Saturday, August 18, 2018

Back to School Apple Coaster

Make a personalized Apple Coaster for your new teacher.
Include a gift card to their favorite coffee spot and you'll be the teacher's pet this year!

You will need:
  • Joy® Monogram Letters with your teacher's initials
  • Laura Bray's Apple Pattern
  • Kunin® Felt in Red, Olive, Cashmere and Black
  • Embroidery floss (red and green) and needle
  • Iron and pressing cloth


1. Cut felt shapes using Apple PDF pattern provided HERE.  You will need 2 apple shapes, one leaf and one stem.

2. Use the monogram letters packaging to cut out the black felt circle. First, cut out the circle on the packaging and then use it as a pattern to cut out the black, felt circle.

3. Iron the monogram letters onto the black felt circle. Be sure to use a pressing cloth and follow the package instructions. Certain types of felt can melt, so use caution!

4. Stitch the black circle at the center of one apple shape. This will be the front.

5. With edges aligned, place the front apple piece, the stem and the leaf on top of the second apple shape.  Pin everything in place.  Stitch the pieces together with a simple running stitch.

Look for Joy® iron-on embroidered circle monograms at your local craft store!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Back to School Desk Organizers

Get the school year off to a great start with a fun selection of desk organizers! Choose Joy® neon colored embroidered letters to embellish acrylic pieces for a trendy retro look.  

You will need:
  • Joy Embroidered Iron-On Letters - Bright Pink, Bright Green and Bright Blue
  • Desk Organizers - Acid Yellow Acrylic
  • Tombow MONO Multi XL Liquid Glue

1.  Remove labels then wash and dry desk organizers.

2.  Select the Joy Embroidered Iron-On Letters for each piece.  Bright Pink PENS, Bright Green MAIL and Bright Blue NOTES.  Dry fit for placement.

3.  Attach Joy Embroidered Iron-On Letters to organizers with MONO Multi Glue.  Let dry.

Fill your desk organizers with pens, mail, and notes to start the school year off right!

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

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Decorative Bath Salts Jar

My guest bath has a nice tub and I like my guests to have everything they need for a relaxing experience!  Plain jars and containers are abundant at the local craft stores.  Combined with embroidered Joy® embroidered letters, I made a decorative jar to hold some Epsom bath salts.  These salts can be colored with food coloring if you would like to add a little pizzazz.  I left mine plain for a more natural look.

You will need:
  • Joy® iron-on letter sheet - 1" black 
  • jar:  clear glass with flat sides & lid; 5" wide x 7" tall
  • jute cording: 3 ply natural
  • sea shells:  variety
  • glue
  • scissors
  • scoop


  1. Wash the jar and lid thoroughly then let dry.
  2. Apply glue around the bottom rim of the lid.  Wrap the jute around the sides of the jar lid while you continue to apply glue.  Continue covering the lid with the jute by gluing from the outside rim toward the center of the lid.  You will end up with a spiral design on top of the lid.


3.  Adhere the letters to the side of the jar with an all-purpose glue that works with glass. Adhere shells to the top of the lid. 

4.  Tie a piece of jute around the neck of the jar then knot the ends.  Unravel the ply as shown  below then trim the ends to finish.   Time to relax and enjoy!

Look for Joy® embroidered letters are available in a variety of colors, sizes and fonts at your local craft stores. 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Hoop Wreath

Create a quick and easy embroidery hoop wreath with the new Joy® Iron-on flower embroideries.  The most difficult thing about this wreath is deciding which beautiful flowers to use!

Tie short lengths of wide and narrow organza ribbon to a wood embroidery hoop as shown.

Tack two of the pansy embroideries on top of the ribbons with hot glue. 

It's easy to be creative with beautiful iron-on embroidered flowers like these.  What will you create?
Look for them in your favorite craft stores.  

Monday, August 6, 2018

Personalized Vintage Black Purse

Re-invent a vintage purse or clutch with Joy® embroidered iron-on floral appliqués!

You will need:
  • Joy® embroidered iron-on floral applique.
  • Purse
  • Strong fabric adhesive or hot iron.

Because ironing satin can be tricky, and this purse is from the 1950's, I used a fabric adhesive to adhere the appliqué instead of a hot iron.  If your purse is made from cotton or canvas, then you would place a pressing cloth over your appliqué then heat set with the iron following directions on the back of the package. 

 The result is stunning! Ready for a day out or dinner with friends!

