Learn how to make your own embroidered hanging planter! This modern canvas planter is decorated with beautiful abstract embroidery and is a great project to get you started with embroidery!

I have always really loved the look of embroidery and I have been especially intrigued lately by abstract embroidery. I just love how abstract embroidery can create beautiful compositions of colour and texture. It is also a great form of creative expression because you aren’t following a pattern or chart. It really feels like painting with thread!

For this abstract embroidery project I decided rather than embroidering a piece of fabric to hang on the wall that I wanted to embroider an object. I chose a Canvas Planter, and I am super happy with the way my new planter turned out. Ready to make your own.


Embroidered Hanging Planter Tutorial

Step 1. Choose Color Palette

Because this project uses a variety of embroidery stitches and shapes, using a uniform colour palette will help keep your project cohesive. I recommend going through your embroidery thread and limiting yourself to a certain number of colours that work well together.

For my project I used reds, blues, blush pinks, and a pretty copper colour.

Step 2. Embroider

When you have your colours chosen and you are ready to embroider start by putting your embroidery hoop onto one side of your canvas planter. Tighten the hoop on the fabric and pull the canvas taut.

Next it’s time to embroider! With abstract embroidery there isn’t a clear order of steps to create your design. Really this is a free form process which is great for creative expression and relaxation. You can also use this project as a kind of embroidery sampler and a way to play around with different stitches and techniques.

I will walk you through some of the stitches I used to decorate my hanging planter.

Stitch 1. The Back Stitch

The back stitch is my basic go-to embroidery stitch. To work the back stitch start by making a single straight stitch. Then bring your needle up through the fabric after a space in front of the stitch you just made. Finally bring your needle back down through the hole at the end of your first stitch. Continue using this stitch to create shapes or lines as you like.

Stitch 2. The Satin Stitch

The satin stitch is a great stitch for creating filled in shapes and larger swatches of colour in your design. I just love the smooth look of the satin stitch.

Here is how I created the satin stitch elements on my planter

  1. First I traced the design I wanted to stitch over onto my planter with a washable embroidery pencil.
  2. Next I used a split stitch to trace the outside edge of my design. You can skip this tracing stitch if you like but I find it give my satin stitches a bit more definition.
  3. Bring your needle up from one side of the design and then crossing over the design pull the needle back down through the fabric.

Stitch 3. The French Knot

French knots are a great way to add some dimensional texture to your piece. I used clusters of french knots all around my planter.

To create a French knot:

  1. Bring your needle up through the fabric.
  2. Wrap the thread around the needle three or more times.
  3. Holding the thread tight to keep the wraps from slipping off the needle, insert your needle back down through the fabric close to the place that you brought your needle up.
  4. Pull the needle to tighten and create your knot.

I am a big fan of French knots.


Learn how to easily make your own stylish and Eco-friendly reusable bag to take shopping carry groceries and more! This DIY bag features a cute hand-drawn floral globe design and you can download the free globe svg file to make your own!

Lately I have been trying to make daily choices that are better for the environment. Part of that process is making sure that I have plenty of reusable bags to avoid using plastic bags. And if I’m using reusable shopping bags they might as well be cute too right.

The Eco Cotton Tote Bags are perfect for making your own custom reusable bags because they are made from 100% cotton and can be washed and used over and over again. I created a little hand-drawn floral globe design to decorate my bag. I think it represents showing love for our planet and keeping it beautiful.


Step One – Design from Heat Transfer Vinyl.

I love creating with heat transfer vinyl and I use it all the time. It is a great way to create custom functional items and it’s really easy to work with. If you are new to working with heat transfer vinyl then you may want to check out my beginner’s guide to iron on vinyl projects here.

The first step to creating your own eco-friendly reusable bag is opening up the file from the supply list above in your cutting machine software.

Next, scale the design to fit on your tote bag, mirror the design, choose the iron on or heat transfer vinyl settings in your software and then send it to your machine.

