Tuesday, January 25, 2011

January Giveaway with Tantalizing Stitches!{CLOSED}

At the end of 2010 I emailed my favorite shops and authors to ask if they would like to sponsor a Sew Spoiled giveaway. Almost all of them replied with a “Yes!” and El, from Tantalizing Stitches, was first!
She specializes in bag making hardware and supplies! I love looking through her shop. When I see something new I love buying it just to see what new bag I can make with it. Not only does she carry all the hardware you will ever need but 15% of the purchase price of all handmade items and 5% of the purchase price of supplies at most Tantalizing Stitches venues are donated to animal charity.
The winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to Tantalizing Stitches!
The giveaway will run through midnight on January 31, 2011 with the winner being announced on February 1, 2011. The winner will be chosen using Random.org. We will send it through email February 2, 2011!
What do you have to do to enter to win?
With Valentine’s Day only a few weeks away what crafty projects (paper, sewing or baking) will you be making?
(post a Comment)
Good Luck!
This Giveaway is Closed!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Tantalizing Stitches Hardware and Tutorials!

I am so excited to announce this year we have sponsors for our monthly giveaways!!! Tantalizing Stitches is our first sponsor for the month of January. Stay tuned to find out what our lucky Sew Spoiled readers will have the chance to win! Here are some samples of the purse hardware she sells in her Etsy shop followed by tutorials for the hardware!
Stop by tomorrow for the chance to win purse hardware from our Monthly Giveaway Sponsor Tantalizing Stitches.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Broken iPhone!

Broken iPhone!
Originally uploaded by Sew Spoiled
This happened after I dropped it. I was carrying to much into the house and I did not realize I grab my phone too. It slipped and fell on the cement. I felt terrible about it. :(
But this story has a happy ending!
I love Apple! I went to the Apple store and showed them the iPhone. I was expecting to pay for a new one or pay for the glass replacement $199 or more! They gave me a new one free of charge. They said it was part of their accident forgiveness program. It is only good once, it is like a Monopoly "get out of jail free card". If you are not an Mac user, you really should be! I will be for life.
As you can see in the picture my old case was not very reliable. I am planning on making a new case but until then, if you have an iPhone case suggestion I would love to read about it. Please post a comment!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Learning to Sewing with leather!

Honestly, I have always wanted to try sewing leather and 
this seemed as good of a time as any. :)
My new Sew Spoiled Cabrio Tote will be made from temple tulips in azure (main outer shell), laurel dots in periwinkle (lining) from Amy Butler’s Soul Blossom collection with accents of leather.
Where to find leather?
Local is better but if you do not have a leather supplier close here are some online stores.
        1. Hide House
        2. Welcome to Global Leathers
        3. Welcome to Santos Leather by santosleather on Easy (This is where I bought my leather from.)
What are some techniques to use?
        1. Use a leather needle, it makes a hole in the leather instead of pushing the fibers away.
        2. Make sure your stitch length is longer, set to a 3.5 or higher.
            If the stitch length is short, the leather will tear on your seam.
        3. You should sew with a seam allowance of .25”, 
            so you will have less bulk in between your seams.
        4. Decrease your thread tension as you increase the thickness of your leather project.
        5. Use the wallpaper roller to roll the seams flat and glue the seam 
            excess down with cement glue.
        6. Do not iron.
What supplies should you have before you start?
        1. leather needle
        2. wallpaper roller
        3. Rayon, nylon or polyester thread Do not use 100% cotton it will break.
        4. Binder clips
        5. Teflon foot is nice but if you do not have one use baby powder or tissue paper.
        6. Rubber Cement glue
Types of Leather (Thick to Thin)
It is measured in usable square feet.
I am still learning about leather. If you have any tips or resources to share please write a comment!!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sewing News!

make it perfect: .Auction Showcase
Toni Coward and her sister have pulled together people from all over the world to support the Queensland Flood Appeal Auctions. They have raised over $45,000! The auctions ends Jan. 24th so hop over to her site and make a bid!
One Yard Wonders Sew Along | Pink Chalk Studio
Pink Chalk Studio is hosting a Sew Along using the book One Yard Wonders. All 101 projects will be completed by the end of the year!
Two Silhouette Give aways!
#1Giveaway: Silhouette Digital Cutting Machine! | Family Style
The folks at Babble are giving away a Silhouette Digital Cutter, plus there is a 25% coupon code for the silhouette site! Don’t miss this opportunity!
#2MADE Reviews and Giveaways: Silhouette SD GIVEAWAY--Ends Friday 1/21
A swing dress sew-along from Casey Brown designs using this pattern is running through the end of February.
Last but not least the Sew Spoiled Cabrio Tote Sew Along! Our gathering stage is now to February 1st!
Happy Blogging!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Welcome to the Cabrio Tote Sew Along; Gathering! Closed

