Easy DIY: Floral Monogram Puzzle Pieces

Hi everyone!

For the past three years, I’ve made monogram puzzle pieces for my sorority’s (Kappa Kappa Gamma) Big Little Reveal.  We welcome each new Little to the Lazy Daisy Family with a monogram puzzle piece that connects to their Big’s piece.

They’re super cute and pretty easy to make, so I thought I’d share them with you today!

IMG_5122Supplies:

  • Wooden Puzzle Pieces (Mine are from Hobby Lobby)
  • Wooden Letters
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paintbrushes (various sizes)
  • Tacky Glue
  • Pencil
  • Bowl

IMG_5124Acrylic Paint:

  • Martha Stewart Crafts
    • Scottish Highlands
    • Wedding Cake
    • Chamomile
  • Americana
    • Primary Blue

IMG_5126Start by using a bowl to trace a half circle on the puzzle pieces to create the center of the daisy.

IMG_5131After tracing the center, draw some flower petals.  Since the puzzle pieces are meant to connect, I like for my petals to overlap.

These two pieces are meant to connect to two other pieces that I made previously.  You can see a tiny sliver of my Little’s piece in the upper left hand corner of this photo.

IMG_5135Painting time!

I like to start with the yellow and then move on to the white.

I paint right over my pencil lines.  After a few coats, the pencil marks will no longer be visible.

IMG_5136Here are the pieces after the first two coats of paint.  As you can see, the pencil lines are still somewhat visible.

IMG_5177Add at least one more coat of white paint, which will bring you to three coats of white.

There should also be three or so coats of yellow paint on the centers.

IMG_5180While you wait for the flowers to dry, begin painting the wooden letters green.

These will also require three coats of paint.

IMG_5197Now it’s time to add the blue paint!

Americana is a much thinner paint than Martha Stewart, so more coats are necessary to achieve an even application.

I like to have a few Q-tips handy at this point.  Whenever I get blue paint on the white, I quickly lick a Q-tip and clean up the mess!

IMG_5201I ended up using three coats of blue to achieve an even application.

IMG_5204It’s very important to remember to paint the edges of each puzzle piece.

If the sides aren’t painted, the puzzle pieces will look unfinished.  Nobody wants that!!

IMG_5222Once the puzzle pieces are dry, begin preparing the wooden letters.

When gluing wood to wood, I like to apply Tacky Glue with a paintbrush.  I like to make sure that the items I’m gluing will not detach.

IMG_5232Once you glue on the letters, the puzzle pieces are complete!

I absolutely love the way these look!

In reality, both pieces with the letter J connect.  I took a square picture though, because I thought it would be cuter! 🙂

Happy Big Little and Happy Crafting!!!

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Swirly Twirly Design

Hi everyone!

I have more embroidery to share with you!

IMG_1035Supplies:

  • Stitched Blooms by Carina Envoldson-Harris (get it here)
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Fabric
  • Sharpie
  • Pencil

IMG_1040DMC Floss Colors:

  • 158 – dark blue
  • 162 – light blue
  • 164 – light green
  • 600 – pink
  • 605 – light pink
  • 744 – yellow
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Design courtesy of Stitched Blooms

This is the motif we will be using.

IMG_1045Print out the motif and trace it with your Sharpie.

IMG_1047Trace the motif onto your fabric.

IMG_1053Start with the green thread and Back Stitch the leaves.

IMG_1055 IMG_1058 IMG_1060Once the leaves are done, we’ll move on to the yellow portions.

IMG_1065Back Stitch the “stems.”

IMG_1070Add in some Lazy Daisies.

IMG_1073 IMG_1076Repeat!

IMG_1079Use the dark pink thread and the Stem/Outline Stitch for the swirly portions.

IMG_1085 IMG_1092It’s starting to look so cute!

IMG_1095Use the light blue thread to Back Stitch the little paisleys.

IMG_1099 IMG_1100Once the paisleys are stitched, separate your six strand thread into two strands of three.

IMG_1106Use one of the strands of three and Straight Stitch the lines inside the paisleys.

IMG_1110 IMG_1114Once the light blue is done, we’re going to move on to the dark blue.

IMG_1118Use a Lazy Daisy for the large teardrop.

Be sure not to pull your thread too tight.  You want to maintain as much of the teardrop shape as possible.

IMG_1120Use the Back Stitch for both crescents.

IMG_1126Once the crescents are stitched, separate your thread into two strands of three like we did earlier with the light blue thread.

IMG_1128Use the Scallop Stitch for the inside portion of the crescents.

IMG_1132 For a finishing touch, we’ll add a few light pink stars.  Take your pink thread and split it into two strands of three.

