DIY Patches for Trucker Hats

I’m going to show you how to make DIY patches you can use to make trendy trucker hats. This tutorial will show you step-by-step how I made faux patches out of heat transfer vinyl.

I love the patch trucker hats that are trending right now. I wanted to make some with my boys they had some requests for patches. I decided to try making my own patches with HTV and love how they turned out!

Supplies:

I designed some SVG files with a border to look like embroidered patches. The Border around the design really gives it the patch look. You can find my designs for sale in my Etsy Shop.

Instructions:

  1. Cut out your design on HTV (around 3 inches is a good size for iron on patches)
  2. Iron the design onto your fabric.
  3. Iron Heat n Bond Adhesive onto back of fabric. Leave the paper backing on.
  4. Cut around the outline of your patch
  5. Peel the paper off the backing and your patch is done!
Iron HTV onto your fabric
Cut out Heat n Bond adhesive and iron on to back of fabric.
Cut out design

Peel paper backing off

Now you have an iron on patch!

We mixed our DIY patches with some patches I bought on Amazon. The hats turned out so cute! The kids loved them. Perfect summer craft activity for kids!

Trucker hat with patches

I hope you enjoy making some faux patches with this tutorial. I would love to see what you make! Tag me on Instagram @handmadejoydesigns #handmadejoyblog

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DIY patches for trucker hats

Free Printable Basketball Coach Card

Basketball coach gift idea

The school year is wrapping up and that means sports are wrapping up for the year too! I have a free printable Basketball Coach card for you to download. Volunteer coaches are amazing! I am always so thankful for the people who step up to invest their time into coaching my kids’ teams. I always try to give the coaches a thank you gift of some kind. I have gifted many things over the years – clipboards, coach hoodies, mugs, etc. Gift cards are nice when you have given all of the above before or you just don’t know what to give them!

This is a great last minute basketball coach gift. Attach a gift card to the printable card and you have the perfect thank you gift for your child’s basketball coach.

Download the PDF file below and print on white cardstock. There two cards per page, perfect for coach and assistant coach gifts! Attach a gift card and have your child sign it with their name and number in the space provided.

Download The Free Printable Basketball Coach card HERE

Basketball Coach Gift Card Ideas

Free Printable Basketball Coach Card

What are your go to coach gift ideas?

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End of School year Gift Ideas

It’s almost the end of the school year! Time to start thinking about end of school year gifts! Below I have put together some end of school year gift ideas for you. These inexpensive gifts are affordable, fun, and will be loved by students and teachers alike!

end of school gift ideas for students and classmates

I have included links to purchase the gifts and well as links to the printable gift tags that go with them! I love a cute printable tag! So simple to print, cut and add to the gift.

Croc Charms – End of School gift idea

Croc charms are so popular right now and they are so affordable on Amazon. You can purchase a bulk assortment of croc charms for a good price. These are the perfect summer for gift for kids of all ages and also great for teachers too. Crocs are popular for all ages right now!

croc charms on cards with summer theme

Vikeney 30 Pcs Summer Beach Shoe Charms Fit for Croc Clog Sandals Accessories

50,100 PCS Non-Repeat Shoe Charms, Shoe Decoration Party Gifts for Boys Girls Kids Women

These printable Croc Cards are so cute and perfect for gifting croc charms. Simply use an exacto knife to cut a small cross in the card and attach the croc charm. So easy and so cute!

Printable Croc Card, Gift Tag

Croc charm end of school gift idea

Straw Covers – End of School Gift Idea

Stanley cups are so popular right now! There are so many cute accessories for them. Straw covers come in all sorts of cute designs and work on most reusable straws. These are a great year end gift idea for students, classmates, teachers, and friends! You can buy them in bulk packs on Amazon, the choices are endless, and the prices are super affordable!

Cute Simple Modern Reusable Silicone Straw Toppers (Mixed Style)

Silicone Cowboy Hat Straw Covers

end of school gift with printable tag for  stanley cup straw tag

These printable Stanley Cup Cards are the perfect way to gift straw covers. Simply punch a hole in the card and tie on the straw cover with ribbon or string. An easy, cute gift that will be well loved and used over the summer!

Stanley cup gift tag, end of school favor tag

confettis surrounds summer gift tag

Teacher Gift Ideas

TEACHER GIFT IDEAS YOU CAN MAKE WITH YOUR CRICUT

MUSIC TEACHER GIFT – FREE CUT FILE

FREE TEACHER SVG – TEACHERS ARE MAGIC!