We officially have 16 members in the Sew Spoiled Cabrio Tote sew along! If you have not signed up it is not to late! The Sew Spoiled Cabrio Tote Sew Along Flickr Group is easy to join! Create a Flickr account and join the group! You will be able to discuss, share pictures and read helpful sewing tips.
Here is the Time line...
Gather Fabric and supplies (Step1)- - - - - - Jan. 18- Feb. 1 (2weeks)
Cut out the pieces (Step 2)- - - - - - - - - - - - -Feb. 2- Feb. 8
Straps and Outer Shell Panel gathered (step 3-6) -- - Feb. 9- Feb. 15
Finish outer shell and make pockets (Step 7-8) - - - - - Feb. 16- Feb. 22
Magnet Clasp and Finish Lining (Step 9-10) - - - - - - Feb. 23- March 1
Finish the Tote (Step 12-14)- - - - - - - - March 2- 8
Please help spread the word. The more the merrier! I realize that we have spread out the steps over a long period of time. This is so you can enjoy the process and take pictures as you go. If you finish early still post your pictures of all of your steps. I would like to share some of my favorite fabric choices with you. I still need to narrow down my selections to my favorite 3 half yards but here are a few pictures.
If you have your fabric chosen please upload your pictures to Sew Spoiled Cabrio Tote Sew Along Flickr Group.
I am so excited and I can't wait to start sewing with all of you!This is so much fun!Happy Gathering,

Monday, January 17, 2011

iPad Stylus Loop Tutorial!

I love my iPad and in the Sew Spoiled iPad case it is even more functional. I have had a few blog readers and customers ask if I made a stylus loop for my case. Honestly, I thought the iPad did not need a stylus.
That is one of the awesome features, you do not need anything but the iPad to use it.
Recently, I bought a stylus and I can see the usefulness, especially if you are using it for work.
The great part about this tutorial is you can apply it to a Sew Spoiled iPad folding case that has already been made, it is super easy and you can place the loop wherever you’d like on your case.
1.5” of .5” elastic
2.5”X 1.5” Scrap of fabric
Step 1: Cut the elastic and fabric.
Step 2: Iron the 2.5” X1.5” fabric in half long ways.
Step 3: Then open the fabric and fold the 2.5” raw edges toward the center line.
Step 4: Fold the fabric in half and press.
Sep 5: Fold the raw edges toward the center crease.
Step 6: Fold in half again and press.
Step 7: Fold the elastic in half and place the elastic loop into the folded fabric.
Step 8: Sew around the fabric.
Step 9: Place the loop on your iPad case and sew it directly to the iPad case. I like the stylus on the right of the iPad when opening the case. You could also place the loop above the iPad on this case. I hope you enjoy this added stylus tutorial for the Sew Spoiled iPad Folding Case!
If you make a Sew Spoiled iPad Case please added your creation to the Flickr: your Sew Spoiled projects! group.
We would love to see your creations!
Also, tomorrow Jan. 18, starts our Sew Spoiled Cabrio Tote Sew Along! Start gathering supplies for your Cabrio Tote!!
Happy Sewing!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Barbie Clothes!

My four year old daughter loves Barbies! She is so cute making up stories for her dolls. When we had a snow day earlier this week from school we decided to make Barbie clothes! I had never made Barbie clothes before! I was so excited and she too. We found this awesome simple dress tutorial!
Barbie Simple Dress from Craftiness is not Optional
We pulled fabrics out from my stash and cut them into strips. I could not believe how easy it was to make Barbie a simple dress.
I let my Princess sew every stitch. She is to little to press the machine pedal and hold the fabric so she did one or the other. I pinned, ironed and cut but she made the dresses. She is so proud of them and she hasn’t stopped playing Barbies yet!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Gathering: Cabrio Tote Sew along Closed