Look for Joy® iron-on embroidered floral appliqués at your 
favorite craft stores.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Framed Monograms

Create Art for your home with framed Monograms...

Here's what you'll need:
  • Joy 3" Iron-on Embroidered Monograms-Black
  • Inexpensive Frames from the Dollar Store
  • 12" x 12" Scrapbook Paper
  • Craft Glue
  • Flowers (optional)

  • Cut the paper to fit inside the frame.
  • Glue monogram letters to paper.
  • Place in the frame.
  • Glue flowers to outside of frame if desired.

Additional sizes of Joy® iron-on embroidered monograms are available for endless word fun. 
You can find them at your favorite craft stores!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Silverware Caddy

Get ready for your summer barbeque with a quick and easy caddy for your silverware.

You will need:
Joy® Iron-on letter sheet - Classic Monograms
3 canning jars
Wood carrier
3 wood tags (1 3/4" by 3 1/4")
Red and white acrylic paint
Blue chalk paint
Ribbon or torn fabric strips
Sanding sponge

1.  Sand and paint wood pieces with acrylic paint then dab with chalk paint.
2.  Paint canning jars with chalk paint.  Distress by rubbing lightly with sandpaper, or sanding sponge.
3.  Arrange the letters on tags then adhere with a craft iron (lo-temp, or tacky glue).  Add paint to letters if desired.
4.  Tie tags to jars with ribbon or fabric strips.

Look for Joy® embroidered letter sheets at your favorite craft stores!

Friday, July 27, 2018

Personalize Your Dogs Scarves

Create fun personalized scarves for your fur babies! These are quick and easy to do, the hard part was to get my dogs to hold still long enough to take their picture.

You will need:
  • Joy® Iron-on Embroidered Letter sheet - Blue and Red
  • Scarf
  • Iron

Arrange the  Joy® iron-on embroidered letters on the scarf then iron in place following the instructions on the back of the package.  It's so easy!  

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

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Beach Sign

I love the beach! 
I'm fortunate to live close enough to the beach to visit often, so the shells and sea glass used in this project are from my many walks along the shore.  Enjoy!

You will need:
  1. Joy® iron-on letter sheet.
  2. Thin canvas panel or thick cardboard.
  3. White gesso.
  4. Acrylic paint in blues and light browns.
  5. Foam brush and dry bristle brush.
  6. Pencil, scissors, glue gun and heavy duty hole punch.
  7. White twine and wire for wrapping.
  8. Assorted sea shells and sea glass.
  9. Large bleached starfish.


1. Determine the size for the arrow.  Sketch the design onto the canvas, then cut out. 

2.  Paint the arrow with the blues first and let dry completely. Using the dry bristle brush, gently sweep some of the gesso across the sign. Let this dry then add some brown with the same dry brush to create a weather worn look. 

3. If you like the 'dry' look for the sea glass and the 'wet' look for the shells, paint the shells with some clear nail polish with glitter in it. This is totally optional, it all depends on your personal style.

4.  Working in sections, thread the beads, knotting them in between. Wire wrap some sea glass here and there and add them to the mix. If wire wrapping is not your thing, the craft stores sell all sorts of ocean themed charms for your sign. You can also find sea glass at any craft or hobby shop. There is really no right or wrong way to do this. The finished length of each strand measures about 12"

5.  Make holes in the canvas with the punch then tie your strands in place. 

6.  Add your letters and starfish with hot glue. 

Look for Joy® iron-on embroidered letters and letter sheets at your 
favorite craft stores.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Stitch a Personalized Needle Case

 Keep your sewing needles organized with this quick and easy to sew needle case.

You will need:
  •  Joy® Classic Monogram Iron-On Letters
  • Kunin® felt - 3.5" x 3.5" squares
  • Embroidery floss and needle

  1. Spell out the word, STITCH with the Joy Classic Monogram Letters. Position the letters on the felt then press with a hot iron. Be sure to use a pressing cloth!

  2. Once the letters are in place, draw three straight lines above the word, then use embroidery floss and thread to stitch a few different stitches across the line. I used a Backstitch and a Running stitch. 
  3. Once you have finished stitching, place the front and back pieces of felt together, with the monogrammed and stitched side facing up, then whip stitch the pieces together.
  4. Fold in half. Press (using a pressing cloth again) along the edge of the fold.
  5. Place your needles inside case for safe keeping...

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