Dollar Tree DIY 101

A couple weeks ago I discovered Dollar Tree DIY. I had no idea how many people took items from Dollar Tree and turned them into such beautiful items to display and sale. I totally fell in love with this concept and went to Dollar Tree to see what I could find. I have had so much fun taking items I spent $1 on and turning them into items to display in my home as well as some items to share with others.

One item I bought was a small crate that measures 5″ x 3″ x 2 1/2″. I wasn’t sure what to do with them even though I bought six of them. I had watched some YouTube videos with different ideas, but none of them seemed to fit my personality. I took to Pinterest to see what I could find and sure enough during my search a cute idea popped up. The idea I saw was actually for a crate that is probably 3-4 times the size of my little crate, but it didn’t matter I was going to make it work.

I went to work in design space to design the words I wanted to add as well as the leaves, pumpkins and acorns. I picked my colors and started my project. I wanted to start off by staining the wood. It took me several different stains before I decided I wanted a brown as none of the others looked right. After staining I used three different colors to accent it with. Once all my paint was dry I cut out my vinyl items on my Cricut and applied where I wanted them. As for decorating the inside I pulled out my stored decorations and added a couple small pumpkins, acorns and pine cones along with some berries and straw.

Personally I think they turned out adorable looking. I have a lot more Dollar Tree DIY items in my future. Check out my Instagram @afwhite14 for more of my designs as it’s easier to post there than here on the blog.

Crate before!

Fresh baked pies…PUMPKINS…Hayride – sounds like a great fall day!


My New Jelly Roll Slice Rug

A few months back I made my first jelly roll rug in an oval shape and got real excited about the possibilities of this type of rug and wanted to try my hand at another version. I had two rugs in my kitchen that blended into the new floor as they were just about the same color so I knew this was the area I wanted to put my new rugs. The plan was to make two of the same color and design, a slice rug. It wasn’t until after I completed the first one and put it on the floor that I got the epiphany that I should have made one rectangular rug as opposed to two slice rugs, but at this point it was too late.

The first step in this process was to decide how to lay out my 2 1/2″ strips that would create my design. I purchased my supplies from Missouri Quilt, which included two jelly roll bundles and batting that included enough strips to create my two slice rugs and still have a few strips left to do another small rug or maybe a couple of pillows.

Each rug would take 29 strips. I got my idea from Shabby Fabrics after watching some of her videos on YouTube.

A closer look at each strip.






Once I figured out my design, I cut each strip the length I needed based on the pattern I got from Shabby Fabrics, then it was time to clip the fabric strips to the batting. This is the most time consuming part, in my opinion. Depending on how many binder clips you have, you might have to sew some of the strips, then come back and clip some more until you are all done.

Once you have them all sewn together they will look something like this. I used the video to get my stitch length and other tips and would highly recommend watching this video as it will provide much better instructions than I can provide.

Once I had all the batting and strips sewn, it was time to sew all the strips together to make the rug. This is the fun part as you see your design take shape. As recommended in the video I sewed several rows together, steamed them and then connected them until I had them all together like this.

Once you have them all sewn together, you will use the pattern to cut off all the excess and get the following look.

At this point, the only thing left is to add the binding to the half circle part as the top does not need binding.

The finished product in my kitchen. Now it’s time to get started on the second one.

UPDATE: 09.06.2020

I finished the second rug for in front of my sink. It is made with the exact same pattern as the first one with the only exception being the binding.

They look so good together. Now on to make a pillow using the leftover strips.

Home Sweet Home Project

You would think after weeding that sewing machine project, I would have given up on doing anything intricate again, but not me. I’m a gluten for punishment when it comes to stuff like this. I had wanted to create something original that could be displayed in my house that was a replica of our first sticks and bricks house that we picked out together. I saw where people were taking pictures of people and things and turning them into SVG’s, so I though I can do that. So after lots of research, mistakes and missteps I succeeded in getting what I was looking for.

I took a picture of my house and then used software to turn the picture into an svg that could then be uploaded to my Cricut and cut out of vinyl and used on my reverse canvas project. I picked a smaller frame for this one, removed the canvas and painted the frame black. Weeding the design wasn’t too bad, especially compared to the sewing machine I had done.

Once the weeding was done, I applied the design to the canvas using my iron and then attached the canvas back to the frame. I added the words, “Home Sweet Home”. If you had asked me a couple months ago about doing something like this I would have freaked out, but the more I do these things, the more I like them. I am definitely getting my moneys worth out of this machine.

