DIY Ribbon Memory Board Tutorial

Hi everyone!

I’ve been a busy little bee and have a few crafts to share with you!

I made three ribbon boards while on my little crafting binge!

IMG_0136Once my ribbon boards are complete, I’m going to hang them in a collage type of arrangement on my bedroom wall.

My bedroom is pink, green, and navy blue, so I picked fabrics that would complement my color palette!

IMG_0132The white fabric I chose has a subtle paisley pattern to it.  So cute!

IMG_0125Here are the supplies for my pink gingham board.

DMC floss color: B5200 – white

I couldn’t decide what width ribbon I wanted to use.

IMG_0208I eventually decided on the 3/8 inch ribbon.

IMG_0131Here are the supplies for my white ribbon board.

DMC floss color: 3840 – light blue

IMG_0281Half way through the project I changed my mind on what color and width ribbon I wanted to use.

I finally decided on a 3/8 inch cornflower blue ribbon.

IMG_0121Here are the supplies for my blue, floral pattern board.

DMC floss color: 151 – light pink

IMG_0175I decided on 3/8 inch ribbon for this board too.

IMG_0111Supplies:

  • Canvas (2 – 11 inch x 14 inch, 1 – 12 inch x 24 inch)
  • Buttons (7 for the smaller boards and 11 for the large board)
  • Fabric
  • Batting
  • Ribbon (3/8 inch)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Scotch tape
  • Staple gun
  • Needle
  • Scissors

IMG_0138First, iron your fabric.

I have a steam iron, so I let my fabric dry while I prepped my board for its fabric.

Next, cut two rectangles of batting to the size of the canvas. IMG_0141Using the staple gun, staple the batting down in each corner of the canvas. IMG_0143Use little batting scraps to cover up the staples. IMG_0149Lay your fabric face-side down and place the canvas (upside down) on top. IMG_0152Wrap the fabric around the edge and staple the fabric to the back. IMG_0155Pull the fabric taut over the canvas and staple on the other side. IMG_0157When doing the sides, pull taut and fold the fabric like you’re wrapping a present before stapling it to the back of the canvas. IMG_0163Repeat on the other side.

I trimmed my fabric after taking this picture.  If yours looks like mine, you might want to do the same! IMG_0167When you turn your canvas over, this is what it should look like.

Now comes the frustrating part! IMG_0177Cut your ribbon and lay it out in a design similar to this. IMG_0180Use Scotch tape to tack down the ribbons where they intersect.

The next step involves flipping the board over, so you want the tape to hold the ribbons in place. IMG_0187Use the staple gun to staple the ribbons in place.

When stapling, pull the ribbons taut and at an angle, so they smoothly fold over the edge of the canvas.  Does that make sense? IMG_0197Use embroidery floss to sew on the buttons.

You want to create tufts, so make sure you pull the thread really tight. IMG_0198The first five buttons are the easiest!

The other two are much more difficult because the wooden part of the canvas is in the way.

If you have patience, you can still sew on the buttons like I did. Simply pull the canvas away from the wooden backing and sew underneath.

If you lack patience, you can just hot glue those buttons in place. IMG_0304Once your buttons are in place, the project is done!  IMG_0301The pink gingham board turned out so cute! IMG_0307My finished white and blue board! IMG_0310All three boards!

I absolutely love how these turned out!

I can’t wait to hang them up on my wall!

Happy crafting!! Bow signature pink

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Ice Cream Cone

Hi everyone!

I have a sweet, summery project to share with you!

IMG_0224Supplies:

  • Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (get it here!)
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric (I used gingham from Hobby Lobby)
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Sharpie
  • Pencil

IMG_0225DMC Floss Colors:

  • 210 – purple
  • 744 – yellow
  • 893 – pink
  • 964 – blue
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Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

This is the motif we will be using.

IMG_0236Print out the motif, and trace it with your Sharpie.

In the beginning, I wasn’t going to stitch the cherry.  Later on, I decided I wanted it, so I added it in.  It’s up to you!

IMG_0239Using your pencil, trace the design onto your fabric.

IMG_0241We’re going to start with our yellow thread and Back Stitch the cone.

IMG_0246Since our design is so small, I decided to use smaller stitches.

IMG_0249If I ever stitch this design again, I’m going to make the stitches intersect instead of overlap on the body of the cone.  I’m not a fan of how jumbled this looks.IMG_0250Now, we stitch the ice cream!

IMG_0253You can switch the ice cream colors if you’d like!

Two of the same colored scoops would look adorable, or you could add an extra scoop or two!

IMG_0256We’re going to Satin Stitch the cherry, but first, we need to Back Stitch the outline.

IMG_0260Now, Satin Stitch over your outline.

My cherry ended up more of an oval than a circle.  Whoopsie!

IMG_0262Add a little, curved stem to the cherry.

IMG_0269Our ice cream cone is complete!

Isn’t it adorable?!

A perfect summer craft!

Happy Crafting!!

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DIY Personalized, Polka Dot Canvas

Hi guys!

Several months ago, I made personalized canvases for both of my grandlittles! (I’m getting so old!)

Today, I’m going to show you how you can make one too! DSCN3603Supplies:

  • Canvas (I believe mine are 5″ by 7″)
  • Paint brushes (One big and one small)
  • Round, foam stamp brush
  • Gold Sharpie
  • Paint
  • Pencil

DSCN3614Here’s a close-up of the brushes I used. DSCN3608Martha Stewart Crafts Acrylic Paint:

  • Wedding Cake – High Gloss
  • Greek Tile – Satin
  • Gold – Metallic

I apologize for the blurry picture!

DSCN3064Start by painting your canvas(es).

I always like to give mine at least 2 or 3 coats of paint.

DSCN3069Use the foam stamp brush to add gold dots randomly on the canvas.

The stamp brush isn’t perfect.  It’s easier and will end up looking cleaner if you only use a small amount of paint on the stamp brush.  After stamping, you’ll have to fill in the circle with your small paint brush.

DSCN3078Now, add white dots on top.

Since we’ll be writing names in the middle of our canvases, try to avoid putting the dots there.

DSCN3086You’ll have to give the dots several coats of paint to make sure that they are opaque.

Only use the stamp brush for the initial dot.  Use your paint brush for the subsequent coats of paint.

DSCN3100Before writing the names on your canvas(es), practice on some paper!

DSCN3089First, I wrote the names in pencil.  Then, I traced them with the gold sharpie.

After writing the names, our project is complete!

DSCN3098So quick, so easy, and very Kate Spade! 😉

Happy Crafting!!

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