Sunday, June 30, 2019

Pack some Summer Fun

Summer weather is here! Time to pack a bag with Summer essentials, ready to hit the road.  

Simple to make, this bag is perfect for packing magazines, books, bikini and suntan lotion! 

You will need:
  • Joy® embroidered iron-on letter sheet - 1" black 
  • Joy® embroidered iron-on floral appliqué - daisies
  • canvas bag - white
  • 1/2 yd 1-1/2" black & white chevron and 2/3 yd 5/8" black & white print ribbon
  • scissors
  • fabric adhesive
  • iron and ironing board
  • pressing cloth


1. Press the canvas bag to remove any wrinkles.  Cut a piece of chevron ribbon the width of the front of the bag.  Fold the rough ends under then press in place.  Adhere to the top of the bag.

2. Position the flowers and the letters on the bag.  Following manufacturer's directions, use the pressing cloth, then adhere the letters and appliqué to the bag.

3. Create  2 shoestring bows with 1" loops and 1-1/2" tails from 10" pieces of 5/8" ribbon and trim the tails at an angle.  Adhere one bow at the base of bag handle on each side.  

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

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Patriotic Home Decor

Decorating your home with seasonal projects is easy with Joy® embroidered letters! 

You will need:
  • Joy® Iron On Embroidered Letters - 3"
  • Wood sign
  • chipboard gear set
  • Pickling Wash
  • craft paint - dark gray
  • paint brushes
  • burlap ribbon - 1 yd
  • glitter paint - clear
  • adhesive foam star
  • stencil - brick design
  • stencil paste
  • lo-temp glue gun


1. Cover the entire front of the wood piece with Pickling Wash. White paint would also work, but I love this one because it looks vintage.

2. Use modeling paste and a stencil to add some texture to the sign. Let the paste dry, then lightly swipe across the top of the texture with paint on a dry sponge.

3. Sponge dark gray paint onto the chipboard pieces. Let dry then add glitter paint.  Adhere to the sign front using a low temp glue gun.

4. Remove the backing from the embroidered letters to reveal the adhesive, then place on top of the gears.

5. Create a bow with long tails from burlap ribbon then glue at the top of the sign as shown. Attach the small star to the ribbon tail.

Joy® embroidered letters, letter sheets and floral appliqués are available in different fonts, sizes and colors at your local craft store.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Beach Sign

Ready for Summer?
 Here's a easy project to get you in the mood for a day at the beach! 

You will need:

  • Joy® Iron-on embroidered white, dyeable letters
  • A wooden sign
  • Rope
  • A large starfish
  • Acrylic pain in white, brown, blues and blue-greens.
  • Assorted dry brushes
  • Hot glue gun

  • Instructions:
    • Prop your sign up on something to make for easier painting.
    • Brush each color of paint across the sign, slightly overlapping into the next colors space.
    • Use a photo of the beach/ocean for reference.
    • Brush the paint side to side. Its OK to leave some wood exposed.  

    • Keep painting until you reach the sand, (brown paint), then switch to a new 'dry' brush. 
    • Allow some of the 'wood' to show through when you are painting the sand.
    • Touch up the horizon with some dark blue paint.
    • Add some vague clouds if desired.
    • With a smaller dry brush, add a little bit of white paint to mimic some distant waves. 

    • When the paint is dry to touch, hot glue the rope around the sides and attach some at the back for hanging.
    • Use a quick drying adhesive to adhere the letters in place, pressing down for a few seconds per letter. 
    • Finish your beach sign by hot gluing the star fish in place.

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

    Thursday, June 20, 2019

    Grill Master Cookout Set

    You will be grilling in style this summer with this fun set featuring Joy® Iron-On Letters!

    There's nothing better than a fun summer cookout! I absolutely love the smell of food on the grill, and somehow it always tastes better than food cooked indoors. But before you light that charcoal, get yourself decked out with some personalized gear showing that you are the grill master!

    You will need:
    • Joy® Iron-On Embroidered Letters - 3" Varsity in White
    • Joy® Iron-On Embroidered Letters - 3" Varsity in Red
    • Joy® Iron-On Embroidered Letters - 3" Varsity in Blue
    • canvas apron
    • hand towel
    • pot holder
    • iron and pressing cloth


    Following manufacturer's directions on packaging, iron the Varsity letters onto each of your three surfaces. I used red, white, and blue for a more summertime look! Super easy and they make great gifts.

    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.

    Sunday, June 16, 2019

    Tic Tac Toe Travel Game

    Make your own travel game with Joy® iron-on letters!

    You will need:
    • Joy® Iron-On baby monogram letter sheet - blue 
    • iron
    • Kunin® Felt - various colors
    • ric rac
    • ocean animals die
    • die cutting machine
    • thread and needle
    • fabric glue
    • scissors

    1. Make the felt pouch by folding over 2 inches and gluing it down on the sides from a 9 x 7 inch piece of felt.
    2. Cut 4 small thin strips and make the tic tac toe board on the open square space of the felt board.
    3. Cut out and glue down various ocean animals out of felt to decorate the board.  Keep 5 animals of two different types for the "players" free.
    4. Flip the board over and sew on a ribbon to help tie the board closed.
    5. Iron the phrase "tic tac toe" to the outside of the rolled felt game.

    Enjoy your homemade tic tac toe game while traveling this summer!!

    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.

