Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Sew Alongs in May!

Spring is in the air and sewing opportunities have sprung up everywhere! I love opening up a window in my sewing room, taking off my shoes and sewing with the spring or summers light on my fabric. Creating a relaxing retreat is ideal for sewing.
Here are a few blogs that are inviting us to sew with them in the month of May.
Jump in and join the fun!
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1. I can identify with Marigold, my favorite outfit would be a pair of jeans and a white t-shirt. Mainly because I can wear any of my Sew Spoiled bags with it. (I know that sounds terrible, but it is true.) I would love to turn a new leaf and wear more skirts and dresses!
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Flickr: Spring Top Sewalong 2011
2. Rae is hosting a wonderful sewing opportunity for all of us. Make a beautiful top, show off your work and possible win a prize!
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3. If you have ever wondered how to design and make your own jeans then you might want to join this sew along. It is open to men and women!
I am so curious to see this sew alongs progress.
Happy Stitching!

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Iron away Stains

Unpacking boxes of spring kid clothes, I found a few dresses and t-shirts that still had a lot of wear but had stains down the front. I had an idea! If I cut out a few different heat transfer designs on the Silhouette and cover the stains up my girls could still wear these clothes this spring!
The heat transfer vinyl is perfect for ironing on t-shirts and/or cotton fabrics.
First, make sure the stain cannot be removed. These are chocolate ice cream stains. Very hard to get out!
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Second, find a large enough design to cover the stain and send it to your Silhouette to cut it out!
Tip: When you feed the vinyl into the machine make sure the shiny side is down.
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Cover the vinyl with a scrap piece of fabric to protect the transfer tape.
Tip: Make sure your iron is set no high than 300 degrees.
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Finally, press until your transfer tape easily peels way from ALL of the vinyl.
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Yeah! I am off to cover more stains!
Here are a few helpful links...
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Monday, April 25, 2011

Lisette Market Skirt Pattern from Simplicity 2211

Gibson of Oliver +S! I love her designs for children and I enjoy reading through her patterns because they are filled with helpful tips. These Simplicity adult patterns are no different. There are tips throughout, illustrations are clear and with her new line of Lisette fabrics to choose from you can’t go wrong. This fabric is chambray, it is a basic fabric that looks great with anything!
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The only trouble I had, was trying to figure out which size to cut out. In the stores I go to the petite section and usually buy a size 8. Size charts on patterns can be different from sizes in the department stores, so I measured my waist 28”and hips 38”, size 14. I cut out the size 14 and followed through until I had to sew the front to the back and realized it was to large! I cut off 1.5” of the sides and continued. I guess this is a lesson learned you should always make a muslin first.
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I took the scraps and made this princess bag. You can wear it over the shoulder or as a wristlet. It has leather trim to protect the bottom of the bag and I made a matching key fob.
If you are looking for more about the Lisette patterns there is a Sew Along going on now!
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Chris from Pickup Some Creativity and Gwen from Gwenny Penny are hosting a 
Portfolio Dress Sew Along starting April 25!
Happy Stitching!
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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Silhouette Decal your iPhone Case

I have been looking for the perfect iPhone case but I settled for this green Skullcandy case.
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It is a typical boy case green at the top and black along the bottom with a skull on the back, not very pretty. So I have decided to decal my case using the Silhouette.
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First I had to cover the skull. So I measured the back of the iPhone case and drew a round edged rectangle.
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After the Silhouette cut out the rectangle, I applied it over the skull on the back of this case.
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Then for the sewing machine design on the back. This is my favorite feature of the Silhouette. You can rearrange the designs using the Silhouette software.
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After cutting the design out with my Silhouette, I placed it over the black rectangle and applied the iPhone case.
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You have to rub the contact paper smooth so you do not have bubbles under the vinyl.
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Ta-Da!! I thought you might like to give it a try. So here is the PDF of the sewing machine.
Have fun creating!
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Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Earth Day and Good Friday!

I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Earth day and Good Friday!
We visited the NC Zoo Wednesday and we had a great time! Here are some pictures from our zoo trip!
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sleepy polar bear
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beautiful zebras
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This chimpanzee watched us through the glass! The animals came to him!
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I hope you are enjoying your wonderful families this time of year!
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Sew Spoiled on Spring Break!

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This is what my Mac looked like yesterday! My hard drive crashed and we had to wipe out the data and start over. Luckily I useTime Machine and all of my data was backed up. Since my computer was not working, I started on a few sewing projects.
Here are a few pictures....
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This is a shoulder bag, I like the bottom curve or wave.
I am working on an entire collection with this wave theme!
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Look at what I found at Jo Ann’s! I love all of these adult patterns by “Lisette” from Liesl Gibson of Oliver+S. I hope to have some extra time to make myself a few pieces from the “Lisette” collection.
I love the skirt and dresses!
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Working on a little shirring project using an extra large mens t-shirt.
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This is a nightgown tutorial that is fun, fast and easy to make. I am working on the diagrams for the templates.
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You do need to know how to shirr and serge but there are ways around that too.
Stay tuned for more Sew Spoiled tutorials, patterns, giveaways and more!
Happy Stitching!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Winners of the MMMCrafts April Giveaway!

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We have 4 Lucky winners to announce! The 4 winners will receive one Baby Binky Bunny pattern by Larissa of MMMCrafts. Thank you Larissa for the wonderful interview and giveaway this month!
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Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you for joining Sew Spoiled! All Sew Spoiled Blog readers can use the Coupon Code BLOGREADER and receive a 15% discount 
Happy Stitching!
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

April Giveaway with MMMCrafts! {CLOSED}

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With Easter a week and a half away, we thought it would be the perfect time to host
the Sew Spoiled April Giveaway with MMMCrafts!!!
These adorable bunnies make special baby shower gifts as well.
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I bought this book Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems and gave it to a friend for her baby shower
with a Baby Binky Bunny and blanket! 
This pattern is easy to follow with detailed instructions for every step!
I love the patchwork blanket tutorial which comes with the bunny to keep it warm at night.
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Larissa from MMM Crafts will be sponsoring the Sew Spoiled April Giveaway with 4 Baby Binky Bunny epatterns! That means 4 lucky winners will each receive one copy of this Baby Binky Bunny epattern! The giveaway will run through midnight on April 16, 2011 with the winners being announced on April 17, 2011. The 4 winners will be chosen using Random.org. We will send it April 18, 2011!
What do you have to do to enter to win?
(follow Sew Spoiled) Post a comment below! Tell us hello and what you are making for the month of April!
Good Luck!
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Monday, April 11, 2011

Sew Mama Sew Feature!

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Hi! I am so excited to be featured on Sew Mama Sew! If you are here for the first time look around and make yourself at home. My blog is devoted to sewing and crafty adventures. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Flickr!
Sew Spoiled patterns will be 20% off at Sew Mama Sew today.
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