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family week: make a family crest

One of the first things to get me started on the idea of Family Week was a family crest. I love this idea, almost as much as I love naming a house. It's so old-fashioned and lovely. But why should you even consider an idea that few people ever used, let alone nowadays?

A family crest tells what your family is known for.

I want to have a crest that serves as a reminder of what is important to our family, and what we want to be known for. It isn't for others to see, although it can be. I want something that says to this house, "This is who we are and what we do."

Last year, Heather Carson created a wonderful series called The Family Franchise, and I highly recommend it when thinking about what your family is all about. For me, I looked at what was most important to our family. It came down to faith and togetherness, and so I got to work.

This process will look a little different for everyone, but you can do this! I'll talk you through my process, but consider it a starting point for your own family. First, I sketched a crest design:
crest sketches
If you do this, don't feel like it has to be complicated. I wanted it to be simple so that I could use it for lots of things. The final design looks a bit like a lower case "t", but it is a cross and a numeral "8" for the eight people in our family. A heart is part of the eight. There are a lot of simple symbols that you could use to represent the things that your family values the most and wants to be known for.
crest stitching
I have plans for using this crest in many ways, but I started out by stitching it. Imagine that! This is where simplicity comes in handy.
crest patch
I had this project in mind when starting this, so when stitching the border of the crest, I attached the embroidery to a piece of felt. It is trimmed fairly close to the stitches.
crest frame
All that is left is to attach it to a picture frame, which is waiting to be filled with a family photo!

Now, here are some other ideas that I have in mind for this crest:
  • Paper piece it and frame it.
  • Fill it in, print it out, laminate cards for in wallets.
  • Applique felt pins or patches.
How might you incorporate a family crest into your family?


  1. That's really cool!

  2. This is a total throw back to my private school days! My history teacher was obsessed with the middle ages and had us create these complicated family crests. I definitely like yours better than mine.

  3. This is such a cool idea! It will be a fun "together" thing to do with my Mr. if I can convince him to do it with me. I can see putting it on our envelopes for wedding invitations, marriage announcements, table displays... the ideas go on and on!

  4. That's awesome! Such a great idea and sounds like you've got your family well represented and in cute stitches too :)

  5. I love this. We are preparing for our first adoption, and the kids are a bit nervous about adding a sibling. I think these kinds of projects will certainly help as we prepare. Now my mind is racing with ideas! Thanks so much!

  6. Congratulations, Mandi! There will definitely be some more things this week that your family will enjoy!

  7. This is *so* cute, Mollie! :)

  8. Thanks so much for the mention! I love how your family logo turned out! This whole series is wonderful!


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