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

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

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?

Free Cricut Wall Art | Tutorial

Since many of us have a lot more time on our hands than normal what better way to spend it then having a crafty afternoon or two. Due to the pandemic Cricut has unleashed over 10,000 free cut files in Design Space for people to get inspired by, so… use them before you lose them. In the tutorial below you will learn how to make both the Pufferfish with Balloons and the Bee Kind wall artwork from Design Space to behind the glass. Figure out the key steps to transform any cut file into a piece of art.

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.

Cricut Stickers | Tutorial & Tips

Before I even received a Cricut machine all I wanted to do was create pretty, unique stickers for my planner. People who say they are too old for stickers I will never quite understand. Anyway, everyone made it look so easy on their tutorials so I thought it would be just as smooth for me. I watched multiple tutorials and thought I was overly prepared to say the least. After spending weeks creating designs for my first stickers the machine showed me who was really in charge. So, you want to make stickers?

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