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.

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!