Friday, December 3, 2021

 * Feliz Navidad * Frohliche Weihnachten * Joyeux Noel * Buon Natale *




Say "Merry Christmas" in any language with Joy!

A garland is always on trend whatever your holiday decorating style.  This one is easy to make and can be customized to match any dΓ©cor.

You will need:
  • Joy® Iron-on 3-D Embroidered Letter Sheet
  • Two, 9" x 12" Kunin® Classic Felt - Red
  • 9" x 12" Kunin® Glitterfelt™ - White (or 3" snowflakes)
  • Canvas fabric (a drop cloth used for this project)
  • 12" Pom Pom Trim - White
  • Red/White Bakers Twine
  • Large eye tapestry needle
  • Fabric glue
  • Scissors


SNOWFLAKES:  I cut my own 3" snowflakes from glitter felt on the Cricut® Maker, an electronic shape cutting machine. If this option is not available, you may be able to purchase packages of 3" snowflakes at your local craft store.  You will need one snowflake per letter. 


1.  Cut a 3" x 4" canvas rectangle for each letter. Adjust this size if your snowflakes are larger/smaller than 3".  Cut so the top of the rectangle is at the folded and stitched edge at the top of the drop cloth.  If this is not possible, cut the rectangle 1/2" longer. Fold over at the top then secure with glue to create a casement for the twine.

2.  Center the snowflake on one piece of canvas then use as a guide to cut the bottom of the rectangle as shown. Use this piece as your pattern to cut the remaining pieces.


 3.  Fray the side edges of each piece.  Trim if needed.  

 

4.  Arrange, then glue the pieces onto the red felt with the top edge of each piece aligned with the edges of the felt.
   

5.  Cut around each piece about 1/8" from the edges of the canvas.

6.  Glue one snowflake to each piece then iron each letter in place following directions on the back of the package.
   

TIP:  Pull the fabric away from the backing of the letter sheet,  roll inward and the letters will easily release from the fabric.


7.  Glue one pom pom to the point at the bottom of each banner between the canvas and the felt.


TIP:  Place a spot of glue at the point where the threads meet so the threads won't separate when the trim is cut.


8.   Glue a piece of bakers twine across the top of each piece.


9. To create the garland, thread the end of the bakers' twine onto the needle then pull the twine through the casing at the top of each finished piece.  Leave about 12" of twine at each end of the garland.



10.  Make a small bow from the bakers twine then glue to the center at the top of each piece to finish.


  

May your home be filled with love, laughter and joy this season and always…..  

Yours truly,
Julie πŸ’

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON CRAFTING!

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Say it with a decorative pillow!  Just add embroidered letters... oh what fun!



     Personalize a decorative pillow with iron-on letters. It's quick'n EZ and the perfect decorative accent for every corner of your home!

You will need:
Joy® Embroidered Iron-on letter sheet - gold*

  

Fabric glue
Pillows (I found one with a fun design on one side; simple stripes on the other)


• Other colors and fonts are available so you can choose a color to match the design in your pillow.

Instructions:

1.  Remove the letters from the letter sheet for your saying then glue in place. The letters have a heat-activated adhesive on the back making it easy to iron them on.  This pillow however, was very soft and fluffy which made it hard to add the pressure needed which is why I used glue. 

2. Create the apostrophe used in this saying by snipping the shape from a letter not being used. The curved part of the letter "B" was used here.  Save what's left, you might need the extra pieces for another project. Let dry then flip the pillow over.


3. Position the letters on the pillow,  remove the backing then press in place. The letters are adhesive, so no need to iron them on, but ! Look how "nice" this is.... and it only took minutes to make. 


 
Enjoy!

Yours truly,
Julie πŸ’

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON CRAFTING!


You find more quick'n EZ ideas on our Facebook page video here.

Friday, November 26, 2021

Holiday Star

It's always a starry night when you decorate with foil stars for the holidays!

You will need:

  • Rinea® Paper Foil - Starstruck silver
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive

Instructions:

1. Cut a 4"x 4" square of foil then fold in half diagonally.  Fold in half again along the fold.

 

2. Starting at the two, folded edges, make 4 cuts about 3/8" apart, parallel to the long, cut edge. Cut to within 1/4" from the thicker, folded edge.  Gently open up the folded square.

   

3.  Starting at the center, gently pull the center tabs upwards, overlap the points and glue in place.  This is row 1.  Since these tabs are small, it is helpful to lay a pencil along the fold line and fold the tabs over the pencil.  Repeat with row 3. 

  

4. Turn over then repeat the process with rows 2 and 4.

  

5. Make 5 then glue the bottom points together to create a star! 

There are two types of Rinea paper foil. Starstruck is available in a variety of colors. It has an all-over embossed design and is the same on each side.  Rinea glossy paper foil is slightly thicker. It is colored on one side and gold on the other. Sapphire and gold is shown below.  Each style is available in two sizes: 4" x 6" and 6" x 12" online at Rinea's online store.
 

Enjoy your starstruck holiday home!

