Sunday, December 31, 2017

Looking Back at 2017

This year has been great! Can't wait to see what next year will bring!
Sew Spoiled Twist Apron

  • We finally reviewed the Bunny Bag from  The Makers' Journal Etsy Shop, in Australia. This is such a cute bag and they make adorable bridesmaids gifts. 

Bunny bag
  • February and March had school events happening! We had students attending the All-District Band clinics and we performed The Wizard of Oz at a local Community College!
The Wizard of Oz embroidery!
  • My daughter entered the #KidsCanLearn2Sew Contest! She did not win but we felt like winners because it was a fun project for us to work on together!
  • June through August we were fundraising for a Tuba for our band and we successfully raised over $4,000! See I am a band director, you can't fake this stuff. 😀

  • We took our students to see the Orchestra! Every kid should go to see the orchestra at least once in their elementary career! The NC Symphony Orchestra provides education concerts and explains each piece. We also practice a song that we sing with the orchestra playing the accompaniment. The students love it and grow to love classical music!
  • Then fall arrived with cooler weather and I made a beautiful sweater, I will share pictures later. 
  • This month we have focused on embroidery! Everyone needs help with this especially if you received one for Christmas. We want to help you get it out of the box and creating beautiful works!
What a fantastic year! I have grown as an educator and seamstress.
From our family to yours Happy New Year!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Embroidery Help; Lesson 3- What Items Can I Embroider On?

Do you need some inspiration for your embroidery? Below is my Embroidery Pinterest Board! I update it frequently and it has over 340 pins! We have 744 followers but we highly advise you following this board so you can continue to receive inspiration for new embroidery ideas.
Best wishes and tons of stitches!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Embroidery Help; Lesson 2- Set Up

Let's embroider a project!
                                  Wait a minute, wait a minute! Let's set up everything first.
  • Set up the design for the embroidery machine. You will need to get your design ready for your machine. I use Embrilliance Software to move letters or move design pieces around and size things. I like to center everything in the hoop graph on my computer software so that it will transfer that to the machine. I also baste all of my designs. If you do not have the software you can use stitches directly from your embroidery machine, you can purchase files online and transfer them to your machine via SD card, USB or with a cable. 
  • Hoop the stabilizer, leave a little excess around the hoop. Make sure the stabilizer has a little tension like a drum. I do not hoop my fabric or project. I baste the project down first and then my machine runs the embroidery files. That way if the baste stitch is the wrong size or if the design is not center I can start over, change the size or take out the stitches and move the fabric. You can get hoop burn if you hoop your project fabric. 
  • Mark the project with a Target Stickers or I like to iron a mark where I want the embroidery to go on my project. (I will show you how later.) You will notice that there are marks on the hoop; north, south, east, and west or your X and Y axis. Your needle should be in the center of your hoop. These markings will help you adjust your work so it is centered. Some machines even come with a plastic grid that you can lay over the hooped project to help with centering. 

  • Let the machine show you how large the area it is embroidering. This can also help you see if a design is centered.

  • For fluffy designs, you will need a top stabilizer. 
  • Lower the presser foot and start the design.
  • If the machine skips over and goes across the hoop to a new area to embroider pause the machine and clip the thread.
  • When the project is done embroidering. Release the hoop, take out the basting stitches, clip any excess threads and trim or tear away the stabilizer. 

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Embroidery Help; Lesson 1- What do I need?

I got an embroidery machine now what?
First, you need a few items to make your machine work.

  • Make sure you have a stabilizer, my favorite is tear-away
  • Embroidery Thread! Embroidery thread is different than sewing machine thread. It is shiny and made out of polyester, it is better for your machine because the thread has fewer fibers that will clog the machine. Also, You will also want the shine from the thread to stand out above the fabric.
  • If you want to embroider towels, or anything fuzzy, then you will want to purchase Water Soluble Embroidery Stabilizer. This stabilizer is for the top of your embroidery work so the thread will stand up on top of the fluffy fibers of a towel.
  • Embroidery Machine Scissors, these will make it easier for you to trim threads. Sometimes an embroidery design will move across the hoop and you will have extra thread across your design, trim them away while the project is in the hoop.
  • Baste Design! I use this for almost every design! I will show you how later. It is FREE! 
  • Software! My favorite is Embrilliance Embroidery Software. Or buy it directly here! I love this software because it is cheap(er than most embroidery software) and available for PC or MAC.  It will baste your design for you!
Do you have to have all of these items? No, you can certainly make your machine work without them but these items will make life embroidering much easier. If you already embroider and know of other embroidery products please share them with us in the comments!
Best Wishes and Tons of Stitches!
We will talk about setting up next.....

