Monday, May 30, 2016

5 DIY to try # Benches

Benches are such a versatile piece of furniture. You can use them all around the house: In the entryway , in the bedroom as bed end, in the living room to display house planters, around the kitchen table, in the front porch where an extra sitting area is always welcome! You can of course bought one at the store! But we like to have a personalized home, so here goes a selection of tutorial to make your own bench! They seriously looks better than anything you can buy! Have fun crafting!

West elm knock off bench // Homemade by Carmona

 DIY woven bench  // The Merrytought

DIY upholstered bench // Homepolish

DIY plywood bench // Vintage Revivals

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Friday, May 27, 2016

How to make a sock doll

A few week ago my daughter came back from ballet classes very excited. One of her friend promise to give her a flour doll (I still have no clue of what a flour doll is). She was very happy, she even choose a bracelet to give to her friend. Obviously the little girl didn't bring any big deal, but my daughter was very sad and disappointed! So following this little drama, I made her a promise: we will make a terrific doll together. She calm down and went to her ballet class... I had the secret hope that she will forget about the doll...that was not gonna happen! She starts asking for the doll again and again and again, so the weekend we made it! She helped filling the doll and drawn sketches for the doll clothes (I still have a lot of work to complete the doll wardrobe). It was fun!!

You will need a pair of white socks (we use kid size ones), foam filling, thread and needle, yarn, a pair of small beads, embroidery thread to make the doll mouth. You can use a sewing machine for some steps but it's totally doable by hand. It takes use one afternoon to make the doll.
Draw on the socks the doll shape, one sock for the arms (left on the pic) and one sock for the body and legs (right).

Cut out the shape, you have to cut through both layers.

Sew the legs edges together, leaving an un-sew gap on the center to fill the doll. Sew the arm edges together, leaving one side open to add the filling. Fill the doll's body and arms with the foam.

When you are satisfied with the shape and texture, close all the seams with a few hand stitches. 

The make the doll's head, pass a needle with a thread through the body and makes a knot. Repeated several times or until you are satisfied with the shape.

Sew both arm with the body, next to the head.

To make the doll's hair, I wrap some yarn around a piece of cardboard (about 4 inches width). Once I had enough yarn, I place the doll's head on it and attach the yarn on the top of the head with a few stitches and knots.

Cut out the yarn.

Put a second row of stitches, just to be sure that the doll is not gonna stay bald after a few hours of play. Adjusts the haircut with some scissors snips if necessary

Sew two beads to make the eyes, and make a few stitches with the embroidery thread for the mouth.

That's it! A cute doll for your favorite little girl! Of course we have to made her a dress, with the scrap fabric of my easy shirt!

And also a jacket, because she was cold! And then a bag to carry the jacket when it's hot (as my daughter told me), and some overalls (no particular reason), and a school uniform...and then it was bed time! But I still have on my list: some pants, a nightdress and a bikini.

Mimi, the sock doll, visiting the DIY barbie house!

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

DIY jewelry organizer

So tell me how do you organize your jewelry items? I've got them in a box and is quite a mess. A few week ago I upgrade the DIY cup stand tree into a necklace holder! It works pretty good, but some extra storage was required! I made a jewelry wall organizer...soooo easy to make, and quite stylish in my opinion! Have a look on Dream a little bigger to find my tutorial!

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