Wednesday, October 18, 2017

DIY Heart Pin Cushion

Heart Pincushion

It’s been awhile since we’ve had a new pincushion pattern here at Jennifer Jangles. I love big and stable pincushions that can hold a lot of pins. This heart cushion will give you lots of space for pins. I added a pom pom trim around the bottom, but as I was making it I was thinking of other options for trims as well. Tulle along the bottom would be cute, a smaller trim at the top could add some color, you get the idea.

This isn’t in the instructions, but in all of my pin cushions, I sew a small pillow to fill with sand and insert into the base of the cushion. This helps add additional weight to keep the cushion stable.

1/4 yard or fat quarter heart fabric
5/8 yard pom pom trim
Felt scrap
Doll makers needle

Cut 1 strip measuring 16.25” x  2.5” and print this pattern piece.


1. Sew the two shorter sides of the pin cushion  band together.
2. Starting with the seam of the band lined up with the point of the heart, pin of side of the band all of the way around the heart.  Note: add trim between the two layers of doing so.
3. Using 1/4” seam allowance, sew around the pinned edge.
4. Repeat step 2. on the second side of the band and the second heart. This time leave a section open for turning.
5. Clip the curves and turn right sides out. If you’ve chosen to sew a weighted pillow, slide it inside the pin cushion. Fill the pin cushion with fiberfill. Heres a video on stuffing objects with fiberfill, to get it looking good. Hand stitch the opening closed.

6. Place the button on top of the felt and cut a circle out, bigger than the button.  Sew the button and felt onto the cushion using a long doll makers needle. Using this needle, go all of the way through the cushion and back through the top to secure.

Here's an image to pin so you don't forget this tutorial.

Happy Sewing,

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

DIY Pumpkin Applique, Holiday Projects are Starting!

Happy Fall and welcome to Crafting Season! Today is the day my annual holiday project emails start. A long, long time ago, I started the Holiday Projects emails. When I started these I was making ceramic beads and created 10 holiday projects using the beads I made. They were all Christmas related. As the years continued, I continued with the name Holiday Projects because that's how everyone knows them. And after the last few days on Facebook and Instagram, I have heard how much you love them. I love to hear that you look forward to them and if you want to let your crafty friends know about them, please do. The sign up is at the bottom of this post. This year I have done some tweaking to make them work better for all of us. And, I am not limiting the projects to 10, there will be loads of inspiration coming your way. So let's get going!

It's starting to get darker earlier, there a little chill in the air and everything is just a bit cozier. Wouldn't you agree? With all of this coziness, I love to sit and sew at my machine, embroider by the fire, and bead at the kitchen table with the busy-ness of the house going on around me. Over the next ten weeks I will be bringing you weekly projects delivered by email, daily inspiration through social media, and I will be opening a handmade pop up shop. I think you will like this improved version of the holiday projects better.

This week to kick off the holiday projects and fall, I am bringing you a pumpkin applique set. You can download it here. They are reversed and ready for tracing onto paper backed fusible webbing. I decided to do some free motion embroidery on mine.

To do this, I drew where I wanted to stitch with a Frixion pen. If you haven't used these, they are great. You just iron the ink and it disappears. (As always be sure to test it on a scrap first, darker colors leave a little residue sometimes.)

This pumpkin applique could be used on a mug rug, an apron, a tea towel, a t-shirt, oh so many things. Please post a picture and tag me @jenniferjangles on Facebook or Instagram. If you got the newsletter today, you might have noticed the readers projects, I would love to see your pumpkin applique there next week.

Here's a an image to pin to one of your Pinterest boards for safe keeping.

Happy Sewing,

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Applique Tea Towels

Hello! I have an applique tea towel project for you today. It's a cute strawberry applique that can actually be used on anything, but here I am putting it on a tea towel. It makes a great handmade gift, everyone needs towels. 

The printable pattern is for the Strawberry Tea Towel. These tea towels were all made the same way as the Strawberry towel, but they have different appliques on them. You might recognize them from Stitch Kitsch. These are some of the appliques in the book. I had a blast making all of these and now I am thinking up all of the versions I can make for gifts. 

After I made all of these, I wanted to see if I could wash them..... usually you should do that first, but it was a backwards kind of day in the studio, plus I new what everything was made of so I had a pretty good idea it was going to work. And it did!

