This DIY American Girl Doll birthday dress is perfect for any 18″ doll celebrating her big day.
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If you read my blog, you know that I’m not much of a seamstress. This DIY American Girl birthday dress was more for my daughter than it was for me. I tried to get the best shots as I could while I made this but it was rough. Of course you can use whatever you have on hand and whatever colors you want.
I grabbed a roll of tulle from Michaels and measured about 4 yards. I folded the tulle in half so that it was still 6″ wide. I used some binding clips to hold the pink trim on while I sewed it on. Once you’re done, you’ll have a long pocket about 2 yards long that you can put your mini pom poms inside. I also had little “Happy Birthday” quotes on the inside cut out of glitter paper. If you choose this, scatter them first rather than clumping them in the corner. I clumped them in the corner.Pour the pom poms into the tulle pocket and then set your sewing machine so that your tulle will ruffle. To do this, place your bobbin thread to the tightest setting. For me this is 9. Then you’ll place your top thread to the largest setting, for me this is 5. So you’ll have the bottom thread tight and the top thread loose. Place your tulle into the machine and ruffle the edge. This will make it long enough to fit onto the dress pattern from Design Space.Next, put together the dress pattern according to the directions. It’s pretty straightforward except the top of the straps. I could not figure that out so I just hand stitched them together so it didn’t look like the mess it really was.For the bottom, I attached the blue fabric so that it would be facing outwards under the tulle. I then attached the tulle to the other tab of the fabric. It’s not the way it’s supposed to be done but hopefully you can tell by the photo how to do it. For the back of the tulle, I sewed it together before I stitched up the back.A lot of my sewing is me trying to figure it out while I go along. It’s not something I’m proud of but I’m working on it. I definitely learn better by watching so sometimes I assume you guys do too.I also just sewed the back seam together which made it a little tricky getting it onto our Maryellen doll but it’s for one day a year that she gets to wear it so I’ll just shove her in it. Hell or high-water, she’s going to wear that dang dress for her birthday!
I’m back at it again with Halloween Craft Lightning. For this round I’ll be showing you how to make easy pumpkin pillow boxes. These Halloween crafts will take you less than 15 minutes and that’s what I love about them. A super easy Halloween craft! Read to the end to find out how you can win your very own new Cricut Maker. This post does contain affiliate links.
I used a template for my Cricut Maker but you can use any Cricut for this with access to Design Space. The cut files may be included in Cricut Access but you must have a subscription for this. It’s really easy and you get discounts on all Cricut material and images that aren’t included in the membership.Cut your shapes using your Cricut and set aside. Begin with your pumpkin pillow boxes and crease them on the score lines of your box. Start with the outsides first and secure with adhesive.I used black cardstock and my Xyron Sticker Maker for the faces. Remove them from the sticker backing and apply it to the flat pumpkin pillow boxes. Use a rubber eraser to remove any of the excess adhesive.Now fold in the tops of the pumpkin pillow boxes and use your scraper to make the edges more defined. You want to place the piece that has the half circle cut out on the inside of your box so that you can grab the inside goodies easily.Take the green topper and fold it along the small score line. Place some adhesive on the folded portion and attach it to the top of your pumpkin pillow box. Voila! You’ve made the cutest pumpkin pillow box for Halloween!Check out the other Craft Lightning Halloween projects below and see what else you can make with your Cricut!
The kids started school last week so I wanted to make Leila a customized binder with vinyl from Expressions Vinyl and put my new Cricut Maker to work. This post does contain affiliate links.I love my new Cricut Maker. Let me say that again, I love my new Cricut Maker. I’ve had it for a week or so now and I’ve only dared cut vinyl but it gives me such clean lines and precision that I can’t wait to cut other material. I just need to add 80 more hours in the day for that to happen. Supplies
Click on the file to open the pre-made template using their Alpaca shape. This file is completely free and it’s adorable so it’s a win-win situation. I cut the black Alpaca’s out of the Magenta Glitter FX sheets and the pink Alpaca’s out of the gold lustre vinyl. The Glitter FX is a bit thicker than standard vinyl but it’s also a lot cushier and soft to the touch. Because of this, I did a double cut with my Cricut Maker and it peeled off very clean. It comes in other colors too and it’s a very subtle glitter look that I love. Sometimes the glitter vinyl is just pure glitter and it gets a little too busy for my taste. That’s why I love the Glitter FX and it’s even on sale at Expressions Vinyl.Once you’ve cut your shapes and you’ve peeled off the excess, unroll your transfer tape and lay the image on top of it. Doing it this opposite way will help the transfer tape from creating bubbles. Use your scraper tool and press from both sides to get a good stick. Peel away the backing slowly to insure you get all the shapes transferred.Next, lay your vinyl over your binder and use the scraper tool to get a solid stick. You’ll then grab your gold vinyl and repeat the steps so that they’ll line up and you’ll have a staggered effect on your customized binder. Next create your name in Design Space. I used the Sanies Script font to create my daughter’s name. I cut it out of the light pink permanent vinyl.Voila, you’re finished and your child is going to love their customized binder that you created using only vinyl. What type of thing will your child want on their customized binder? Or better yet, what do you want on your customized binder?
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BoostWithBorax #CollectiveBiasHave you ever used 20 Mule Team® Borax for your cleaning needs? I have always used it to clean my tile grout and it’s such a great booster. For this post I’m going to show you how easy it is to clean tile grout with Borax.I grabbed some 20 Mule Team® Borax from my local grocery store, Lee’s in the “additives” section of the laundry aisle, and just mixed it with some baking soda. Follow the recipe below to create your paste and get scrubbing.
