Friday, May 31, 2019

DIY Stand-up Mercantile Sign

Do you like DIY?  
I enjoyed creating this free-standing sign for a shop where I sell my handmade crafts.

You will need:
  • Joy® Embroidered Letters:  3" white; 2 x E, M, A, R, C, N, T, I, L
  • Joy® Embroidered Letters:  1-1/2" white; M, E, A, D, O, W, S
  • plywood board:  12" wide x 40" tall x 3/4" thick
  • FolkArt® Outdoor acrylic paint:  Cabana (aqua)
  • Plaid® paintbrushes:  2" flat; Premium Stencil, 1"
  • Waverly Inspiration laser stencil: large medallion design (used part of it)
  • blue painters tape
  • water bucket
  • paper towels
  • paper plates or paint palette
*  The Joy® embroidered letters come in various colors, packages and sizes to suit your particular crafting needs. The letters can be colored with paints or inks.



1. Sand the wood and wipe clean.

2. Paint the board.  Give a second coat if needed.  Allow to dry thoroughly.

3. Arrange the letters on the board for perfect placing.  Remove the release paper then adhere each letter to the painted board.

4. Position the stencil on the board.  Use small pieces of tape to temporarily adhere the stencil in place.  Apply a piece of tape across the bottom to insure a straight line.  Use a stippling up and down motion to apply the white paint to the stenciled area.  Carefully remove the stencil and allow the paint to dry.


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

Monday, May 27, 2019

Summer Shades

Get ready for the summer sun with these accessories for your shades!

You will need:
  • Joy® Iron-On Embroidered Letter sheets - 1" Hobo in Aqua and Lime Green 
  • Joy® Iron-On Embroidered Letter sheets - 1/2" Monogram Baby in Blue
  • Sunglass case
  • Sunglass neck strap
  • Iron
  • Pressing cloth

1. Select the letters you want to use on your cases and neck strap. I wanted a fun summer look so I used the Joy® Iron-On Embroidered "Hobo" letters in bright colors. I needed a smaller letter for the neck strap so I used the "Baby" Monogram letters.

2. Iron the letters onto the cases and the neck strap. Since the cases that I used have a stretchy-type fabric, I used a pressing cloth over the letters to protect the fabric.

3. Go soak up some summer sun with your new accessories!
You can find Joy® embroidered, iron-on letters, letter sheets and appliqués in a variety of sizes, colors, and fonts at your local craft stores.

Friday, May 24, 2019

"Save the Lions" Tote bag

Make your own tote bag with Joy® iron-on letters!

You will need:
  • Joy® Iron-On embroidery letter sheet - orange 
  • iron
  • Kunin® Felt - orange & yellow
  • pompom trim - orange & yellow
  • Sizzix® Lion die 
  • die cutting machine
  • canvas tote bag
  • fabric glue
  • scissors

  1. Cut the lion shapes from felt with the die.
  2. Glue on the lion and the pompom trim to the tote as shown.
  3. Iron the phrase "save our lions" to the tote.

Enjoy you cute little tote for grocery shopping or as a purse!

Here is a quick video on how to make the tote.

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.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Let the Adventure Begin Arrow

Let the Adventure Begin and celebrate that special Graduate with inspiration!

You will need:
  • Joy® Iron-On Embroidered Letter sheets - Classic Monograms Block and Classic Monograms Script in White
  • Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue
  • Wooden Arrow - I found mine on clearance at JoAnn

1. Select the size and color of Joy® Iron On Embroidered Letters to complement the wooden arrow shape.

2. Remove letters from sheets then position on the wooden arrow.  I selected a script to start each word for added interest.

3.  Attach each letter with the fine tip of the MONO Multi Liquid Glue. Let dry.

3.  Personalize with the Graduate's favorite quote to create the perfect keepsake OR gift to the happy couple on their Wedding Day!

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

Friday, May 17, 2019

Mortarboard Gift Box

You will need:

  • Joy® Iron-On letter sheet - Gold
  • Kunin®  9" x 12" Felt - Black or school colors
  • Embroidery floss 
  • Cheese box (4 1/2" diameter, or similar) 
  • Button*
  • Paint* 
  • Gold wire
  • White glue
  • Craft iron
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Scissors, paintbrush

* Choose your school colors!

1.  Cut an 8" square of felt.  For an even sturdier top, cut two squares and glue together. If you have a smaller box, adjust the size of the squares as needed.

2.  Cut felt strips to cover the sides of the top of the box.  Adhere with the glue gun.  Paint the sides of the bottom of the box.  Line or paint inside of box if desired.

