Friday, April 7, 2017

Sizzix Maker Challenge

Sizzix is hosting a maker challenge and you can win a Big Shot Plus Fabric Series Machine! I know some of you have been sewing up bunnies. You can read the details and how to submit over at the Sizzix blog.

If you don't have a Cat/Bear/Bunny die, you can find it here.

Good luck!

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Chocolate Bunny Softie Pattern

Here's a fun little softie that would look so cute in an Easter basket. The best part is this chocolate bunny doesn't have any calories. 

You'll need the pattern pieces and they can be downloaded here.  Chocolate Bunny Pattern

For the body, I used linen but you could use a quilting cotton as well. 

You'll need:

1/4 yard body fabric
5" x 5" pink fabric for inner ears
5" x 5" paper backed fusible webbing
Ribbon and paper flowers (optional)

1. Trace the inner ears onto the paper backed fusible webbing cut out loosely and iron on to the pink fabric.
2. Iron onto the ears of the two body pieces and top stitch around.
3. Place the two right sides of the body pieces together and sew around the outside of the body, leaving approximately 3" open for turning.
4. Clip the curves, turn right side out and fill with fiberfill.
5. Hand stitch the opening closed. 
6. Tie the ribbon around the neck and tuck the flowers into the ribbon.


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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

DIY Applique Book Bag with Jennifer Jangles

Hello! Here's a book back I recently made up with the large Quincy and Maggie die from Sizzix. I am really happy with how it turned out. Don't you just love polka dots?

To make the bag, I cut two squares the size I wanted for the bag, plus 1/2" for seam allowances. While you're at it, cut two more for the lining. This can be from the same fabric or a different fabric. I appliqued the bear and the word "Read" onto the front of the bag. The "Read" I just printed out a really large version of the word typed from my computer. I did this in Photoshop, but you could use Powerpoint or Word just as easily.

Next I cut the handles. 4.5" x the desired length (mine were 16") Press in half lengthwise.

Open back up and turn the raw edges in and press again.

Fold back in half so the raw edges are hidden and top stitch down each side.

Next pin them facing down on each of the outer bag pieces.

I don't have a photo for these next few steps so place the lining down on top of each of the outer bag pieces. Align the top edges and sew across.

Next, open the pieces up and align the lining pieces together and the outer pieces together. You'll have a big rectangle at this point. Make sure the right sides are together and sew all the way around the outer edge, be sure to leave about 4" across the bottom of the lining for turning.

Turn right sides out, hand stitch the opening in the lining closed and push it down into the bag.

You're finished!


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