    Thursday, June 13, 2019

    Monogram Golf Towel

    Make something special for your favorite golfer using Joy® embroidered iron-on monogram letters!

    You will need:
    • Joy® Monogram Left Letter 
    • Joy® Monogram Center Letter
    • Joy® Monogram Right Letter
    • Plain Golf Towel
    • Iron and pressing cloth 


    1. Check care label of towel to check heat tolerance.
    2. Heat iron to cotton setting 300-350°.
    3. Position letters onto towel, heat seal side down, threads up.
    4. Carefully cover letters with a clean cloth.  
    5. Using firm pressure, iron over the letters in a circular motion for 30 seconds.
    6. Turn towel over and iron the back for another 30 seconds.
    7. Let cool for a minute before handling.
    Joy® iron-on embroidered letters and appliqués can be found at your local craft stores!

    Monday, June 10, 2019

    Home Sweet Home Décor

    The perfect juxtaposition between wood and lace is created in this elegant 
    Home Sweet Home décor piece. 

    Dress up your home or give as a gift to a new homeowner, these personalized wooden houses become homes in just under 30 minutes!

    You Will Need:

    ·       Joy® Iron-On, Embroidered Letters – Mini Monograms Block and Script - White
    ·       Amanda Native Arrow Lace Gimp, Natural - Expo International
    ·       Teardrop Embroidery Lace Trim, White - Expo International
    ·       Claudia 2” Vintage Fan and Lattice Trim, Off White - Expo International
    ·       Color Tool Spray Paint Glossy Wood Tone - Design Master 
    ·       Wooden House Shapes 
    ·       Scissors, Glue Gun and Glue Sticks


    In a well-ventilated area (or outside) spray several light coats on the wooden house shapes with Glossy Wood Tone.  Let dry completely between coats.

    Think about the structure of a house and lay out the decorative lace on the wooden house shapes until you are pleased with the composition.  Attach the lace to the wooden house shapes with the hot glue gun, taking care to be delicate with the glue application.

    Select the JOY embroidered letters to spell HOME SWEET HOME.  Dry fit one word on each wooden house and iron on according to package directions.

    Here is a detailed photo...

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

    Friday, June 7, 2019


    Flowers are the perfect “pick me up” to brighten anyone’s day,

    and nothing says “I love you”, “Thinking of You”, or “You are Special” like a gift of flowers...

    You will need:
    • Joy® Iron-on Embroidered 4” letters – O x 2, B L M
    • Kunin® Classic Felt, 9” x 12” – Baby Pink, Lemon Frost, White and Apple Green
    • Kunin® Premium Felt, 9” x 12” – Kelly Green 
    • Mod Podge® Ultra Spray - Matte
    • Zots® clear adhesive dots - singles
    • 12” x 16” Wood plaque*
    • 10” Embroidery Hoop*
    • Tacky glue & lo-temp glue gun
    • Canvas cloth (drop cloth)
    *Choose a plaque to suit your particular needs and an embroidery hoop large enough to fit on top as shown.  Embroidered letters are also available in different sizes.



    1.  Cut 4 pieces of canvas cloth to cover each section of the wood plaque then, following manufacturer’s directions, spray the wood liberally with Mod Podge Ultra. Press the cloth pieces on top then set aside to dry.  Rinse the spray nozzle when finished to avoid clogging. 

    2. Glue the hoop in place on top of the covered plaque with lo-temp glue. Peel the backing from the embroidered letters to reveal the adhesive, then press firmly in place as shown.  TIP: Always start by placing the middle letter first, then adding letters to the left and right for even spacing.


    3. Cut 7, 2" x 1" oval felt shapes for each medium rose and 7, 2 ½” x 1 ¼” ovals for a larger rose.  Cut 16, or more 2” and 2 ½” leaves from 2 shades of green using the pattern below. If you have a Cricut® Maker, you can easily cut the ovals using the shapes feature.  

    Download/or print the leaf pattern here:


    Make the Roses as follows:

    4. Using adhesive dots, attach 7 ovals together in a slight curve. Press the felt firmly onto the adhesive dots.



    5. Starting at one end, tightly roll the linked shapes together to form the rose.  To prevent unrolling, squeeze together at the base then secure by spreading lo-temp glue across the bottom.

    6. Create rosebuds by tightly rolling 3-4 shapes together. Position roses, rosebuds and leaves on the plaque at the base of the hoop, then glue in place. With so many pretty colors of felt to choose from, you’ll be creating bunches of felt bloomers in no time! 


    Joy® Iron-On embroidered letters are available individually, or in full alphabet sheets in a variety of fonts, sizes and colors at your favorite craft stores.

    Monday, June 3, 2019

    Bowling Game

    Upcycle chocolate milk bottles to make a fun bowling game.  You can paint the bottles as shown here, but you can also decorate them with stickers, washi tape or Joy emojis.

    You will need:
    • Joy® Iron-On embroidery numbers (available in blue, black & red) 
    • Individual size plastic milk or juice bottles - 3 or more
    • Multi-surface paint in bright colors
    • Paintbrush

    1.  Paint bottles and let dry.  Add a second coat if necessary.
    2.  Peel backing from numbers and adhere to bottles.
    3.  Add more decorations if you wish.

    Joy® Iron-On Embroidered letters, numbers and appliqués are available ia variety, sizes, colors and fonts at your local craft store.
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