Mother’s Day is just around the corner so before you forget and then scramble for a last minute bunch of flowers, here’s a simple DIY gift that mom is sure to love. Start with a cute printable design of colorful daisies and print it directly on cotton fabric (yes, printable fabric sheets is really a thing and they are so cool!). Add some basic embroidery stitches to create a handmade, heartfelt gift for mom. This design looks cute displayed in a wood embroidery hoop but can also be framed or even made into a tiny pillow.
I used my Silhouette Cameo’s print and cut feature to save time and make a perfectly cut piece. Using a Silhouette makes this project so easy that I want to make these for my mom and all my mommy friends this Mother’s Day.
Download the print and cut file and open it up in Silhouette Studio. Load it into your inkjet printer so it will print on the fabric side. Print using high quality, or photo paper settings. Once printed, place the sheet onto the cutting mat. Make sure the registration marks are visible before printing, this is what tells the machine where to cut around the printed design.
Change the blade settings to printable cotton fabric in Silhouette Studio and adjust the blade depth to 3. Load the mat into your cutting machine and cut. Once printed, remove the paper backing and place the cut out circle inside the embroidery hoop. Tighten the metal clamp so the fabric is taught.
Using a simple under over stitch, embellish the printed design wherever you like. I started by following the lines inside the leaves and then the centers of each daisy. You can add as little or as much embroidery as you like. Finish each thread color with a simple double knot and trim the ends.
See how the embroidery comes together! After making this fun Mother’s Day gift, I have a feeling I’ll be doing a lot more of these print and embroidery pieces. They are just so fun to make and come together so quickly.
This week I stayed crazy busy with just life stuff. Everyday I had at least 2 appointments which meant lots of driving and time away from my desk. And whenever you run errands and go to appointments in LA, that means your entire day is shot. I foresee working this weekend but with friends in town, we’ll see how much work gets done and how many donuts and mimosas I find!
This week I’m loving…
Garland made of gift boxes full of treats. Genius!
Like my felt succulent wreath, this is another project that has been in my head of quite some time. I finally got around to making these colorful, clutch purses in preparation for my trip to Key West next month with a couple of my blogging friends. My first thought was to use gold heat transfer vinyl to decorate the front of each bag with a tiny, modern block letter monogram. Before giving that a go, I decided to test the process using some white heat transfer vinyl I already had on the inside of one of the bags. I instantly loved the bold look of the white shapes on the colored clutch, so my monogram bags evolved into these cute patterned clutch purses!
Did you know you can apply heat transfer vinyl on pleather (and even real leather)? I didn’t until giving it a try and now I want to heat transfer all the pleather things! I love the way you can get such crisp, clean lines with the Silhouette and heat transfer vinyl. I first thought of creating a stencil and using paint to create a patterned look, but it wouldn’t have given the same polished, professional look that I wanted.
If you want to make your own patterned clutch purse for yourself check out the tutorial below. These cute bags are so fun to make and they would make the perfect Mother’s Day gift or birthday gift for all your girlfriends.
And if you rather buy than DIY, you can purchase one in my Etsy shop!
Download the free Silhouette cut file and open it in Silhouette Studio. Load your Silhouette machine with smooth, white heat transfer vinyl with the shinny plastic side down. Set the blade to the #2 position and change the material setting to smooth heat transfer vinyl. Send the design to your Silhouette and let it do all the work! The text on the bottom of the design is mirrored on purpose! You will flip it over before ironing it to the purse so it will read correctly.
Use the weeding hook to carefully peel away the negative space. Then use scissors to cut out each shape into an individual rectangle.
Plug in the mini iron and set it to the high heat setting. While it heats up, arrange the dots, triangles, or hearts with the plastic side up in a random pattern all over one side of the clutch purse. Place the scrap of fabric on top of one vinyl shape and use the mini iron to press the design for about 15 seconds. The length of time depends on the size of your heat transfer vinyl shape and the thickness of the pleather. I recommend testing this is an inconspicuous place, like the inside flap, before adhering the shapes to the outside of the purse.
Rather than add initials to the front of each bag, I decided to add a fun surprise inside! When you unbuckle the front flap, you’re greeting with, “hey, omg, or yay.” I’m pretty sure this will make opening and closing these purses so much more fun.
I’ve always been a big fan of hats and this oversized hat was the perfect accessory for beating the crazy Palm Springs heat last week. Before heading to the desert, I gave my big white floppy hat a little update. And when you gotta DIY in a pinch, my go-to pattern is to add scallop edges to all the things (see proof here, here, here, and here).
This hat makeover takes less than 10 minutes to complete and would be equally as cute on a natural straw colored hat! Check out my video below to see just how easy it is to make.
Place the hat right side up on a covered work surface. Add some gold paint to a paint tray. Drip the foam pouncer (I used the second largest size) in the paint and press it up and down on the tray a couple times to remove the excess paint.
Stamp the foam pouncer along the brim of the hat, slightly rotating it as you press down. Once you’ve stamped all the way around, use a small paint brush to touch up any areas where the hat color shows through. Allow it to dry completely and you’re ready for a day of fun in the sun!
What’s your favorite pool side accessory? Mine is definitely this hat!
Today is my first full day back to work after spending a couple days in Palm Springs and Joshua Tree with my blogging buddies and I’m feeling like it’s going to be an extra coffee kinda day!
One of my favorite things about this blogging journey is the amazing friends I’ve made along the way. The lovely ladies in the photo above are some of the kindest, funniest, and most creative people I’ve ever met. If you don’t already follow all of them, you absolutely should. And be sure to check out #saguarosoiree to see our colorful adventure.