Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Spring in Bloom Roundup

I don't know about you, but for me, spring isn't "official" until Easter makes its mark. Now that winter is finally in my rear view mirror, I can get excited about everything blooming around me and all of the new and interesting projects that I can create.

This week I searched for some inspiration to spark my creativity. Here are a few of my favorites picks from some of my favorite bloggers.

1. Fabric Flowers

Don't throw away those old t-shirts! Create a beautiful hand bouquet for a special occasion or just for fun.

2.  Bee Bags

Bzzz!!! Beautiful spring flowers and bees go hand in hand. These adorable bee bags are a fun homage to the busy little helpers. Click the link above for information on where you can find the fabric and free tutorial.

3.  Quilted Table Runner

Brighten up your table with the fun colors of spring with this easy quilted table runner. It's a great way to use up some of your favorite fabric scraps.

4. Children't Apron Pattern

These adorable apron patterns are perfect for little helpers in the kitchen and oh, so easy to make.

5.  Coffee Cozy

Coffee Cozies aren't just for winter. Protect hands when drinking your favorite cup o'Joe with these brightly colored coffee cozies.

6. Personalized Notebook Cover

Journal lovers rejoice! Here's a great way to personalize your plain, store bought spiral notebooks to create a one-of-a-kind treasure for yourself or as a gift.

7. Spring Twigs 

Bring a little bit of nature indoors with my Spring Twigs tutorial. It's a great way to use up fabric scraps and super easy to make.

Springtime is a great time to dust off old projects, create new ones and be inspired by all of the beauty that the change of season brings. I hope these fun projects will help you to stretch your imagination and create something beautiful.

Friday, May 19, 2017

New Sizzix Dies

New dies are coming from Sizzix, they will be in stores very soon. I am very excited to show you them. Over the next few weeks I'll give you some project ideas as well. First up is the pirate/ballerina die. 

This die is similar to the Cat,bunny,bear die because it has so many options. Of course you can make a pirate or ballerina doll.

You can make a boy or girl doll with this die as well(top photo). Plus you can turn these into appliques for quilts, pillows, shirts, bags and more.

Next up is a little mermaid doll. She's about 6 inches tall and would be so fun for a little one to carry around. She's easy to sew just like all of my dies. Did you know that there are videos that show how to make all of the projects from the dies? They are here at the Sizzix website.

And last but not least, the Happy Camper Pin Cushion. Until now it has only been available as a kit. So many of you have asked for custom colors to make it like your camper or a friends camper. Here it is. It's got a wing, flags, and heart for customizing the camper in many ways. You are going to have so much fun, you'll want to make a whole trailer park.


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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New pattern alert from Jennifer Jangles

I have been working extra hard around here to get patterns to you this year. #patterngoals

This week I have two new patterns. They are available in paper and digital format. If you a quilt shop these along with the new typewriter softies can be ordered through your favorite distributor.

Little Llama Softie

This guy or gal is easy to sew. It's a pattern, where a front and back are sewn together, no gussets or tricky pieces. As you can imagine it's great for a new sewer or if you're looking for a quick project.. You can find the digital version here and the paper version here.

Ice Cream for Sale Mini Quilt

If you're looking for another mini quilt to add to your wall, how about the Ice Cream for Sale mini? You can complete this quilt in an afternoon. The appliques can also be used on bags, shirts, and more. The digital version can be found here and the paper version can be found here.

Pin this to remember.

Have a great day,

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Lots of Ladybugs Flag in Lowes Stores

I was at Lowes the other day because it's garden planting time and was so excited to find this in the store.

I designed a ladybug flag for Lowes. It's in every store in the country. Eeek! You sewists might recognize those ladybugs from Bugapalooza fabric. So next time you at Lowes and you find the flag, you can say to another customer in the store, "my friend painted that".  And if you get one and hang it in your garden, please send me a photo, I would love to see it!

There are two sizes garden and house. If you don't have a Lowes near you it can be ordered online from them. Here's the link. As most items like this, the flag will only be there this season.

Have a good day,

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Sew Small, 19 Little Bags

                   Sew Small_19 Little Bags: Stash Your Coins, Keys, Earbuds, Jewelry & More

It's available now! I am so excited to share my latest book with you. Sew Small, 19 Little Bags.  Bags for organizing are one of my favorite things to sew. I don't know about you but I am always in search of the perfect bag to hold my keys, my jewelry, or my art supplies. I don't want to count how many bags I have probably made in my lifetime, especially if you include all of the bags as gifts. And yes, there are lots of bags that would make great gifts in this book.

Here are a few photos, you'll have to get the book to see the rest.

I am currently using the flower pouch to hold my essentials oils, it's a nice standing pouch with a snap, that could hold many different items.

This little wallet has a removable wrist strap. It has a zipper pouch inside for coins as well as pockets for cash and cards.

The ladybug pouch is great for clipping to a bag to hold earbuds or a charger. Super cute!

Here's a video I made showing some of the bags in the book as well as a complete how to for installing a zipper. Zippers are sometimes intimidating. I hope after watching the video you see that you can definitely tackle a zipper.

You want to get a copy? Check you local quilt shop first. If you can't find it there, you can order it from Amazon or C&T publishing.


Have a good day,

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Work with Jennifer Jangles

Hello Hello!

It has been a dream of mine for quite awhile now to assemble a group of talented sewists, designers, crafters, and bloggers to collaborate in different ways spreading the word about Jennifer Jangles. The business is growing and the I am looking for help. If you are interested in becoming a Jennifer Jangles Brand Ambassador please fill out this Google Form.

Here is more about the program and what were looking for...

Jennifer Jangles has fabrics, patterns, books, giftware, dies and other products so there is a wide range of needs. Here are some.

Sewists to sew using our patterns  dies, or book projects

Designers to create projects with Jennifer Jangles fabric

Quilters to sew quilts with Jennifer Jangles fabrics

Paper crafters

Bloggers and trend setters interested in promoting products

Collaboration ideas are welcome as well, if you have ideas fill out the form


Is there swag? Yes, you'll be first to receive new products.

Will I be paid for blog posts and promoting? Yes

How often will I be needed? once every month or two

When will I hear if I have been selected? I will start looking at applications May 1st, the process will be ongoing from there. Emails will be sent out as team members are needed.

The application is an easy one, if you're ready to apply, here's a link to the form.

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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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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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