Thursday, February 21, 2019

Shamrock Greeting Card

Leprechauns, gold and shamrocks, oh my! March is just around the corner!   
Send some luck with this DIY greeting card made with Joy® embroidered letters.

Materials you will need:
  • Joy® embroidered letters:  1", green
  • greeting card and envelope:  5-1/2" x 5-1/2", kraft
  • cardstock:  light green:  5-2/8" square, one; patterned:  5" square, one
  • cardstock hearts:  dark green, 2", four; light green, 1-1/2", four
  • cardstock scraps:  dark green and light green for cutting stem
  • embellishment:  3/4" self adhesive, flat back (I used chevron embellishment)
  • adhesive
  • iron
  • ironing board
  • pressing cloth
  • heart punches or die-cut machine 


1.  Cut out squares and hearts.

2.  Lay them out and adhere to the kraft card as shown. 

3.  Follow manufacturer's instructions to adhere the letters to the shamrock.

Adhere a stem and the embellishment of your choice.
Here is the finished card, ready for your lucky recipient! 

Joy® iron-on, embroidered letter sheets can be found in different colors and fonts at your local craft stores!

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Lucky Shamrock

Get 'Lucky' this St. Patrick's Day using Joy® iron-on letters!

You will need:
  • Joy® Iron-On letters- 2" script
  • Rinea™ double-sided foil paper - emerald/gold glossy
  • Chipboard
  • Scrap paper and pen
  • Small rhinestones with adhesive backing. 
  • Glue stick
  • Yellow ribbon
  • Yellow permanent marker
  • Tools
  • Scissors


1. Using the scrap paper, make a heart template. Trace this onto your chipboard, slightly overlapping each heart. Draw the stem of your shamrock and cut out.
2. Trace your shamrock onto the foiled paper and cut out.
3. Use the glue stick to adhere the foiled paper to the chipboard.
4. Color the rhinestones with the yellow marker then adhere along the outline of the shamrock.
5. Apply glue to the back of each letter before placing on the shamrock.
6. Finish by attaching the yellow ribbon.

Look for Joy iron-on, embroidered letters and appliqués at your local craft store. 
White letters can also be colored with fabric paint, markers, dye and more!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

DIY Monogram Sweater Pillow

When your favorite Cashmere Sweater has a hole in it you make it into something new!

I was pretty sad when I found out my favorite sweater had a hole in it.  

My first instinct was to throw it in the garbage.  

I decided to make it into a super soft pillow instead.

 To make the Pillow I used:
  • Old Cashmere Sweater
  • Joy® Iron-On Embroidered Letters
  • Plaid Flannel Scraps
  • 18" Pillow Form
  • Buttons 
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine

  1. Turn the sweater inside out.  Line up the pillow form with the sweater to determine best placement to hide the holes.
  2. For my sweater, since the holes were on one side... I decided to sew the bottom of the sweater together first and insert the pillow to determine how much I needed to cut off the other side.
  3. Cut the sweater slightly larger than the pillow form.
  4. Remove pillow form and sew second side together. 

    5.  To Personalize the pillow add your name, or initials:
         Turn sweater back to right sides and iron the Joy Iron-On Embroidered Letters.  
         Cover letters with a clean soft cloth and iron the letters for 30 seconds.  
         Turn sweater pillow cover inside out, cover with cloth and iron for and additional 
         30 seconds.  Allow letters to cool before finishing the pillow. 

    6.  Because there is a lot of give with the sweater material.  I was able to sew the 4th side 
         halfway and stuff the pillow form inside.  I hand sewed the pillow closed.

    7.  To dress up the pillow...I created a sash to go around the pillow by sewing together some
    flannel scraps together.

    8.  Secure the sash around the pillow using a couple of big black buttons.  
         (the sash is removable)

The pillow is perfect for marking my spot on my favorite comfy chair.

Look for Joy® iron-on embroidered alphabet letter sheets 

and appliques at your local craft store.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Happy Wall Decor

Who is anxiously waiting on spring to arrive? We've had it pretty easy so far this year in Texas, but it is still dreary! I need some sunshine and I need it quick! Since I am not putting much faith in Mother Nature to help me out, I decided to make a little sunshine of my own with sweet wall hanging.

