Cross Stitch Heart Valentine Box

8 02 2017

Cross Stitch Heart Valentine Box DIY With A.I. Friedman

Valentine’s Day is only a week away, it’s time to break out the hearts. We have an easy project for you that takes less than an hour but is a great way to add a handmade touch to a Valentine.

The only things you need are:Materials needed to make Cross Stitch Heart Box

  • A paper box (ours is a 3″ square)
  • Red embroidery floss
  • An Xacto knife (or pushpin)
  • Sewing needle
  • Pencil
  • Ruler



The heart design we are using is 7 squares wide so you need to divide your box into 7 equal sections. If you have a 3″ square box like us, then you can just use centimeters! Make lines across the box (we are making a grid). Remember to use a pencil, we are going to be erasing these lines later!

Marking seven equal sections on your box

Then turn your box 90 degrees and make lines perpendicular to the ones you just made. You will now have a grid set up on your box.

Grid set up on box


We are going to use this simple heart design as our cross stitch pattern. The next step is to take your pencil and mark off where the heart is going on your grid. This way we won’t make holes across our entire grid, just where we need them for the heart.

Cross Stitch Heart PatternMarking where the heart will go on our grid

The box we’re using is pretty sturdy cardboard so I had to use an Xacto to cut the holes. If your box is a little flimsier than ours you can use a pushpin to make holes really easily.

Poke holes in your box so we can cross stitch along the top

Once you have all your holes poked, make sure you look at the back of the lid to make sure they got all the way through, it’s better do that now than have to do it while you are cross stitching.

Holes poked in the lid of the box

Now you can erase all of our pencil grid lines and where you marked off the outline of the heart.

Erase all pencil lines off the box

Thread your needle and get stitching! If you have never cross stitched before, the important thing to remember is to always start your stitches the same way. So come up with the needle from the bottom right corner then go down through the top left corner.

Starting to cross stitch on the box

Then to form the “X” come up from the bottom left corner and go back down through the top right.

The first cross stitch on the box!

Continue doing this in the same way until you have completed your heart pattern. It’s good to not have to deal with too long of a thread, 18″ is a good starting point. You will run out of thread but that’s okay just rethread your needle and keep stitching.

Creating the heart out of cross stitch

Once you finish, trim any long ends hanging off the back of the lid and then sit back and admire your work.

Cross Stitch Heart Valentine Box

You can put a small gift like jewelry or chocolate in your cute new box. It’s also a great way to deliver a love note. And if you couldn’t think of anything to get your Valentine aside from a gift card, one of those will totally fit in as well. Plus, no one can call you lazy or thoughtless if you took the time to make a custom handmade box.

DIY Cross Stitch Valentine Box

Be sure to tag any projects you make with #DIYwithAIF and happy stitching!





Make Your Own Candy Cane Ornaments

19 12 2016

Make Your Own Candy Cane Ornaments

Christmas is just around the corner, and time is running out to make handmade presents! If you know you are short on crafting time, but still want to make something, give these Candy Cane Ornaments a try! The only materials you need are polymer clay, tin foil, an oven and a baking sheet. You can make them in between all of your caroling, wrapping, and cookie eating.

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Thumbelina Doll & Bed Project

12 07 2016


Thumbelina Doll & Bed Project

Hey everyone, I’m excited to share A.I. Friedman’s first DIY project post with you! Altoids tins are one of those things that I just hate to throw away.  They seem so useful and it’s a waste to toss them in the trash, so I decided to make a little project with one! You can make this super cute little Thumbelina Doll and a bed for her with just some basic craft supplies and a tin. This is great activity for kids or adults!  You will need: Supplies Needed!

  • Altoids/Mint Tin
  • Polyfil (or cotton balls)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread or Embroidery Floss
  • Felt (I used peach, light blue, purple, white, yellow, light pink and hot pink)
  • Glue (not pictured)
  • PDF: ThumbelinaPattern
  • Time 30 minutes to an hour

Since scissors and a needle are involved, young children will need supervision. All of these items can be found at A.I. Friedman or your local craft store if you aren’t in our area.