Yours truly,
Julie πŸ’

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON CRAFTING!

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Christmas Towel Ring

 Not just for embroidery, a wooden hoop is great for wreaths and even a guest towel ring for the bathroom!


You will need:
  • Joy® Embroidered letter sheets - Gold, Silver and Classic white monograms
  • 8" Embroidery Hoop
  • Tulip Color Shot - Gold, or other gold paint
  • Drop cloth* or small piece of tightly woven fabric - 12" x 12"
  • 1/4" Gold RicRac trim 
  • Craft iron
  • Glue gun & Lo-temp glue sticks
  • Small paint brush
  • Christmas greenery
  • Small Zip ties
  • Assorted ribbon & trims
  • *a drop cloth can be purchased at the hardware store for a few dollars, providing fabric for multiple banners and much more. 
  

Instructions:
1. Remove the small monogram letters from the sheet. Spray gold color shot onto a piece of wax paper, or paper plate, then using a small paint brush paint each letter - hold letters in place with a toothpick.  Let dry.


2. Cut a piece of drop cloth fabric about 12" x 12".  Iron to remove wrinkles. Separate the embroidery hoop then place the inner hoop on top of the fabric. Carefully remove gold and silver letters from the backing sheet then position on the drop cloth using the hoop as a guide for placement. Remove the hoop, cover the letters with a pressing cloth then iron in place.


3. Fold the top and bottom edges under, iron then position on top of the inner hoop. Place trim along the top and bottom edges. 


4. Push the outer hoop over the top then tighten the screw to hold in place. Trim excess fabric from the back of the hoop.


5.  Glue rope trim around the outside edge of the hoop. Measure then cut the length needed. Glue one end in place at the top, pull the rope tightly around the hoop then glue the opposite end in place.


6.  Attach greenery to the top of the hoop with small zip ties and gold ribbon loops/bow at the center.

 

7.  Add additional embellishments if desired. Small snowflake and adhesive jewels shown here.


8.  Use as is, or hang in the bathroom with a small towel for your guests!



May your holiday season be filled with love and joy!

Yours truly,
Julie πŸ’

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON CRAFTING!

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Sugar Plum Christmas Garland

 When visions of sugar plums dance in your head….. it’s almost Christmas1 


You will need:
  • Kunin® Classic™ 9” x 12” Craft Cuts – 1 each Lemon Frost, Baby Pink & Minty
  • Kunin® Premium 9” x 12” Craft Cuts – White
  • Joy® Embroidered iron-on letter sheet – White

  

  • Cricut® Maker™ with Rotary blade (optional. Shapes can also be cut with scissors.)
  • Cricut® Easy Press Mini, or iron
  • Mod Podge® Ultra – Matte
  • Crystal glitter
  • Glue gun & lo-temp glue sticks
  • Mini pom-pom trim – 3 yd spool
  • Bag of small craft pom-poms, or cut from pom-pom trim
  • Tacky glue or large, extra strength glue stick
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors & wax paper

                    Instructions:

                    1. Using the “shapes” feature in Cricut Design Space, create:
                    ·               4” x 3” triangles - 5
                    ·               ½” circles - 15 
                    ·               ½” x 11” rectangles  - 3


                    2. Cut one set of shapes from each piece of felt - Lemon Frost, Baby Pink and Minty felt as follows: 
                                Place the felt horizontally across the top of the mat. Insert “Felt” in the “Browse all Materials” tab, then select “Felt Acrylic”.  Use the rotary blade to cut. After cutting is complete, pull the felt surrounding the shape from the mat, then carefully lift the shapes. Increase the size of the triangles to 4 ½” x 3 ½” then cut the shapes from white felt.


                    3. Place the colored triangles onto a piece of wax paper.  Spray with Mod Podge Ultra then sprinkle liberally with glitter. Allow to dry then shake off excess glitter.

                    4. Cover one side of each white felt triangle with glue then, with top edges aligned, center a colored triangle on top.  Press firmly in place.  Tip: Use a craft stick to spread an even layer of tacky glue on the felt, or use a glue stick. Premium felt is stiffer and an extra strength glue stick also works extremely well. *HAPPY (or MERRY) CHRISTMAS requires 14 pennants.


                    5. Cut the colored felt strips into ½” squares. For 14 pennants you will need 28 squares of each color. Alternating colors, loosely thread the squares, two of each color and one pom-pom onto a length of thread.  Stitch the end of the thread to the tip of the pennant to secure then glue a felt circle over the end at the back. Use a different color felt than the felt on the pennant for contrast.


                    6. Remove the letters needed for the garland from the embroidered letter sheet. Alternating pennant colors, iron one letter to each pennant. Position letters right side up, cover with a pressing cloth then iron in place. 


                    7. Place the pennants in order on a flat surface then use lo-temp glue to adhere the mini pom-pom trim across the top of all the pennants.  Leave a small space between each one and make sure to add extra trim at each end to hang your garland!




                     ENJOY AND HAVE YOURSELVES A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

                    Yours truly,
                    Julie πŸ’

                    KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON CRAFTING!