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!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Embroidery Hoop Made with Love

Create beautiful decor for your home easily using Joy® Iron -n letters and appliqués and a few simple supplies.

Embroidery hoops are all the rage right now for home decor. They are so easy to change out for different holidays and small enough to be packed away until needed next year.

  • Joy Iron On Letters - Baby Monogram in pink
  • Joy Iron On Emojis - heart
  • Joy Embroidered Iron-on appliqué
  • 8" embroidery hoop
  • fabric of choice
  • black detail pen
  • cardstock / die cuts
  • embellishments
  • Fabri-Tac adhesive


1. Iron fabric to remove creases. Lay smaller (inside) hoop on fabric and arrange embroidered floral iron on as desired. I cut mine in several pieces in order to get the layout I wanted. Remove hoop and iron the appliqué in place following directions on back of package. Make sure the pattern of your fabric is the way you want it before ironing.

2.  Place fabric in hoops, stretching until it is taut. Trim fabric. Working in small sections, wrap around to the inside and adhere with Fabri-Tac. Press fabric firmly in place making sure that all edges are secured.

3. Make pennants from cardstock, ink the edges, and iron the letters on. I use the same method as for fabric but shorten the time to about 10 seconds per side. Adhere to fabric using Fabri-Tac. Adhere the heart in place of the "O".

4. Use a black felt tip pen to add faux stitching around the edges.  Be sure to test the pen on a piece o scrap fabric first to make sure it doesn't bleed! Adhere paper flowers and leaves to bottom of hoop and a twine bow at the top to cover the clasp.

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!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Love Makes a Family

Create a sweet Home Décor Banner with Rose Appliqués and letters...

To make the Love Makes a Family Banner you'll need:

  • Two packages of Joy® iron-on Rose Appliqués
  • Joy® Iron-on Embroidered Letter sheet - Gold
  • 10" x 14" White Felt
  • Gold Trim
  • Craft Glue
  • Wood Dowel Rod
  • Twine
  1. Create a banner by folding the white felt in half lengthways.  Cut diagonally across the bottom from the center fold to a point approx. 3" from the bottom corner on the outer edges.  
  2. Set iron to cotton setting, or follow garment care label.  Position rose appliqués and letters with shiny side down on the felt.  
  3. Cover with a fine cloth.  With firm pressure, iron over cloth for 30 seconds.  Turn banner over and iron the back of the letters for 30 seconds.
  4. Cut down 1" longer than the banner.  
  5. Glue or sew the top of the banner over the wood dowel.
  6. Glue gold trim to top of the banner.
Look for Joy® iron-on embroidered alphabet letter sheets 
and appliques at your local craft store.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Conversation Heart Ornaments

Joy,  ½" Classic Monograms are the perfect size to make conversation heart ornaments! 
A perfect gift idea for the Valentine in your life!

You will need:

  • Joy® Classic Monograms Iron-On letter sheet - 1/2"
  • Small plastic heart ornaments.
  • Clear drying adhesive.
  • Tweezers

  • 1. Wipe each ornament with a tissue to remove smudges or fingerprints. 
    2. Drizzle glue onto a paper plate. Use the tweezers to dip the back of each letter into the glue, then carefully place on the ornament. 
    3. Let dry completely before using the ornaments to accent gifts or hang as decor. 

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

    Sunday, January 6, 2019

    Love Rose Valentine's Day Cards

    Create a beautiful card for your loved one using Joy® iron-on, floral appliqués and embroidered letters! 

    You will need:
    • Joy® Iron-on Black Classic Monograms Letters - LOVE
    • Joy® Iron-on floral appliqués - Rose
    • cardstock
    • patterned paper
    • twine
    • ink
    • Glue
    • scissors

    1. Cut a sheet of patterned paper to fit on the front of an A2 sized card - a simple design like a wood grain is wonderful.  Ink the edges of the card and mat background in black.
    2. Glue the rose appliqué to the mat paper.
    3. Add the twine around the mat paper tying a bow at the bottom left as a pretty embellishment.
    4. Glue the letters to the front of the card.  A quick tip, you can cut the letter "W" in half to make another letter "V" if you do not have enough for 2 cards.
    5. Glue mat paper to the card base.
    These cards would be a wonderful Valentine's gift for that special someone in your life.

    Here is a quick video on how to make this card.

    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, January 3, 2019

    "Love is all you need" Wall Hanging

    Create a quick and easy wall hanging with a wood heart, your favorite pink or red paint and Joy iron-on letters and flower embroidered appliqués.  You'll want to leave it up all year long!

    You will need:
    Joy® Iron-On letters: 2" script L, Letter sheet and 2, pink flower sprays
    Wood heart plaque - 10" bx 9.5"
    Acrylic craft paint - DecoArt Wild Berry
        paintbrush, craft iron or glue, scissors


    1.  Paint the front of the heart.
    2.  Arrange then glue or iron the letters in place.  Note: The adhesive on the back of the letters will hold them in place until the adhesive is activated by the heat of an iron to create a permanent bond.
    3.  Carefully clip the butterflies from the flower sprays. Adhere the flower sprays on either side of the heart at the top and the butterflies at the bottom.

    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!