Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sew Spoiled December Giveaway! {CLOSED}

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Now for the Sew Spoiled Giveaway!
At the end of each month we have a wonderful giveaway!
For our December giveaway Sew Spoiled will be giving away 
The giveaway will run through midnight on January 1, 2011 with the winner being announced on January 2, 2011. The winner will be chosen using Random.org. We will send it through priority mail January 3, 2010!
Only US residents please!
What do you have to do to enter to win?
One entry per person and please write your email address with your post!
Tell us what your favorite sewing project was in 2010 and/or what plans you have for sewing projects for 2011!
Good Luck!
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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Chic and Simple Sewing, The Cape

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This Cape pattern is from the book, Chic and Simple Sewing by Christine Haynes. I made this in just a few hours! I love quick sewing projects with big results! If you are a beginner seamstress or professional seamstress you will love this book. For the beginner, there are no zippers, button holes or tough techniques you have to know before making these beautiful clothes. For the wise seamstress, you can quickly make any of these projects in an afternoon and still have time for the larger “work in progress” projects sitting on the sewing table.
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I did make one adjustment to this pattern. I lined the wool outer shell with a soft wine colored silk. It is simple. I cut an extra piece of silk the same size as the wool outer shell and pinned them right sides together. Then I stitched around the cape shape.
Finally, I cut the armholes, flipped the cape right side out, pressed and topstitch.
Follow the rest of the pattern as directed in the book.
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The best feature of this book is that the designer, Christine Haynes, mixes and matches the full size templates in the book to form these Chic and Simple clothes. For example, the cape and the wrap skirt (which is on my list to make next ) uses the same template! I love it! So smart! If you would like to see more pictures of chic and simple clothes made from this book click over to the Flickr: The Chic & Simple Sewing: The Creations! Pool.
What projects are you making?
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Monday, December 27, 2010

Sew Spoiled iPad Folding Case Question

I received this question today...
"Hello! I purchased your iPad cover pattern a few weeks ago and am just sitting down to put it together (so excited!). I was wondering where you have found masonite. Local hardware stores don't seem to carry it. Just curious if you had any tips on where to find it, or a similar product that could be substituted. Thanks!"
I thought it might be helpful to make a blog post about what I use and where to find masonite.
You should be looking for Mona Lisa Gessoed Masonite
I like the 9"X 12" size for this pattern.
You can find Gessoed masonite panels at Michaels in the canvas painting section. 
It looks like this...
Artist paint on these panels, so that is why you will see them in the canvas section.
If you travel to Home Depot, Lowes or a hardware store you will have to ask for hardboard. It is basically compressed chip board. Also make sure to wear a mask when cutting this type of board. The glue chemicals used on chip board are not very good for your lungs.
I hope this helps! 
Happy Holidays Everyone!
We are enjoying the Christmas snow! 
Oh, and I did receive a Silhouette craft cutter! It is awesome! 
Can't wait to share more!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Top 5 Santa Sites!

Portable North Pole is so tinsel!!! Make your little one an official video from Santa. He will state their name and show you where they are located in the book of children.
The-North-Pole is a fun Kid site! Sing your favorite Christmas Carols, learn more about Christmas around the world and try some of Santa’s favorite recipes.
The Norad Santa is the Santa Tracker! If you want to see how Santa makes it around the world in one night, check out this site.
It is not too late to write a Santa Letter. Go to Macy’s Believe site and Virginia will tell you how.
The ABC Family site not only has the 25 Days of Christmas TV schedule but you can play Snowball fight with photos of family for your targets.
Merry Christmas!
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Timmy Woods Wooden Handbags!

It is no secret that I LOVE bags! I am a bag collector. I have more bags in my closet than shoes, and I am not counting pairs. When I saw this uniqueTimmy Woods bag across the room,
I had to find out more about it.
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It is beautiful! The outer shell is made of wood and the Santa face is hand painted. The owner said, “I take it out every year the day after Thanksgiving and use it until Christmas.”
 I could see why, it is adorable.
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She had to replace the handles and the closure over time.
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The lining is leather and has an elastic side band on either side to keep in it's contents.
I loved the sound it made when you closed the wooden shell.
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This is the bottom.
When I looked up Timmy Woods to find out more I was amazed, so many different wooden and unique handbags.
Have you hear of Timmy Woods? Do you own a wooden handbag?
Please share, I would love to learn more about Timmy Woods Hand bags!
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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Super Fast Last Minute Gifts!

