Upcycle a Vintage Window – Create a One-of-a-Kind Piece for Your Home

Photo of upcycled old window with sailboat on itIt’s easy to upcycle a vintage window with some intermediate vinyl and a simple design.

While these vinyled windows may not be quite the trend they were a couple of years ago, they still look amazing with the ever popular farmhouse decor.

For my two most recent vintage window projects, I chose windows that have 6 panes, but any old window with a wooden sash will do. Please keep in mind that many old windows have lead paint. Because of this, you will want to take care of anything that might be chipping off. Sometimes I am able to leave the windows as I find them, and other times they need a bit of work.

The sash for my sailboat window didn’t really have any paint left on it, and I liked it just as it was. Hubby did spray the wood for me with a clear lacquer, just to make it a little easier to keep clean. However, you really wouldn’t have to even do that.

Capture of design software window layout

When using windows with several panes, it is easiest to divide your design before you cut it. I prefer to draw up the window in my design software before I do any cutting. By doing this, I am able to lay the image out so that I know exactly where the muntins (the pieces of wood that divide the panes of glass) will cross my design. That way, I can put cut lines there, making the large vinyl design easier to manage and lay out on the window after cutting.


Settings for Zing Orbit and MTC:

  • Force – 23
  • Speed – 10
  • Multicut – 1

Photo of upcycled old window with Easter Quote


  • Clean and refurbish sash of window as needed.
  • Clean glass. Use a razor blade to clean up any old paint drips, etc. from glass.
  • If needed, lay out design on drawing of window as shown above. This will not be necessary in all cases. Put cut lines where required in design.
  • Cut and weed design. Apply transfer tape.
  • If you have a large self-healing cutting mat, it is useful to lay that out on your work table and place your window on top of it. This way you can use the lines of the mat to line up your design as you place it on the window. (Just make sure you have the window aligned carefully with the line of the mat before you begin laying out your vinyl.)
  • Place your vinyl carefully on the glass. In some cases, you might have vinyl that comes up to an inside corner of crossed muntins. (In the case of the sailboat design, you’ll see that I did not have this issue, as the design did not cross any corners. You may want to consider this issue when you choose your design.) If so, work your vinyl carefully into the corner and up the wooden muntins.
  • You may need to slice the vinyl from the outside corner in slightly to be able to work the vinyl into the corner. Use your squeegee to get any air bubbles out, working from the middle of the vinyl outward. Snug vinyl up to muntin and use an xacto knife and straight edge to careful trim any vinyl at the edge of the muntin.
  • Continue in this way until your design is complete.
  • Now, display your vintage window work of art for all to admire!



Happy 9th Birthday Hailey Grace!!!

Today is my granddaughter’s ninth birthday! She is just a sweetheart. Usually my daughter asks me to help her with the birthday preparations but a year ago I purchased a used KNK Maxx and it is now at her house. She designed this invite in KNK Studio. She then mirrored the image, sized it for her invite, saved it as a jpeg, imported it into word, and printed her invitations. Because it is a Nancy Drew themed mystery solving party she mirrored the image so the recipients had to hold it to a mirror to read it. It thrills me that both my daughter and granddaughter enjoy creating thing just like me! And oh how I loved Nancy Drew! I think her books were the first books I owned as a child, they were my treasures!



KNK Studio



She also decided to make the girls shirts.

Although her birthday is tomorrow we will celebrate all week Happy Birthday Hailey Grace!!!

Fabric Flower Embellishments

It is Spring in Florida and the flowers are starting to bloom. If you are still dealing with old man winter, make some of these colorful fabric flower embellishments to brighten your world!

Fabric flowers can be used on headbands, attached to a pin for a fun brooch or added to a quilt for some 3D effects. Make a bunch attached to floral stems and put in a vase for a perky permanent bouquet.


  • Fabric scraps large enough for your chosen flower petals. Chose two colors for each petal. For my flowers the scraps were 5” square
  • Heat and Bond Ultra (heavy weight) fusible
  • Button or gem for flower center
  • Fabric glue
  • Flower SVG that has different size petals. You can download my Blooming Flowers for free here! Blooming Flowers

Maxx Air Settings

Force = 130, Speed = 200, Passes = 2, Blade Offset = .25, Blade Height = 25

Process Details

  • Cut out fabric squares large enough for your chosen petal size. You will need two squares for each petal. Mix up the colors for a fun funky look.
  • Cut one 5” square of the Heat and Bond Ultra for every petal.
  • Fuse the Heat and Bond Ultra to the wrong side of one fabric square per petal.
  • Peel off the paper backing and lay another fabric square over the first one wrong side down. Fuse. Your fabric square should have the right sides (the pretty sides) showing on each side.
  • Adhere to a very sticky mat, you don’t want the fabric to move around when cutting.
  • Insert your fabric blade and cut out the petals.
  • Stack up the petals, offsetting each one slightly to get a full look to your flower.
  • Sew a button in the center through all layers. Or just glue a gem in the center.
  • Cup the flower in your hand to curl up the petals to shape them. You can curl or scrunch up any petals to give the flower a more 3D appearance.
  • Glue the leaves to the back of the flower with fabric glue.


Now you have some pretty fabric flowers to use as a cute embellishment. Something bright and cheery to chase away any winter blues!



With Sympathy

Those fur babies in our life are important too. My friend’s dog recently passed away unexpectedly and I needed a quick card to send.


This site had the cutest paw prints with hearts in it, so I had an idea for a great card…

Only, I didn’t like the way it looked with the paws so I decided to use the reverse to reflect the paws that weren’t there anymore.

I didn’t do it yet, but I think I’m going to glue the paws with the hearts on the inside of the card. Haha, I just realized I was going to do that as I was typing this up.

This card isn’t warped like it appears to be in the picture. The With Sympathy is a die. Which can be annoying because if you cut the text out with your KNK. you can resize it or use different fonts. I would’ve used my Maxx and cut it out in black vinyl since the letters were so fine. It is much easier for me to use vinyl rather than paper. But I needed something really fast so I went with this, because the ONLY drawback to vinyl is you have to weed and mask it.

Materials used:

Canson Watercolor paper (for card base! That stuff is thick and works great!)

“with sympathy” die

paws svg from www.lovesvg.com

Machine Used: KNK Zing


Black Panther

I have a friend who was excited about taking her son to see the movie Black Panther. So when I saw a file for the Black Panther I bought it and decided to make her son a t-shirt.

I had measured the shirt front to determine what I thought was a good size for the design and then I cut it. When cutting HTV I always use multi-cut and make 2 passes.  I used black ThermoFLEX heat transfer vinyl and silver Glitterflex II. The shirt was a $5 shirt from Walmart.   When I placed the design on the shirt it seemed small so I decided to make it larger and recut. Much better!


ThermoFLEX vinyl

Glitterflex II

WalMart t-shirt


15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force 36 for ThermoFLEX 45 for Glitterflex II

Multi-cut 2 passes

Speed 500

Because I didn’t want to waste the smaller cut I decided to apply it to a cinch bag.