Monday, December 31, 2012

Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013!

This year has been wonderful! We had 12 giveaways,  9 free tutorials written, 2 new ePatterns published, 2 printed patterns published (including Simplicity 1824 and Sew It All magazine, Goodnight gown), 1 Sew-A-Long (Braid Bag) and a trip to Spoonflower! I'd say 2012 been a fun year.

I hope that 2013 brings more ePatterns published (including the iPad Mini Case), Sew It All will publish another Sew Spoiled pattern in the spring, we have big plans for more tutorials and I have dreams of writing a book. It is hard to believe I have been blogging for the last 5 years! January 3rd will mark our 5 year blogiversary! Thank you for listening, writing comments and sharing your own experiences here with me.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Closed; December's Giveaway!


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This Month's Giveaway is for a  Sew Spoiled 4 epattern bundle package! It will run through midnight on December 28, 2012 with the winners being announced on January 1, 2013. We will send all four ePatterns through email January 3, 2013! All friends are welcome! What do you have to do to enter to win?? Follow the directions above.
~Best Wishes!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Hello!
I am sorry for not writing. It has been hard to find words. I have been holding my kids closer and spend more time with my family, texting less and enjoying the small things in life.
I am back and so excited about sharing more with you!
 The girls and I did finish their Christmas Dolls with the Advent Calendar. I have to admit we got into a grove and finished them early. I wish, I had made one for me too.
My oldest, Miss Penguin, really got into the details of her doll.
She added a heart name tag on the doll's skirt.
I thought that was so smart and it was all her idea. Of course little sister had to have that too.
I made a few handmade Christmas gifts I wanted to share... 
I etched this Pyrex pan with a product called Etch All. I used my Silhouette to cut out the decal design, placed the vinyl where I wanted the design to go and then placed Etch All cream over it for 15 minutes. Wash the surface and you have your design on the glass. Here is a great tutorial on how to DIY. This was so easy!!! I wish I figured this out before Dec. 24th. Hehehe:)
I made this scarf by double knitting it on a rectangular loom. It was so soft! 
For Christmas, I received Boots! Not just one pair, which is all that I asked for, but two pair (brown and black)!!! I had no idea how much it can help your wardrobe!!! I can wear my spring time skirts/dresses with leggings/hose and layers. They are so warm! Now, I can make myself some boot cuffs, smiles! I think I might sew a few more Schoolhouse Tunics and Tova Tops too. Our December giveaway will be coming soon so look out for it. 
Enjoy the small things in life!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Christmas Skirt for My Purse!

 I love making these cute little skirts for my Thirty One purse. They are simple to make and just by changing the skirt, I have a whole new look. I have also started playing with my embroidery machine and adding phrases or monogramming. 
I found this fabric at Jo-Ann's for a $1.25. It was a red tag item marked $5.00 per yard and then 50% off. I only need half a yard, Woohoo! I used safety pins instead of the brackets to hook the skirt onto the purse. Love it when a plan comes together.

  

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Casting Off a Round Loom Tutorial


After making 7 pairs of boot cuffs, I found a better way. This tutorial will show you how to cast off a round loom and keep the opening stretchy like the top of the round loom fabric. You can find the boot cuff video tutorial here.  Subscribe to SewSpoiled Youtube Channel if you like to learn more through our video tutorials. 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Country Living Christmas Books!!!

County Living has two fantasy books that will put you into the holiday spirit! 'Tis the season to be jolly, Fa, la, la, la, la! The first is Deck The Halls written by Katy McColl, former Executive Editor of O at Home and Country Living.
 What a cute idea for the chapters in this book, icons!!
Deck the Halls is filled with recipes, note cards, stickers, to/from's and tips on how decorate your home. 
 I love the sticker pages and punch out gift boxes. This book says, "Use ME!", it is not a pretty picture book to put on the self. Deck the Halls is a Santa's little helper book, filled with fantastic ideas you can't find online. If you are looking for holiday inspiration, maybe you need an extra spring in your step, pick up this book. It will stay by your side all winter season.
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 As if that was not enough, here is the second Country Living Christmas Book called, The Farm Chicks Christmas by Serena Thompson. She has tons of great tips and tricks. Most of which are helpful if you are on a budget.
 Decorate you home using recycled items, vintage toys (ok, toys we played with;) or 
the large light bulbs. 
 Take extra care in wrapping your gifts. Make felt gift card holders or name tags.
 Use holiday candies in glass jars to give color to your home.
I LOVE this idea! Even though it is not really that cold here in the Carolinas. Keep a wire basket filled with mittens close to the door or fireplace. 
Best wishes! 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Products you can Easily Personalize

