Saturday, August 12, 2017

Cover Me Round Up

Cover Me Roundup Tutorials
Quilts, blankets, covers, and spreads come in all shapes, textures, sizes, and colors. One of my favorite projects, these versatile coverings are not just for keeping us warm. They are great as wall decor, play mats, picnic "tablecloths" and more. Below you'll find an array of beautiful covers from the informal and practical to stylish home decor.

1.  The Blanket Carrier


On the go? Take your favorite blanket with you with this fun blanket carrier.


2. Triangle Quilt


New to quilting and looking for an easy starter project? Try this triangle quilt. It's easy to make and beginner friendly. 

3. Picnic Blanket


Who says a picnic blanket has to be boring? Add punch to your outdoor blanket with this fun tutorial featuring Bugapalooza fabric. 

4. Fitted Sheet


Grab your favorite fabric and create your own fitted sheet with this step-by-step tutorial.


5. Mini Scrap Quilt Wall Art


Walls need covers, too! Add a pop of color to your walls with this mini scrap quilt. 


6. Duvet Cover


Ahh, warm and cozy duvet covers add an extra layer of comfort. This simple tutorial makes creating one a breeze. 



7. Table Cover

Special occasion? Cover your table with this double layer tablecloth for an extra touch of feminity. 


8. Baby Rag Quilt


Baby quilts are the best.  This baby rag quilt is especially adorable—perfect for your little one or as a baby gift. 


9.  Sofa Cover


Slipcovers are great for changing the look of a room. Create one in your favorite fabric with this DIY Slipcover tutorial. 


10.  Sewing Machine Cover


Last but not least is the sewing cover. We spend so much time with our beloved machines that covering them beautifully is only natural. Add a bit of flair with decorative stitches to create a one-of-a-kind design. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Little Llama Softies made by You

Wanda's Llama named Edna

Hello friends! I wanted to share some of the fun llama's that were sewn up during the Little Llama Softie sew a long. I love all of their personalties, take a look at them and I think you'll agree. 

Pam's Llama

If you're thinking what sew a long are you talking about Jennifer? We did a sew a long with the Little Llama Softie Pattern. You can find a blog post here that will get you going sewing along and making your own llama softie. 

More of Pam's llamas

The sewing pattern can be found here. It's an easy pattern that can be sewn up in an afternoon, it's great for beginners. 





Bonnie's Llama



Delores' Llama


Heidi's Llama

Send me a picture of your finished llama, I would love to post it here.

And the winners have been notified for the giveaway that was running. Heidi and Dolores were the winners of the two 50.00 gift certificates.

Have a great day,
Jennifer

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Monday, August 7, 2017

The Quilted Tree Skirt class taught be Caroline Fairbanks-Critchfield



Hi friends! My friend Caroline at Sew Can he has a new class at Craftsy. It's called The Quilted Tree Skirt. I wanted to share it with you because I think it is so darn cute. It's a Christmas tree skirt made with strip piecing so it goes together fast. It's so fast to put together that Craftsy is calling this a mini class so it's only 9.99. Pretty good right?

Here is the tree skirt sewn up in brights, I love those colors.


Here's a link to the class,  if you're interested you can watch a preview of it, Caroline is a great teacher. And right now the class is 50% off. No coupons necessary.

I will admit, as I write this, I am blown away that it's already that time of the year to start sewing for the holidays. They are right around the corner. 

Have a great day,
Jennifer



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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Little Llama Softie Sew a Long - Making the Blanket


Welcome back to the Little Llama sew a long!  A little reminder about the giveaway, etc. and then we'll get to sewing the llama, we'll be finishing up LittleLlama today!
I will choose a random winner from Instagram and a random winner from Facebook who has posted a picture of their llama or llama in progress. Each winner will receive a 50.00 Jennifer Jangles gift certificate. The hashtag to use is #littlellamasoftie  You can tag me on Instagram as well. For Facebook, you can tag me or post your photo to my Jennifer Jangles page. You can post as many different photos that you would like.

