Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Wall Valentine

Add a little love to your walls with this easy canvas.

Wall Valentine
This project is easy to make in any size canvas and any one of the many styles of JOY® embroidered  letters, including dyeable letters to coordinate with any color scheme.

You will need:
JOY letters in 3" script or your favorite font
8" square canvas
Craft paint - Cherry Red
Sequin heart
Tacky glue
Paint brush
Wax paper

1. Starting with outside edges, paint the canvas.  
2. To add texture, wad up a piece of waxed paper and dab over the paint while it is still wet.  Let dry.
3. Glue the letters and heart to the canvas.  It's that easy!  

Joy® iron-on embroidered letters are available in a variety of fonts, sizes and colors in the general crafts area at your local craft store.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Valentine Message Blocks

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and there's no better way to get your message across to the ones you love than with these cute blocks!

The blocks showcase a different word on each side and they're quick and easy to make in under 30 minutes!

You will need:
2" Wood blocks - 4
Craft paint - pink
Paint brush
Background basics stamps*
Crafters' inks* - Canyon Red & Berry
*Ann Butler's stamps and inks by ColorBox were used for this project.

1. Paint wooden blocks with pink acrylic craft paint, let dry. Apply a second coat, if necessary.

2. Stamp designs randomly on each side of each block.

3. Select a variety of the embroidered letters to spell out your favorite Valentine themed words: LOVE, KISS, SEXY and HUGS. Apply the letters according to package directions with either a small craft, or regular iron.

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

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Cute Valentine Dish Towel

Joy embroidered letters are the perfect embellishment to make cute dish towels even more special!

It's so easy to create a quick and easy gift by simply embellishing a Valentine's Day dish towel with iron-on embroidered letters.  Dish towels are readily available at department and other local stores and Joy® iron-on letters are available at local craft stores.

You will need:
  • Joy® Iron-on Embroidered Letter sheet - White, or pink 
  • Valentine Dish Towel
  • Iron

Referring to directions on the back of the packaging, iron each letter to the dish towel.  You can write fun sayings like "KISS ME, YOU ARE LOVED and TOP CHEF  or single words: LOVE, HUGS  and XO.  

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

Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Joy of Valentines!

Love you!  Heart you!  Create a card touch the heart of any recipient, young or old!

You will need:

  • JOY®  Embroidered Baby Monogram Letters & Numbers sheet 
  • Blank greeting card:  5-1/2" square
  • Cardstock:  white, light pink, dark pink and red
  • Die-cut machine
  • Paper trimmer
  • Adhesives
  • Red & white Bakers' twine
  • Clear adhesive rhinestone - 1/4"

1.  Referring to photo below, cut cardstock pieces as shown then, starting with the white square, layer and adhere each piece to the front of the card.  


2. Cut three 1" pennants then fold over and adhere to the string to create the banner.  Adhere the embroidered letters to the banner as shown then attach the banner to the card.  

3.  Add the rhinestone to the center of the small heart to finish, then print, stamp or write your message on the inside of the card.  

Sheets of embroidered Joy® letters and numbers are available in different sizes, colors and fonts at your local craft stores.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Scented Heart Sachets

Let the scent of the holidays linger with cinnamon and spice scented heart sachets.  Hang around the home and use in the car.

Here's what you'll need:
  • Joy® Embroidered Emojis
  • Craft felt - red and blue 
  • Cheese cloth and/or tulle
  • Embroidery thread and needle 
  • Decorative trim
  • Ribbon 
  • Spices or dried herbs 
  • Heart pattern (use a stencil or draw your own)
  • Black marker
  • Scissors 

1. Cut two felt heart shapes.  Cut a smaller heart shape from the center of one of them to create a frame. 

2. Stitch the open heart onto three layers of the cheese cloth and one layer of tulle as shown. Trim the excess cheese cloth away from the outside edge. discard. 

3. Adhere the embroidered heart from the emoji sheet to the center of the opening.  Stitch the ribbon to the center of the second heart. 


4. Sandwich the decorative trim between the top and the bottom heart then stitch together using an overhand, or blanket stitch.

5. Leave a small opening on one side then fill with aromatics: sliced orange rind, whole cloves, cinnamon bark and freshly grated nutmeg. After filling, stitch the opening closed.


You can find a selection of Joy® iron-on numbers, letters and emojis at your local craft stores.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Cozy Snow Pillow

Brrrr... it's time to cuddle up and enjoy the winter weather!

Now that the craziness of the holidays is behind you,  take time to create a cozy pillow, so you can cuddle up and enjoy the winter weather from inside.  You probably don't even need to venture out to the fabric store for fabric.  How about recycling an old pair of pajamas! Pillows are easy to make and with Joy® iron-on, embroidered letters, adding word art is a breeze!

  • Joy® Monogram Letters
  • Flannel to cover the size of the pillow you want to make. (Recycle flannel pajamas, or buy fleece by the yard.)
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Batting
  1. Cut two pieces of flannel 1" longer and 1" wider than you would like your finished pillow to be. For example, if the finished pillow size is 14" x 10", each piece would need to be  the 15" x 10".
  2. Referring to directions on packaging,  position then iron the monograms to the front of the pillow. Use a pressing cloth and press your iron onto the letters. Turn the fabric over then press from the back. Allow the fabric to cool before handling.
  3. With right sides facing, pin the back and front pieces together.
  4. Use a sewing machine to stitch the pieces together, about 1/2"" from the edge. Leave a 4-5" opening at the bottom of the pillow.
  5. Pull the pillow cover right side out via the opening then fill with batting.
  6. Hand-stitch the opening at the bottom of the pillow to close.
You can also use a pillow form in place of batting and, if you don't like to sew, see how to make a quick and easy no-sew pillow cover here:  http://creatingwithjoy.blogspot.com/2015/07/no-sew-diy-burlap-pillow.html

Joy iron-on, embroidered letters are available in a variety of fonts, sizes and colors. White letters can also be colored with dye, paint, markers and more to create custom colors!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Personalized Storage Container

Now that the new year is here, lots of people have resolved to be organized!

