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

Card Stash Basics

Who else has a love hate relationship with the rain? I love it when I’m inside but dread it when I am driving or walking in it. Today is one of those days; the wind is howling, sky is roaring and the rain is pouring. While I sip on some cocoa it is relaxing to gaze out the window and take in the trees knowing that in a few short weeks the mass holidays will take place. It’s a time of mourning which I try not to focus on but it is okay to be sad at the fact that this year will undoubtedly be very different. Knowing that loved ones should stay away is a difficult thing to swallow.

Whether you have a spare moment or a day off to gaze out the window, take time to create a stash of cards to keep in your back pocket for a rainy day. Prior to the pandemic it was rare to receive letters via mail but I feel as if it is going back as we abide by the rules of our national leaders. This is why I feel it is the perfect time to start creating birthday, get well, and thank you cards while you are sitting trying to think of something to do. It may be hard to think this but one day you’ll wish you had the time you do now. The following is a basic guideline of what kind of cards to make in bulk. Remember to use an array of styles and colors to fit various personalities. You are not creating preplanned for the year cards but rather spur of the moment ones that would otherwise gravitate you towards the store. 

The List

  • Birthday
  • Get Well
  • Thank You
  • Congratulations (optional)
  • Sympathy (optional)
  • Thinking of you (optional)

The Collection

Trying new Things | Mr. Chonk

Holiday season is finally upon us! Who else is already watching Christmas movies, making holiday crafts and baking? The weather is finally corresponding to the time of year as well which is a relief. It’s the best time for trying new things and that is why I want to talk about this little guy, or should I say this Chonky boy. Hehe For my first every crochet project where I followed a pattern I learned a lot about not only crochet but also about myself. I am one of those people who feels as if they’ve failed if I do not achieve perfection even if it is the first time I am trying something. This project taught me how to keep going even when things do not look bright. Here is a look into my first attempt at Chonky… yeah he looks more like a fruit basket that sits on the table at Thanksgiving. Before you make assumptions this was not supposed to be his tail… it was for his head/body.

Let’s just say it was a learning curve with all the stitches and somehow this happened. After a lot of laughing, a smidge of anger, I took a deep breath and came to terms with the fact that yes I would rip out the project almost to the beginning but I would not give up until he was finished. I did not care if he looked perfect,. My main goal was to complete the patten with the expectation that he would resemble somewhat of a dinosaur. Did I make mistakes? Heck yeah. When trying something new enlist some help whether that be from a Youtube video, a book, or even a friend to help you navigate through it. Crochet is literally like another language with all the abbreviations it’s a bit overwhelming. I hope this made you laugh and encourages you to try something new this holiday season.

This is to help you see how truly large this Dino is plus Ben is just too cute not to include. He literally jumped onto the couch and posed like this. ha.

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.

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.

St. Patricks Day | DIY Stickers

 

It is a blister day in the neck of these woods, which is fun crafty weather. This specific design is perfect for celebrating St. Patricks Day for kids, adults, and even for the planner addicts, the possibilities are endless. With this tutorial you will learn the skills on how to make a custom sticker for any occasion too. This is a easy beginner project to make with your Cricut so head over to Design Space and follow along with me.