Thursday, January 30, 2014

iPad Folding Case Camera Hole Tutorial

This tutorial is how to install a camera hole on your already made Sew Spoiled iPad Folding case. The epattern is available in Sew Spoiled's Etsy shop
Disclaimer: Please be careful trying this on your iPad folding cases. You can ruin a great case if you are not careful.

Step 1: Place a mark on the iPad case where the camera is on your device.
Step 2: Cut a scrap piece of fabric measuring 3"X 3". Center the 3"X 3" fabric over the camera marking.
Pin in place, do NOT pin the elastic. You can even fold the elastic over the corner so it stays out of the way.
Step 3: Draw a rectangle measuring .5" X .75" around the camera marking.
Step 4: Sew around the rectangle. You might have to sew three sides and then adjust the case and sew the last side of the rectangle.
This is how it should look when the rectangle is completely sewn.
Step 5: Cut a line inside the stitched rectangle, then cut tiny lines toward the corners of the rectangle. 
With super sharp scissors carefully cut away the excess fabric and interfacing. Be extremely careful not to cut through the rectangle stitching.
Step 6: Push the fabric through the hole and press the fabric with a hot iron.
Step 7: Sew around the rectangle opening.
Step 8: Trim away the excess fabric and use Fray Check to cover the raw edges. 
Step 9: Place your iPad back into your case!
Enjoy playing on your iPad!
Best wishes and tons of stitches!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Fun Finds

The tip is a cap you can take off use the seam ripper and then place the cap onto the end and erase the thread away.

Mental Bag Labels
These are fun labels you could use on handmade bags for your family and friends.
Love to sew fabric by Michael Miller would look great as an ironing board cover!
This an inspirational sewing journal, were you can collect all of your sewing ideas together in one convenient place. 
The t-shirt says it all!
More fun Finds...

Friday, January 24, 2014

Twinkle Sews

Twinkle Sews by Wenlan Chia is a fun and inspiring book. I love the fresh looks and stylish fabrics. As you look through the pages you can easily see pieces that would look great in your wardrobe. 
My first attempt in the book is the Take Manhattan Tunic. With scarves and cowl neck blouses so very popular right now, I was drawn to this tunic. Twinkle Sews booklet comes with a CD rom with all of the patterns ready to print from your computer at home. Even though I love epatterns and I am a huge advocate of digital patterns, this one tunic pattern took 56 sheets of paper! None of the patterns have a fold line. Plus the pattern files are by size. If I make a size 4 and I am really a size 8 I have to print out another 56 pages for the size 8 and tape them all together. I think that might be a con for using this book. Of course, I love the designs by Wenlan Chia, I guess that is a small price to pay to make these beautiful garments. Once I did cut everything out, the patterns are true to the size chart in the front of the book. I also like the seam allowance is included in the patterns. 
Here is my first pictures of the Take the Manhattan project. At this point, I have only finished the bodice. I like working with this yellow fabric because you can see the seam lines in the picture. There is a front bodice (with the front pocket sewn on), back bodice, front sleeve and back sleeve. The cowl is made separately and then sewn on last.
Here is the beginnings of the cowl, You have to sew button holes at the top of the tunic. 
Sew Spoiled Sewing Tip: Pin across the top of the button hole as shown, before you rip open the button hole with your seam ripper. Your seam ripper will stop at the pin.
I will share more pictures after all of it is done.
I would love to make this black tunic using what I have learned from the Take Manhattan Tunic. This tunic is called the Black Cowl Neck Pocket Tunic by EmilyRyan
My favorite part is how the cowl neck line drapes over the shoulders. It also looks soft and comfortable. 
Just gorgeous!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Yellow Iron Board Cover!

I used my own slip cover tutorial to make this buttery ironing board slip cover. My mother gave me the cute bag pincushion. She is so thoughtful.
The yellow makes a nice backdrop for taking sewing tutorial pictures. So much better than yucky stains and goop from ironing interfacing. Someone suggested to me once to make a iron board sleeve that slips over the iron board just for ironing sticky stuff. I should make one!
Making more iPad Air cases! I think I have made well over 150 cases for various tablets. The iPad Air Folding Case ePattern is now available in my Sew Spoiled Etsy Shop.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Sew Spoiled iPad Air Case ePattern Available

Did you receive a new iPad Air and want to create your own case? Well the new iPad Air Folding Case pattern is available in Sew Spoiled's Etsy Shop
I used my new favorite fabric Josephine Kimberly, by Blend, the Caravan Dream collection for the photographs in this new pattern. Plus there are templates for everything including masonite!
All of the steps are photographed so you can see how easy it is to make. Hope you enjoy it!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Why Sew?

When people ask me, "Why do you sew?", a moment like this pops into my mind. I spent two days embroidering and sewing these four cute zipper hipsters. Then I gave them as Christmas gifts and we went shopping together. We shopped, walked and laughed with each other.
Making special accessories for my friends and family is fun but going out together, sharing time with each other, that is what makes it all worth it . 

Friday, January 3, 2014

Sew Spoiled really is Spoiled

 This is my new embroidery machine! It is the Brother PE-770. I was shocked! We had Christmas with the girls at home and after went to my husband's parents to see them for Christmas. At the very end of all the gifts, there was one more under the tree. I thought it was for Nana or someone else. I was completely surprised that it was for me, then I started to take the paper off and saw Brother Embroidery Machine across the box! I think I screamed and cried a little. I felt like a kid getting the one toy they had asked from Santa. 
This is the first project I made with my new machine! It is called the Two Zipper Hipster from Erin Erickson of Dog under my Desk. I love how Erin takes you through the zipper installation. Her site Dog Under My Desk is dog on cute and filled with sewing tips and tutorials. 
Great size to carry just enough stuff! and you can even make a larger size if you want to use it for your tablet.
I couldn't help myself, I made 3 more for friends and family.
My embroidery machine did such a great job! I love the 5"X 7" hoop size. I am still shocked that I have this new machine sitting out my sewing table. Can't wait to share more projects with you.