#littlellamasoftie


I will announce the winners on July 28th (2017) so if you can't sew day to day with us, this will give you time to finish up.

As we sew, if you have questions, you can ask them here in the comments and then when I answer, everyone will benefit from seeing the answer as well. And by all means, leave me a comment to let me know how your little friend is coming along.

Let's get started! There are so many ways to sew the llamas blanket, I can't wait to see what you come up with. This Little Llama is the llama on the pattern cover. It's got ric rac and felt balls for trim.


This Little Llama is the llama on the pattern cover. It's got ric rac and felt balls for trim.


Boho Llama here, has a felt feather medallion, velvet ribbon, and I used a vintage feedsack fabric for her blanket. 


Clever Llama has tassels on her blanket and of course felt glasses. You can print the pattern here. Cut them from felt and tack stitch them on to here face.


Outdoor-sy Llama has a flannel plaid blanket with pom pom trim. 

The steps are the same for any of the blankets, you will just sew more or less trim on than the original Little Llama.

Cut two pieces of fabric measuring 5” x 9”. 

                                            

On one of the pieces, pin the trim. Pin two pieces going the length of the blanket and two pieces going with the width of the blanket. Make sure that the outer edges of the trim is at least 1/4” in from the raw edges. Top stitch these in place.



Place the right sides together of the two blanket pieces. Stitch around the outside, leaving a 3” opening for turning. Clip the corners and turn right side out. Press and hand stitch the opening closed.


Stitch the felt balls to the four corners of the blanket. Stitch tassels along the bottom, add a medallion, have fun with those embellishments. I have a Pinterest board dedicated to embellishments if you need some inspiration.

Keep posting those llama photos. I hope that you had fun and maybe learned something new. I will pick the winners on Friday the 28th and let you know who they are.

If you want to email me a picture of your llama it's info@jenniferjangles.com

Have a great day,
Jennifer

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Little Llama Softie Sew a Long - Sewing the Body


Welcome back to the Little Llama sew a long!  A little reminder about the giveaway, etc. and then we'll get to sewing the llama, were going to make BIG progress today.

I will choose a random winner from Instagram and a random winner from Facebook who has posted a picture of their llama or llama in progress. Each winner will receive a 50.00 Jennifer Jangles gift certificate. The hashtag to use is #littlellamasoftie  You can tag me on Instagram as well. For Facebook, you can tag me or post your photo to my Jennifer Jangles page. You can post as many different photos that you would like.

#littlellamasoftie


I will announce the winners on July 28th (2017) so if you can't sew day to day with us, this will give you time to finish up.

As we sew, if you have questions, you can ask them here in the comments and then when I answer, everyone will benefit from seeing the answer as well. And by all means, leave me a comment to let me know how your little friend is coming along.

Let's get started! Today is the sewing of the body, were going to make a lot of progress today.


First up is ears and tail. Start by pinning the two tail pieces together with right sides facing. Next, align an outer ear fabric with an inner ear fabric. Pin with the right side of the fabric together and repeat for the second set of ear pieces. If you are using faux fur for your llama, do your best to tuck the fur into the center of the pieces as you pin. This will result in a fluffier tail and ears.



Sew, using a 1/4" seam allowance around all three pieces. Leave the straight edge un-sewn on the three pieces. Clip the curves and turn the pieces so the right sides are out. If you're curious about clipping, here is a video I made a while back on the subject.



And here is another video about turning small pieces, you might find it helpful as well.



Place the body fabric onto your work surface. Place the paper piece on top and align the edges. Place a pin into the fabric, at the edge of each leg marking. 



Now remove the paper and place two legs onto the llama body in between the pins. Take note, that the legs have a flair on one side, use the paper pattern to guid you on placement. 



Once you have the right sides facing and aligned with the sides, pin along the legs.



Now you will do the same for the remaining body piece and two legs. You'll want to flip the paper pattern piece over to align it to the second body piece. Once you have those legs pinned on, take both body pieces to the sewing machine and sew across the legs.