Every year I try to make something handmade for all of my love ones. It makes me feel like a kid again.  I think it really shows someone how much you care for them too. It is easy to buy a gift card at the grocery store and put someones name on it. Anyone can do that, but it really means more when you spend time making something special for someone you care about. I will admit that I wish December had extra days built in because it goes by so fast. So if you are pressed for time, here are some store bought gifts you can easily personalize.
For Women:
Scarfs
Shirts
Hoodies
Jackets
Totes
Baskets
Aprons
Cosmetic Bag
Glass Pans
Glasses
Mugs
Ornaments
Office Supplies
Plastic Containers

For Men:
Handkerchiefs
Guitar Strap
For Babies:
Bibs
Onesies
Blankets
Tell us what you are making this holiday season!


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

November 2012 Giveaway!


This Month's Giveaway is for a  Sew Spoiled 4 epattern bundle package! It will run through midnight on November 30, 2012 with the winners being announced on December 1, 2012. We will send all four ePatterns through email December 3, 2012!
All friends are welcome! What do you have to do to enter to win?? Follow the directions above.
~Best Wishes!

Christmas Doll Advent Calendar

Our family has a holiday tradition of using an advent calendar to celebrate Christmas. It is typically candy but this year I thought we would try something different. I love making dolls and toys for my girls. Especially during this time of year, but it gets so hectic that we usually end up making them quickly and the project becomes stressful. So this is my plan for a wonderful experience, all the while building anticipation for their special handmade Christmas dolls.

1. First you will need a great, easy to follow, toy sewing pattern. 

These are some of my favorites....
My girls and I will be making the Beth Doll and the Baby Mermaid.

2. Read through the sewing pattern carefully and make a sewing plan.  

This is what I came up with, you are more than welcome to use it. My girls like to pick out their own fabrics, so I might have to adjust it as we move through the advent calendar.
Dec1 Receive bag #1 with doll picture inside describing what to do. 
(Hi Name of Child
Will you help create me? I will tell you what to do, each day you will receive another clue.) 
Dec2 Receive half instructions. Read through the instructions together.
Dec3 Receive other half of instructions. Read through the instructions together.
Dec4 Receive fabric for hair.
Dec5 Fabric for body
Dec6 Fabric for clothes
Dec7 Fabric for shoes
Dec8 Embroidery floss 
Dec9 Stuffing
Dec10 Cut out template and fabric.
Dec11 Sew arms and legs.
Dec12 Sew the head to the body.
Dec13 Pin the hair and sew it down. 
Dec14 Finish the braid and hair details. 
Dec15 Fill the arms and legs with stuffing.
Dec16 Pin and sew arms/ braid to the body.
Dec17 Sew the body together and turn right side out
Dec18 Stuff with polyfil, cut out a wool felt heart, kiss it and stuff it inside. 
Dec19 Place legs and mermaid fin into the bottom and stitch.
Dec20 Embroider the faces.
Dec21 Make doll clothes skirts, doll apron, etc..
Dec22 Name her, also make doll's birth certificate. 
Dec23 Make cookies for Santa.
Dec24 Read to her the story of Christmas.  
Dec25 Merry Christmas!
I know these dolls will be their favorites even through all of the Christmas hullabaloo. 

3. Number the advent calendar bags. 

I used brown lunch bags and a red sharpie. You could be fancier with the wrapping.

I bought the red beaded garland from Target and I am going to hang the bags onto it with clothes pins.

4. Fill each bag with a new clue to make the doll or toy. For example Day 1-9 fill with the materials needed for the doll.

Dec 6; Doll clothes.
For days 10-25 place notecards inside to tell them what to do next. This is great for kids who are just learning how to read. 

5. Once you are done, place the bags in a visible place so they will remember to open it and create their Christmas doll.

Please let me know if you use this idea! I can't wait to get started!
Best wishes and tons of stitches!