Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Longchamp Monogram Bag

I love my embroidery machine, it is a Brother PE 770 and it is perfect for all of my projects. In the picture below, I am monogramming a Longchamp style bag. With the new Essentials software, it is simple to save my personal monogram as a embroidery file with basting stitch. Once the embroidery machine is loaded with the correct stitch file from Embrillance, Essentials, I line everything up and set it to work. 
This bag is made from nylon and it's texture is silky smooth. This is not a real Longchamp bag, I just can't swing a $150-$200 bag on a teacher budget but it is very nice. For instance, we were caught in the rain at church, I mean torrential downpour, and this bag is waterproof. I wiped the water right off and it was like the rain never happened. I looked like a drowned rat but my bag looked great!
 As you can see my machine stitched this up for me in a matter of minutes. I used a polyester thread that had the same silky shine to it. These bags come in all sorts of colors and since my handmade wardrobe can be a little colorful this is a great accessory!!
I like being organized and this bag has no exerior pockets and only one zipper pocket after I monogrammed the outside. That is not enough for a multi-tasker, so I turned to my purse organizer. However because this bag is so large my purse organizer just rolled around in the bottom of the bag. So I made this organizer especially for this bag...
As you can see in the above picture there are eight gathered pockets around the edges of the bag. I love this because the center of the bag can still be used for all of my larger items; cosmetic bag, iPad, book, wallet, etc.. If you would like this total package especially customized for you visit me at Sew Spoiled Etsy and place an order. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Sewing Party Ticket Giveaway!!!

Have you heard all about The Sewing Party yet? It’s a really fun online sewing conference on November 8, and today you can enter to WIN A FREE TICKET ($40 value, 5 winners)!
Read below and you can learn all about The Sewing Party and how you can attend more than 30 classes during this super fun event! I love to sew and I am passionate about teaching others to sew, I love this so much!
The Sewing Party

The Sewing Party is the first ever online-all-day DIY event in history.

On November 8, 2014, thousands of DIY-ers will gather for a fun-filled day of sewing and crafting classes taught online by leading bloggers and educational experts. It’s all about connecting, crafting and creating.
Attendees will have access to more than 30 online classes available on the day of the event and for an additional 90 days. There is truly something for everyone! Classes include home décor, fashion sewing, quilting and upcycling, crafting, costume design, techniques for turning your craft into an entrepreneurial venture, and more!

So who’s putting on this party?

Some of the biggest names in the industry are behind this super fun day- take a look!
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Get your Tickets:

Space is limited and likely to fill up fast. Tickets are just $40,  and “The Sewing Party” participants can attend classes; chat with participants from across the country; interact with top bloggers and educational experts who are teaching; and explore the latest crafting and sewing tips, techniques and products in our marketplace.
** This year The Sewing Party is open to US residents only. They hope to expand in the future.**

So how about that GIVEAWAY?

How would you like to win a free ticket to The Sewing Party? Sew Spoiled has 5 free tickets to give away. Just enter via the Rafflecopter form below!
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Winners will be announced Thursday, July 31 morning!
To stay on top of the details, be sure to follow The Sewing Party on social media!

(U.S. only please.)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

How to Monogram a Casserole Carrier

These casserole carriers are so cute but how do you embroider the handle, if you only have single needle machine and the handle on the carrier doesn't open up? Most of these carriers have a single handle that is stitched to the zipper seam. I am going to show you how easy it is to embroider the handle even if you have a single needle machine. 
You can find carriers like this one at Carolina Pottery, Ross, Tuesday Mornings or Home Goods. To find them online go to Sew For Less, All About Blanks (These carriers are easier to embroider on b/c the handles detach.) and the Coral Coast (She sells the blanks too). I found this one on sell because the white was marked up. (Which a mixture of peroxide and dawn took care of.) Originally marked $12.99, it was a red ticket item so we got it for 1/2 off, $6.50.
Step 1: Open up the zipper seam that has one side of the handle inclosed in, it is topstitched and there is binding holding all of the layers of fabric together so open it carefully. 
Step 2: Embroider the handle. When embroidering the handle in this direction you will have to rotate the design so that it reads on the casserole case correctly.
Step 3: Sew the carrier layers of fabric together and then stitch the binding back over the zipper and the insulated fabric layers. 
Step 4: Topstitch over the handle.
Now it is ready to use!! My $6.50 carrier looks like a $35 one!! If you are able to find a carrier that has the velcro handles that open up, buy that. However, if you can't find a carrier with handles that open, now you know how to embroider it!! 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mac Embroidery Software!!!

