3 Fun Uses for Embroidery Floss
Hi everyone! Jenna here from love lake living and I’m so happy to be guest posting on Dawn Nicole Designs today! Thanks for having me, Dawn!
Have you ever wandered down the embroidery aisle at your local craft store and oohed and ahhed over the multitude of colors of embroidery floss? I’m not a big embroiderer (is that a word?) but I can’t get enough of the stuff and there are SO MANY uses for it, besides embroidering!
3 Fun Uses for Embroidery Floss
Fun Use No. 1 | Woven Art
First up is woven art, no loom necessary!
All you’ll need for this project are 12 packs of embroidery floss, a piece of card stock cut to your desired dimensions (mine is 5 x 7, so you might need more floss for a larger size), and a frame to show off your finished piece.
Here’s a quick step by step:
This would make such a cute housewarming gift! Or even a teacher gift with a gift card popped in the middle. Or how about add one of those tiny clothespins and a photo to turn it into a cool photo display piece? I can even see doing red and green for some holiday art or all shades of pink for a little girl’s room. Adorbs.
Fun Use No. 2 | Tassels
Next up, tassels! Tassels are so in right now, don’t you agree? Did you realize just how EASY it is to make your own? Especially with embroidery floss because you don’t have to worry about winding yarn around a piece of cardboard or wrapping thread around a fork – embroidery floss comes pre-wound!
It took me maybe 15 minutes to do 6 tassels – such a quick and easy project!
Pretty self-explanatory, but I will say before you start, cut off two 8″ pieces of your floss to use to make the knots. Other than that, leave the floss in its original packaged condition! Don’t forget to give your tassel a little hair cut at the end – no one likes a shagging looking tassel!
You can use tassels for countless things (tie one onto a cabinet pull for a cute accent, make shorter ones and attach to pillow corners…), but my favorite is as a gift wrap accessory. How much cuter would your Christmas presents look with a couple tassels attached?
Infinitely cuter, I say!
(Psst… like my “Merry Christmas Happy Holidays” gift tag? I have it (and two more!) available as a free download on my blog today! Check them out here.)
Fun Use No. 3 | Embellish a Print
Lastly, embellish a print!
Raise your hand if you’re a coffee addict. (insert girl-raising-hand emoji here). It’s a real drain on my bank account that Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts are both on my way to work. Thankfully McDonald’s isn’t because their vanilla latte is the best. Don’t even try to argue with me on that one.
This next project is probably my favorite way to use embroidery floss, and it’s actually kind of like embroidery, imagine that!
I made this free printable JUST FOR YOU GUYS (aren’t I the best?).
- You’ll need the printable printed on heavy card stock or photo paper, an embroidery needle and 1-3 colors of floss.
- Put on a pair of gloves (trust me) and poke holes with the needle in between each dash on the coffee cup.
- Thread a pretty long piece of floss onto your needle and poke it up through the first hole at the top of the cup. Pull it almost all the way through and tape the end to the back side of the paper.
- Use a back stitch to fill in the pattern (a quick Google search will give you a better how-to than I can). Once a row is completed, tape the other end of floss to the back side as well.
- Continue until all 5 rows are prettily stitched!
So, which one is your favorite? I have to say, I’m digging the tassels. I think I’ll add a tassel to all my Christmas gifts this year. I mean, it’s the 2015 thing to do. 🙂
Here are some other LLL projects you might want to check out:
- 5 Minute DIY Tassel Necklace (did I mention I like tassels?)
- Creating Chalkboard Pregnancy Progress Photos Without Photoshop
- The Floor Plans
Thanks again for having me, Dawn!