Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Sew Spoiled iPad Case

Here is a Sew Spoiled iPad Folding Case in Lilly Pultizer fabric for my niece. I am so proud of her graduating from high school and move on to her next adventure of college. I remember playing with her when she was only 3 years old and thinking how wonderful she was. I had no idea she would grow into the awesome young lady she is today.
I hope she enjoys her new case.
Happy Sewing!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Etsy Shop Finds

These prints would make an adorable dress for a little girl or a preppy skirt!
I love fabric bags with leather handles, especially if the bag has been patch worked together.
Beautiful watch, a great accessory for any handmade wardrobe.
This just looked cool! 
Of course, I had to share this with you too. You can make your Tailgate Teammate Tote without Team fabric. In this picture above I used Cloud 9, Geocentric fabrics and tied the two canvas prints together by using grey thread that matched the grey pockets. The smaller coin purse is from the free Sweet Coin Purse Tutorial.
Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Monogrammed Table Runner

Made this table runner with my sewing and embroidery machines working together. First I measured the length I wanted for the table runner, then I cut the fabric and placed markers where the embroidery design should go. After embroidering, I stitched it all together. Now I have a wonderful monogrammed table runner specially made for family gatherings.



Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sew Spoiled Folding Cases

Sew Spoiled Folding Case is one of those patterns that you will use over and over again. Once someone sees the case you made yourself, another will ask if you will make a case for them. Once the case you made them is seen by others, they will start to ask for cases too. When I am purchasing a pattern, I think about the initial price but every time I use the pattern I divide the price by how many times I used it. 
Example: 
Dress Pattern cost $10.00
Made it twice: $5.00
Made it four times: $2.50
I think this way for fabric too. I try to use as much of it as I can for as many projects as possible. That is why I have made a Projects for Your Stash page
Example: One yard was $20.00
I can make two cases, $10.00 each.
I can make 6 cosmetic cases, $3.33.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Owl Cross-body Bag

My daughter and I put together this adorable cross-body bag from Ginger Cake Patterns, it is called Lola the Owl. I had her stitch everything together, so she could practice. She loves the size, perfect for a book and a few things on the go. There is even a pocket on the back for convenience. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sew Spoiled Rose Pin Tutorial!

I woke up Wednesday morning and realized that it was St. Patrick's Day and I had no GREEN! (Did I mention I am a music school teacher to over 1000 kids!) I looked through my wardrobe once more, nothing. Finally, I decided to make my own Green for the day!
1.) I took a scrap of Patty Young's Gothic Flower in leaf green approximately 18" long X 3" wide I folded it in half, right sides together and ironed. (Not really but you should if you have time:)
2.) Sew 1/4" seam allowance starting at the short end, pivot the needle to continue sewing the 18" long side and leave the last short side of the rectangle open so you can flip it right side out.
3.) Flip the fabric right side out and iron! (I did iron this time!) 
4.) Sew a gather stitch down the 18" long side. This is the longest stitch on your machine! (My machine calls it my baste stitch but I use it most to gather.) Tug gently on the bobbin thread to gather the petals together.
5.) Take your hand sewing needle threaded with coordinating thread, turn the gathered strip of fabric around in circles and sew the back of the rose so that the layers stay together. Cut excess fabric off.
6.) Glue gun magic! Glue the raw edge of the rose (Where you cut off the excess.) and turn the short edge in, glue again and turn it in again. (Making a quick seam.) You could hand sew this too. Glue a 1.5" card stock circle onto the back of the rose and then glue your pin to the card stock. You are done!!!
I think I might make a few more of these for bags, sweaters, blouses, my jean jacket and more!
Happy sewing!
~Leah