 We mostly think of boring plastic bins that will just hold all of our stuff, but why can't those bins be pretty? With Joy® Embroidered Letters, they can be!

Materials used:
Joy 1.5" Script Embroidered Letter*

Acrylic storage bin (found in the office supply section of department stores)
Paper doilies
Assorted buttons
Hot glue
    *White letters can be colored with dye, paint, markers, etc  to match any project!

  1. Attach paper doilies to each side of the bin.
  2. Arrange buttons around the doilies and attach with hot glue.
  3. Attach an embroidered etter to personalize!
This bin is great for storing pens, pencils, makeup brushes, and tons of other small items, so get organizing and make it fun!

Joy® embroidered, iron-on letters are available individually, or in sheets in a variety of colors, sizes and fonts at your favorite craft stores!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Custom Labeled Craft Storage Buckets

If organization is one of your goals for the New Year's, here's a fun idea for your craft room.

Small, metal buckets with burlap circles for labels will do the trick and they're easy to customize using Joy® iron-on letters.

You will need:

Joy® Baby Monogrammed Letters & Numbers sheet - Brown
Small metal buckets
Gesso - white
Craft paint - Baby Pink
Jute Twine - Pink
Faux burlap trim - White 
Natural burlap fringe
Burlap mini shapes – round
Diamond mesh – Pink
Large canvas flower
Ruffled roses
Silk leaves – Tan
Mini roses – Pink
Small roses – Cream
Xyron® 5” permanent  Adhesive Cartridge
Fabric glue
Tacky glue
Paint brush
Large eye/tapestry needle

1. Paint the outside surface of both buckets with gesso. Add a small amount of pink paint for a hint of color for one bucket.
2. Cut texture trims into 12” lengths.
3. Cut a length of faux white burlap long enough to wrap around the bucket and wide enough to cover the sides from top and bottom.  Pull a few strands away from the edges to fray.
4. Trim the burlap fringe to fit on top of the white burlap.
5. Cut diamond mesh to 3 stands in width.
6. Run all three lengths of textured trim through the Xyron® 5” permanent adhesive cartridge to turn them into stickers.
7. Place the white burlap on top of the pink bucket. Layer the natural burlap on top then the diamond mesh. Repeat this step to cover the white bucket, reversing the order of texture trims and diamond mesh.
8. Position, then iron the letters needed to spell the words PEN and TOOL onto the burlap circles following directions on the packaging. Iron one word on each circle.
9. Using the needle, thread one yard of pink jute twine thru the top of a burlap circle.  Center the circle at the front of the bucket then wrap the twine around 4-6 times. Tie the ends together under the circle.  
10. Glue 5 flowers to the top of each of the burlap circles as shown then adhere the 2 large and 2 small leaves under each cluster of flowers.
11. Fill the buckets with pens, or tools to finish.

Enjoy this short video on how to make this simple and functional gift.

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.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Get Messy Plaid Baby Bib

It never hurts to have an extra bib or two for those times when life is about to get messy.

This is a great project for any leftover plaid flannel you have on hand.  Perfect for making a cute, washable baby bib.

You will need:

Joy® iron-on embroidered letter sheet
1/2 yd Flannel
Coordinating thread
Pattern (or make your own)
Hook and loop circle fasteners

  1. Make a pattern by tracing around a bib you may have on hand onto card stock. To make a larger size, fold the card stock and the bib in half then place the folded edge of the bib about 1/2" away from the folded edge of the card stock. This will make your finished pattern 1" wider. Trace around the bib adding an additional 1/2" to allow for seams. Add additional length to the bottom if needed. Cut the pattern.
  2. Pin the pattern onto 2 layers of flannel then cut, to create two pieces.
  3. Sew the two pieces together either by hand or sewing machine,  leaving a space at the bottom, then turn inside out.
  4. Iron the bib to flatten then top stitch the seams around the bib, about 1/4" from the edge.
  5. Position the letters you chose to personalize on front of the bib then iron in place with a pressing cloth, following directions on the packaging.
  6. Attach hook and loop fasteners to each end of the bib to fasten. 
Joy® Iron-on, embroidered letters are available in a variety of sizes, colors and fonts 
at your local craft stores.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Bean Bag Toss

Bean Bag Toss
Rain and snow can keep the kids indoors, but this fun game can help keep them occupied, and, when the weather is better, it can be used outdoors, too.  Arrange the pans farther apart for the older kids.

You'll need:

3" Joy® iron-on numbers, 1 - 6.
(Numbers are available in different sizes and colors, individually or in sheets.) 

Foil cake or pie pans
9" x 12" Felt.  One for each pan
Double-sided tape or glue
For bean bags:  sewing machine and thread, beans, pinking shears


1. Trace the bottom of the foil pan on the felt close to one end of the rectangle and cut out.  Use the excess felt to create a bean bag.

2. Use an iron to adhere a number to the center of each piece of felt, or glue in place then glue or tape the felt circle inside the pan.

3. Cut squares from the remaining felt.  Sew two squares together leaving a small hole.  Fill with beans then stitch closed.  Use pinking scissors around the edges if desired.

You can find a selection of Joy® iron-on numbers and letters at your local craft stores.

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