How to Create an Embroidery Frame

During this time of solitude I have taken the time to experiment and take on new crafts, one being hand embroidery. Once I completed my first project I was struck with the realization that my hoop’s life would forever be with this project leaving me to purchase a new one per project. Although it is an esthetic look to use embroidery hoops as frames for decor, I wanted something different. Yes, I could frame is but it often is bulky and pricey. Instead of opting in I headed towards the craft closet and decided on creating an embroidery frame hanger. Switch up the ribbon texture and ties to fit any room’s esthetic. This is a beginner level sewing project that is simple and fast to create. 

Materials needed for this project are most likely waiting anxiously in your craft closet to be loved: ribbon, wooden dowels, sandpaper, scissors, thread, sewing machine and an optional lighter. The ribbon can be any of your choosing or even use some left over bias tape. For the wooden dowels I headed to the baking section since the dowels are shorter and come in packs rather than dealing with a lengthy one from the unfinished wood section. Since I am recommending this project for beginners I will disclaim that I used a basic straight stitch and of course used some backstitching to secure the stitching. That being said, you can opt for a decorative zigzag too. No sewing machine, try this project by hand using a backstitch, it will just take you a little more time. 

Watch the full tutorial down below.

Written Instructions

  1. Prep the ribbon by folding it in half and ironing a crease. 
  2. Pin along the perimeter pinching in the corners and pinning the top and bottom layer each separately.
  3. Cut off remaining ribbon and burn the edge to prevent fraying (optional).
  4. Sew the length sides first.
  5. Sew the width being careful to leave openings at each side for the wooden rods. 
  6. Measure and cut wooden rods to size. 
  7. Sand down the ends to make them smooth.
  8. Insert the bottom rod.
  9. Cover the second rod with ribbon and insert it into the top.
  10. Pull the ribbon to make it even and tie a bow.

If you have any questions regarding this project, please let me know.

XOXO FAITH

Conversation Heart Box | DIY

Yep, it’s already come full circle and it is time for yet the grandest most extra Hallmark holiday, Valentine’s Day. Don’t have a Valentine’s date, well make a galantine’s for you’re bestie. This particular d.i.y. was made specifically for my sister rather than my significant other. Valentine’s Day has always been a sister holiday for us. When I saw this file on Makers Gonna Learn I thought it was perfect for a conversation heart gift box. You know the iconic chalk candy that everyone buys but no one really enjoys. Let me know if you also feel the same way about conversation hearts in the comments down below. 

Not sure what to place inside this type of box? Here are a few ideas: flowers accompanied with a note, their favorite sweet, a bath bomb, nail polish, jewelry, or even a new game they’ve had their eye on. Materials needed for this project include medium to heavy weight card-stock, paper grass, cricut machine (explore air or maker) and an adhesive. The main material you cannot skimp out of is card-stock, it needs to be a medium to heavy weight in order to withstand the weight of the contents inside it. Looking for box filler/ paper grass, but having no luck?  Try making your own by either cutting out tiny strips of paper or running colored paper through your shredder. If you have any ideas or make this box yourself please tag me @breanafaith on instagram or share it below. 

XOXO Faith

Bear Ear Hair Clip | Tutorial

It’s spooky week and as promised here is part II of this years Halloween do it yourself costume. If you missed part one click here for the bear face mask tutorial. This year is a little weird, to say this least which is why there was only one Halloween costume tutorial this year. It just seems odd but I want to know what are your spooky plans? I will be working and spending the evening watching The Great Pumpkin, it’s a classic. Below is the full tutorial for part two of the bear costume tutorial, the bear ear hair clips.

Materials: 

  • Black Felt
  • Hair Clips
  • White Glitter Iron on
  • Cricut Machine
  • Mini Easy Press
  • Sewing Kit
  • Stuffing

Instructions:

  1. Draw out a bear ear on paper, scan it onto your computer and upload it into design space.
  2. In design space duplicate the ear three times. Make two black and two white.
  3. Brainstorm the measurements to make sure they are not too small or too big. Mine are three inches wide.
  4. Place your glitter iron on down (shiny side down) and cut out both white ear pieces.
  5. Press the white glitter ears onto a piece of felt. Keep in mind you will need to fold the felt in half and have enough material to make it three dimentional. (Peel cold)
  6. Fold the felt in half and cut out the ear shape. You may cut out a paper template using your Cricut, however, I eyeballed it.
  7. Use a whip stitch or a slip stitch to close the ear. Leave a small opening to add in the stuffing. 
  8. Stuff both ears and sew the opening closed.
  9. Use a hot glue gun to attach one clip to each ear.
  10. Enjoy (:

If you recreate this look please share a picture with me I’d love to see it. Are you dressing up this year? Let me know down below (:

XOXO Faith

Bear Face Mask Tutorial | Cricut

Halloween is a time of creative freedom but this year is a little well very different. Same may say it is making this time grim,  however, I challenge you to try to see a different perspective. For instance, wearing a face mask can add to your costume rather than hinder it. In past years you’d paint your face, this year all you need to do is decorate a mask saving time and well the itchiness from paint on your face. On another note for obvious reasons most workplaces prohibit employees from coming to work with a painted face or full covered mask. A face mask opens up the possibilities for me this year which is why I decided to create this d.i.y. specifically. Not going to work?  Well wear it out for errands or around the house to spark a little joy to those around you and yourself. Below is the full tutorial for part one of the bear costume tutorial, the mask along with written instructions.