FREE TEACHER SVG – TOP TEACHER

Happy Almost Summer holidays (no more packing lunches for 2 months)!

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Easter Basket Sewing Pattern and Tutorial

Easter Basket Sewing Pattern and Tutorial

Easter basket free sewing pattern
Fabric Easter Basket

I have an Easter basket sewing pattern and tutorial for you just in time for Easter! These cute fabric bunny baskets are a fun, easy sewing project to make this Easter. Fill it with Easter treats, books, and gifts for the perfect Easter Gift for the littles in your life.

This Free Easter basket sewing pattern is suitable for even those new to sewing. It is also a great project for kids who could sew it with minimal help. Even the smallest sewists could help you make the pom pom!

fabric easter basket free pattern

Personalize your easter basket with fabric ears to match your child’s personality, Easter outfits, or your Easter decor!

Materials Needed:

  • canvas fabric
  • accent fabric for ears
  • yarn to make pom pom
  • Pattern (see link at bottom of this post)

NOTE: I used cotton canvas fabric to make these. My favourite canvas fabric is painters drop cloths! I buy the natural drop cloths like this one from Walmart. You end up with lots of great canvas material perfect for sewing!

SEWING INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Cut out all of your fabric pieces.

Easter basket sewing tutorial

2. Sew the ear pieces (one canvas, one accent fabric) right sides together. Turn right side out and top stitch leaving the bottom unsewn.

Floral fabric bunny ear pieces

3. Fold the sides towards the centre, pin in place and then baste in place.

Fabric bunny Ears with floral accent fabric
Bunny Ears

4. Fold each side piece so the short sides meet and sew along short sides. Repeat for the other side piece.

5. Fold Handle Fabric in half lengthwise and sew along length. Turn right side out and sew along both sides along length of handle.

diy easter basket handle

6. Position one side piece inside the other right sides facing. Sandwich ears in between side layers at front of basket (opposite the back seam) and pin in place. Sandwich the handle on sides of basket, pin in place.

7. Sew around top of basket, making sure to sew through all layers. Turn right side out.

DIY fabric easter basket

8. Pin backet bottom to side of basket with right sides facing. Sew all the way around.

Easter basket sewing pattern

9. Make pom pom and then hand sew it onto the back of the basket.

handmade pom pom bunny tail

DIY Pom Pom

Making your own pom poms is easy! Here is a link to a great video tutorial by Sheep & Stitch

Use whatever yarn you have at home and you can wrap the yarn around cardboard, or whatever you find at home that works.

handmade fabric bunny basket with pom pom tail

Click on the image below to download the Bunny Basket Pattern

Fabric bunny basket free pattern

No Handle Option

You can also make it without the handle and you end up with a cute bunny storage basket!

Easter Basket diy

If you make a bunny basket I would love to see it! Tag me on Instagram @handmadejoydesigns #handmadejoyblog

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fabric bunny basket with floral ears

Free Gift Card Holder Printable

I’ve created a cute printable perfect for coffee lovers! This free gift card holder printable is a fun way to gift a coffee gift card. Coffee gift cards are a great gift idea for teachers, bus drivers, babysitters, or co-workers!

This easy DIY comes together in minutes! Simply download, cut, and glue.

Instructions:

  • Print free PDF on white card stock (click link at the bottom of this post)
  • Cut out card and rectangle
  • Using an exacto knife, cut a slit along top of cup
  • Glue along 3 sides of rectangle (leaving too open) and position behind card to create pocket

Using an exacto knife, cut a slit along top of the cup as shown above.

Glue along 3 sides of rectangle (leaving too open) and position behind card to create pocket as pictured above.

That’s it! Now just tuck in a gift card from your favourite coffee shop and it is ready to gift!

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DIY Halloween Wand Tutorial- Witches Cauldron

DIY Halloween wands are perfect for Boo Baskets and make great Halloween Party Favors. They are very easy to make too! Below I have a detailed tutorial and have also shared a free pattern that you can download below.

felt Halloween wands

I bought all of the materials for these DIY Halloween wands at Dollar Tree, making it a very affordable project. You can personalize it by making them with in whatever colours you fancy! You can make them to match your Halloween decor or to match the colour scheme for your Halloween party.

