Friday, November 9, 2018

Grateful and Thankful Kitchen Towels

Grateful and thankful kitchen towels make the perfect hostess gift for Thanksgiving!

You will need:
  • Linen Kitchen Towels (3)
  • Joy® Black Classic Monogram Iron-on Embroidered Letters
  • Felt:  Orange, Green, Gold, Burgundy, Brown, and Purple
  • Fabric Glue
  • Embroidery Floss and Needle
  • Scissors
  • Iron

  • Cut simple leaf shapes out of assorted colors of felt.  
  • Accent leaves with contrasting colors of embroidery floss.

  • Glue leaves onto kitchen towels with fabric glue.
  • Select letters and words from the sheet of Joy® Black Classic Monogram Iron-on Embroidered Letters.

  • Position letters with the shiny side down onto kitchen towel.  Use a ruler to line up the words straight.

  • Cover letters with a cloth, with firm pressure iron over letters for 25-30 seconds.
  • Flip kitchen towels over and iron the back for 25-30 seconds.

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

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Sparkle and Shine Bookmarks

Love to read? Why not add a little sparkle and shine to your books!

You will need:
  • Joy® Iron-On letters
  • Colored paper
  • Chipboard or thick mailers
  • Double stick tape
  • Clear packing tape
  • Scissors
  • Assorted glitter, fine and chunky
  • Colored markers
  • Tacky adhesive
  • Clear place mat

1. Cut your papers and chipboard to your ideal bookmark size. These are 2"x 8".
2. Adhere the papers to both sides of the chipboard with double-stick tape. 
3. Slide the bookmark under the place mat to act as a guide when sprinkling glitter. With the sticky side up, lay a strip of packing tape on top of the placemat, over the bookmark. If your packaging tape is not wide enough, overlap a second strip. Sprinkle glitter over the tape. 

4.  Remove the bookmark then press firmly onto the tape.  Fold excess tape to the back the bookmark.
5. Add letters to the front of the bookmark with tacky glue.  

Happy reading!

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.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Fall Splendor

Bring the colors of Autumn into your home with a quick'n EZ arrangement...

You will need the following supplies:
Joy® embroidered, iron-on letter sheet - GOLD
Fall leaves and silk flower piks
Mason jar (or other glass container)
Glitter tulle - brown
2" Burlap ribbon - rust
Zip tie
Cardboard roll (from toilet paper)


1. Cut a length of burlap ribbon long enough to wrap around the mason jar with an additional 1" to overlap.  Remove each embroidered letter from the sheet then position at the center of the burlap.
Suggestions:  F A I T H   H O P E   P E A C E   L O V E   J O Y   F A L L  and more! 

2. Following manufacturer's directions on the back of the package, cover with a cloth and press the letters in place.

3.  Place the cardboard tube in the jar, then push the tulle into the jar between the tube and the glass. Option: You can also fill the area between the tube and the glass with yellow, or colored corn.

4.  Wrap raffia around the top of the jar and the burlap around the glass.  Mark where the burlap band overlaps, remove then secure with a staple at the top and bottom.  Slide the band back onto the jar.

 5. Bundle a variety of silk flowers and leaves together. Secure with the zip tie then place inside the cardboard roll with the bottom layer of leaves resting on the rim.  Trim the stems to the depth of the jar if needed.

You can find Joy® embroidered, iron-on letters, letter sheets at your local craft stores.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Monogrammed Luggage

Have you ever gone on vacation and had a hard time identifying your luggage in the luggage claim? Make your luggage more identifiable with monogrammed letters from Joy®.

You will need:
Joy® Monogram Embroidered Letters
Paint Marker
Fabric Glue

1. Customize white, embroidered Joy letters by coloring with markers, fabric dye, paint, etc. For this project, I used a silver paint marker.

2.  Let dry then adhere to the luggage with liquid fabric adhesive. Super easy to do and makes your luggage soooo much easier to find!

You can find Joy® embroidered, iron-on letters and letter sheets at your local craft stores.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Fall Welcome Banner

Welcome your guests all season long with this easy to make Fall Welcome Banner.

You will need:
  • Two pieces of 8" x 12" plaid flannel
  • Joy® Gold Iron-on Embroidered Letters
  • Felt:  Cream, Green and Tan
  • Fabric Glue
  • Various Trims and Buttons
  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron
  • Bamboo Skewer

  • Cut simple pumpkin shape out of cream felt.  
  • Cut a pumpkin stem from tan felt and leaves from green felt.
  • Glue shapes and trim onto flannel with fabric glue.

  • Top stitch around pumpkin and trims on flannel using the sewing machine.
  •  Place second piece of flannel over the decorated piece and sew together leaving space for turning the right side out.  Sew banner closed.
  • Set iron to cotton setting, approx. 350°.
  • Iron banner to flatten.
  • Position letters with shiny side down onto flannel.
  • Cover letters with a clean soft cloths, with a firm pressure iron cloth over letters for 25 seconds.
  • Turn flannel over and iron the back of the letters for 25 seconds.
  • Create a small pocket by folding and sewing down top of banner.  
  • Insert a bamboo skewer or small wood dowel on top of banner for hanging.

Joy® iron-on, embroidered letters and number sheets are available 

in a variety of sizes, colors, and fonts at your local craft stores.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Punny Halloween Costume Ideas

Take Halloween creativity to a new level and get a little punny!

Create some simple and punny Halloween costumes in now time with Joy® Iron-on letters and numbers!

