Friday, September 21, 2018

Conundrum Baskets. Will it be a Trick or a Treat?

Do you know what creeps up on you in September??  October!  

This is the time of year we love to dig out the fake spiders and other creepy stuff for chills, kicks and parties!  I have a really simple project today that will go from October through November.  Read on to see how fun and simple it is.

You will need:
  • Joy® Embroidered Letters:  1-1/2" Black:  T, R, I, C, K, T, R, E, A, T
  • baskets: pre-painted chipwood:  one 7" tall X 11" wide; one 6-1/2" tall x 9-1/2" wide
  • burlap:  natural; 2" wide trim or cut from yardage
  • glue
  • scissors
  • *Option:  Use orange spray paint if chipwood is natural


1.  Paint the baskets orange if they are not already painted.  Allow to dry thoroughly.
2. Adhere burlap trim around the outside of the baskets.
3.  Remove the release paper from the back of each letter.  Adhere to the front of the basket. Note:  The placement adhesive on the back of each letter will hold the letters in place with ironing.  The letters can then be removed after Halloween and the baskets will serve you through Thanksgiving! Save them for next year.  

3.  Add toys or a plant (mums are good) to the Trick basket.  Fill the Treat basket with sweet treats.  Enjoy!

Joy® embroidered letters can be applied to most surfaces. They have a heat-activated adhesive that is fabric and washing machine friendly.  They come in many sizes and shapes for all of your creative needs and are available at your local craft stores.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Halloween Felt Board Sign

Make a custom felt board this Halloween with with Joy® embroidered letters!

You will need:

  • Joy® iron-on embroidered monogrammed letters
  • A felt board
  • 2" x 5" of yellow felt
  • A bamboo skewer cut down to 5 1/2" 
  • Washi tape
  • Bakers twine
  • 18 gauge galvanized wire cut into 1" pieces
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors 
  • Pliers

  • Instructions:

    1. Use a piece of wire to measure the depth of the felt board. Place wire into the pliers as shown, and mark top of pliers with a marker as a guide for the next wire piece.

    2. Use the pliers to hold the wire firmly then into an "L" shape. Repeat this with the remaining wires. 
    3. Adhere a wire to the back of each letter. Hold in place until the glue sets. Add a dot or two of more hot glue to ensure the wire stays in place. You may need to trim or curve the wire to fit each letter. 

     *This takes a little bit of practice, so if you mess up and the wire slips, wait a few seconds for the glue to cool then peel off and start all over.

    4. Fringe the felt by trimming the width into 1/8" wide strips with a 1/4" border at the top.
    5. Use the hot glue to attach one end of the felt to the skewer.
    6. Roll the fringe around the skewer,  adding a bit of glue here and there. Secure end piece with glue.
    7. Grasp the rolled fringe in one hand while you use the other hand to tightly wrap the twine around the top. Tie a knot and cut off excess twine.

    8. Place you letters onto the board. The wire allows you to twist and turn the letters in a fun whimsical way. Hot glue some bent wire at both ends of the broom and add to your sign.

    Cover the frame with washi tape then add any other spooky accessories! 

    Additional sizes of Joy® iron-on embroidered monograms are available for endless word fun. You can find them at your favorite craft stores!

    Saturday, September 15, 2018

    Personalized Floral Zippered Pouch

    My niece has a lovely but unique name and Joy® Embroidered and Iron-On Letters makes personalizing a breeze!  

    You will need:
    • Joy® Embroidered Iron-On Letters - Baby Monograms, White
    • Joy® Embroidered Iron-On Flower Appliqués, Roses
    • Zippered Leather and Canvas Pouch - Joann
    • Iron and Ironing Board


    1.  Peel the Flowers and Baby Monograms from their packaging and dry fit in place.

    2.  Iron the Flowers and Baby Monograms on to the zippered pouch, according to the directions on each package.

    That's it - YOU'RE DONE!

    Fill with art supplies or makeup to create the perfect goodie bags for a teenagers Birthday Party!

    Joy® iron-on, embroidered letters, numbers and floral appliqués are available in a variety of sizes, colors, and fonts at your local craft stores.