3.  Pull 10" of floss from the skein and tie through the loops at the top of the skein and knot the ends. Slide the paper band down slightly then wrap a short length of wire around the floss about 1/2" from the top. Glue the knot at the back of the button.  Slide the band off skein and cut ends to create the tassel.

4.  Position the letters for your message on the top of the felt square then adhere following manufacturer's directions on the back of the package.

5.  With glue gun, adhere square to top of box and button to center of square.

Joy® Iron-On letters are available in a variety of fonts, colors and sizes 
at your favorite craft store!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Happy Banner

Show off your happy every day with this cute banner....

You will need:
  • Joy® Iron-on Embroidered Letters - 3" White
  • Plaid® Fabric Creations paint - Yellow 
  • Kunin® Felt
  • Mini pom pom trim
  • Fabric Glue
  • Paint brush
  • Glitter Paint
  • Lo-temp glue gun
  • Ribbon
  • Pinking Shears


1. Trace the pattern onto felt then cut out. Cut the first layer with straight line scissors and the second layer with pinking shears.

2. Adhere the two layers together using a high tack glue. Set aside to dry thoroughly.  I am so happy with how the layers look using the pinking shears on the top layer.

3.  Paint the embroidered letters with fabric paint. Using a soft brush work the paint into the threads to make sure that everything is covered and no white spots remain.  Thin the paint with a little water if necessary. After the first coat is dry, add a thin layer of glitter paint.

4. Did you know that the letters have a self adhesive back?!!? This makes it so much easier to place your letters on your project before ironing. This is the handiest thing ever!  Just peel the backing from  each letter then simply press in place.

5. Using a lo-temp glue gun add some fun pom pom trim along the bottom of each banner. After all the banners are finished glue them to a piece of ribbon using the glue gun.

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

Friday, May 10, 2019

Personalized Hat with Pink Roses

Turn a boring hat into something "oh so cute" with iron on roses!

You will need:
  • Joy® iron-on embroidered applique pink roses
  • A hat
  • Clean dish towel
  • Pressing cloth (cotton muslin) 
  • Iron 

  1. Set the iron to cotton setting.
  2. Remove any adhesive strips from the applique and position on the hat. 
  3. Fold the dish towel until you have thick rectangle. 
  4. Hold the folded dish towel firmly against the inside of the hat.
  5. Place the pressing cloth on top of the roses appliqué.
  6. Iron the roses, moving side to side, for 12-15 seconds at a time. 
  7. Make sure that you are holding the underside of the hats steady with the dish towel as you iron.

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

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Summertime Safe Travels Bag

 With Summer and Vacation time just around the corner 
it's a good idea to make a Safe Travels Essentials Bag to pack in the car.

There are so many things to remember when taking a vacation. So...whenever we take a road trip I like to pack a few essentials to have handy. When you have kids you never know what can happen.

For my Safe Travels Bag I used:

  • Joy® Iron-on Embroidered Letter sheet
  • Small Leather Bag
  • Craft Glue
  1. If you use a fabric bag, cover with a soft clean cloth then, following manufacturer's directions iron the letters onto the bag on cotton settings for 30 seconds.  Turn bag inside out and iron for an additional 30 seconds.
  2. Because I used a leather bag... I glued the letters onto the bag using a craft glue.
There are so many items that you might need to have on hand this summer.  

These are just a few:
  • band-aids or first aid kit
  • sunscreen
  • anti itch spray 
  • bug spray
  • rain poncho
  • scissors
  • small sewing kit
  • tweezers
  • toilet paper

Look for Joy® iron-on embroidered alphabet letter sheets at your local craft store.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Pretty Personalized Pendant

Jewelry is even prettier when it's personalized!

I love jewelry! I have way too much of it, ranging from cheap plastic to expensive diamonds. Some of my favorite pieces though are the ones that are personalized. Using a blank pendant, shiny paper, and Joy® Embroidered Iron-On Letters, I made a new necklace that I can change out to match any outfit!

You will need:
  1. Joy® Iron-On Embroidered Letters - Classic Monograms in Black
  2. Rinea® foil paper
  3. Blank metal pendant
  4. Tape runner
  5. glue dots
  6. Pencil
  7. Scissors

1. Trace the area of the pendant that you want covered onto the foil paper using a pencil then cut out.

2. Apply foil paper to the pendant with a tape runner. 

3. Apply glue dot to the back of the Joy® Embroidered letter and apply to the paper.
This necklace is super easy to make and the nice thing is that you can change the paper out to match any outfit!  

Joy® Embroidered Letters can be found at your local craft store!

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