You will need:
  • Joy® iron-on embroidered Letters - Script
  • Joy® iron-on floral appliqués - Daisies
  • Metal frame
  • Embroidery hoop  
  • 3" wide ribbon
  • Faux flowers
  • Staple gun
  • Fabric adhesive 

Embroidered flowers are the perfect addition to your projects. You can literally put them on everything! They are iron-on for all your fabric crafts or use adhesive for other projects.


1.  Attach your hoop to the center of the frame with two pieces of ribbon. Wrap one piece around the top of the hoop and the other around the bottom of the hoop. Bring both ends of the ribbon to the back of the frame and secure with a staple gun.

2. Glue your choice of letters to the center of the frame.

3. Accent the ribbon at the bottom with jute and/or small flowers then glue the embroidered daisies on top.  Hang and enjoy!

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

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Joyful Conversation Candy Heart Banner

Share the love this Valentine's Day with a Conversation Candy Heart banner that is quick and easy with Joy® iron-on, embroidered letters!



1. Draw a heart on plain paper with a pencil.  Cut out then trace onto Kunin Classic™ Felt Baby Pink, Lemon Yellow, Peach, Minty and Baby Blue with a permanent marker.  Cut out with scissors.  TIP:  Remember to cut inside the lines so that you have a clean finished project.

2. Select messages then pop out letters from Joy® iron-on and embroidered letter sheet. The 1" Block letters in Red are a perfect match to the Conversation Candy Hearts! Line up on hearts and iron on according to package directions.

3. Draw a rectangle 5” wide by 8 ½” tall on plain paper.  Then measure 2 ½” to the center and 1 ½” up from the bottom.  Draw lines from the center point to both bottom edges.  Cut out the banner shape.  Then cut five (5) banners from Kunin Premium™ Felt White.  Attach conversation hearts to banners with hot glue.

4. Measure and cut five (5) rectangles 5” wide by ½” tall from Kunin Classic™ Felt Red, then cut out.  Trim one long edge on each rectangle with scallop scissors.  Attach to the top of each banner with hot glue.  Flip banners over and embellish with Expo International Red Ric Rac.  Line banners up on your work surface and attach Expo International White Ball Fringe across the top with hot glue.

Designer Tip:
If you run out of a popular letter - like E - select another color of Joy iron-on and embroidered letters and paint them to match!

Here is a close up of the LOVE YOU banner.

Look for Joy® Iron-on embroidered letters and appliqués at your local craft store.
Letters, and letter sheets are available in different colors and fonts. White letters can be colored with fabric markers, fabric paint, dye and more!

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Bloom Flower Hoop

Get ready for spring with this quick and easy flower hoop with its cheery reminder.

You'll need:

Oval embroidery hoop (about 9" by 5")
Fabric rectangle (11" by 7") of your choice
Joy® Iron-on Embroidered Flower Appliqué - multicolor
Joy® Iron-on Letters - Baby Monogram
Sharp scissors
Craft iron and press cloth or fabric glue
Fabric marker

1.  If using an iron, trace the inner hoop on the fabric with the fabric marker.
2.  Cut the flowers apart carefully, leaving stems on most.  The tendrils are cut off and the stem and leaf sections are used for the rose and the blue and orange flower combination.  See photo for layout or create your own garden.
3.  Arrange letters and flowers and iron onto fabric inside traced circle.  If gluing letters and flowers, place fabric in hoop first.  Then, arrange letters and flowers on fabric.
4.  Trim fabric leaving about 1/2" and glue to back of hoop.
5.  If desired, hoop can be painted or ribbon added.

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

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Conversation Heart Cookies

Create some cute, calorie free, felt Valentine conversation cookies using Joy® iron-on letters!