    Wednesday, September 12, 2018

    How to Make an Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin

    What do you get when you find an outdated plaid shirt and a small oval embroidery hoop 
    then add a few simple embellishments and some Joy® Iron-on Embroidered Letters?

    You get a cute little Fall Pumpkin and a Quick and Easy Fall Decoration.


    • Joy® Iron On Embroidered Letters in Orange and Gold
    • 3 1/2" x 5" Oval Embroidery Hoop
    • Old Plaid Shirt
    • Fabri-Tac Adhesive
    • Ribbon and Trim
    • Acorn Embellishment
    • Scissors


    • Set Iron to cotton setting, approx. 350 degrees, or follow garment care label.
    • Position the letters, shiny side down onto the fabric. Use the hoop to help with placement.
    • Cover letters with a fine cloth.  With firm pressure, iron the letters for 30 seconds.
    • Turn fabric over and iron the back for another 30 seconds.
    • Loosen the screw on the top of the embroidery hoop then separate the hoops.  Place the fabric over the inner hoop then place the outer hoop over the top sandwiching the fabric between. Make sure the letters remain straight then tighten the screw on the outer hoop to hold the fabric in place.
    • Trim away excess fabric from the outside edge of the hoop.
    • Glue the green trim around the outside of the hoop.
    • Tie ribbon and leaves to the top then glue a small acorn embellishment onto the ribbon.

    Joy® iron-on, embroidered letters and number sheets are available 
    in a variety of sizes, colors, and fonts at your local craft stores.

    Sunday, September 9, 2018

    Flower & Emoji Felt Pencil Cases

    School is starting, so make your pencils cute and fun!

    Create your own pencil case in any color and Joy® Iron-on design you like!

    You will need:
    • Joy® Iron-on Flowers & Emjois
    • Kunin® Felt - your choice of colors
    • Button
    • Needle & Thread
    • Scissors
    • Glue
    • Iron

    1. Cut one, 3" x 8" piece of felt and one, 3" x 10".   
    2. Select the flower or emoji you wish to use, then iron on to the front of the shorter piece of felt following the directions on the back of each package.
    3. Sew the button to the top of the same shorter felt section.
    4. With ends aligned, glue or sew the two sections together leaving the top open.
    5. Cut a hole for the button in the longer section which will fold over to make a flap to secure the case.

    These cases can be used for pencils, or even paint brushes!  Have fun with so many colors of felt and your choice of Joy® Iron-on floral appliqués

    Enjoy this short video on how to make these fun pencil cases.

    Look for Joy® iron-on embroidered letters, numbers and floral appliqués at your favorite craft store. They're available in different sizes, colors and fonts, suitable for every occasion.

    Thursday, September 6, 2018

    Sweater Repair and Makeover

    Sweater season is here and it's time to pull all your sweaters out of storage. Unfortunately, this also means we might discover moth and stain damage on our beloved sweaters. Don't throw them away! They can often be salvaged by patching over holes and stains with Joy® Iron-on flowers. It only takes minutes and you have a beautiful, unique sweater.

    You will need:
    • Joy® Iron-on Embroidered Flower Appliqués
    • A sweater. One that needs some repair or even a new one that just needs a little personality.
    • Iron or fabric glue-check your sweater's care label to decide which to use.

    Simply place the Joy® iron-on embroidered flowers over moth holes, stains, or anywhere else you want to hide on your sweater. Set your iron to the cotton setting, cover with a pressing cloth, then iron for 30 seconds. Turn the sweater inside out, and press the back of the applique for another 30 seconds. It's important to check your sweater's heat tolerance. Some fabrics can't be ironed. But that's okay! Just use fabric glue to attached your embroidered flowers. 

    Joy® iron-on, embroidered letters, numbers and floral appliqués are available in a variety of sizes, colors, and fonts at your local craft stores.

    Monday, September 3, 2018

    Fall Pumpkin Sign

    Fall is right around the corner! 
     Time to decorate your home with wood slice pumpkins to celebrate the season.

