 2010

Sew Spoiled Fat Quarter Belt

I found beautiful, purple shirt at Khol's for $9.00 but the shirt came with an ugly, plastic belt. 
I took off the belt and looked through my fabric stash. I found a fat quarter in the most perfect purple to match but I only had a fat quarter! 
What should I do???
This is how I made a gorgeous belt tie with only a 18"X22" piece of fabric.  
Step 1: Cut 4- Strips 4.5" wide X 22" long. I know you should wash your fabrics before sewing but honestly, I just started cutting. Sew them together to make one long strip.


Step 2: Iron the seams open and then iron the strip right side together. 

Step 3: Start at a 45 degree angle on one side of the belt. Sew approximately 2" toward the longer side of the belt. Then place your needle down into the fabric, lift the presser foot and turn the fabric. Now you are ready to sew to the center of the belt.  Leave a 4" hole in the center (So you can flip it right side out at the end.) and sew the rest of the belt the same way as the begin of step 3. 
  
Step 4: Clip the excess fabric on both ends 
with pinking shears. Turn the belt right side out!
Step 5: Iron the entire belt and topstitch as close to the seam as possible. 
This will also close the 4" opening.
I love my fat quarter belt! Super cute and only 5 easy steps!!!