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 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 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

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IKEA Picture Ledge Hack

I love how this shelf turned out! I took the popular Mosslanda photo ledge from IKEA and hung a piece of driftwood from it. It is perfect for hanging plants.

This is so easy to make, anyone can make it! Two drill holes and a few knots later, you will have yourself a beautiful hanging plant display!

You will need:

Instructions:

1. Drill two holes into the bottom of the photo ledge. I positioned the holes under the wall screws.

2. Thread rope through drilled hole and secure with double knot.

3. Tie rope around driftwood.

This shelf is located in my basement landing at the base of the stairs. As there is not much natural light, I used artificial plants from IKEA. The links to these are below.

My favourite IKEA artificial plants:

The hanging planters are a DIY I made from recycled Pine-Sol bottles! Check out my tutorial for instructions on how to make these cute hanging planters.

DIY Hanging Planter from Pine-Sol Bottle

If you try this tutorial I would love to see it! You can tag me on Instagram @handmadejoydesigns #handmadejoyblog

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Upcycle an Old Shirt – See what I made!

Want to see some upcycle magic? See how I upcycled an old shirt into three new items. I loved the fabric and details of this shirt, but not the fit. I never wore it but didn’t want to get rid of it because I loved the colour and design so much. I started cutting and made three items from it that now get lots of use!

When you love the colour and fabric of a clothing item but not the fit, upcycling is the answer!

UPCYCLE

reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original.

Here is what I made from this ONE shirt:

1. Scrunchies

I used the bottom hem of the shirt to make scrunchies. I was able to make 2 scrunchies from the hem of this one shirt. I love the trim detail and used that as the outside edge of the scrunchie.

Here is my Favourite scrunchie tutorial from Martha Stewart.

2. Face Mask

To make this simple mask:

  1. Cut out 2 – 6 x 9 inch rectangles
  2. Sew right sides together leaving a 1 inch opening.
  3. Turn right side out and stitch closed.
  4. Fold sides and sew to create channel for elastic loops.
  5. Insert elastic and tie knot to from loop.

3. Bowl Cover

I made a mixing bowl cover for my Kitchenaid Mixer bowl. This bowl cover gets a ton of use in my kitchen!

Here is a Mixing bowl cover tutorial from My Frugal Home.

What would you make out of an old shirt you no longer wear?

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DIY Hanging Planter Made from Recycled Bottle

DIY recycled hanging planter

Here is an easy DIY hanging planter you can make for nothing! All you need is an empty Pine-Sol bottle, spray paint and string.

I was about to throw my Pine-Sol bottle in the recycling when I noticed the pattern on the bottom and thought it might make a cute planter. I gave it a try and love how it turned out!

You will need:

  • Empty Pine-Sol bottle
  • Knife
  • Spray paint
  • String
Materials to make DOY hanging planter from Bottle

Instructions:

1. Using a knife, cut the bottle off about 3.5 inches from the bottom.

2. Make 2 holes on one side and 2 holes on the other side equally spaced.

Cut holes into bottle to hang your DIY planter

3. Spray paint

Spray paint bottle

4. Thread string through two holes on side. Thread another 24 inch string through the two holes on the other side.

Insert string into DIY hanging PLanter
DIY hanging planter from recycled Pine-Sol bottle

5. Tie a loop at the top using all 4 strings.

I would love to see your DIY hanging planter! Tag me on Instagram @handmadejoydesigns #handmadejoyblog

DIY hanging planter from recycled bottle

Check out my DIY plant stand tutorial

Valentine Pennant Flags

Pennant flags are a great way to decorate for Valentines Day. These cute printable pennants are so easy to make and you can embellish them however you want. I am sharing a few ideas for how you can use them this Valentines Day.

These Printable Valentine Pennant Flags could not be easier to put together. Simply print out on cardstock, cut out and glue to dowel or paper straw. You can leave them as is, or add ribbons or pom poms.

Pennant Flags are a cute addition to any Valentine’s Day Gift. You can stick it in a gift bag or add it to a gift basket.

They also look great in a plant. This is a perfect Valentine’s gift for your child’s teacher!

Candy Wrapper Zippered Pouch Tutorial

Being stuck at home these last few months has given me lots of time to craft with my kids. I have enjoyed having the time to teach them to sew. This is a project they loved. It is a fun and easy beginner sewing project! My oldest, 13 & 10, made them by themselves. My six year old did the cutting and contact paper and then I helped him sew it together.

Yes you can sew plastic with a sewing machine! My kids were completely amazed by this! It will dull your needle, so remember to replace your needle after this project.

You will need :

– candy wrapper

– clear contact paper

– zipper

Cut your candy wrapper at the sides and bottom so you have a front and back for your zippered pouch. Then apply clear contact paper to the front of both pieces.

Next place your wrapper facing down and sew along one side of the zipper.

Place other side of wrapper facing down and sew along other side of zipper.

NOW UNZIP YOUR ZIPPER HALF WAY (don’t skip this step!) so you can turn it right side out after the next step!! Sew along the sides and bottom of your pouch.

Turn it right side out and you now have a zipped pouch! Perfect to use as a pencil pouch or whatever you want. It is a great DIY gift idea for kids to make for their friends too.