Sunday, August 29, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Wow! This school year starting took me totally by surprise! Some of you might not know I am a school teacher by day and seamstress by night. That is probably why when I started making my own sewing designs I decided to write them out and share them with you. I love to teach and create. But to teach others how to create something new, that is where I find the most enjoyment!
I have recently receive many emails about my plans for new upcoming designs. For instance, “When will you release another bag?”, “Are you going to publish a pattern for the pleated wristlet in a larger size?”, “Will there be another Ladybug design? I am a collector.” or “Are you going to write a sewing book?” All are great questions and I love receiving emails from you, it inspires me to write more! My answer is yes...hopefully all of these will happen in the near future. Bags are my favorite things to sew. If you looked into my closet you would see more bags than shoes, so a new bag design is always in the works. I did make a few large wristlets this summer and I love the larger size and shape. I am planning to make this new large pleated wristlet available soon. As for the ladybug pleat style, I have drawn a Ladybug Garment Bag. It is only in the first stages, so it won’t be available until 2011. Finally, I would love to write a sewing book. I have a collection of projects I have put together for a book. Whenever a project idea comes my way and it does not fit a blog entry or PDF pattern then it goes to the book idea pile.
Let me share with you a little bit of the process or stages I go through to make a Sew Spoiled pattern that you might see in my shop. Maybe it will inspire you to write.
The first part is my favorite, drafting the idea! I keep a journal by my bedside table and most often wake up with images of designs I want to try to create.
Second, I make the bag many times. (many, many, many times) Usually it takes many attempts to make it perfect.
Third, I write the detailed instructions from beginning to end.
Fourth, I make it with beautiful fabrics and take a zillion pictures.
Fifth, I put the instructions and pictures together using many different computer programs.
Last but not least, we proofread, evaluate, dissect each step and put it all back together to make a Sew Spoiled Pattern.
If you have any questions, please feel free to write me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I enjoy receiving emails and pictures of your Sew Spoiled creations. Also I have created a Flickr photo sharing group called your Sew Spoiled Projects! We currently have 60 members and 29 pictures. My hope is that this will be a place for you to showcase your Sew Spoiled projects. It could be a free Sew Spoiled tutorial or an ePattern from the shop.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
We love Perry the Platypus on the hit cartoon Phineas and Ferb!!! We found this paper Perry the Platypus at Limeth-Deviantar. I thought it was pretty cool to make a Perry paper cubee! It is more for looks than a toy to be played with but it made for an interesting Daddy-Daughter craft.
I want to do a Perry Themed birthday party for someone special. At the moment I am gathering ideas! I could use some help.
Wow! Look at this homemade Perry cake! The tutorial is here at Dabble. This looks like a ton of work but how cool!!!
I found Secret Agent games here at the Best Birthday Parties!
Just brainstorming! If you see anything online, please feel free to contribute to the brainstorming and add a link in the comments! I appreciate any help! If you have had a Themed party like this please share!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Patty Young has many gorgeous knit fabrics out for Michael Miller. Her Andalucia line is vibrate and wonderful for little girls to wear!
I fell in love with the Mod Blooms and Dot Dots in Turquoise. I have big plans for this fabric! I can’t wait to share with you another new Sew Spoiled pattern!
It is only in the first stages. Draw, sew, write...Repeat! It sounds easy, right!
These prints are coordinating fabrics from the Andrea Victoria! I bet you know what I am making from these stylish fabrics!
That is right, New iPad Folding Cases!!! I hope to finish them over the weekend. (fingers-crossed)
Many stores including, Fabric Stores are trying to get ready for the new season. In order to buy new fabrics, they have to get rid of the old. Here are a few of my Favorite Fab Fabric stores and links to the sales in their Shops! Don’t forget to look for Sew Spoiled ePatterns too!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
1 stick of margarine at room temperature
1 cup of flour
4 tablespoons of sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Step 1: Mix the ingredients all together with your hands or a fork.
Step 2: Make 1” dough balls and place them on a cookie sheet. Press the cookies down with a fork making a crisscross pattern.
Step 3: Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool and enjoy! Makes 15 Butter Cookies!
This is a small recipe but if you want to make more simply double the ingredients.
Recipe by Joyce Andrews from My Things To Do Book.
These extra cute printable tags by Pen and Paper Studio Design would make a cute teachers gift for back to school
Or for the kids!
Monday, August 16, 2010
We decided to play in the clubhouse today and make some Art Clips for the refrigerator. Here is our fun tutorial!
Clothes line clips
Step 1: Cover the clips with Mod Podge and place your scrap fabric on top, let dry. Cut off the excess fabric.
Step 2: Cover with more Mod Podge on top, let dry. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the opposite side.
Step 3: Use your glue gun to adhere magnets to the back of the clips.
Step 4: Hang beautiful Art Work!
Super easy and fun to make!
Make your craft time special by going to an unusual place.
When you sharing craft time with your little ones make sure you have all your materials close at hand, including cleaning supplies! :)
Remember you learn more if you make a mistake.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
I sat down with a friend this week and learned more about digitalizing embroidery designs. She took me through some of the process as she was making my logo transform from pixels to stitches. I loved her set up with a large computer screen beside her 6 needle embroidery machine humming away as we talked.
While I was there I picked up a few simple tips for embroidering and I am going to share them with you.
Tip #1: Set your self up for success! Make sure you have all the thread colors you need, scissors are close and interfacing.
Tip #2: The denser your embroidery design is, the firmer your stabilizer should be.
Tip #3: Change your needle often! A blunt needle can ruin your embroidery design and you will have to start all over again.
Tip# 4: Test your design on a scrap piece of fabric before placing it on the final project. This is especial true if you have not used the design ever before. Sometimes it looks great on the computer screen but is totally different in the hoop.
Tip #5: You do not have to hoop everything! Place your firm interfacing into the hoop, spray with adhesive spray and place your fabric over the hoop. (Now no hoop-burn!)
Tip #6: The most important tip, share your love of sewing with friends. We had hours of fun together catching up and playing with fabrics and fibers.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
So here we go....
Step 1: Roll your pants, in this case jeans, to the correct height, pin in place or use close pins.
Step 2: Iron the two pant legs at the correct height. This will give you a crease line.
Step 3: Measure 1.5” down from the crease line. Cut the excess pant fabric off.
Step 4: Flip the pants wrong-side-out and fold .75” up, press with your iron.
Step 5: Fold again .75”, this should be where the first crease line is located, pin in place.
Step 6: Sew around the pant leg.
You are Done! Wow that was fast! Perfect hem every time! Very quick and easy!