DIY Halloween Wand Supplies:

  • Felt
  • Pom poms
  • Poly-fil / Fibre fill
  • Dowel/skewers
  • Rhinestones (optional)

DIY Halloween Wand Instructions:

1. Cut out Pattern pieces in felt.

2. Sew cauldron lid to the front of one of the cauldron pieces.

3. Sew cauldron pieces together leaving a 1 inch gap at the bottom.

4. Stuff with fibre-fill. Insert Dowel/skewer and sew opening shut.

5. Glue on Pom poms.

6. Tie ribbons at bottom of cauldron.

Handmade Halloween wand
DIY Halloween wand made out of felt

DOWNLOAD THE FREE PATTERN HERE

No-sew Option

You could also hot glue the cauldron pieces together rather than sewing it if you prefer.

Witches Cauldron Halloween Wand

Felt cauldron Halloween wand

Halloween wand Tutorial and free pattern. Make this cute witches cauldron wand for your little ones. Perfect addition to a Boo Basket or makes a great Halloween party favor.

Materials

  • Felt
  • poly-fil/fibre fill
  • pom poms
  • rhinestones (optional)
  • wooden dowel/skewer
  • ribbon

Instructions

  1. Cut out pattern pieces from felt. Free pattern download link below.
  2. Sew cauldron rim onto one of the cauldron pieces.
  3. Stitch cauldron pieces together leaving a 1 inch gap at the bottom to insert stuffing.
  4. Stuff with poly-fi/fibre filll. Insert dowel/skewer and sew opening shut.
  5. Glue on pom poms and rhinestones.
  6. Tie ribbon at base of cauldron.
Felt Halloween wand, grey cauldron with pink and purple pom poms

If you can’t make this right away, don’t forget to Pin it for later! You can check out my Pinterest boards for more DIY ideas.

I would love to see the DIY Halloween wands you create! You can tag me on Instagram @handmadejoydesigns #handmadejoyblog

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The Pioneer Woman has great ideas for Boo Baskets. Such a fun Halloween tradition for kids!

DIY Hocus Pocus Doll

I made these Hocus Pocus Dolls from Dollar Tree Socks! This is an easy beginner sewing project, perfect for kids or adults. Below I have a detailed tutorial and the free SVG files and printable template for the faces are available to download.

Using socks makes this is an affordable and easy DIY sewing project. This is a great project for kids, who can complete it with beginner sewing skills. I have included options for different sewing levels so this project can be adapted for even the youngest sewers. Have fun picking out your patterned socks, you can pick whatever colours and patterns you like!

DIY Hocus Pocus Doll Supplies:

  • 3 pairs white socks
  • 3 pairs patterned socks
  • Fibre-fill / poly-fil stuffing
  • Yarn for hair
  • Heat transfer vinyl / embroidery thread for eyes & mouth
  • 16×6 inch piece of tulle/fabric for cape
  • Ribbon

DIY Hocus Pocus Doll Instructions:

1. Cut white sock just below heel. This will be the head of your doll. Stuff and secure with elastic. You could also sew shut if you prefer.

2. Create your doll’s hair using yarn (see note below for link to detailed tutorial) Wrap yarn around a clipboard/piece of cardboard and cut along one side. Sew down the middle to secure yarn together.

3. Place hair on the head of your doll and sew to secure. Style your dolls hair and secure with elastics. For Winifred I styled her hair into two buns on the top of her head. For Mary’s hair, I put it in a high side ponytail then tied elastics up the length and wrapped some yarn around to make it stand up.

5. Cut patterned socks just below the heel. This will be the body of your dolls. Stuff with poly-fill.

6. Insert head into body and sew to secure.

7. Create your dolls face. You can use heat transfer vinyl with my SVG file as I did, or if you prefer you could embroider the face of your doll using my template. Link to download the SVG files and printable templates is below.

8. To create the cape: Sew a gathering stitch along the top of your 16×6 inch tulle piece. Pull thread to gather until it fits around your doll. Sew ribbon on top of gathering stitches.

DOWNLOAD THE SVG FILE & TEMPLATES FOR THE FACES HERE

Tips & Tricks:

Here is a link to a great yarn hair video tutorial by Pin Cut Sew Studio

Add some rice or dry beans to the bottom of the patterned sock before stuffing if you want the dolls to stand up.

Options for younger makers:

  • Allow them to be involved in all the non- sewing steps. They will love stuffing the head and body, can help wrap the yarn hair and may be able to tie the elastics.
  • Have them draw the face on their doll using sharpies or fabric markers.