If you have not signed up yet for the Sew Spoiled Cabrio Tote Sew Along you really should! We are starting to share photos and discussions about the gathering process. Here are some questions I have already answered in emails but I wanted to share them with you.If you have more suggestions for our readers please share and post a comment!
Question #1
“The fabric shop is so overwhelming! There are so many options and with eye candy all over the place, I usually come out with none of the things I need in the first place. Please help!”
First, write a list of your sewing needs before you head out to the store. The best place to write your list is in your sewing space, so you can see what color thread to have or need to buy. It can be hard to remember at the shop.
Second, Take the sewing pattern you wish to make with you, if you have a Smart Phone download your epattern to your phone.
Third, ask the shop keeper for help. In most fabric shops people seem to be very friendly and helpful.
Question #2
“The pattern calls for "Interfacing: 1.5 yards of Pellon® craft fuse 809" .  At the store I found Pellon 809, but it is DECOR fuse (heavier than the Pellon 808 CRAFT fuse).  Also, the 808 was not as wide as the 809.  Just wondering which Pellon interfacing we should use?
I have used both and either will work for this project. A good rule of thumb is, The smaller the bag the thinner the interfacing, the larger the bag the sturdier (or thicker) the interfacing.
If you use 808, you will need to buy 3 yards because of the width.
Question #3
“Where do I find fold over elastic binding? Why did you make the pockets with elastic at the tops?”
I buy all of my fold over elastic binding at Sewz Anne’s Fabrics. The price and service is fantastic! She has so many colors to choose from! However, you do not have to use fold over elastic. You can zig zag stitch over regular elastic or shirr the pocket. I will show you all 3 techniques for the sew along.
The elastic pockets allow you to see down into the bottom of the tote. If you do not use elastic, the pockets do not cling to the sides of the Cabrio Tote and when you open the bag you will only see the open pockets.
If you have any more suggestions please feel free to share them by posting a comment! If you have not sign up, join us at Sew Spoiled Cabrio Tote Sew Along Flickr group. It is also a great way to promote your blog and/ or shop. When you post your pictures add your blog’s address to the description and if I use your photo I will link to your blog!
Grab a Cabrio Tote Sew Along button too located on the sidebar.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Cabrio Tote Sew Along Button! Closed

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Grab a button for your websites or blogs!!! Sign up for the Sew Spoiled Cabrio Tote Sew Along Flickr Group
We have already started discussions and sharing photos!
Here is the Time line...
Gather Fabric and supplies (Step1)- - - - - - Jan. 18- Feb. 1 (2weeks)
Cut out the pieces (Step 2)- - - - - - - - - - - - -Feb. 2- Feb. 8
Straps and Outer Shell Panel gathered (step 3-6) -- - Feb. 9- Feb. 15
Finish outer shell and make pockets (Step 7-8) - - - - - Feb. 16- Feb. 22
Magnet Clasp and Finish Lining (Step 9-10) - - - - - - Feb. 23- March 1
Finish the Tote (Step 12-14)- - - - - - - - March 2- 8
Please help spread the word. The more the merrier!
Happy Gathering!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Sew Spoiled Cabrio Tote Sew Along Closed

Happy New Year!
After reflecting on 2010 Sew Spoiled blog posts, I realized that my favorite posts were about giveaways, tutorials and the Weekender Tote sew along!
The sew along being my absolute favorite! I would love to start a new sew along with you!
We will make the Sew Spoiled Cabrio Tote together!
Here is the Time line...

Gather Fabric and supplies (Step1)- - - - - - Jan. 18- Feb. 1 (2weeks) 
Cut out the pieces (Step 2)- - - - - - - - - - - - -Feb. 2- Feb. 8 
Straps and Outer Shell Panel gathered (Step 3-6) -- - Feb. 9- Feb. 15 

Finish outer shell and make pockets (Step 7-8) - - - - - Feb. 16- Feb. 22 
Magnet Clasp and Finish Lining (Step 9-11) - - - - - - Feb. 23- March 1 
Finish the Tote (Step 12-14)- - - - - - - - March 2- 8
The pattern is available in my Etsy Shop!
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 Cabrio Tote Sew Along 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. (a working machine, seam ripper, new needles, etc.)
2. Take at least one picture of each section of the sew along.
(Gathering, Cutting, Step 2, Step 3-6, Step 7-8, Step 9-11 Step 12- 14. a total of 7 pictures) Post it at
Sew Spoiled Cabrio Tote Sew Along.
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.)
Please let me know if we need to make any changes. I will be making a Cabrio Tote with the group, posting pictures and writing about our progress right here!
If you are in sign up on
Flickr and post a comment here.

Can’t wait to get started!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

December Fabric Giveaway!

Thank you for sharing your favorite 2010 projects and some of the projects you have planned for 2011!
My favorite project in 2010 was the Sew Spoiled Weekender Tote Sew Along!
I loved seeing everyones progress and it inspired others, including me, to do our best! We will have another sew along soon in 2011!
As a thank you for reading Sew Spoiled and being a BLOGREADER! I am offering a 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!
Now for our December 2010 giveaway winner!
That means Jenn won, she said...
Jenn please send me the address you would like the fabric sent to. My email address is leah.sewspoiled@gmail.com.
I am excited to announce in 2011 we will have guess sponsors for the Sew Spoiled monthly giveaways; fabric, purse hardware, signed sewing books from our favorite authors and much much more!
If you would like to sponsor a giveaway here at Sew Spoiled, write to me at leah.sewspoiled@gmail.com.
Happy New Year!!!