Now were ready for the ears. Use that paper pattern piece again to place the ears where they need to be. Once you have them arranged, remove the paper.


Next, flip the ears onto the body fabric facing down. The ear linings should be down on to the face.




Pin in place. Now follow the same steps to pin the tail onto the body where it needs to be. Were getting close to having a llama!


Place the right sides together of the llama bodies.



I like to start by aligning the legs and pinning around them. Continue around the body, pinning everywhere but across the straight part of the back.


If you are using a Minky fabric or something slippery, use lots of pins. Take them out just before they are about to go under the presser foot, this will keep your fabric from moving around.



Remember to tuck the fur in before pinning if necessary. 


Sew around the outer edge all of the way around the body and legs, leaving the back open for stuffing. Once you have the body sewn, clip around all of the curves and corners. Turn right side out. Fill with fiberfill. Here's a video I made on filling with fiberfill you might find helpful for the llama.






Fill your llama with fiberfill and hand stitch the opening closed. With the opening on the llamas back, it will be hidden by the blanket. That way if you're not the best at hand stitching, you don't have to worry.

Were going to finish this llama up tomorrow with the blanket.
I hope you are having fun,
Jennifer


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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Little Llama Softie Sew a Long - The Face




Welcome back to the Little Llama sew a long!I hope you were able to get everything cut out, ready for sewing.  A little reminder about the giveaway, etc. and then we'll get to sewing the face.

I will choose a random winner from Instagram and a random winner from Facebook who has posted a picture of their llama or llama in progress. Each winner will receive a 50.00 Jennifer Jangles gift certificate. The hashtag to use is #littlellamasoftie  You can tag me on Instagram as well. For Facebook, you can tag me or post your photo to my Jennifer Jangles page. You can post as many different photos that you would like.

#littlellamasoftie


I will announce the winners on July 28th (2017) so if you can't sew day to day with us, this will give you time to finish up.

As we sew, if you have questions, you can ask them here in the comments and then when I answer, everyone will benefit from seeing the answer as well. And by all means, leave me a comment to let me know how your little friend is coming along.

Let's get started! Today we will be stitching the nose and mouth, sewing it to the body fabric, and sewing the eyes onto the body as well. We are going to jump right in with a video. I came up with an easy way to transfer the nose and mouth lines to the felt. If you don't have a dissolvable pen, don't worry a thin pencil line will work the same. 




If you don't like this method, you can use transfer paper or water dissovable paper to transfer your stitch lines as well.

Okay, so the marks are on the felt, now it's time to embroider the marks. Here's a video of the back stitch, which is what I use to stitch the mouth.  


Once everything is stitch with floss, it's time to get the snout onto the body.



I might be lazy or efficient, I'm going to go with efficient here :) Instead of marking the fabric with where the snout goes, I have a little trick. Place the fabric on your work surface and place the paper piece on top, align all of the edges. Now peel back the paper a bit and place the felt onto the body fabric. Arrange it so the felt lines up with the snout markings on the paper. In the photo above you can see the felt is placed where it needs to go and we didn't have to transfer any markings. Woohoo. 


                                         

Pin around the felt to secure the piece on to the body.


Top stitch around the outer edge of the felt using your sewing machine. I usually stitch in about 1/8" from the edge.



Now it's time to hand stitch the eyes on. I use the same method as I did with arranging the felt onto the body. This time, once the paper is on top of the body piece, I push two pins in where the eyes are. You can peel back the paper a little and place the eye beads where they belong.


Now you can also play around with where you want the eyes and put them wherever you feel, that's the fun of making your own softies, you can give them personality.

If you don't have beads or you are giving the llama to a small child then small felt circles would work just as well for eyes. Sew the eyes on and we are finished for the day. Tomorrow we will be sewing the llama together. 



Send me your llama photos at info@jenniferjangles.com

I hope you're having fun,
Jennifer

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