Hocus Pocus Sock Dolls

Hocus Pocus Sock Dolls

Make your own Hocus Pocus dolls out of socks! Create your own Winifred, Sarah, and Mary Sanderson dolls.

Materials

  • 3 pairs white socks
  • 3 pairs patterned socks
  • Fibre-fill / poly-fil stuffing
  • Yarn for hair
  • Heat transfer vinyl / embroidery thread for eyes & mouth
  • 16x6 inch piece of tulle/fabric for cape
  • Ribbon

Instructions

    1. Cut white sock just below heel. This will be the head of your doll. Stuff and secure with elastic. You could also sew shut if you prefer.

    2. Create your doll’s hair using yarn (see note below for link to detailed tutorial) Wrap yarn around a clipboard/piece of cardboard and cut along one side. Sew down the middle with your sewing machine to secure yarn together.

    3. Place hair on the head of your doll and hand sew to secure. Style your dolls hair and secure with elastics. For Winifred I styled her hair in two buns on the top of her head. For Mary’s hair I put it in a high side ponytail then tied elastics up the length and wrapped some yarn around to make it stand up.

    5. Cut patterned socks just below the heel (this will be the body of your dolls). Stuff with poly-fill.

    6. Insert head into body and sew together.

    7. Create your dolls face. You can use heat transfer vinyl with my SVG file as I did, or if you prefer you could embroider the face of your doll using my template.

    8. To create the cape: Sew a gathering stitch along the top of your 16x6 inch tulle piece. Pull thread to gather until it fits around your doll. Sew ribbon on top of gathering stitches.

Notes

  • Pin Cut Studio has a great video tutorial on making yarn hair.

How to Make Yarn Hair for Rag Dolls || A Video Tutorial — Pin Cut Sew Studio

  • Add some rice or dry beans to the bottom of the patterned sock before stuffing if you want the dolls to stand up.

Options for younger makers:

  • Allow them to be involved in all the non- sewing steps. They will love stuffing the head and body, can help wrap the yarn hair and may be able to tie the elastics.
  • Have them draw the face on their doll using sharpies or fabric markers.


“Oh, look! Another glorious morning. Makes me sick!” — Winifred Sanderson

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Free Watercolour Bunny Easter Prints

Free Watercolour Bunny Easter Prints hung above kitchen hooks.

I have two free watercolour bunny prints for you! These cute prints are perfect for Easter or Spring decor. Simply print and hang. An inexpensive way to decorate your home this Spring!

Do you decorate for Easter? I like to add some Spring decor that doubles as Easter decor. I find that prints are the easiest way to change up the decor in your home. You can have frames you switch up with seasonal art or you can tack some prints up on the wall as I did with these watercolour bunny prints.

The free PDF printable is available to download below. These 8X10 prints look great hung together or individually. Print at home on white card stock or regular printer paper, or have it printed at your local copy shop.

Below is a link to my go-to cardstock from Walmart. Great price! I always have some on hand for printables and crafts.

Pen + Gear White Cardstock

Click the image Below to download the PDF prints.

Water Colour Bunny Click Here to Download PDF

Free Watercolour Bunny Easter Prints

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Free Teacher SVG – Teachers Are Magic!

Free teacher svg cut file

I am offering this free teacher SVG on the blog to celebrate the end of the school year. Teachers are Magic! I am so grateful to all the teachers in my children’s life. This cut file is perfect for making end of the year teacher gifts. Use this free SVG to make t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, or signs. Perfect gift idea for your favourite teachers.

Teachers Are Magic cut file on white t-shirt

You fill find the link to the free teacher SVG at the bottom of this post. Simply download the file and upload to y our Cricut or Silhouette software. You can customize any item to make a perfect gift for your child’s teachers.

teachers are magic svg on black sweater

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD THE CUT FILE

My Favourite blank t-shirts and sweatshirts:

free teacher svg cut file

More free Cut Files:

Free Teacher SVG – Top Teacher

Top Teacher svg on white shirt

I have a free teacher SVG for you! This Top Teacher cut file is perfect for Top Gun fans. Use this free SVG to make a gift for your favourite teacher.

Free Top Teacher SVG

You fill find the link to the free teacher SVG at the bottom of this post. Download the free SVG file and make t-shirts, tumblers, mugs for the Top Teachers in your life!

Tope Teacher diy teacher shirt

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD TOP TEACHER SVG FILE

Top Teacher free SVG on lined paper background

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