$5 DIY! Personalize Stockings with a Simple Embroidery Stitch

Photo: Holly Wade

If there's one thing that I think needs to be personalized for everyone in the family, it's Christmas stockings! Come Christmas morning and everyone is swapping stockings, it's the perfect way to organize whose stocking belongs to whom (and to make sure that Santa doesn't get confused, of course). With this simple embroidery stitch, it's easy to personalize stockings for only $5! Whether you're sewing your own Christmas stockings or buying your favorite color at Target, the personalized embroidery makes them elegant but cute for everyone in your house! Continue Reading

Learn How to Use Punch Needle Embroidery to Make DIY Art

Learn How to Use Punch Needle Embroidery to Make DIY Art
Photo:  Faith Towers Provencher

If you love crafting (and I'm guessing you do, if you're looking at Curbly right now!) then perhaps you've heard of an embroidery tool called a punch needle. I hadn't heard of it until recently, but I'm now a convert. It produces a raised texture using small loops, and it goes quite quickly thanks to the ingenious design of the needle. Today I'm sharing what I've learned about punch needle embroidery so you can get started with this fun needle art process!    Continue Reading

Customize Your Beanie Hat in Under 20 Minutes

How to add quick detail to a beanie cap with embroidery

I was in high school when I was first drawn to embroidering. I wasn't inspired by traditional embroidering, like a well-phrased cross-stitch pattern or a picturesque embroidered landscape. It was doodling with thread that got me hooked. I started by stitching random shapes and designs into my favorite pair of jeans, adding new accents at random. But, I stitched them in a way that only made me happy. By that I mean, if I looked down at my pants, all the shapes were right-side up. Continue Reading

Make an Embroidered Scarf for Fall

I can feel the fall weather approaching, which means it's almost time for scarves, blankets and all things pumpkin spiced! Rather than buying new clothing I don't need this season, I've been looking for ways to revamp the clothes I already have to make them feel like new. I've had a light green scarf for years, and it turned out to be the perfect piece for making this DIY embroidered scarf with a hand-drawn wind pattern along the edges.  Continue Reading

DIY This: How To Make Super Sweet Ice Cream Patches

DIY custom patches with a sweet twist - they're all about ice cream!

I scream, you scream, what’s the deal with all this screaming? July is National Ice Cream month, which is just perfect because the temperatures keep rising. A hot day is the perfect excuse for an icy scoop or two. To celebrate my love for all things tasty and sweet, I’m wearing my heart on my sleeve. Or rather, I’m wearing it on my denim vest. Here are three ways to create custom patches, all of which are ice cream themed.   Continue Reading

Make Quick, Easy Embroidered Wall Art With This Secret Weapon: The Punch Needle!

How to embroidery easy wall art using our new favorite tool!

I've been crafting for a fairly long time (I won't say how long because I don't want to date myself). In all my years of making stuff I can't believe it took me this long to discover the embroidery tool I'm using to create this easy wall art. I first stumbled across this technique on social media. Someone had posted a “Work in Progress” video, and they were causally punching away at some fabric, creating embroidered lines at breakneck speed. Continue Reading

How To: Make a Colorful String-Wrapped Branch Wreath!

created at: 11/23/2011

Simple, easy, and a bit like a friendship bracelet for your door, this DIY branch wreath from Duo Fiberworks is my new favorite thing.  Ye Olde Twig Wreath just got an awesome and colorful update, y’all!     

All you need is an assortment of embroidery floss in your favorite colors and a wreath (they made this one from grapevines but I’ve seen similar ones in craft stores).  Check out the full how-to right here.

created at: 11/23/2011

Meanwhile, let’s talk color.   Continue Reading

Make It: Summer-Worthy Citrus Coasters!

created at: 06/27/2011

Nothing says ‘summer’ more than a giant glass of ice-cold lemonade!  Capture that feeling now (and all year) with these citrus-inspired felt coasters!  

The always clever, always crafty folks at The Purl Bee (Remember these pretty napkins? Or those charming Easter egg totes?) came up with this cute and easy DIY coaster project that will have you dreaming of summer even in the throes of winter!  To get started, gather your supplies:

  • 5 8×12″ sheets of various citrus colored felt
  • 2-3 8×12″ sheets of white felt
  • embroidery thread to match your felt
  • scissors
  • citrus coaster template (available for free download from The Purl Bee)

Once you’re ready to get crafty with some coasters, head on over to The Purl Bee to download the free template and see step-by-step instructions! Continue Reading

Ultimate Thanksgiving: Seriously Awesome Centerpiece Ideas

created at: 11/05/2010

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love the food, the people, the chill in the air, the song “Over the River and Through the Woods“, and the sentiment. There are few things more wonderful than gathering around a table to share a meal with your favorite people in the world. 

Because the dining room table is a focal point for the holiday, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to dress it up. Below is a collection of inspirations for the celebration.  Continue Reading

Secondhand Chic: Turning a Backgammon Game into the Most Awesome Pencil Box Ever.

created at: 04/14/2010

So one of the five projects I contributed to Make It! Secondhand Chic is an embroidered boxes how-to, which includes two of my original embroidery patterns. I purchased the wooden 7 1/2″ x 11 3/4″ backgammon set pictured above to include in the tutorial, but my idea of turning it into a pencil box didn’t really fall into the how-to’s category, which was ‘The Bathroom’, unless, of course, you’re in the habit of sketching in the tub. Continue Reading