These gift ideas can be sewn in a hurry! There are only a few days left before Christmas but that is plenty of time with this list of easy to sew projects!
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The Sew Spoiled Cosmetic Case pattern is fast and easy. In no time at all you will have 3 zipper cases to give to family, friends and love ones.
You can also fill them with goodies for an extra added treat!
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These key fobs make excellent gifts. The pattern uses scraps of fabric and interfacing.
Anyone would love a colorful key fob to carry their keys on.
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If a friend or family member is receiving an iPad for Christmas you might want to make them a special Sew Spoiled iPad Folding Case!
Here is a quote from a customer, “Great pattern! Start to finish in 3 hours. Easy, straight forward and luv the finished product. :-)”
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Need a quick pattern that makes a lot in a short amount of time. I found a wonderful apron tutorial at Fabritopia it is called Apron in an hour!
These aprons are adorable and super easy! If you are a beginner seamstress these aprons would be a great sewn gift to give.
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Make a Paper Wreath with sheet music or a paper back book. This fun gift is easy to make and saves you money!
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Lavender Eye Pillows are quick to make and smell fantastic! If you know someone who needs a relaxing moment then make them a therapeutic eye pillow.
Now for the best part!
Only available for Sew Spoiled blog readers! 15% Coupon code: BLOGREADER for the Sew Spoiled Etsy Shop! When you purchase any Sew Spoiled item use this coupon code and receive 15% off of your purchase!
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Thank you for reading Sew Spoiled!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Lavender Eye Pillow Gifts!

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I made these lavender eye pillows for gifts this holiday season. I bought the FLANNEL, Fortune in marine by Anna Maria Horner fabric at Sew Love Fabrics!
They are super fast and easy to make. I found the eye pillow tutorial at Quilting.about.com.
After making these soft eye pillow filled with lavender and dried beans. I wanted to wrap it up in a cute way and share how best to use it.
I made these eye pillow tags to dress up the gift.
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If you go to the flickr picture you should be able to download the JPG to your computer and make your own eye pillow tags. Cut the tags out with pinking shears and hole punch both sides of the tag. Then wrap your eye pillows in tissue paper and tie the tag on with red ribbon.
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Happy Sewing!
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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Sew Spoiled Cosmetic Cases!

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I made these Sew Spoiled Cosmetic Cases for my daughters teachers this year. 
Each case is filled with goodies inside.
I love spoiling her teachers and finding new ways to show our appreciation for all that they do.
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It is super easy and fun to make in a hurry.
All you need is 3 zippers (9” long), 2- Fat quarters measuring (18” X 22” each) and one piece of interfacing measuring 18”X22”.
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Fill these with body spray, lip balm, make up brushes, candies or gift cards!
When you complete your Sew Spoiled Cosmetic Cases add your pictures to the“your Sew Spoiled Projects”.
Happy Sewing!
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Monday, December 13, 2010

Zipper Surgery

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Broken zipper!
One of my friends at work asked if I could repair a zipper. Honestly, I had no clue what to do??
This zipper was not going to work and after staring at this bag for what seemed hours, I had an idea.
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First, I ripped out the old zipper! No turning back now!
I bought a new 22” zipper and attached the lining to either side of the zipper.
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Then I placed the outer shell back on top of the new zipper, pin and topstitch.
Finally, I cut the excess zipper and tucked the top and side outer shell panels inside the binding.
Topstitch the binding and the surgery is complete!
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Now this bag has a new breathe of life! A second chance!
I apologize for the pictures. This was a late night project.
Happy Sewing!
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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Ginger Bread Houses!

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Every year my mother brings cookies to bake with the kids! This year she brought a cute ginger bread village! The girls loved getting messy and licking their frosted fingers while decorating their ginger bread village with candies.
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Mom is so smart! She told me that she decided to make a small village so the girls could have one to eat and the others for decoration. After they finished making the ginger bread village it started to snow! Perfect timing!
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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Flickr Friends Photos!

Here are some Flickr Friends Photos! These can be found in theSew Spoiled Flickr Group! If you have wonderful pictures you would like to share please add them to the Sew Spoiled Flickr group or the “your Sew Spoiled Projects” Flickr pool. I would love to feature them here!
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Thank you for sharing your photos! Please send more!
I heart Your Bags!
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Friday, December 3, 2010

Silhouette on my Wish List?

My husband begs me to write a wish list every year. This year I going to try to make one. With making gifts and making sure everyones Holiday season special, it is hard to sitting down and write a list for me but it is a lot of fun too!
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There is one item that I do not know a lot about but I think it would be awesome to try it.
It is called the Silhouette! Have you heard about it??
It is a craft cutter! You can cut vinyl, card stock and more using this device and your computer.
If any of you know more about the Silhouette digital cutting machine please share.
I want to hear the good, bad and the ugly.
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This would be a big gift so I would hate to get it and not use it or not enjoy using it.
Please share what you know.
I really would appreciate any feedback!
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