Bear Face Mask Tutorial Video

Materials: 

  1. Black Face Mask
  2. Black Glitter Iron on
  3. White Glitter Iron on
  4. Cricut Machine
  5. Mini Easy Press

Instructions:

  1. Press all the pleats straight on the face mask. It will not lay flat if you have a fitted mask similar to the one I used. 
  2. Draw out the bears nose and smile on paper, scan it onto your computer and upload it into design space.
  3. In design space create an oval to go under the nose and smile layer.
  4. Measure your face mask to make sure the proportions will fit on your mask.
  5. Place your glitter iron on down (shiny side down) and cut out both pieces.
  6. Press the white glitter iron oval onto the mask. (Peel cold)
  7. Press the nose and smile on top of the white oval. (Peel cold)
  8. Enjoy (:

On Wednesday we will be creating bear ear hair clips to complete the look so mark your calendars.

Are you dressing up this year?

Let me know down below (:

XOXO Faith

Crutch Pads DIY| Beginner Sewing

Similar to previous d.i.y. projects this one was inspired by pure practicality. Before diving in let me first tell you how I got myself into this lovely situation. There is no proper satisfying story you know the ones where someone does something epically stupid. I simply walked right into this one, literally. That early morning the alarm demands attention, just a quick stretch right? Ehh… I fell asleep in childs pose which caused both my feet to go completely nomb not the regular pins and needle numb, the my feet feel like bricks of giant blubber numb. It is a weird feeling for those who have not had the pleasure first hand. Walk it off right…? WRONG. I made it maybe three steps before stepping on my toes, yes, my toes, with the same foot. This caused me to obviously twist my ankle in and something popped initially it was painful but I thought surely, I had just rolled my ankle.

Throw Pillow DIY | Beginner Sewing Project

Decorative pillows are fun but they can get boring after a while, especially if they are seasonally themed. While you may think that simply flipping the pillow over to the plain side will suffice for the off season it really doesn’t. Instead of filling the hallway closet with pillows for every occasion try making your own pillow cases to fit over a seasonal or plain old throw pillow.

Finding Relaxation During Lockdown

 

While the world seemed to be on the edge of coming around to somewhat of a new “normal” the brakes have screeched yet again. Could it be time to accept that this is the norm now, wearing masks and getting dirty looks whenever choking in public?Please tell me I’m not the only one who has noticed this happening or had it happen to yourself. Needless to say the stressful times are far from over.

Face Masks | Info & Tutorials

It’s an usual post day, however, I am feeling a bit fuzzy about what to post these days. To be honest my schedule has shifted a lot and I’m sure many of yours has as well. I never thought my work would be considered essential but yes I have been working throughout all the craziness. Man oh 0man do I have stories for you guys… perhaps once the dust settles I will post a video of all the things that have happened lately while at work. Let me know in the comments if you are interested in some work stories from this pandemic season.

Anyway, I wanted to share with you all about mask making because I am now wearing masks daily to work as rules and regulations require it. As regulatons keep evolving in some places you might have to wear a mask so here are some tips on how to equip yourself. Before diving in, a quick disclaimer, I am not a doctor just a fellow fashionista.

What materials are good for mask making?

Paint with Me | Natural Bliss

Throughout this project/ piece of art, life has drastically turned, which is crazy to think about. When I first started this project, we were not on lockdown and people were not going crazier than normal. Let’s be honest, people were crazy before, there just weren’t as many people as there currently are. No, I am not going to be talking about my opinion on any of the issues that are consuming what we used to call the “normal” day to day. Just a quick side note to respect each other in terms of space and tongue. If you cannot spread anything positive do not say anything.

Draw Organizers DIY| Recycled Materials

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Organizing is a passion of mine and yet even this drawer always ends up a jumbled up mess. Over and over I have tidied it up but it never seems to last long. While there are drawer organizers you can purchase they tend to be pricey and never fully utilize all the purposes that you need them to. Instead of running off to the store and buying a drawer organizer to fit some of the stuff, I decided to try to make my own for free. Yes free!  All of the materials I used were old boxes that would have been thrown in the recycle bin and the tools were literally already in the drawer.

Materials:

  • Cardboard Boxes
  • A Pen
  • Scissors
  • Handheld Stapler or Tape