Sunday, February 27, 2011

Gathered Pockets Tutorial: Cabrio Tote Sew Along!

If you can’t find fold over elastic there are 2 other ways to get the same effect! Here is a quick tutorial on two different ways to gather pockets!
Pocket A:
First fold the 7”X 14” pocket fabric in half to find the center. Draw a chalk line 1/2” below the center line. Set up your machine for shirring and shirr the fabric across the chalk line.
It should start to pucker up and the gather as you sew across the pocket.
Pocket B:
Fold the fold the 7”X 14” pocket fabric in half to find the center. Draw a chalk line 1/2” below the center line on the back of the pocket fabric. Place one piece of 1/4” wide elastic measuring 10” along the chalk line. Set your sewing machine to a wide, open zig zag stitch. While you stretch the elastic zig zag stitch in a straight line.
Pin your pocket right sides together! The 1/4” elastic is on the left side and the elastic thread technique is on the right side.
Sew down the two sides, tack stitching the elastic at the top of the pockets.
Turn right side out and iron! With a hot press the pockets will gather even more!
Now you are ready to use your pockets according to the Cabrio Tote Pattern!
Happy Sewing!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

February Giveaway with Dear My Kids Easy Wear!

February’s Giveaway is being sponsored by Dear My Kids Easy Wear! Karen, from DMK, makes wonderful e-patterns for children in her Etsy shop. You will find patterns for jackets, shirts, pants, hoodies and more!
One of my favorite designs in her shop is this Peter Pan collared, double breasted coat.
It was very easy to put together and the instructions in the pattern were extremely clear.
The February giveaway will have 4 lucky winners. Each receiving one Dear My Kids e-pattern of you choice. The giveaway will run through midnight on February 28, 2011 with the winner being announced on March 1, 2011. The winner will be chosen using
We will send it through email March 2, 2011!
What do you have to do to enter to win?
Post a comment about what inspires you to sew? Is it a pattern, fabric or nature. Maybe a special someone gives you a reason to sew.
Only one post per person and please remember to leave an email address so we can contact you if you win.
For the first day of this giveaway February 24, 2011, Karen is offering a BOGO (buy one get one free) deal at the Dear My Kids Easy Wear Etsy Shop. Just type SEW SPOILED in the message to buyer and receive a free pattern. Thanks DMK for being our sponsor for February!!!
Good Luck Everyone!

Saturday, February 19, 2011


My family and I have been so sick! That is why I have not made any new posts.
It started with my husband, then the little ones and then I got it last. What seems like a common cold, runny noses, a cough, head ache, sinus pressure, then turned into a high fever, aches, chills! I had seen and witnessed it at school as a teacher. It swept through class rooms like a tornado taking half the class out at a time. When my daughter got it we caught it quickly and she receive tamiflu. My husband and I took turns staying home with her. Finally, she was back at school in 4 days and we though everyone was fine, until the flu symptoms started to show up with me. I went to the doctor early thinking it would be as easy for me as my daughter. I was testing for flu but the test was negative. So I took the day off and tried to rest. I went back to work for 2 more days but the symptoms were getting worse! At one point I blacked out. My husband carried me back to the doctor and the doctor said that it was “the crud”. The flu test was negative but that if my symptoms continued after 48 to fill a z-pack prescription. I stayed home for 3 days. Two days, 48 hours of hell and then finally when I took the z pack, after day one dose I started to feel better, more like myself.
My family is wonderful. My parent-in-laws took my daughter to school and pick her up in car pool. They are awesome and wonderful. My husband cooked, cleaned, did laundry! He is my knight in shining armor!
So sorry for no posts and I pray that all of you are feeling well and your families are healthy!
Here is the patchwork pillow tutorial that did not get finished:( Maybe I can finish these cute pillows soon.)
Step1: Patch work 9 charm squares together and cut them out into a heart shape.
I made a paper template first out of newspaper to get the shape I wanted.
Step 2: Cut out 1 red minky dot fabric into the shape of a heart. I am making two at a time for my two little girls.
Step 3: Place the patchwork heart and the minky dot fabric right sides together and pin.
Step 4: Stitch around the entire heart leaving a 3 inch hole to flip the pillow.
Step 5: Flip the pillow right side out and fill with fiberfill.
Step 6: Slip stitch the pillow closed!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Cabrio Tote Sew Along; Photos Prizes!

Don't forget to add your wonderful pictures to the Flickr: Sew Spoiled Cabrio Tote Sew Along. Not only is it fun to see what everyone is making but now you could also win a fun prize.
Five Sew Spoiled epatterns will be awarded March 8, 2011 to the winner in each of these catagories...

1. Most Inspiring,

2. Craziest Camera Angle,

3. Loveliest Light,

4. Bag Making Magic,

5. "Oops, I meant to do That?".

Continue to cut, sew and have a little fun behind the camera or in front. It is totally up to you. Just make sure you submit your photos here. 
Can't wait to see your pictures!
I am hoping that some pictures and inspiration will get us excited about this weeks steps to complete for our new Cabrio Totes. We will start sewing the straps and outer shell panels this week.
Here is the rest of our schedule...
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

My cutting picture for the sew along:). These fabrics are from Amy Butler’s new collection called Soul Blossom.
There is brown in each print, so I think it will look great with the leather accents.
These two pictures are from so simply Stephanie she is creating two bags in the sew along. One is for her and one is for a friend.
I love the fabrics for both bags. I have visited her awesome blog too.
She has caught “the sewing bug” and has been sewing everything in site! Thanks for posting such wonderful pictures and leading the group with creativity!
I hope everyone adds more pictures. You could even win a free pattern!
Good Luck everyone!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Cabrio Tote Sew Along Update Closed

Wow! Now we have 20 members in the Sew Along. I love this stage of the sew along. Everyone is making a plan to carry through. You have to start visualizing what the bag will look like finished. Where to place all of the prints you have gathered. Thank you for sharing your photos at Flickr: Sew Spoiled Cabrio Tote Sew Along. We are starting the cutting stage this week. Now that we have gathered our fabrics the sew along will start to move faster. Please remember to post pictures of your progress.
I adore pink and green together. She has a wonderful plan.
The top green fabric will be the lower part of the outer shell. The pink will be the upper band on the outer shell. The next green will be for pockets. Finally, the cream and pink will be the interior.”
I can’t wait to see more!
“The brown is a corduroy for the top panel, bottom and straps, the flora is Lori Siebert’s, “Beauty in Nature" will be the main body and the orange and white for the lining. I eliminated the solid orange unless I decide to use it for the pockets undecided....”
I love this purple floral print!
“The purple floral fabric is the main fabric. Top & Handles: bright blue and the lining will be the light blue.”
These fabrics look fun! I love the black and white print.
Gorgeous fabrics!
Thank you ladies for posting these pictures. It is still not too late to join in on all of the fun! We have 6 days to cut out the cabrio tote!
Happy Sewing!

January Giveaway Winner!

Thank you for posting so many wonderful ideas for making Valentine’s Day special! I enjoyed reading everyones comments and find out what handmade projects you are making. Now you have inspired me to get crafty and make patchwork heart pillows for my daughters this season. Here is the random number....
Lynne if you will send me your email address to I will send it to El from Tantalizing Stitches so you can receive your $25 Gift Certificate. Thank you Tantalizing Stitches for being our first Sew Spoiled Sponsor for 2011!
(I need to stop by and buy some more key fob hardware and swivel hooks.) We really appreciate your generosity!
Best Wishes!