Wednesday, January 11, 2017

DIY Bear Hand Puppet with Jennifer Jangles

Did you know that you can turn Quincy Bear into a puppet? Let me show you how. 

You'll need the Large Quincy and Maggie die from Sizzix to cut out the bear. Cut out two extra body pieces. Once you do, applique the face onto the bear just as the instructions state. 

Pin the arms on to all four of the body pieces at the sides. Make sure they are all the same distance from the bottom edge so they align later on when you sew the pieces together.

Next, sew two sets of legs and two sets of ears together. Clip the edges and turn right sides out. Pin the legs facing up to the front of the body. Align the bottom edge of two bodies together with the kegs sanwiched between and sew across. Sew the two remaining body pieces together along the bottom edge as weel, this time there won't be legs in between.

Open up the bears and pin the ears onto the bears head at the top. Place the right sides together of both bodies so the arms all align. Sew all of the way around, except for a small portion on the side. Leave it open for turning.

Turn right sides out and sew the opening closed. Push the lining up in to the body of the bear and your finished!


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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

DIY Wool Applique Animal Embroidery Hoops with Jennifer Jangles

Oh my, I had fun making these! They were such a surprise that they turned out so cute. Sometimes I start projects not having the slightest idea how they will turn out. You know it's fun to play around and be surprised when it works out better than expected. That being said, trust me on this one, I have a pile of half made projects that were not head in the direction of cute. They sit and wait for another day :)

Alright, back to these hoops. The die I used to cut the cat, bunny, and bear out is from my new line of dies with Sizzix. It's one die that cuts all three animals and it's called Bear/Bunny/Cat.

I used Strawberry Festival Fabric for the background. The animals were all cut out in wool. Most of theses wools came from Weeks Dye Works.

I arranged them and then made sure they would fit in my 6" hoop alright. I used embroidery thread which is equivilant to three strands of six strand floss to stitch the wool down to the fabric.

I stitched faces and tacked on little bows. Once everything was where I wanted it in the hoop, I trimmed the excess fabric from the edges. When they come back from their trade show tour with Sizzx they are going to hang on my wall.


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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Maggie and Quincy Bear Applique Quilt with Jennifer Jangles

Hey, Hey!

I am back today with another fun project you can make with my new line of Sizzix Dies. This quilt is made with the Large Quincy and Maggie Die

It's nine blocks, each with an applique bear. I used Kona Solidas for the solid blocks and went to town using up all of my scraps from previous fabric lines. Ther's some Extraordinary World, Strawberry Festival, and Everyday Fun all in this quilt.

Cutting the bears out is a whiz when you are using a die.

It's a lot of fun mixing and matching the fabrics to get those scrappy bears.

Once they are ironed on I stitched around the edge uaing a blanket stitch, it's my favorite for applique. You could always use a zig zag stitch as well.

You could always cut out another bear and make a matching softie along side, because that would make a super cute baby gift. I gave one of these just the other day.


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