Step 2. Weed Out Excess Vinyl

Once your design has, grab your weeding hook (or a straight pin or pair of tweezers work well too) and remove the excess vinyl from around the design.

Be sure to remove all of the little pieces from within the flower petals and leaves. Looking at the design on your computer can help you make sure you get all of the extra vinyl off the plastic carrier sheet.

Step 3. Iron On the Design

Finally it’s time to apply the vinyl design to your tote bag. First position the design onto the bag and then iron it on! Follow the application instructions included with your vinyl. Iron on the cotton setting and apply downward pressure for about 10 seconds over each portion of the design.

When the design has adhered to the bag you can remove the plastic carrier sheet. If you need to iron over the design after removing the plastic sheet be sure to cover the design with parchment paper first. Don’t ever apply your iron directly to the vinyl because it will melt.

When the vinyl has been applied, your bag is all done and ready to take shopping! Isn’t it cute? I am so happy with the way it came out. I hope you will use the design to make your own reusable tote bag!

Alexis Middleton is a lifelong crater/DIYer at Persia Lou. She started crafting at a young age. As a girl she spent summers with her grand mother crocheting baby doll afghans making coasters out of plastic canvas and yarn, and canning apricot jam. Today, Alexis spends a lot of time dreaming up and working on projects for her family’s home. She loves mixing traditional crafting techniques with a more modern aesthetic.


In the past two years I have fallen in love with natural dyeing. The method is pretty simple and although it might seem intimidating it’s pretty hard to mess it up! I used a few of my dyeing skills to make an impact ful DIY natural dye hoop art that is perfect for a colourful touch in any home.

Because embroidery hoops come in so many sizes you can really make this as big or a small as you’d like. I wanted to go for maximum impact so I used a 14″ hoop!


First step is to fill your pot with water and bring it to a boil. You really don’t need very much water because if you do what I did you will just dip it partway in the water. I had about 4 inches of water in my pot!

While the water is getting hot, two pieces of fabric. one that was about 20″x20″ and another that was about 15″x15″ so that I could add some layers and dimension to my wall hanging. After cutting them rinse them so they are damp.

Hopefully your water is now boiling! Now you will put 1 table spoon of your madder root powder in the water and make sure it is mostly dissolved. After you feel it has dissolved, put your cloth in the water.

I just put half in and left the remainder hanging over the side of your pot. If you’re going to do this too make sure your stove is off!

Leave them in until the desired colour is reached. Mine stayed in for about an hour! After about two hours it likely won’t get much darker.  Rinse out the excess powder until the water runs clear.

After it was pretty dry, I used my embroidery hoop out to get a rough of the circle.

At this point I then just the larger piece straight down one side. There should be enough fabric left over from your large circle.

Now your smaller piece in half. This is obviously all up to you. Get creative! I just laid out pieces where I thought they looked nice. Depending on you your dye comes out you might want to do things a little differently.

Once you have a pattern you really like you are going to use fusible spray to iron the pieces where you like them.

Place outside embroidery hoop piece over the fabric so it stays in place. I like to keep it kind of loose while I pull the fabric tight in the hoop. Flip the hoop over and trim the edges as close to the hoop as possible. Then your DIY natural dye hoop art is done!

I am loving having a big statement piece in my house. I don’t have much colour going on so this has been a nice pop of colour. Or if your house is already super colorful this would be a fun addition! This is awesome craft you can make at your home in free time.


Looking for a quick summer project. I’ve got you covered with this easy Anthro-inspired bandana DIY bracelet!

I don’t know about you but getting bogged down with an intense craft project is not my main focus this summer season, I live in Seattle the winters are brutal but the summers are a dream. Needless to say it’s finally sunny and the weather is currently ON POINT so I’m all about playing and less crafting. BUT that’s right I didn’t come here today to talk about my vacay plans I am here to talk DIY.