IMG_1134Use the Star Stitch to make little stars.

IMG_1139Once the stars are stitched, our project is complete!

IMG_1147So cute and playful!

Happy Crafting!!

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Spring Strawberries

Hi everyone!

I have another quick and easy embroidery project for you!

IMG_8719Supplies:

  • Doddle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (Get it here!)
  • Embroidery hoop (4 inch)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Fabric (I used gingham)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie

IMG_8722DMC Floss Colors:

  • 321 – red
  • 700 – green
  • 727 – light yellow
  • 3840 – light blue
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Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

This is the strawberry motif we will be using.

IMG_8697Print out the motif and trace over it with your Sharpie.

Then, trace the motif on to your fabric.

IMG_8723We’re going to start by stitching all of the red parts.

This entire project is created by using the Back Stitch.

IMG_8725If you’d like, you can use Lazy Daisies instead of the Back/Straight Stitch for the seeds.

I tried Lazy Daisies first, but they were too big and made the berry look cluttered.

IMG_8728If you don’t like the seed placement in the original design, you can always move them around or add a few more!

IMG_8730Use your light yellow thread to stitch the center of the flower.

If you’re comfortable with the Satin Stitch, you could use that instead of the Back Stitch.

IMG_8731Use the light blue thread for the flowers.

The design shows the petals as a little squared off.  I liked the look, so I tried to emulate it as much as possible!  One petal turned out rounded, but oh well!  I’m all about adding character to my pieces! 😉

IMG_8734Now, on to the green!

Since the majority of the green areas are straight lines, I made my stitches a little bit longer than usual.

IMG_8737I tried my best to define the points on the leaf.  Some of the points did end up muddled though.

The easiest way to define the points is to only use one stitch for each side of the point.  Does that make sense?

IMG_8738I think I did the best on the middle leaf!

IMG_8751If you are comfortable with the Stem Stitch, you can use that instead of the Back Stitch.

IMG_8753Once you’ve stitched the vine, your berries are complete!

IMG_8757I think this is possibly the berry cutest project I’ve ever made! 🙂

Happy Crafting!

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Floral Rain Boots

Hi everyone!

Here is the tutorial for the other project I made while stranded in the airport!

If you missed my first project, you can find it here!

IMG_8675Supplies:

  • Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (Get it here!)
  • Embroidery hoop (4 inch)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Sharpie
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Fabric (I used gingham)

IMG_8677DMC Floss Colors:

  • 602 – pink
  • 703 – green
  • 722 – orange
  • 798 – blue
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Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

This is the design we’ll be using from the Doodle Stitching book.

IMG_8671I like to start by printing my design and then tracing over it with a Sharpie.  My tracing got a little wonky on the right boot! 🙂

The Sharpie makes it so much easier to see the design while tracing it onto your fabric.

IMG_8672Trace the image onto your fabric and then hoop your fabric.

IMG_8679We’re going to start by stitching the upper portion of the boots in pink.

The body of the boots are made with the Back Stitch and the little loops at the top are made with Lazy Daisies.

IMG_8681Use your orange thread to stitch the soles.

IMG_8684I had some issues with my second sole.  My pencil line wasn’t quite dark enough and the airport had weird lighting, so I ended up having to guess where the stitches were supposed to be!

IMG_8687If you’re comfortable with it, feel free to use the Stem Stitch for this part!

IMG_8689I know it’s hard to see, but I used the Satin Stitch for the center of the flower.

You can either use Lazy Daisies or the Back Stitch for the petals.  Whatever floats your boat!

IMG_8693I was on the airplane at this point, so my lighting got even weirder! Oh well!

I was able to finish my project without too many issues!

IMG_8713Our rain boots are complete, and we’re all ready for some spring showers!

Happy Crafting!!
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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Floral Umbrella

Hi everyone!

I just got back to school from my spring break vacation.  While away, I made a few really cute projects!

This little project and another one I’ll post later in the week, were made while my little, Jessica, and I were delayed in the airport for four hours! Four hours!!! IMG_8649Supplies:

  • Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (Get a copy here!)
  • Embroidery hoop (4 inch)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie
  • Fabric (I used blue gingham)
  • Scissors

IMG_8650DMC Floss Colors:

  • 151 – light pink
  • 603 – medium pink
  • 703 – green
  • 727 – yellow
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Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

This is the umbrella pattern we will be following!

It’s so cute and perfect for spring! IMG_8640I like to start by printing out the design and tracing over it with a Sharpie.

The Sharpie makes the lines so much easier to see while you’re tracing! IMG_8644Trace your image onto the fabric. IMG_8646Hoop your fabric.

