Sunday, January 29, 2017

Bunny Bag

Bunny bag
This is the Bunny Bag from The Makers' Journal Etsy Shop. It is a wonderful mini bag that looks like a corsage on your wrist. My sister is getting married in May and I think these will be perfect little gifts. She is planning the ceremony for the beach, what a cute accessory for the ladies in the wedding party. 
Bunny bag
This picture is just show off the size of this beauty. I can not wait for spring! This bag will look great with a cute skirt and flats. 
Bunny bag
The handle is just a little knot that sits on top. The sides of the bag are drawn in by elastic. There is no magnet clasps, zippers or buttons. Yay! These would make great teacher gifts in May! I am going to be making a ton of them. As if that is not enough, you can also buy it in a shoulder bag size!
Bunny bag
Love it!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Sew Spoiled Twist Apron

Sew Spoiled Twist Apron
I created the Twist Apron when my sister, who is a bakery diva, had a birthday. I wanted to give her a custom apron that was as unique as her delightful pastry treats. 
What makes this pattern different? It is how you wear the Twist Apron. Here is a short video showing you how to put it on.

Step 1: Cut out your Twist Apron pattern.

                    Style 1                                                         Style 2 (Shown above)

Style 1 
Fabric A:
Wrap Bib- 15”X 50”
Ties- 2- 6”X 44”
Waistbands 2- 3.5”X 22”
Fabric B:
Panel 18”X 22”
Pocket 13.5” X 6.5”
Interfacing Waistbands 2- 3.5”X 22” 

Style 2
Fabric A:
Wrap Bib- 15”X 50”
Panel 18”X 22”
Pocket 13.5” X 6.5”
Fabric B:
Ties- 2- 6”X 44”
Waistbands 2- 3.5”X 22”
Interfacing Waistbands 2- 3.5”X 22”

Step 2: Fuse the interfacing to the waistbands measuring 3.5” X 22”. Set these aside.


Step 3: Create the apron pocket. Fold the pocket fabric right sides together and stitch along the raw edges. Leave an opening so you can flip it right sides out. Flip it out and iron flat.


Step 4: Pin in place the apron pocket 4” from the 18” side and 5” from the bottom 22” side of the apron panel and sew the pocket onto the apron panel. 


Step 5: Fold and iron the raw edges of the 18” sides of the apron panel twice, then fold and iron the bottom 22” side. Sew around the three edges of the apron panel.


Step 6: Fold and iron the long 50” raw edges twice, then fold the raw edge of one short edge measuring 15” and sew along the three edges.


Step 7: Gather the bib short end that still has the raw edge until it measures 10”. 


Step 8: Sandwich the gathered apron bib between the waistbands measuring 3.5” X 22”, 2.75” from the edge and 1” over the center fold mark.


Step 9: Sew the ties to each short ends of the waistband measuring 6”. 


Step 10: Sew the apron panel to the waistband. (Wrong side of apron panel to the back waistband.)


Step 11: Iron the apron panel up and the front waistband fold and iron .5”. 


Step 12: Fold the ties right sides together and sew them together. Back tack right before the front panel.


Step 13: Turn the ties right side out and iron. Topstitch along the bottom edge of the apron ties and close the opening of the front waistband.  

Congratulations you have made your own Twist Apron!
Now you are ready to bake, cook and host a wonderful party! Twist Aprons make the best gifts because they are so adjustable, any cook will enjoy this amazing apron.
Happy Wishes and tons of stitches!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I have a few new year resolutions for 2017 I am going to share but first,  we got snow! Everyone laughs at us because we get so excited! But I can't help it, snow makes everything look beautiful. My wonderful husband took this footage with his drone.

Ok here are my resolutions.

#10 Make more Sew Spoiled DIY video tutorials.

#9 Enjoy selfish sewing! I make so much for others that it is hard to take time out just for me. However, selfish sewing is so much fun and refreshing.

#8 Leave work at work. This one is very hard, especially as a teacher. I need to plan better, so I bring less stuff home.

#7 Organize! Organize! Organize! That means fabric, patterns, knitting stuff and silhouette stuff. If you have a helpful tip here I would love a comment, please. Thanks!

#6 Take more walks. This one should be easy since I have a puppy!

#5 Listen more! Listen to my family, friends, and students.

#4 Make more patterns. Actually, I have made more Sew Spoiled patterns I just haven't been sharing them. I am not sure why.

