Thank you Carole for organizing this “Born to be Wild” blog hop. Thank you especially for having patience with my back and forth emails. You are a gem! The challenge was to make something from a jungle. My go to is always to create something with animals and here I made 4 projects.
Using this simple and free paper elephant paper-pieced pattern, I made some designs for zippered bags. The pattern is very simple but beware, it has no instructions. I chose a gray polka dot fabric for the elephant but didn’t love it in the end. Of course, this meant I needed to make another one in brighter colors. I do like the colors of this smaller elephant, but the bag is shaped a bit weirdly. Nonetheless, I turned both of these into kits for the Safelight 2021 Domestic Violence Shelter. Someone in need will find them useful, no doubt.
I had another idea to do some fussy cutting little jungle animals into my paper piecing. Using this 3″ heart pattern from the talented wombatquilts.com, I made 3 hearts and combined them into an interesting design for the front of another zippered bag. I like how this one came out. The lazy lions are lounging around with bright yellow fabric to contrast the hearts. Again, this will go to Safelight.
Finally, never one to keep things simple, I made a paper-pieced full body big cat. Boy oh boy did this take lots of time!! It is an excellent pattern, just time consuming. (The lion paper pieced pattern is from Joejuneandmae on Etsy.) I lost count, but it probably took 8-10 hours or more over two days to sew together this baby!! I didn’t want to give up, but really had other things I should have been doing. Here is the lion! It’s going to be incorporated somehow into a quilt that I have in progress with several jungle themed prints in the mix. Jungle sewing has me exhausted so that’s it for now.
Check out all the other jungle projects here: visit and please leave a comment if you can. There’s also a Pinterest page for ease of viewing.
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