This is without ironing, straight out of the dryer. It looks just as good as when it went in.
Are you anxious to get started on some tea towels of your own? Here's where you can find the printable pattern
and here is the book with the appliques.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

End of Summer PDF Sale

Happy Labor Day weekend (almost)!

It's here, my annual PDF sale, this happens every Labor Day and that is the only time I ever mark the patterns so low. You can shop at the Jennifer Jangles Shop or the Jangles Etsy Shop.

Here are a few of the patterns being offered...

Jennifer Jangles Sewing Traveler has two sizes of books. The larger book is a sewing organizer with two pockets and felt pages for storing needles as well as a strap for keeping your embroidery scissors safe. The second needle book is a smaller book great for tucking in your bag when your sewing on the go. This book has felt pages for keeping your needles.

PDF Daisy Pin Cushions Sewing Pattern

Two different styles of pin cushions will brighten your sewing room any day of the year. As a bonus you get full instructions to make these fun standing flowers. A great gift for teachers, kids, or anyone who needs some cheer!

Quincy and Maggie Bear Softie Sewing Pattern 

Sew up a couple of cute bears in no time. This is a great beginner project. Instructions and full size pieces are included in the pattern to Quincy and Maggie Bear.

Happy Birthday Cake Pin Cushion

Happy Birthday Cake Pin Cushion make a great gift for a sewer or a quilter. It can also be a toy for a child who loves to play chef. Instructions and full size pieces are included in the pattern to make a Happy Birthday Pin Cushion.

PDF Sew Happy Sewing Machine Softie Toy Sewing Pattern

Stuffed Sewing Machine Toy makes a great gift for a child or a fun addition to your sewing room.

Sew Happy Pin Cushion Pattern
A smaller version of my Sew Happy Sewing Machine is here! This smaller machine makes a great pin cushion.

PDF Little Ditties Bags Sewing Pattern 

Make four different character drawstring bags, a crab, a turtle, a toad stool, or a cupcake. Bags are approximately 6" in height. They are drawstring bags that can hold jewelry, supplies, or gifts.

PDF Okey Dokey Owl 

Kids of all ages think Okey Dokey Owl is Okey Dokey. He stands 12" tall when finished.

PDF Little Love Bunny Sewing Pattern

Little Love Bunny wears his appliqué heart on his tummy, showing everyone how much he cares. Easy to sew and a great beginner project. Little Love Bunny is 9" tall including his ears.

PDF Class-Y Storage Sewing Pattern

Carry your bag to class and, when you arrive, unzip and roll down the top for a handy standing organizer. There is even a label holder on the front. Instructions and full size pieces are included in the pattern to make a Class-Y Storage Bag.

Have a great day,

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Fabric Flower Roundup

DIY flowers are a versatile project that can be used for everything from baby mobiles to trim detail on your favorite clothing. Here are some creative ideas for making your own fabric flowers.

1. Rick Rack Fabric Flowers

Ric Rac comes in a variety of widths and colors and is readily available in your favorite fabric or craft store. Stock up on your favorites and create your own Ric Rac bouquet.

2. Felt Rose Baby Mobile

Can you picture this delicate mobile over a little girl's baby bed or crib? It's such a feminine touch to traditional mobiles. You can even use it as decoration in other rooms. 

3.  Fabric Peony Flowers

Thinking about springtime, weddings and pretty things? This DIY Peonies video is a perfect match. Make your own peonies for your next special occasion.

4.  Felt Succulent Broach

Broaches are a fun way to add a touch of whimsy to your outfit. This felt brooch is super easy to make and a fun addition to any wardrobe.

5.  Summer Flower

Aren't these cute? This little versatile flowers can be used on so many things. You're only limited by your imagination.

6.  Round Petal Kanzashi Flower

The shape of these lovely fabric flowers reminds me of centerpiece floating flowers. Make your own beautiful centerpiece with this simple tutorial.

7.  Whimsical Flower Pins

I love whimsy and these flower pins are one of my favorite projects. They are fun, easy to make and can be combined into so many different combinations.

8.  DIY Pom Poms

Mix and match your favorite colors to create your own unique room decor with these fun flower pom poms.

9.  Felt Flowers

Felt is a great material to work with, especially when you're looking for material that comes in lots of colors and holds its shape. Add interesting texture to your next project with these fun flowers.

10.  Flower Pins 

The holidays will be here before you know it. Combine your favorite fabrics to create a one-of-a-kind pin for your holiday wardrobe.

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. 

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