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.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Personalized Autumn Plants

Use Joy embroidered letters to personalize store bought plants!

You will need
Joy® Iron-On Letters

1. Clean the surface of the container with window cleaner and a towel.
2. Remove letters from the sheet then adhere to the pot with the adhesive.  Display and enjoy!

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

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Gather Sign

Whether gathering in the harvest or gathering to celebrate with family and friends, 
this easy sign can be quickly made with Joy® embroidered letters.

You'll need:

Joy Iron-on Letters:  3" & 1 1/2" script letters

Wood sign board (4 1/2" x 15" used here)
Acrylic paint:  red, white and gray (or your choice of colors)
Tacky glue or craft iron


1. Paint the board red. Let dry then paint the edges gray. 
2. Add streaks of gray and white with a dry brush. 
3. Paint the letters gray with a pouncing motion.  Add touches of white.
4. Use a craft iron to iron the letters in place, or use tacky glue.
5. Add a hanger at the back or simply lean the sign against the wall.

You can find Joy® iron-on embroidered letters in a variety of fonts, sizes and colors at your local craft stores.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Boo Halloween Banner

Halloween is almost here. Time to get a little spooky!

Create banners in any color then add Joy® Iron-on, embroidered letters!

You will need:
  • Joy® Iron-on Black Script 1.5" Monograms - B O O
  • kraft cardstock
  • google eyes
  • white ink
  • sticker maker, or glue 
  • baker's twine
  • paper straw

  1. Cut the kraft cardstock into a fishtail shape for the banner.  Any size width or length you desire. It just needs to be wide enough for the letters. Note: Script monograms are available in different sizes.   
  2. Ink the edges with white ink and add streaks along the front of the paper to make it look ghostly.
  3. Select phrase you wish from the letters, I chose "BOO".
  4. Place the letters into your sticker maker along with the google eyes to make them stickers.  Attach to the banner
  5. Add adhesive to the top of the banner and stick down the paper straw, cut to fit the width of the banner.
  6. Thread the twine into the paper straw and tie the ends into a knot to secure the hanger for the banner.
This BOO banner makes for a great kids craft for the Halloween season.

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, September 30, 2018

15 Minute Trick or Treat Bags

These Trick or Treat Bags go together in 15 minutes with Joy® Embroidered and Iron-On Letters and are fun to make with the kiddos!

You will need:
  • Joy® Embroidered Iron-On Letters - Black Varsity, Black Bubble and Black Block
  • Tote Bags - assorted colors (Dollar store)
  • Wiggle Eyes - Montster style
  • Kunin® Classic Felt Craft Cuts - assorted colors 
  • Scissors
  • Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue
  • Expo International - Black Ric Rack


1.  Select the Joy Embroidered Iron-On Letters for each bag.  Black Varsity BOO; Black Bubble TRICK OR TREAT and Black Block SPOOKY FUN.  Dry fit for placement.

2.  Peel and stick monster wiggle eyes onto Kunin Felt scraps, then cut out around the eyes to create a colorful border.

3.  Peel and stick the BOO letters on the green bag.  Iron on the TRICK OR TREAT and SPOOKY FUN letters on the blue and red bags with an iron, following the directions on the back of the packages.

4.  Attach eyes to felt and felt to bags with MONO Multi Liquid Glue, let dry.

5.  Add black ric rack to the top edge of each bag with MONO Multi Liquid Glue, let dry.

Here are a few close-up photos of the finished bags.

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

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Make a Purse Pop with Color

Colored hearts make this little purse something to love!

I have a confession: I am a purse hoarder! I absolutely love purses, and I have a ridiculous number of them stashed away in closets and boxes. I refuse to get rid of any of them because I never know when I might want to put it back in my purse rotation. For example, take this little denim crossbody purse. It was cute and still in perfect shape, but it was a little plain so I decided to bring it back to life with some fabric paint and Joy® embroidered iron-on hearts!


You need:
  • Joy® embroidered iron on hearts
  • purse (preferably denim or another fabric that can be ironed)
  • fabric paint
  • brushes
  • iron 

1. Paint the hearts using fabric paint and flat brushes. I painted each of mine a different color, but use your imagination! Joy letters are so easy to paint! Allow 24 hours to air dry.

2. Following instructions on the packaging, iron the hearts onto to the front of the purse using a pressing cloth.

Yes!  It's that easy.....  Enjoy your "new" purse!

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

Monday, September 24, 2018

Frightfully Fun Halloween Banner

Halloween banner

Fall is in the air and it's time for Halloween decorations. I love banners - they are quick to come together and they look great everywhere in the house! This banner is a little larger than the ones I normally make because I used premade panels to save time; but I love how it came out.

You will need:
  • Joy® Iron-on Embroidered Letters
  • Pre made canvas panels
  • Rinea Foil Papers
  • Spellbinder Dies
  • Paints, paintbrushes
  • Ribbons, embellishments

Painted canvas

1. Paint the letters with orange then set aside to dry.  Die cut accent shapes: pumpkins, bats and layers for the background from paper and the leaves from foil.

Iron On Letters

2. Use two colors of green fabric paint to paint leaves on the blank canvas, if desired.

Halloween Decor

  • Paint the background leaves and heat set
  • Adhere the foil shapes and iron-on letter and additional embellishments as shown. 
Foil Paper

  • Glue each panel to a long ribbon to finish, then add additional bows as desired.  Hang and enjoy!

You can find a selection of Joy® iron-on embroidered letters in a variety of colors, fonts and sizes at your local craft store.

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!