If you are looking for embroidery software that will resize, adjust and combine designs together. Look no further! Embrillance Essentials does all of that and more. For the first time, I was able to use my Mac to create embroidery designs for my Brother PE-770 embroidery machine. The PC I was using in the past was so old that I was afraid it might not even turn on at all. Embroidery was the only reason I kept the old PC. Now I am confident that my Embrillance Essential software will work on my much faster Mac machine. Maybe I can get rid of the old PC machine for good. If you are a PC user you can download the PC version.
I use Dropbox to organize all of my embroidery files. This is a great and easy way to save all of your embroidery files. Not to mention all the time you will save searching for files. You can also access them anywhere.
When you open a design file in Embrillance you can view it first and then open it in the program. I love how Embrillance tells you the stitch count for each design. The stitch count is how many embroidery shops price their services. Now you can too, by seeing how much thread you will actually use.
After creating the embroidery file I transfer it to my machine via flash drive. I love the baste stitch feature in Embrillance because once you press the little button the entire design is baste stitched around. Personally, I don't like to hoop the fabric because you can get hoop burn. 
This is a great example of how you need a program like Embrillance. This cute font is Kaylee sold with 26 upper case and lower case letters at the Monogram Font Store. If you want to create a word or name you have to put the letters all together. Embrillance lets you merge the stitch files together to create words or names. After placing all of the letters together, I was able to remove under stitching. (Excess stitches that overlapped.) You can re-size embroidery down to half and up to 250%! I can't say enough about this product. I hope you give it a try. There are video tutorials if you want to see it in action and you can demo it on your computer before you buy.
Best wishes and tons of Stitches!

Friday, July 18, 2014

New Job!

Sorry, I didn't post anything all week but my husband and I received new teaching jobs at the same school. We are so excited to start another adventure together. I will still post here about sewing, embroidery and crafts but I just wanted our readers to know we got a little sidetracked this week and for a good reason new jobs! During the day, I am a music teacher. I love teaching children and showing them how to express themselves through music. At night, I am a seamstress. Teaching all ages and skill levels about sewing.
As if getting a new music teacher job isn't enough! You can find the Tailgate Teammate Tote available through Simplicity patterns!!! The Simplicity numbers are 1338 and S0634 on display. I love the cover. In the paper pattern you will receive the Tailgate Teammate Tote in 3 different sizes as well as a backpack and coin purse with key fob.
Go Tailgate Teammate Tote! It made it on the cover of the accessory section!!
Thank you for reading Sew Spoiled!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

What is interfacing?

If your bag was a person, interfacing would be it's bone structure. Interfacing helps your bag stand up so it is not a puddle on the floor if you put it down. There are many different kinds of interfacing and it can be challenging to know what interfacing is best to use for each project. One rule of thumb is if the project is small use a thinner or light weight interfacing, like Pellon 808 or 809. If you bag is larger you will need a thicker interfacing, like Pellon fusible fleece. Another helpful tip is to read the project instructions carefully. Most projects will instruct you with the best interfacing suggestion. However, depending on where you live different interfacings are available in different places. Amy Butler created this wonderful International Interfacing chart to help find the right interfacing no matter where you live. Last but not least. If your interfacing needs heat to fuse together with your main fabric, make sure you iron it on according to the instructions. Here is the iron technique I use, do not use steam, place the iron on the highest temperature setting, layer the interfacing right side up (glossy side up) and place the main fabric on top right side up. Press the iron on top of the main fabric and hold still for 15 seconds, then repeat. Do not move the iron in circular motions, the glue will not have time to heat up and fuse to the fabric.
Here is a great video tutorial on all of the interfacings you can use.

These are the interfacings I use most.
Pellon 809, 808 (Project example; Ladybug Shoulder Bag)
Peltex (Project example; iPad Folding Case)
Fusible Fleece (Project example; Ladybug Diaper Bag)
Test out some interfacings today!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Bag Anatomy 101

Simple tote is made up of these pieces...
Exterior Fabric (sometimes called outer shell, focus fabric or main fabric)
Interior Fabric (sometimes called lining)
Pockets (slip, gathered or zipper)
Closure magnet clasp (is my favorite), button or ribbon
(Later zippers)
Skills to know or learn along the way:
Straight stitch, topstitching, making handles, slip pockets, bag flipping.
This is the easiest bag to make is here, Sew Spoiled: Market Bag Tutorial with Cloud 9 Fabric. It has no lining, interior pockets or closure to worry about. You will make handles and a simple bag shape.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

What fabrics make great bags?

Sew Spoiled Wave Shoulder Bag
It is always hard to find the perfect fabric for a project. It can especially be hard for bag makers because we want a fabric that looks great but can be worn with everyday clothes. Lately, more of my wardrobe has been more colorful, with prints and designs that do not work with a flowery fabric bag. 
When looking around the web or Pinterest you might notice that most models of online shops are wearing solid color, leather handbags with their latest spring collections. So what should you do? 
Tailgate Teammate Tote
My suggestion is to find prints that are not as busy or work with fabric like canvas, linen or duck cloth. If you use a neutral color fabric you can add the colorful prints as the bags accents, lining or accessories (like fabric flowers, buttons, etc.). It is possible to also sew leather but if you are new to sewing I would start with cotton fabric first. 
Ladybug Shoulder Bag
So here are my suggestions...
  • Start with a cotton fabric.
  • Find a fabric that is the color you wear most.
  • Look for fabric that is inexpensive so you can make mistakes and still feel good about your purchase.
  • Have Fun!