You will need (Ceiling Fan Costume):
  • Joy® Iron-on Varsity 1.5" Letter & Numbers - Go Ceiling & 1
  • Joy® Iron-on Silver Embroidered Letters & Numbers - #
  • T-shirt
  • felt
  • glue 
  • scissors
  • pompom

  1. Cut 2 pieces of felt into hand shape and draw in design for the fingers.
  2. Iron on # and 1 onto the front of the hand on the palm.
  3. Glue the two parts of the hand together leaving the bottom open to slide you hand into like a foam finger.
  4. Iron on the phrase "GO CEILING" according to the packaging to the front of the T-shirt.  If you do not have a plain shirt to use, flip an old shirt inside out for a plain color.
  5. Wear your shirt with spirit with an added pompom and your felt finger to be the best "Ceiling Fan" there is!

You will need (Iron Chef):
  • Joy® Iron-on Varsity 1.5" Letter & Numbers - FE
  • Joy® Iron-on Embroidered Numbers  - 26
  • apron
  • felt
  • elastic
  • cardboard
  • glue 
  • scissors
  • needle and thread

  1. Cut a white felt rectangle.
  2. Iron on FE  and a little 26 onto the rectangle according to the directions.  
  3. Glue the white felt onto the apron.
  4. Add a few props such as a felt chef hat and felt butcher knife to complete the look of an Iron Chef!

Enjoy this short video on how to make these fun costumes.

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.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Welcome Fall Hand Towel

I am so happy that fall is finally here!

The weather has cooled down and it is beautiful outside.  I always trade out my decorative towels in the kitchen each month with a new theme and this Welcome Fall towel is going to look fabulous hanging on the stove!

You will need:
Joy® Iron-On letters
Joy Iron-On Floral Appliqués
Decorative hand towel
Pom-Pom fringe
Hot glue gun
Iron and ironing board

 These golden yellow letters were the perfect color for my towel! They just yell out "FALL".

1. Iron the towel to remove the creases then position the letters and appliqués along the edge.
Note: I have learned the hard way to do this ON the ironing board 😊

2. I used a detail hot glue gun to adhere the pom pom trim to the bottom of the towel on the back.

3. Add a tiny scalloped trim right below the decorative stitching on the front.

Look for Joy® iron-on embroidered letters and appliqués at your local craft store.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Monogram Woodland Picnic Basket

Picnics aren't just for summertime! 

Create a beautiful woodland monogrammed picnic basket and set-up under the colorful trees of Fall.

You will need:
    Joy® embroidered iron-on monogram (your family initial)
    Wood picnic basket
    Craft paint-I used Folkart Home Decor Chalk Paint in Java
    Stencil-I used Folkart Stencil Value Pack-Woodland
    Craft glue
    1. Clean the top of the picnic basket.
    2. Using craft paint and a stencil of your choice, paint a design on the lid.
    3. Allow paint to dry completely.
    4. Glue the monogram on the basket lid.

     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, October 15, 2018

    Quick and E-Z Fall Pillow

    Time to get in the mood for Fall and the change of the seasons... Soup on the stove, a fire in the fireplace and an idea for a craft project are a great way to start off November!

    If you love a quick and easy project, then read on to see how to make this adaptable pillow!

    You will need:
    Joy® embroidered letter sheet 
    Dishtowel - cotton plaid
    buttons:  5 to match fabric
    12" x 16" Pillow form  
    Upholstery thread
    Pressing cloth
    Chalk fabric marker



    1. Unfold the dishtowel then press on the wrong side to remove wrinkles.

    2.  With the wrong side facing up, place the pillow at the center of the towel. Fold the bottom edge up then fold the top edge down, matching the plaid.  Arrange the buttons and mark each placement. Mark the distance on each side where the seam will be stitched. Remove the pillow and stitch on the buttons.  Hand stitch the seam on one side of the pillow.  

    3. Place the pillow inside the open end, adjust and stitch the opening closed to match the opposite side.

    4.  Following manufacturer directions on the back of the package, iron the letters on the front of the pillow.  F A L L was used here, but with a full set of letters on the sheet, you can also use  G A T H E R, A U T U M N,  W E L C O M E  F A L L, and more!

    You can find Joy® embroidered letters at your local craft store.  They come in many sizes, shapes and colors and they should have something to fit any need!  

    Friday, October 12, 2018

    Monogrammed Autumn Door Decor

    Welcome your guests in style with this beautiful alternative to a traditional wreath!

    Autumn is the most gorgeous time of the year. The lovely, rich colors, the beautiful fall flowers and changing leaves -- it's a decorator's dream! I wanted to bring those elements to my front door, so I made this monogrammed door hanging using featuring fall colors and a large Joy® Embroidered iron-on monogram.

    You need:
    • Large Joy embroidered, iron-on monogram 
    • Felt leaf shape (mine came from my local dollar store)
    • Burlap ribbon or pre-made burlap bow
    • Floral stems in fall colors
    • Wire cutter
    • Ribbon 
    • Iron
    • Hot glue gun

    1. Iron the embroidered letter onto felt leaf. I used the initial of my last name.

    2. Cut the floral stem apart using wire cutters. I only used one large mum and 2 leaf clusters, but you can use as many flowers as you like.

    3. Make a bow with burlap ribbon then attach the flowers and leaves to the middle of the bow using hot glue.

    4. Attach bow to the bottom of the felt leaf.
    5. Run a small length of ribbon through the hole in the top of the leaf and tie in a knot (for hanging).
    Hang on your front door and enjoy the compliments!
    Joy® iron-on embroidered letters and numbers are available in a variety of sizes, colors, and fonts at your local craft stores.