It’s okay if the image is a little off center.  You can always go back and fix that later! IMG_8652We’re going to start with the light pink thread and Back Stitch the handle and top of the umbrella. IMG_8655Use the medium pink to stitch the dome of the umbrella. IMG_8658Stitch the curved handle as well.

I don’t know why the handle is so fat on one side.  That’s the way the design shows it though, so I just went with it! IMG_8661Continue stitching the upper portion of the umbrella.

If you don’t want to add the floral embellishment, you can stop here. The umbrella is adorable with or without the flower! IMG_8665Use the green thread to stitch the stem.

I used the Back Stitch instead of the Stem Stitch for this part because I still haven’t mastered the Stem Stitch.  Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t! 🙁 IMG_8667Use the Satin Stitch for the center of the flower.

The Satin Stitch is another stitch that I need a little bit more practice with! Maybe I’ll start making some projects exclusively with the Satin Stitch!  That should definitely help me learn it! IMG_8669Depending on how large your petals are, you can use either Lazy Daisies or the Back Stitch.

I went with the Back Stitch because my petals were a little larger. IMG_8716Once the flower is complete, our project is done!

That was so quick and easy!

I love the way this one turned out!

Happy Crafting!! Bow signature pink

DIY Hand Embroidery – Owl Always Love You

Hi everyone!

I’ve been practicing my hand embroidery, and I have a fun project to show you!

IMG_7561Supplies:

  • Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond by Aimee Ray (You can find it here!)
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Fabric (I used muslin from the clearance section)
  • Pencil

IMG_7565DMC floss colors:

  • 498 – Pink
  • 727 – Yellow
  • 798 – Blue
  • 799 – Light Blue
  • 823 – Navy
  • B5200 – White

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This is the design idea I’ll be working off of.

You’ll notice that I chose to do mine differently in some areas!  You should experiment with yours as well and see all the fun designs that you can come up with!

IMG_7453We’re going to start the project by hooping our fabric.

IMG_7458With the blue thread, Back Stitch a wing shape.

If you’re nervous about winging it (no pun intended!), you can draw a wing shape or trace the entire design onto your fabric before you begin stitching.

IMG_7462With our light blue thread, we’re going to begin stitching the head and the ears.

IMG_7467Continue stitching around the wing to form the remainder of the body.

IMG_7470When you get close to the “tail” of the bird, make sure the owl body lines up on the top and the bottom of the wing.

IMG_7475Now we’re going to make little circles for the eyes.

Use tiny stitches to make the circles.  The smaller the stitch, the more control you have over the shape of whatever you’re trying to make!

IMG_7479My second circle turned out WAY better than my first.

That just goes to show that practice makes perfect!

IMG_7492Use the yellow thread to create three, little feathers with the Lazy Daisy stitch.

IMG_7496Add more detail to the wing with three Straight Stitches below the Lazy Daisy feathers.

IMG_7502Continue using the yellow thread to create little V’s along the chest of our bird.

The V’s are made with the Back Stitch.  Almost every stitch in this tutorial is the Back Stitch.

IMG_7504Continue to add the V’s.

Once the V’s are complete, we’re going to move on from the bird.  We will come back to him later and finish up his eyes and beak.

IMG_7505Now, we’re going to start adding teardrop, feather shapes all around our owl.

IMG_7508Each teardrop is made with the Back Stitch.

IMG_7515Be sure to mix up your thread colors and the placement of the teardrops!

IMG_7518If you don’t like what you’ve stitched, use the blunt end of your needle to remove the stitches.  Once the unwanted stitches have been removed, smooth out your fabric (this usually eliminates the needle holes) and stitch it again!

IMG_7519Experiment with the size and shape of your teardrops!

IMG_7522I tried to distribute my thread colors evenly across the piece.

IMG_7526Now that I’m done with the teardrops, I’m going to start adding other accents!

IMG_7528I decided to add some circles and French Knots!

All of my French Knots are double wrapped.

IMG_7533More French Knots!

IMG_7539Now we’re going to go back to our owl!

With the navy thread, use two Back Stitches to create a slightly curved line for the eyes.

Use the pink thread to stitch the beak.  Make the beak with a few Straight Stitches or the Satin Stitch.

IMG_7541Use your pencil to draw out your words.

Be careful about writing too darkly.  If you mess up, it can be hard to erase if the lead is too dark.

Once the words are drawn, use the Back Stitch to complete the project!

IMG_7548Here’s a close-up of my first two words.

IMG_7555Once you finish stitching the words, our project is complete!!

IMG_7849I’m really pleased with how this little guy turned out!

He’s super cute and perfect for a gift! 🙂

Happy Crafting!!!!

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