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Celebrate Small Business Saturday!

Let's get creative! Do you have someone on your list that has everything or will buy it? Handmade gifts are the best and truly come from the heart. That is why Sew Spoiled is cutting our pattern prices for the holiday season! You can get any Sew Spoiled Pattern for $5.00, without a coupon code!
iPad Mini Case and Stand
Happily Handmade!

Sunday, October 29, 2017


Hobby Lobby took this wonderful picture for the Simplicity Pattern 1338 or "It's So Easy, It's Simplicity" 1190. I love the rich fabrics, my favorite colors! The handles have trim sewn onto the webbing which gives it a more finished look. The fabric design was also centered very well. Looks Fabulous!
Screenshot 2017-08-03 18.35.36

Saturday, July 29, 2017

#KidsCanLearn2Sew Contest

This summer McCall's and PatternReview are sponsoring a sewing contest just for kids called #KidsCanLearn2Sew. In order to enter to win patterns, fabric, and a new Janome sewing machine you have to submit a 1-minute video of your child learning to sew. This video project was so much fun and gave us a goal to work on while the girls were on summer vacation.
There were a lot of stages of the project like picking out the fabric and pattern, it took my daughter forever to look around at JoAnn's. Luckily, we knew what pattern she wanted, M7426, because we had shopped online but when it came to the fabric she surveyed every knit fabric choice three times at least. 
I was shocked when Kinsey showed me her choices. Inside my mind, I was screaming, "Leggings?? You want to sew knit leggings? Are you sure you don't want to sew a cotton shirt or dress?" but I kept my cool and acted like it was totally fine. 
Which... guess was fine. 
My older daughter even got into helping her younger sister by videoing her on the iPad. It was great seeing them work together for one goal.

Here is her finished product. I loved that we have this video of her discovering sewing and exploring how to put a sewing pattern together.
We also put together an out take video of her trying to complete the leggings project. We laughed so hard when we made a mistake. Talk about learning how to get over your mistakes, sewing forces you to try and try again if you first don't succeed. The seam ripper is your best friend and you have to rise above to get the best end result.
Here is our Out Takes Video....

I love this video! My favorite out take is when she tears the paper pattern. She is so funny! I hope she wins but we have won just by playing the game. Thank you, McCall's and PatternReview for the amazing opportunity to participate. We will remember this forever!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Scrappy Bits and Pieces

One of my favorite things to do on the weekend is to pull all of my favorite fabrics out and patchwork small pieces into a beautiful work of art. Most of the pieces I pulled are from earlier collections of Amy Butler Fabrics. These fabrics are out of print and hard to find so I never throw them away.
Patchwork Pincushions
This weekend I created two beautiful patchwork Tic Tac Toe Pincushions. These pincushions are 7" square, large enough for all of your pins and needles. They last forever! I still have my first Tic Tac Toe Pincushion and it is by far my favorite sewing accessory!
Tic Tac Toe Pincushion
The Tic Tac Toe Pincushion design is available free here on this site. If you make one we would love to see it. Tag your Tic Tac Toe Pincushion with #SewSpoiled so we can view it.
Patchwork Pincushion Side 1
But if you want to buy a Tic Tac Toe Pincushion already made with a Sew Spoiled Label, the hard to find Amy Butler and beautiful indigo blue pincushions are available in my Sew Spoiled Etsy shop.
Patchwork Pincushions
These two gorgeous pincushions are ready to ship and be used on your sewing table. I will ship them through priority mail so you can receive it within 2-3 days.
Patchwork Pincushions
If you use the SEWSPOILED coupon code you will receive an extra 15% off discount!
Patchwork Pincushions
I love buying truly handmade products. These pincushions are not made somewhere else and distributed by me, they are made by me and available in my small shop for you. Sew Spoil your self with a Sew Spoiled Pincushion!
Patchwork Pincushions

Thursday, July 20, 2017

My Little Pony Cape Tutorial

If you have little girls you know about My Little Ponies. They are much cooler now, than when I collected them. They also sell My Little Ponies in a multitude of sizes. We recently purchased a Pinkie Pie and Flutter Shy from the Build a Bear shop at the mall. These are larger ponies and of course after buying the pony you have to dress them up. However, my girls are a little different. Instead of  dressing them at the store, we get ideas and make stuff at home.
The tutorial I am going to share today is the My Little Pony Cape, for the large ponies at Build a Bear. This pattern is also reversible so you can make one with two totally different sides and flip flop it for different looking capes.