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sally Dresses

I made these Sally dresses by Very Shannon this week. I love the fact that there are only two pages to print, to get started and no taping! That is a huge plus in he PDF sewing patten world. The dress has three sleeve versions and there is no buttons, zipper or closure to worry about. Just slip over the child's head and go. That is perfect in the busy mornings of getting up and going to work, school or to the pool this summer. I was worried about the sizing. If the collar opening is too big, the dress hangs off of the shoulders. If to small, the dress does not fit over the child's head. That is why I made a muslin bodice first to test the bodice out first. In both cases, I went with a smaller size than I normally would have. When reading this pattern look at the finished garment sizing. That helped us with the sizing.
I can see this dress being in almost any color and type of fabric. We used what we had on hand mostly this pollen yellow fabric with accents of cotton prints. I tried to tie everything together with embroidering the bodice and pockets. 
I highly recommend this sewing pattern. I know I will use it again and again. I love that I only need fabric! No zippers, buttons and extra stuff to worry about buying. My girls love wearing these dresses, extremely comfortable. Perfect for Easter egg collecting.
Best Of wishes and Tons of Stitches!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Customer Happiness!

I received this wonderful email last night from a customer. I love receiving emails from happy customers who are trying new things by following one of my sewing patterns.
Here is what Tiffany wrote...
Hi Leah,
I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed working with your Ladybug Diaper Bag pattern.  I had bought the Simplicity pack because I like the tissue paper instead of taping the pages, but I almost with I would've got the pdf too because I am a visual person and all the reviews of your patterns as far as directions are great.
I finally got around to sewing my bag yesterday while my other kids were visiting their grandparents and it was daunting at first looking at all the different pieces to cut out and fuse together, but I am happy to say that after all the cutting actually putting the bag together was a breeze.  This was my first time attempting to do a zipper pocket and your directions were great-I got it on my first try :)!!!  I did add another elastic pocket to the interior and both the elastic pockets inside are broke into 3 pockets instead of the 2 you suggested.  I am including a picture of my finished bag.  I am very happy with it-and am talking up your patterns as a result.  My next project may be to make up the mini purse to use as a paci holder.Thanks again for creating a great design :)
Tiffany
I am so happy for Tiffany and I hope her story inspires others to try a Sew Spoiled Pattern.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Sew Spoiled Sewing Skills

I love to use sewing projects to learn new sewing skills. That is how we grow and become amazing seamstresses. Some of the skills you will learn in a Sew Spoiled Pattern are making handles, pockets and a variety of different closures. If you are wanting a new personalized bag, customized just to your liking make it with Sew Spoiled

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Embroidering Towels Tutorial

Materials:
Towel (wash before embroidering)
Thread
Embroidery Machine
Step 1: Hoop the tear away interfacing first.
Step 2: Mark lightly where you want the embroidery design. For this design, I placed the "A", 10" from the bottom of the towel and in the center. Place the towel over the hooped interfacing. Smooth everything out and make sure the marking for the center of the design is under the needle. Then place the water soluble topper over the towel. Use a rectangle basting stitch to hold all three layers together.
Step 3: Start the embroidery design. The topper allows the embroidery thread to be on top of the terry fabric's loops.
 Step 4: Finish the embroidery design. You can see that my design was larger than the baste stitch, this is ok because at the end of the project we pick the basting stitches out, so we are left with only the design.
Step 5: Tear away the back interfacing. The water soluble topper might also tear away but it is washable too. Enjoy your towel!
Best wishes and tons of stitches!

Monday, April 7, 2014

April Showers Embroider Umbrella Tutorial

Materials:
Umbrella
Rubber Bands
Embroidery machine
Tear-away interfacing
embroidery design
Step 1: Take the cloth off the umbrella. Leave the threads as markers so you will know where to sew it back at the end of your project.
Step 2: Get your embroidery machine ready and select your embroidery design. I used tear away interfacing, at the end of your project you will be able to tear away the interfacing behind the embroidery design.
Step 3: With rubber bands tie together the frame. When embroidering the frame should be away from the hoop.
Step 4: Embroider the umbrella.
Step 5: Tear away the interfacing.
Step 6: Hand sew the frame back onto the frame.
Ta Da! You are Done!
Things I learned; You want to choose an embroidery design that is not high in stitch density.
Have fun!