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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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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