#3 Eat more at home. When the stress of a long day takes over, I give up too easily and pick up fast food. It is a bad habit and this year I am not going to do it anymore.

#2 Act like a kid! I need to play with my kids more! They won't be little forever.

#1 Love Life!
Thanks for following, reading and sharing Sew Spoiled!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

3D Printing with the DaVinci Jr.

This Christmas was filled with surprises! My daughter received a 3D printer! It is amazing what kids can do today, with all of the technology out there. This printer is the DaVinci Junior 1.1 and it prints anything that is smaller than 6"X6"X6". The software for the DaVinci Jr. is made by XYZ printing. Even the software is fairly easy to use with fonts, shapes, and symbols to add to one design.
Screenshot 2016-12-27 16.54.03
Here is a short video of the DaVinci printer at work. It printed a heart locket first as a sample of what the 3D printer can do. Now the possibilities are endless. I hope our daughter sees this as a huge opportunity to create whatever she wants to create. It is hard to get teenagers excited about anything, but I think she is excited about this.

If you had a 3D printer what would you create? Purse hardware, zipper pulls, and monogram stuff comes to mind. I can't wait to try it out too.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Band Fleece Jacket

Band jacket embroidery
I am a music teacher and I love it when my two loves; music and sewing combine. It doesn't happen very often but when it does, it is wonderful! Earlier this school year I designed our band logo. We had t-shirts made for all of the kids and we even played a pep rally all wearing our band shirts. I let the band kids choose what color the t-shirt would be and they chose gray.
Screenshot 2016-08-02 09.08.22
Since fall is finally here and the weather has turned cold. I wanted a fleece jacket with our logo on it. Also, last year when I attended All-District and All-State all of the other directors had band apparel on. Our band program is only 2 years old and it is growing very fast! The kids love working hard and accomplishing great things together.
Screenshot 2016-11-13 07.39.21
We are a charter school and I do get asked a lot of questions about working at a charter school. Our school is a non-profit public school. It is also funded just like any other public school with taxpayer money. I am paid the same way through the state and my benefits have stayed the same. Some differences are you have to enter a lottery for enrollment, we do not have buses so children are carpool or vanpool (Daycare) riders and we do not have a cafeteria so most lunches are bag lunches. We do have a hot lunch program through Golden Corral. We do have children who are classified as free and reduce lunch and we feed them using school funds. I love that our school is K-12 and I love teaching music because I can teach all of them! We are a school of choice and I believe every parent should be able to choose what is best for their children's education.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Bridesmaids Cosmestic Bags

I used the Sew Spoiled Cosmetic Bag pattern for these cuties! Adding the wedding date and embroidery inside made these simple bags extra special. The bride picked out these gorgeous fabrics in her wedding party colors.
The wedding was beautiful, I love how the fall colors were used for their October wedding.
I hope they love this bags and enjoy remembering the special occasion when they read the date inside the bag. The bride loved them so much I made her one too and inside I wrote Wifey.
I want to show you this extra tip. If you have enough room on your embroidery hoop, you can embroider two or more designs at the same time using the same stabilizer.
Here is another way to use this technique. Below I embroidered three key fobs at once on my 5"X7" hoop.
I will definitely create more of these Cosmetic Bags as gifts. Embroidering inside the bag a message is a wonderful idea for any gift.
Best wishes and tons of Stitches!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Summer Knitting

Knitting is usually the last thing I think of in the summer. I am swimming, sewing up adorable sun dresses and creating bright beautiful pieces. Why would you want to sit and knit? Well, this summer I tried it. It always takes longer for me to complete a knitting project and I have more time in the summer to create projects so I gave it a try.
I have to say I loved it! I watched movies with my kids and knit. I took them to band and cheer camps and knit. It gave me something to do when I sit. It is a lot better than sitting and looking at my phone.
I chose this beautiful sea foam color because it reminded me of the beach. The pattern is the Everyday Cardigan by Lisa Clarke. It is a fast knit and there is no button band.
I added shell buttons to add to the beach theme and sea foam color. I think it is beautiful and I can't wait to wear it! The yarn is 100% acrylic, With Love from Red Heart Yarn. I like acrylic yarn because it is not itchy, I can wash it in the washer and it doesn't shrink.
I will definitely knit more in the summer months. Love my new sweater.