You will need:
  • Joy® Iron-on Classic Monograms Letters - "BE MINE" & "LOL"
  • Joy® Iron-on Baby Monogram in Pink - "LOVE"
  • Joy® Iron-on White Heart
  • iron
  • Kunin Felt
  • heart and circle dies
  • die cut machine
  • needle & thread
  • fabric glue
  • stuffing
  • scissors

  1. Cut the heart and circle shapes: 2 large and 1 small for each cookie.
  2. Iron on the letters or heart of choice on the top, smaller felt layer of each cookie; the "frosting layer".
  3. Sew or glue the top smaller "frosting" felt layer onto the larger "cookie" layer of felt.
  4. Add beads and sequins to the top of the cookie to look like sprinkles.
  5. Sew or glue the two layers of the felt "cookie" together leaving a small space to add the stuffing before you fully close up the felt cookie.
Enjoy your calorie free cookies as a decor piece or as a small gift you can give to someone!

Here is a quick video on how to make them.

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, January 25, 2019

Be Mine with a DIY Valentine's Day Banner

Celebrate Valentine's Day with a quick and easy 
BE MINE banner created with Joy® embroidered letters!

  • Joy® - Self Adhesive Letters - 3" white
  • Heart Banner - craft store
  • Ribbon - assorted in shades of red and pink


1.  Remove filigree heart banner from packaging.
2.  Decide on sentiment and select Joy® self-adhesive letters in the 3" white Varsity style.
3.  Lay out letters on hearts and decide on spacing.

4.  Peel backing paper away from each letter then firmly press onto the filigree hearts.

5.  Tie scraps of red and pink ribbon in between each heart.

This fun project went together in just under 15 minutes and was easy enough to complete with the kiddos - of all ages!

Look for Joy® Iron-on embroidered letters and appliqués at your local craft store.
Letters, and letter sheets are available in different colors and fonts. White letters can be colored with fabric markers, fabric paint, dye and more!

Monday, January 21, 2019

Love Button Art

Show the world a little love with this button art featuring Joy® embroidered letters!

This little canvas takes just a few supplies and a few minutes, but it makes such a big statement! The 3D effect of the buttons and embroidered letters give it texture that just begs to be touched. And while this piece is a fun touch for your home for Valentine's Day, it can totally be a home décor piece for all year round!

  • Joy® Iron -On Letters - 1" white
  • 4"x6" flat back canvas
  • paint
  • paint brush
  • pencil
  • assorted white buttons, seed beads, and flat-back pearls
  • 527 Adhesive

1. Paint canvas using paint brush and let dry.
2. Once paint is dry, use a pencil to draw a heart shape onto the canvas.
3. Apply adhesive  to the back of each button as you follow the outline of heart shape, then fill in the middle with buttons. 

4. Fill the blank spaces between the buttons with adhesive then sprinkle with "fillers" (seed beads, sequins, pearls, etc). 
5.  Apply adhesive to the backs of the Joy® embroidered letters then adhere at the top of the canvas.

Look for Joy® Iron-on embroidered letters and appliqués at your local craft store.
Letters, and letter sheets are available in different colors and fonts. White letters can be colored with fabric markers, fabric paint, dye and more!

Friday, January 18, 2019

This Valentine's apron will bring Joy!

Who doesn't want a little sugar around Valentine's Day?  
Whether you are a chocoholic or just need a kiss and a squeeze, this easy DIY apron will bring some smiles to your friends and loved ones.

You will need:
Joy® embroidered letters:  1" white; 2 packages
Apron:  One size fits all; red
Wooden cupcake cut-out - Pre-painted 
1-1/2" pinback
Tacky glue
Steam iron
ironing board 
Pressing cloth

1.  Press the apron to remove any wrinkles.  Lay out the letters in formation desired prior to applying heat.

2.  Following manufacturer's directions on the back of the packaging, cover letters with the pressing cloth then press in place.  Turn the apron over and press once more on the back to ensure adhesion. 

3.  Glue the pin back to the back of the cupcake. Let dry thoroughly then pin the cupcake to the apron as shown.

Designer tip:  There are many pre-painted wooden cut-outs to choose from. Pick your favorite to embellish an apron with your favorite saying! 

Look for Joy® iron-on, embroidered letters, letter sheets and floral appliqués at 
your favorite craft stores!