Once I mixed the mixture up into a thick paste, I slathered it onto the grout lines between my tile and let it sit for a minute or two. If your paste starts to become non-pliable, just add more water to continue with a paste consistency.After it sat for a minute, I began to scrub with a non-important toothbrush. The dirt lifts up almost immediately. 20 Mule Team® Borax is such a great booster and it helps in the cleaning process and makes it a little bit faster. Not only can you clean your tile grout – it can help you remove mattress odors and even help you clean your silverware. So many options with Borax.As you can see the paste should last you almost your whole floor. You can reuse the dirty paste if you’d like or just mix up a new batch. I used a lot of paste and you don’t have to use this much if you don’t want. When I chose this tile and grout, I was not thinking clearly. I didn’t think how dirty it would become just after a short while. We’ve lived in our house for almost 10 years and I’ve had the tile professionally cleaned with no result ever coming into comparison for the Borax method. It does take a bit of elbow grease but the fact that the grout is now the same color it was 10 years ago is a miracle all in of itself. I won’t clean my grout any other way now. Even though it is commonly used in the laundry room, there are so many other ways to use Borax. I especially like to use it to help clean my cast iron sink. What are some of the ways you plan on using Borax to help you in your home?
Start by uploading the cut file into Design Space. You can find an easy tutorial here. It’s relatively easy and it’ll be saved to your Design Space files forever!When cutting the luster finish of Expressions Vinyl, it can be a little thick. Use the iron-on + setting on your Smart Dial and cut once. While your vinyl is still adhered to the mat, weed your image. The thinner the letters, the harder the removal is but if you go slowly, it can be done. Lay your transfer tape over your weeded image and press firmly with your scraper tool.Once the image is transferred, lay it on to your tumbler and voila, you’re finished. You can pretend your Shelley Long doing the Freddy on your front lawn. 😉
School starts before we know it, grab this free back to school printable and make all your teachers dreams come true ;). This post also contains affiliate links, thank you for your support. I can’t believe school starts in a matter of days for some and a few weeks for others. I love when my kids are in school, I’m not gonna lie. Teachers are my saving grace and I love everything they do and teach my children. I often wonder if they’re doing a better job than I am.
I made this printable using my iPad Pro and iPencil along with the Pro Create app. Super easy and the smoothness you get from the iPencil is amazing. It was definitely a high purchase item for me but I’ve found many uses for it so far.
I also grabbed some Neon Crayons from Amazon and just tied a cute ribbon so that it’d be secure on the box. Took me 5 minutes total once I printed out my file, cut it and secured it.
This post is sponsored by Cricut and all opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links. Have you ever wanted to create your own table numbers for your wedding or any event? I’m going to show you how to create your own table numbers using your Cricut Explore and your Cuttlebug. I’ve never used the Cuttlebug until this project and now I’m in love! I love being able to add texture to my projects and unless you buy embossed paper, it’s a little hard. Using embossing folders from the Cuttlebug is the easiest way to add texture to your projects.
For this project, I cut out my table numbers using my Cricut Explore. I’ve included the cut file below. Once you’ve cut your numbers, place them inside the embossing folder and run through your Cuttlebug. You can choose to do words or actual numbers but I like that I can give more of an illusion that I worked harder than I actually did and use the actual words. You can use glitter cardstock to make your table numbers too or even use wood. I love my Cricut Explore because of the many materials I can cut with it. I also love the Cuttlebug because you can emboss or die cut those same materials just as easily.
When using the Cuttlebug, you want to be sure to use the correct folders and plates. When you emboss, you’ll use the B plates and the A plate. Sandwich your embossing folder in between the two B plates and place it on the A plate. Place it in your Cuttlebug and use the handle to crank it through.
Both my images were more than 7″ long so I had to get creative. I matched up the polka dots before I ran it through again so that I could have a clean embossing. The more complex the image, the harder it will be to match but it can be done so don’t let size hold you back.Place some hot glue on the back of your numbers and add the skewer so that they’re even heights. The heavier the cardstock, the less skewers you’ll need but you want it to hold up all night. Secure it again with a little bit more glue on the back.
Place it in your centerpiece and you’re done. I decorated this board with some of the flowers I cut for our Twin Baby Shower we threw a few months ago. Happy Wedding!
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Make these easy DIY popsicle holders to save yourself a headache and a huge mess.This project is so easy and such a breeze. Begin by cutting your coordinating fabrics into 2.5″ x 12″ pieces. You’ll then take your pellon and sandwich it in between the fabrics. Sew both sides and if you’d like, sew the top and bottom.Next you’ll want to create your hole for your tag. I used a Crop-a-Dile but this step is totally optional. I just pierced the hole and then put a brad in the middle and pressed. Next, line up the edges and sew again. I left a 1″ tab on the top just for a contrast in the fabrics. Cut the edges using pinking sheers or you can use standard scissors, just be wary of fraying. If you don’t have pinking sheers, just use some hem glue and it’ll keep your edges nice and solid.After you’ve sewn up the sides, add your popsicle and your gift tag. Pass them out, wash them when they’re dirty and reuse them. Such a good alternative to a paper towel and great for our environment.
I just pretty much did whatever the fabric would let me do with this project, be creative and do whatever you’d like for your own custom DIY popsicle holder. Happy Summer and Happy Sewing!Let’s also settle a debate, what do you call them? I call them otter pops and my husband has always called them ice blocks. The ice block is rubbing off on my kids and I don’t know if I can handle that 😉