Sewing & Knitting for a New Grandbaby

As soon as my daughter told me she was expecting again, my mind started running as to all the things I wanted to make either by sewing, knitting or crocheting and I couldn’t wait to get started. Of course, I had to wait till I knew if it was a boy or girl before I got too far going.  What did we all do back in the day when we had to actually wait for delivery to know what we were having?  

Anyway, I knew I wanted to make burp cloths as they seemed to be the one thing that you need the most and seems to be the one item my girls were lacking at their baby showers for previous births. Plus I like to make them using cloth diapers as they are much more absorbent than the store-bought type.  I use flannel in different baby  patterns on one side to add a different look and if you lay the flannel side on your shoulder it helps to keep the burp cloth from falling off as easy.  I usually purchase 1/2 yard of flannel, which allows me to get enough fabric to make two burp cloths. There easy to make and you can see below the four different patterns I ended up using.  

I pre-wash the diapers, cut the flannel the same size, put right sides together and sew around the edge leaving a hole to turn right side out. Once I turn right side out, I top-stitch all the way around the diaper which will close up the hole I left to turn. I also sew down the seams on the pre-folded portion of the diaper. This prevents the diaper from rolling up when washed.

I recently learned to embroidery so I took this time to fancy up a couple of the cloth diapers and instead of using the flannel fabric on the entire back side, I used a 6″ wide piece of cotton fabric the same length of the diaper folded in half and added to each end after I embroidered the design. You can find tutorials all over Pinterest for how to make these.

Speaking of Pinterest, I found the following idea when searching for ideas of items to make. I wondered why I had never thought to make these beautiful gowns before as this is another easy project. You can make these for little boys as well as girls. They are perfect for when you first bring a baby home and want easy access to diaper changes or just a cute outfit to cuddle that sweet little baby up in. You don’t have to worry about all the buttons or the feet coming out the bottom. I imagine she will be in these a lot those first few days. They were easy to make using a onesie, which I learned you can either cut off, which is what I done, or you can leave the snap end and still attach the fabric to make a cute skirt, which you can make in any length you want. The bottom can either be finished with elastic like these or put ribbon in it so you can tighten the bottom up more around the feet.

In between my sewing projects I’ve also been working on a knitting loom trying to complete a blanket. It didn’t turn out as big as I would have liked, but it will do for at least the first month or two.

In addition to all these items, I’m currently working on a crochet blanket and have sewn several receiving blankets as well. I just haven’t taken pics of those items. It’s a good thing we are sitting still right now, which allows me more time to get these projects done. Please share what crafts you do that keeps you busy.

How to Make Fabric Bins

I’ve been wanting to make some bins to store items in my kitchen for quiet some time. I had the perfect spot where I could put four bins-5 1/2 inch square, finished size. I found the perfect fabric at Joann’s, where I purchased one yard of my chosen fabric and one yard of lining fabric in a contrast color. Since I was using these bins in the kitchen, I chose a pattern that would compliment the location. With a yard of each fabric, I would be able to make four.


My chosen fabric


My lining fabric

Part of making these bins included embroidering one side, so I could use my new birthday present, a Brother SE400 model Embroidery & Sewing machine. 

To get started, for each bin I wanted to make, I cut a 15 inch square from my chosen fabric, the lining and fabric stabilizer. I had previously bought some stabilizer to use on another project that never got made, so I used the stabilizer I had for this project. 

Once I had all the 15 inch squares cut out, which I done using a quilt cutting mat and rotary blade, I cut a 4 1/2 inch square out from each corner. Once done, the fabric looked like a big plus sign.


4 1/2 inch square used to cut out corners


Fabric after each corner is cut out

If you plan on monogramming your bins, you should do that before assembling. I attached my fabric to my hoop and monogrammed each piece of fabric with the desired wording.


Monogrammed piece

Once I had my fabric cut, it was time to assemble them. This is done by sewing the sides together where you cut the 4 1/2 inch square out. You will do this for both the fabric and lining pieces. Make sure you add the stabilizer to the lining before you sew the sides together.


Sewing sides together

Once the sides are done for both the fabric and the lining, you are ready to put the two pieces together. Place one piece inside the other, right sides together and sew around the top leaving a space open to turn right side out. Press. Top stitch all the way around the top closing up the space you left open to turn.


Top stitch around top of each bin

That’s all there is to it. Here are my finished bins. I done one for coffee, cocoa, meds and misc. They fit perfectly on my counter top in the bread box area, which I never use for bread.

Coffe and Cocoa

Coffee and Cocoa

Meds and Misc.

Meds and Misc. 

I’m beyond pleased with how these turned out. Total time to make was roughly two hours for all four. Once I got the first one done, the rest were a breeze to do. I can’t wait to make more for other areas of the house.