Monday, June 26, 2017

Did you know? Ice Cream Edition

We're back with another trivia question. Todays topic is ice cream. Remember this for your next get together, you'll amaze your friends.

  • The tallest ice cream cone measures 3.08 m (10 ft 1.26 in) in height and was achieved by Hennig-Olsen Is AS and Trond L Wøien (both Norway) at Kristiansand, Norway, on 26 July 2015.
    The complete ice cream cone consisted of a wafer cone (95.85 kg), chocolate lining (60 kg), ice cream (1,080 litres) and jam (40 kg) and, after being measured in the factory freezer, was carried below a helicopter to be distributed to attendees at the Tall Ships Race event in Kristiansand Harbour. From Guinness World Records

  • Enjoy the day!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Beautiful Bags Roundup

Bags come in all shapes and sizes. From intricate to practical, we carry them everywhere! When I'm on the hunt for the perfect bag, I want something that expresses my personality, so making one always ensures that the finished product reflects a little bit (or a lot) of me. Below I've listed some bags that are easy to make and appeal to a wide variety of tastes.

1. 15-minute Zipper Pouch

Short on time? Here's a quick zip pouch you can make in a jiffy. In 15 minutes you can have a cute little sidekick.

2.  Scrap Bucket Bucket

Dig through the scrap stash and pull out your favorites! This carry-all Scrap Bucket Basket will allow you to showcase all of those lovely fabrics you've been hiding!

3. Leather Tote

Easy DIY style is possible with this 4-step leather (or faux) leather tote. It's the perfect size for your laptop.

4. Rope Beach Bag

Swim season is here! Sew up this adorable drawstring bag to carry all of your goodies.

5.  Diaper Clutch

When you have a little one, sometimes lugging around a heavy diaper bag isn't always convenient. Save space with this velcro-styled diaper clutch.

6.  Cat Backpack

If you have a little cat lover in your house, then this adorable cat backpack is sure to make them smile. It's never too early to get a head start on back-to-school sewing.

7. Iphone Travel Pouch

Here's another way to use up your fabric scraps. Create a stylish pouch that you can tuck in your purse or bag to keep your phone from getting scratched up. Great idea!

8. Bow Clutch

Isn't this adorable? This bow clutch is the perfect size to store your makeup essentials or other small items.

Whether big or small, bags come in all shapes and sizes and are an essential part of our every day. Creating your own is a great way to express your personal style.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Did you know? Llama Edition

Here at Jennifer Jangles we decided to start a new trivia feature.  Todays topic is Llamas.  Remember it for your next get together, you'll amaze your friends.

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Want to know more about Llamas, you can visit this page called Just Fun Facts.

Enjoy the day!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Sunshine Mini Quilt


Earlier in the year my friend Caroline from the Sew Can She blog asked me if I would like to design a mini quilt for her. Mini quilts are my favorite quilts to make because they are so fast to make, I always feel like I have accomplished something when I finish one in an afternoon. You know what I mean if you have a stack of unfinished quilts lying around your sewing room. :)

You can get the free pattern from her blog. While you there you should see the other mini quilt patterns. Every month a new designer is being featured. How fun!

Here is the post with how to pictures and the pattern.

Here's another post where sewists showed off their versions of the sunshine mini. There are so many great quilts.

Have fun making yours!

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Softies and Plush Toys Roundup

Little hands are going to love these soft, friendly and endearing plush toys. They are easy to make, great if you're looking for ways to use up scrap fabric and perfect projects for beginners to stretch their sewing skills.

1. Cuddle Buddy Bear

This warm, cozy and snuggly teddy bear is sure to be a favorite!

2.  Shirt Bunny

Springtime is in full bloom with these adorable bunny softies made from old (or new) t-shirts.

3.  Bean Bag Numbers

123's, please! What better way to teach little ones how to count than to make these fun bean bag numbers that they can pick up and order from 1 to 9.

4.  Stuffed Ball Toy

This stuffed ball toy is one of my favorite plush toys to make. It's easy to put together and a great project for beginners.

5.  Tagalong Teddy

Here's another adorable teddy bear that's sure to be a favorite. It's also a beginner level project with professional looking results.

6.  Pumpkin Pie

And, just when you thought that these adorable plush toys couldn't get any sweeter. This yummy pumpkin pie pattern is the perfect addition to any tea party.

7.  Lollipop

A sweet treat without all of the sugar—this colorful lollipop is fun to make and a great creative project to share.

Whether you're making a handmade gift for a friend's baby shower or you want to create a loving memory for your own child, plush toys are a great way to add your personal handmade touch to a special occasion.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Did you know? Typewriter Fun Fact

Here at Jennifer Jangles we decided to start a new trivia feature.  Todays topic is typewriters. Remember it for your next get together, you'll amaze your friends.

  • The word ‘typewriter’ is generally considered the longest English word (10 letters), that only uses one row of the QWERTY keyboard layout, although a flower, ‘rupturewort’ can beat that record (11 letters). From Ten Random Facts
Enjoy the day!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Easy Felt Pirate Ship Bag Pattern

Today I am bring you a free pattern for a felt boat bag. With the new pirate and mermaid dolls I have been making lately, it just seemed like they should have a boat to sail in. This boat came together really fast. You can download the pattern pieces here.

To begin, download the pattern pieces first. I used felt for the outer and lining of the bag. If you use something lighter like a quilting cotton, it's probably best to iron some interfacing to it to give the bag more structure. You'll need some scrap felt or cotton for the flags and rope cording for the handles. 

After you cut out the pieces, pin the flags onto the boat similar to the photo above. Top stitch with your sewing machine across a few times.

Place the outer shell and lining together for all of the pieces. Cut approximately 10" for each handle of cording. Place the ends between the two layers for felt and secure with pins. Sew across the top of the bag pieces. Repeat for the second side.Stack all of the boat sides together so the outer pieces are on the outside and the two lining fabrics are face to face inside the stack. Sew down each side of the boat.

Pin the bottom of the boat to the sides, like shown above. Once pinned, sew around the outer edge. 

 Get the pattern pieces here.

Pin this to your sewing board on Pinterest.


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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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