Monday, April 20, 2015

3 Outfits to Wear with your Handmade Bags!

#1. Back in black, this outfit would look best with a handmade wristlet 
for a night on the town.

#2. Classic white shirt and jeans, this one needs a shoulder bag for all your essentials.
#3. Jean shirt and white pants, this outfit looks great with a handmade backpack. 
You can wear any handmade bag you have created, with these great outfits.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

McCall's # 6361 Skirt Pattern

Skirts are so versatile! You can make them in so many ways for me personally, I have a petite frame so short, tailored, A-line skirts look best. Recently, I bought another Craftsy sewing kit and made the McCall #6361 skirt from Robert Kaufman's Railroad denim fabric. It has a zipper fly so this was a new skill to learn. I watched this video tutorial instead of actually following the pattern directions. This is the easiest way to install a zipper fly, especially for a skirt.
The first skirt was such a success, I made two more! This one is made from white denim fabric. I bought it from JoAnn's, here is a tip. I knew I needed a little more than one yard of fabric. So I found a bolt that had a yard and a little extra on it. JoAnn's will give you a 50% discount on the last part of the bolt, that does not make up a full yard. 
So my 1.25 yard = $16 for the yard + $2 for the quarter yard. Plus I used a coupon! 
Skirt for under $20!!
This is a size 12 skirt, View D. This pattern also has shorts, capris and pants. I am a little curious to see how they will look in a size 12. The skirt is easy and forgiving. I would love to have a pant go to pattern. 
Especially since a 2015 spring trend is flowery skinny pants. I would have to trim the sides to make them look more like this but that would be awesome!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Wristlet Shoulder/Wrist Strap Tutorial

Spring is around the corner, that means dress up and gifts! Prom, weddings and graduation gifts, the Sew Spoiled Wristlet can be made for all of these occasions and more!  Today, I am going to share how to make a strap that is as versatile, as the wristlet is as a gift. This shoulder/wrist strap can be applied to any of your favorite small zipper pouches and wristlets. 
I adore wristlets but after a while, I get tried of keeping track of it around my wrist. 
Over the shoulder, I can wear it and not think about where it is. Sew Spoiled Wristlets would make adorable bridesmaids gifts. Or make these for a group of girls who are going to prom together in a group all in different colors to match their dresses.
Shoulder Strap
or Wristlet Strap
For this wristlet you will need to purchase the Sew Spoiled Wristlet Pattern.
Materials: Loop Fabric 2"X2", Strap Fabric 18"X 2" and 1- 1.5" Swivel Hook.
Step 1: Cut the loop and strap pieces out. Fold and iron one of the 2" short end of the strap over .25".
Step 2: Fold and iron the strap and loop in half.
Step 3: Fold and iron the two raw edges toward the center crease line.
Step 4: Fold and iron the strap in half again.
Step 5: Stitch the edge of the loop.
Step 6: Stitch the strap along both sides.
Step 7: Using the finished edge side of the strap, thread the strap through the swivel hook and sew the finished edge down onto itself.
Go through the sewing directions for making the wristlet.
Stop on Step 12 and do this instead.
Step 8: Attach the strap to the side that the zipper closes on and attach the loop to the opposite side. Before going on to Step 13 in the pattern, OPEN THE ZIPPER! 
Finish the wristlet like you would using the rest of the pattern instructions!
Now you can swing your bag on your wrist (by attaching the swivel hook to your zipper) or....
over your shoulder! (By attaching the swivel hook to the loop.)
Have fun making these wonderful wristlets for your family and friends.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Tips On Getting Your Designs Digitize

Have you ever wanted to get a design you have made on your computer digitize to sew with your embroidery machine? The software for digitizing your own designs is very expensive. Plus, the time it takes to understand how to use the software. If you are like me, 9 times out of 10, I just need to resize or move images around. Recently, I was asked to embroider a few aprons with this image. 

I emailed the shop owner of Sweet as Lemon and Honey and she quickly responded. She was able to digitize the files so that my embroidery machine would stitch the image for me. 
Here are a few tips to help you get your digitized design made quickly....
  1. Know what type of files your Embroidery Machine uses. For instance; PES, JEF, XXX, EXP, VIP, or DST.
  2. Know how large you want your embroidery design to be. This is also important due to your embroidery machine hoop size. 
  3. Your design needs to be in a format that the digitizer can work with. The image needs to be clear and easy to work with file SVG, JPEG, and PNG. The picture should also be large enough to see the details of your art work.
  4. Color, remember each color in your art work is a thread change with your machine. It also means the digitizer has to plan out the thread color changes and layer your image for the best results. This takes more time and effort which can drive the price for digitizing up.
I love how this design came out. I highly recommend Sweet as Lemon and Honey. Hanni the shop owner is great to work with and is very responsive to your embroidery design needs. Thanks for visiting Sew Spoiled!