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

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.

DIY Gift Wrapping Ideas |Christmas

Christmas is right around the corner! It is time to wrap all those gifts stashed in the closet. If you have not finished your shopping already, get to it. ha. Every year I try to be a little more artsy with my wrapping. Normally I end up drawing on a couple of brown paper packages which is why this year I wanted to change it up.

DIY Shark Costume & Makeup Tutorial

EEEP! Today I have exciting news, the first official Halloween costume of the season in a d.i.y. To make things easier your girl made a youtube video to guide you step by step to making this sassy beast costume. This was actually my costume last year for Halloween, however, with the Meg movie that came out this year plus sharks being my favorite animal I could not resist sharing it.

Pumpkin Painting | Tips & Tricks

Searching for the perfect pumpkin is the first step. Last week when I roamed the rows of a pumpkin patch farm searching well, mostly low for the right shape and colored pumpkin, I thought painting real pumpkins would be cake. Alright so this pumpkin is a bit slick nothing a couple of coats of paint cannot handle… wrong. This pumpkin experience was a nightmare.