My Monthly Project Home DIY Box – Jan 2021

If you’ve looked through my website very much you should already know that I love to do all types of craft projects. I recently found a website…well it actually found me as it was on one of my news feeds and I clicked on it. I keep asking myself when am I going to learn NOT to click on those things as they just lead to me spending money, which is exactly what happened this time?

The ad was for a monthly subscription to Project Home DIY (no affiliation) where you can purchase a box from the past or sign up for a monthly subscription and receive the box that comes out the next month. Since I signed up in January I wasn’t supposed to get a box until February, but once I was on the site and saw what was available in the January box I decided to order one and get a jump start.

The box included the wood for three different projects, two paints, a stencil with several words to choose from, some decorative paper, wood glue, twine and a sprig of cotton along with instructions on how to put together what they showed as an example of what the projects could look like. Of course you could put your own spin on it and go outside the box and create whatever you wanted, which I saw several people do on the Facebook group. In your first box your supposed to receive a starter kit as well, so I assume that will come in my February box since that is officially my first subscription box. I personally don’t think the boxes are worth the price they are charging, but I’m still buying them, at least for a few months.

You can tell the fonts are different on the items below which is due to me choosing to make my own as I didn’t really like the stencils that were included as when I used them they didn’t leave as crisp a lines as I like and I could see the imprint from the stencil itself in my paint. I used my Cricut Maker to create some of my own stencils, such as the dog paw and the word believe.

The rolling pin was not part of the monthly subscription, but something I had been wanting to do for several months as I purchased a half dozen of these back in September and had yet to do anything with them. I hope to do some more of the rolling pins to place in other areas of my home or for different holidays. I think it added to this set up, which is displayed in my living room, so I included it.

The box came with all the items shown below. Full disclosure – the below pic was taken from the Project Home DIY site and they are linked in my article above so you can go to them and see how wonderful this subscription is for yourself. Happy Crafting!

A Blue Dress for My Granddaughter

A few days ago I posted about my daughter asking me to sew a dress for my granddaughter for Christmas, although I was planning on sewing one up from myself. In the end everything turned out for both of us as she chose one color dress and I chose another. I went with a navy blue with dainty flowers using the same pattern as the previous dress. As I stated before this pattern is one of the easiest I have ever sewn. The fabric content was also a little different.

I couldn’t forget about her American doll, so not only did the granddaughter get a dress for herself, but she also got one for her doll as well.

Finished doll dress

Finished dress for granddaughter!

UPDATE: Once Christmas got here and she opened her gifts all the work involved was worth it to see the smile on her face. Notice the cat shoes on the doll…they were so cute and she is a big fan of kitty cats.

Successful gift giving!

Sewing for my Granddaughter and more

My daughter approached me about sewing matching dresses for my granddaughter and her best friend as a Christmas present. In addition, she wanted a matching dress for each other their American Girl dolls. At first I was hesitant as I had already planned to sew the same style dress as a gift from me so I wasn’t sure I wanted to commit to doing it, but in the end I give in deciding that she could always use an extra dress and this would be special since her best friend would have one that matched.

The pattern I was using I had sewn for her a couple times last year and she loves it because it has pockets and I love it because of its simplicity. The sleeves are set included in the bodice so you don’t have to add sleeves. There are only 3 pieces to cut out: front, back and pockets. However, there is another option to the dress that includes doing the bodice in one color and the skirt in another, so if you do that version there would be 5 pieces. The dress is designed to be cut from knit fabric. I sent my daughter about 20 different choices of fabrics that I was willing to sew and she picked the color she wanted. I made these dresses by taking the girls measurements and determining what size to cut the pattern from. The pattern is from Annelaine Patterns called Clementine and can be purchased online. (I don’t get any kickbacks from this company and just sharing because it is a fun and easy pattern to sew and comes in many sizes). My granddaughter had gone from needing a size 7 to a size 10. I was able to use the size 7 from last year for the best friend. I ordered extra fabric just in case and ended up using it to make another dress for my other granddaughter in a size 4.

The pattern for the dolls is only 2 pieces, front and back. Once you cut out the pattern, sew the shoulders together, then the side seams. All that’s left is folding in the neckline and hem and sew. I done these in a zig zag stitch for the doll dresses.

Both doll pieces

Doll piece just needs neckline and hem completed

One of the girls dresses with shoulders and side seams complete. Just needs neckline, sleeves and hem completed.

The completed doll dresses

The granddaughters completed version

The one for the best friend

The one for the other granddaughter

Pillow Cover

I have a yellow couch in the RV that I wanted to make a pillow for, but because I have dogs, I wanted the cover to be removable. I used the remaining fabric left over from my Jelly Roll Rug to make the front of the cover and used a solid navy for the back.

The first step was to determine the size of the pillow in order to know what size to cut out the cover. The pillow was 12”x22″ so the cover for the front was cut to the same measurement as the pillow.

The front cover!

In order to make the cover removable you must leave an open seam, which I wanted to do on the back of the pillow, so the back cover had to be cut in two pieces with an overall size of 12” x 22”. I cut two pieces 12” x 15”. I hemmed one end on both pieces that would be used to create the overlap for the back of the pillow.

Hem each side for the back cover and then overlap before sewing all 3 pieces together.

The next step was to assemble all 3 pieces right sides together crossing over the hemmed ends, then stitching all the way around. Once sewed, turned right side out, press and insert pillow.

Assemble the 3 pieces together and sew a 3/8″ seam allowance around each side.

This really was an easy project and one that I have done a couple more times with other pillow inserts.

The completed project on my beautiful couch.

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!

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