Print the PDF Template Here.

2- Fat Quarters measuring 18" X 22"
1/4" wide elastic
My Little Pony Cape

Monday, July 17, 2017

Key Fobs

Key Fobs
Key Fobs are so easy to make and make excellent gifts for family and friends. 
Here is my Key Fob Tutorial. I love embroidering using the same color thread as the webbing color.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Totally Tubular Tuba Project

My students and I have been working hard at becoming the best band in our area. We sound great but we are missing the lower tones only a Tuba can provide! Our school does not own one and it is too much of an expense for a family to purchase. When we receive the tuba it will be used for 3 classes affecting over 70 students. We wrote a Donors Choose Project called Totally Tubular Tuba and we need your help. We are asking for donations for a tuba for our band program. If we all work together our students will be able to start learning about this new instrument next fall when school starts. If you want to contribute but in a sewing way all of the Sew Spoiled Craftsy Patterns or Pay Pal sells from the Sew Spoiled Etsy Shop the months of June and July will go to the Totally Tubular Tuba Project!
Below is a short video that shows you how to make sure your money is going straight to the project at hand. Donors Choose is a great company but they also give themselves 15% of every donation, of every project on their site. 
I hope that you go to Donors Choose to help our school or even other schools. It is a great opportunity to help teachers get the items they need for their classrooms. 
Thank you!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Shop Vs. Sew 2017 Spring Trending

The first trending style this spring is the jumper! The picture on the left is the McCall's 6083 by Margo from Creating In The Gap. If you are looking for this look in a different design, the Carly Jumpsuit by Style Arc. The picture on the right is a jumper from Cato Fashion, cost is only $21.99.

The next trend is ruffly sleeves or fun cuffs. McCall 7542, sewing pattern on the left, gives you a lot of choices of different sleeve types. There is also sewing contest for this pattern from now to May 7, 2017. Simply create a top using this pattern and then post it on social media; Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram to enter to win. The winnings are a $100 gift certificate to Vogue Fabrics and $100 worth of McCall Patterns! On the right is J. Crew's, Ruffle Sleeve Top for $39.50 with a coupon code; HOPTOIT. 

This Pamela Palm Linen Poncho is from Chico and couldn't be easier to make. At Chico it will cost you $89.00. By the way, this is not linen, at least I don't believe it is. I looks to be Chiffon. It should be Silk Chiffon for that price but probably is not. If you want Silk Chiffon look here at Mood. This is a rectangle with a hole for the head. Here is a free tutorial at Lucky Sew and Sew. You can also make wonderful scarves from Silk Chiffon!

Anthropologie is selling Pilcro Hyphen Mid-Rise Boyfriend Jeans with trimmed out cuffs for $148.00! You can totally create the same look by sewing fabric or trim to the bottoms of any pair of your pants. That is crazy! Sometimes I am shocked at how high these trendy garments are but someone is paying it! Don't let it be you.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Kid Pik Review

We decided to try Kid Pik. If you haven't heard of Kid Pik it is a company like Stitch Fix, where you enter information about yourself (or in this case about your daughter) and a fashion consultant sends you a box of 7 items. We received a light sweater, sandals, a bubble top, a tank top, one pair of shorts, a pair of jeans, a headband and a stripe/ floral top. 
Super cute sweater, with hearts knitted into the fabric.
This is the shirt my daughter fell in love with. Love at first site! It also matches a lot of the items already in her closet. She is also wearing a sparkly navy headband. We decided to keep both!
This is my favorite, beautiful flower fabric sewn to the back of the shirt.
This was a free gift! She received 5 pins she can place on her bookbag, purse or denim jean jacket! Many of the items were placed in cute bags!
I loved this item the dot swing tank but my daughter didn't. I was hoping she would keep it. This part was hard. I listened to her wishes and put it back in the send back bag. That made her feel good, later when we were on the site telling Kid Pik what we wanted. We were able to tell them this item is not her style, she loved being able to let them know she doesn't like something.
These were cute but they are too short for school. If we can't wear them to school we don't buy!
These were cute too, but the weather here is already in the high 80's. So no pants!
My girls are the same shoe size. Which is weird because they are 3 years apart. Both of them did not like the silver sandals. Oh well, I guess we will see what happens next time. Just receiving mail was so much fun.  
Kid Pik did not get in touch with Sew Spoiled and wanted us to review. This was all on our own. It was totally free and we kept two items, paid for them and sent the rest back free of charge. So far it has been a great experience. There are some rules; you have 7 days to send back the items you don't want to keep and don't try it on if you don't want to keep it.