    You'll need:
    Joy® Iron-on letters - White, dyable
    4 birch wood slices
    Orange acrylic paint
    Brown watercolor marker, or paint
    Brown inkpad
    Green cardstock
    Bronze wire (24 gauge)
    Small pieces of twigs
    Tacky glue

    Wire cutters, paintbrush, small leaf die and die cutting machine

    1.  Paint the center of the wood slices orange.

    2.  Cut stems from twigs with wire cutters, or shears then glue to the edge of each wood slice at the top.

    3.  Paint the letters with the brown watercolor paint.

    4.  Glue the letters to the pumpkins with tacky glue, or adhere them with a craft iron following package directions.  Shade the letters with brown ink.

    5.  Die cut the leaves, crumple then add brown ink to the center and edges.  Glue the leaves to the sides of the stem.  Wrap wire around the stem and curl the wire on the paintbrush handle to finish.

    Look for Joy® embroidered letters and letter sheets at your local craft store.  White letters are dyable with fabric paint, markers and more!

    Thursday, August 30, 2018

    Organize Your Home with a Floral Basket

    Use a pretty floral basket to tame the clutter in your home!

    Have y'all looked at the price of baskets lately? Wow, are they expensive! I recently went shopping for some baskets to use in my living room to hold all those items that seem to clutter the surfaces. But to get one that is actually big enough to hold things like magazines, remotes, and books, you normally have to spend some big bucks. However, being as frugal as I am, I just couldn't do that. So I decided to turn a thrift shop bargain into a gorgeous piece that's both pretty and functional.

    What you need:
    • basket 
    • Joy® Iron-On Embroidered Floral Appliqués (since my basket was large, I used 2 appliqués)
    • hot glue gun

    Just hot glue those pretty appliques onto the sides of your basket! Now you have a nice way to corral your clutter!

    Joy® iron-on embroidered letters and numbers are available in a variety of sizes, colors, and fonts at your local craft stores.

    Monday, August 27, 2018

    Disney Countdown Jar for Toddler

    Use a vintage thrift store find to create a count down calendar for a family trip!

    Disney count down jar

    You will need:
    • Joy® iron-on embroidered letters
    • Joy® iron on embroidered flower appliqués
    • glass cookie jar
    • patterned paper and cardstock
    • chalkboard paint, paintbrush
    • hot glue gun, tape runner
    • chipboard heart
    Thrift store jar

    Joy iron on flowers


    1. Trace the jar onto the paper and trim to fit. Adhere the letters to a strip of plain cardstock using low temp hot hot glue then adhere the strip to the patterned paper.  Trim to fit. Use a tape runner to adhere to paper to the front of the jar.

    2. Paint the chipboard piece with chalkboard paint and let dry. Add the daisy and paper leaves to the chipboard and use hot glue to adhere to front of jar. Use chalk to write message on chipboard.

    I am so in love with Joy® iron-on, embroidered line of products, 
    especially the new floral appliqués! 
    Be sure to look for them the next time you are shopping at your favorite craft store!

    Friday, August 24, 2018

    Personalized Felt Tooth Monster Pillows

    Everybody needs a personalized tooth fairy pillow monster!

    Create you own one of a kind tooth fairy monster pillow with your initial on it!

    You will need:
    • Joy® Iron-on Varsity Letters - Red & Black
    • Kunin® Felt - white plus your choice of colors
    • Tooth paper template
    • Buttons
    • Needle & Thread
    • Scissors
    • Glue
    • Iron

    1. Cut 2 tooth shapes from colored felt, plus 2 additional half round shapes for the pocket on the front as shown. 
    2. Cut round and triangle shapes from white felt for the eyes and teeth.
    3. Select the letter you wish to use. The first letter of the child's first name is always a win. Peel away the backing, then iron on to the back of one piece of felt following the directions on the back of each package.
    4. Sew the pocket, eyes and teeth to the front of the second piece of felt.
    5. Sew the two sides of the tooth together then stuff with fluff leaving the front pocket open for the tooth and money.

    Your kids can have fun picking out the color of the felt, and also the color 
    Joy® Iron-on Varsity Letters to place on the back!

    Enjoy this short video on how to make these fun little monster pillows.

    Look for Joy® iron-on embroidered letters and numbers at your favorite craft store. They're available in different sizes, colors and fonts, suitable for every occasion.