First things first, you need to cut out your pattern pieces! Download this PDF:  ThumbelinaPattern and print it out. It should be printed in landscape orientation (horizontal). Now, cut out your paper pattern.  Then trace around the paper pattern onto your felt using a marker or chalk pencil.  Next, you can cut out your felt pieces. The pattern clearly marks how many of each piece you will need!

Cutting felt for Thumbelina Bed & Doll Project

Feel free to mix up what colors you use for your doll and bed. I used the following colors for the following pieces; peach for Body, yellow for Hair and Bangs, light blue for Dress, purple for Skirt Detail and Collar, white for Pillow, hot pink for Blanket, and baby pink for Sheet.

Thumbelina Doll & Bed Pattern Pieces

Now we are going to glue some pieces together to minimize the amount of hand sewing to do!  If you don’t mind lots of hand sewing, feel free to sew these pieces instead. I used hot glue but tacky glue or craft glue will also work, it’s really easy to get felt to stick to felt. Glue your Mattress piece down to the bottom of your tin.  Now Thumbelina has a nice comfy bed instead of a metal tin!

Glue Mattress piece to bottom of tin

Next up, glue the Sheet piece to the top of the Blanket piece and glue the Collar and Skirt Detail each to the same Dress piece.

Blanket and front of Dress

Put the two Body pieces on top of each other so they match up, then put the two Dress pieces (the purple pieces should be facing out) on the outside of the Body pieces.  Make sure the Dress pieces line up together right.

Making sure the dresses line up

Once you have them lined up so the Dress pieces match, separate the body pieces and glue each Dress piece to its own Body piece.  If you are having a hard time keeping the Dress where it should be, try using a pin to keep it in place.  You should now have one Body with the front of the Dress glued to it and one Body with the back of the Dress glued to it.

Front and Back Dress

It’s time to attach the Hair and Bangs.  On the body side of the back piece (on the right in the picture above) put a bit of glue at the top of the head and attach the hair. You don’t want to get glue all over the Hair piece because this will be visible from the front!

Just glue at the top

Then you can glue the Bangs to the top of the head on the front piece.  You should have now have a front piece and a back piece that look like this:

Front and Back doll pieces

Thumbelina probably wants a face, so let’s make her one!  Make her eyes with black embroidery floss/thread and two french knots. Then make a little backstitch smile for her.

Embroidering Thumbelina's Face

It’s time to start sewing and stuffing now!  Grab some white thread/embroidery floss and sew your two pillow pieces together using whip stitch. Start a little bit before the corner on one of the shorter sides.

Sewing up the pillow

Stop once you make it all the way around to the start of the side you began on and stuff your pillow with Polyfil or cotton balls.


Finish sewing and tie off your thread.  Thumbelina now has an adorable tiny pillow for her Altoids tin bed.  Now it’s time to sew Thumbelina together!  Since we already glued some pieces together and the Hair is just one piece, you don’t need to sew around absolutely everything.  Here is a handy dandy pink polka dot line to show you where to stitch:

Where to sew your Thumbelina Doll

Using the same white thread and whipstitch you used for the pillow, sew along the line I marked for you above!  I started at the bottom right corner of the dress.


Stuff the doll as you sew around, it will be much easier!  If you have a hard time reaching the feet or hands you can try using scissors or a pencil to poke the stuffing in.

Use scissors to get stuffing in hard to reach places

After you are done stuffing and get all the way around the edge, tie your knot and cut your thread.  Thumbelina is now all ready to play, or maybe just take a nap in her super cute bed.

Finished Thumbelina Doll

Thumbelina’s bed is perfect for carrying around in a purse for emergency child entertainment situations!  If you make your own Thumbelina, post about it on Instagram and tag @AIFriedman, we would love to see your creations.  Have fun crafting!

Thumbelina Altoids Tin Bed Project

Shhh, she’s sleeping