Crafting is my love language. So when I spotted the most amazing bandana bracelet at my local Anthropologie, it was love at first sight! I knew I had to make it with you today because I need one in my life! If you saw me that one fine day you would have seen a huge light bulb above my head that’s how much this project was “meant to be”. It’s perfect for summer AND for those people who “profess the DIY-less skills”, yep, they can make this too! So let’s get started.



Step 1. bandana in half diagonally right through the center. Don’t freak out if it’s not perfect. SERIOUSLY, no ruler required or stress for the perfect line.

Step 2. Then fold the corners of the bandana into the center corner so that the edges meet together in the middle as seen in the picture below. It will be square shaped. Folding it this way will keep the frayed edges inside so you do not need to finish it with a sewing machine.

Step 3. Fold that square in half along the lines this will leave you a triangle. As seen in the photo below.

Step 4. Then fold the bandana into thirds. I feel like this folding part is the trickiest part of this project but don’t worry folding is more housework and less craft skills so you still got this!

Step 5. Finally, once you have the bandana folded like so, you will need to attach the rhinestone piece. Using one of your pliers to remove the the extra loops from the pendant, secure your rhinestone pendant in place with a needle and thread. No fancy stitches here friends, just enough to get that sucker in place! I went through all the layers as I tacked the rhinestone into place. To finish off your bandana DIY bracelet, clip off the loose thread from your needle.

Step 6. Final step? Wear it! This length is long enough to tie once onto your wrist. I LOVE IT.

This easy Anthro-inspired bandana DIY bracelet is easy to whip together and won’t interfere with your summer plans because it takes less than 5 minutes to make AND the cost to make is fractions less of the regular price. So you can look fabulous the rest of the summer AND make a few more for the price that would cost you to buy ONE at Anthropologie. Thanks for stopping by and I’m so excited to hang out with you more later this month with an awesome new tutorial!


I love crafting with children. It is something that I enjoy doing and all the kids in my life know that if they want to get creative, they can call me. Sometimes we do something really simple, and other times we do something that people can’t believe children made. One example is the printmaking tutorial I shared. This glue resist fabric painting (using a technique called batik) is another one.  In this tutorial I will teach you how to batik with glue and make a fun tote bag. The final project looks really neat and the kids will enjoy showing it off or gifting it to family and friends, who will cherish it for years to come!

The best thing about this project is that learning how to batik with glue is very simple and uses basic art supplies plus any type of cotton fabric. We decided to paint a couple of totes which I keep in my car to use when out and about shopping. Follow along as my 8 year old daughter and I show you how to make some fun canvas totes!


If you prefer a video tutorial Lay your fabric tote flat. Plan out what the design will be that you are creating. My daughter decided to put her design within a rectangle inside she created a garden of flowers. Using white school glue squeeze out a thin line drawing your design as you would with a pencil. Make sure to keep your wrist off the surface so that you don’t smear any glue.

Once the design is done set it aside to dry completely. This can take just a few minutes up to an hour depending how thick the glue was applied.

Once the glue is completely dry it is time to start painting! Place a sheet of paper inside the tote to prevent any paint from bleeding through. Using acrylic, paint on your design. Make sure to go right up to or over the glue. Remember where the glue is now will be a white line – so think of it as the outline of your design.

Once you’ve completed painting the design, set it aside to dry completely.

Once the paint has dried it is time to remove the glue. The easiest way to do this is to fill a sink with a few inches of warm water (the hotter, the better).

Rub at the glue, using your nail on stubborn portions. You’ll soon reveal the white outlines – watch with amazement as the design comes to life!

Once the glue has been removed, set aside to dry one last time.

That’s it, now you can enjoy your new tote! We hop you and your kids enjoyed learning how to batik with glue. Now start thinking of other fabric pieces you can try this technique on! Kids might also like to try out using potato stamps to paint tote bags with. They’ll get a kick out of this fun technique.

Kim Conner at Inspiration Made Simple, is a graphic designer,
crafter, and full-time, outside the home, working mom of three. Inspiration Made Simple is filled with fun craft ideas, tons of free printable,
party ideas, and other inspiration.