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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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

DIY Bear Terrycloth Washcloth with Jennifer Jangles

Hello, I am here with a tutorial for a washcloth bear. It might be easier to get your kids to wash themselves if they get to use a cute bear to do it. This washcloth uses my Large Quincy and Maggie Bear die from Sizzix. Cut out everything the same as you would if you were making a softe bear but cut out an additional two bodies.

Sew together two sets of arms, legs, and ears. Turn right sides out. Stitch the face onto one of the bodie pieces.

Next, pin the legs facing upward at the bottom of the front body.

Align the bottom straight edges and sew across.

Open the body pieces back up.

Arrange and pin the ears and arms to the facing inward.

Place the body pieces together with right sides facing. Stitch along the outer edge leaving approximately 3" open for turning. Turn right sides out and stitch opening closed. Push the lining up in to the bear.


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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

DIY Applique Onesie with Jennifer Jangles

Hello! I am back today with another project with my new Sizzix dies. This project is an applique onesie with the Small Maggie and Quincy Die. I have always wanted to try applique on t-shirts, but I had never done. Truthfully, I was scared of sewing on knits. They stretch and move and it just seemed like it was a disaster waiting to happen. I am happy to report though, it wasn't like I was expecting at all. It was actually pretty easy.

Here's waht you'll need:

Quilting Cotton
Heat n Bond Lite or another lightweight paper backed fusible webbing
Wash Away Stabilizer

Prepare the applique for your onsie just as you would for any other applique project. If you are new to applique, here's a tutorial I wrote on the basics. Iron the applique to the onesie front.

Turn the onesie inside out and iron the stabilizer to the back of the front, where the applique is. The onesie fabric should be sanwiched in between the applique and the stabilizer. This is holding that knit fabric and keeping it from stretching.

Keeping other parts of the onesie out of the way of the needle, use a zig zag or blanket stitch to go around the outside of the appliques.

Follow the instructions on the package to remove the stabilizer from the onesie.


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