Closet for an American Girl Doll

Hey folks!  I’m back tonight to show you guys how I built the cute American Girl closet I showed you the other day!

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Eeeek, it looks so cute all filled up!  And it was pretty easy to build.  You can find the plans here on Ana White but I have a few pictures of my build to share with you peeps.  First, get your two sides, top, and bottom cut.  Before I put mine together I used my Kreg Jig to put the toe kick on the bottom.  Just use a piece of scrap wood to line it up.

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Now you are ready to put your closet together.  When you are putting it together be sure you are staying perfectly square.  If you aren’t square your doors aren’t going to line up right.  Once that’s done add your shelf.  I used a piece of scrap again as a spacer.

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Now we’re ready for doors people!  I didn’t take any pictures.  I was doing it alone and it’s a little tricky to line up.  I’m sure there is an easier way to do it.  Maybe I should look into this?  Anyways, when you get your doors on add your handles and your hardware for your closet rod.  I cut cardboard to make templates for my handles and for the closet rod holder.

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It’s all finished up!  Now fill that sucker up with adorable things!  Here is an overload of pictures of the one I made.  I may have had to much fun with this.

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And one more of the bed and closet together just for fun

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Thanks for checking these out.  I hope the little girl who gets them loves them as much as I loved making them!  Now go make some of your own!

~Steph

Bedding Tutorial for Doll Bed

Hey!  Just like I promised I’m back to tell you guys how I made the rest of the bedding for this gorgeous little doll bed!

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Did you guys run right out to the store and get one built today?  I don’t know what you’re waiting for if you didn’t!  Do it, people!  You know you wanna 😉  If you did, now you need some bedding.  First things first, run out to your local Hob Lob, Joann, or where ever you get your fabric and find something adorable!  Now wash, dry, and iron.  This is the worst part!

Once your fabric is ready it’s time to get down to business.  So like I told you yesterday, today I am going to show you the canopy, sheet, and kind of the pillow.  It doesn’t need much instruction but I did take a close up pic cause that’s what any good blogger would do!

Let’s talk about the canopy first.  I decided to make it like I make fitted sheets minus the elastic.  It’s so simple.  First you need to figure out the size and how far you want it to hang down.  My bed measured 21.25″x12.50″.  I wanted the canopy to hang down 3.5″ with a 1/2″ hem.  Now just multiply the 3.5″+1.2″x2 and add it to your first measurements.  Confused yet?  I am!  So let me try to break it down a little better.

Length:
21.25″
3.5″——the drop on one side
.50″—–hem on one side
3.5″——the drop on the other side
+ .50″——hem on other side
29.25″

Width:
12.25″
3.5″——the drop on one side
.50″—–hem on one side
3.5″——the drop on the other side
+ .50″——hem on other side 20.25″

So now that you have the measurements figured out cut a piece of fabric to those dimensions.  I cut mine to 29.25″20.25″.  Now fold it in half and you are going to cut squares out of the corners.  You will cut the square to what size you want your drop.  I just fold it over so I can cut two corners at a time.  Mine had 3.5″ squares cut out on each corner.

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When I make sheets I skip this part because I’m a little lazy!  But since this was for somebody else AND since it wasn’t going to be hidden I hemmed all of the edges.  I use a piece of cardboard with a line drawn on it to use as a guide.  I know, I’m pretty high tech.  Fold over a 1/4 of an inch and then fold that over, iron it, and sew it down.

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Once all of your edges are hemmed you are going to take each corner and fold it right sides together and stitch all the way down.

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This is what each corner of the canopy should look like when you are done.  I sewed mine at 3/8″.  Trim the bottom corner diagonally and fold it over and you are all done!  It’s simple but I’m sure I made it seem much harder than it is haha.  Once you have this down you can use the same technique to make sheets for your kiddos!  Maybe matching sheets for your little one and her doll??   What little girl wouldn’t love that?!  Okay, let’s move on!

Next up, we are going to tackle the blanket.  I wanted mine to hang all the way down to the floor on each side and I didn’t want it to go up all the way.  Here’s a refresher.

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First you need to measure.  I suck so I don’t remember exactly how long my fabric was.  I think it was 24″ to reach the floor on both sides.  I do know the short side was 17″.  So once you have the pieces cut you want to put them right sides together and stitch around 3 sides.  Make sure you start with a long side, then short, then the other long side.  Now stop!  Flip it right side out and iron all of your seems.  I wanted mine to look sort of like a sheet so my next step was to take the last long side and fold it down a quarter of an inch and then 2″.  I then stitched all the way across and I was all finished up.  Here’s a picture so you can get an idea of what mine looks like.

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Last up is the pillow.  I cut two rectangles to the size I wanted and with right sides together stitched almost all the way around.  Flip it so it is right side out and stuff it with some batting.  I folded in the edges that weren’t all ready sewn and stitched all the way across the bottom of the pillow.  If you have skills you can just hand sew it so it looks the same all the way around.  I do not possess said skills!  Here’s a picture of her

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Isn’t the fabric adorable?  She wanted black and white but when I saw this fabric sitting next to the others I couldn’t resist.  Love!

Now you’re all finished so put it all together and sit back thinking about how awesome you are!  I can’t wait to try different fabrics and paint colors.  I really hope you give this a shot if you have a little girlie on your Christmas list this year.  This is a homemade gift any girl would love to get!  And remember, I’ll be back tomorrow with the closet.  Every girl needs a place to store her clothes, shoes, and accessories!  Hope you come back and check it out…have a great night!!

~Steph

Gold Dot Christmas Platter

Hey friends!  How was your Thanksgiving?  I had so much fun hanging out with my family.  This was our first Thanksgiving with family in 5 years so it was pretty awesome!  And the weekend has so far turned out pretty good too.  I got a quick little craft in last night that I wanted to show you guys.

It all started the other day when I was doing what I do best.  Browsing Pinterest of course!  And I came across this pin.  She had directions for those cute little mugs that you decorate with Sharpies.  Well Christmas is coming and I have a weird obsession with gold dots so I figured I would do a little Sharpie project of my own.  I decided on a platter from Walmart.  It’s Better Homes and Gardens and was under $8.  Woot!  I also had to buy some Sharpies.  My hubs has every color Sharpie you can think of but he said making dots would ruin his so I had to get my own haha.  All in I think this was about 10 bucks.

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I love it!  Unfortunately I’m terrible at pictures so this looks really blurry but I promise you it’s not.  So let’s see some pictures even though they really aren’t needed…this is crazy easy.  I used my Silhouette to cut out a file that I got off of their website for 50 cents!  Score.  First get all your stuff together.

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Now fight with your stencil to get it positioned where you want it.  This part is a pain in the you know what!

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Now make thousands of dots.  I would recommend just pulling up a little bit of your stencil to see if you have enough dots.  I thought mine was good and pulled up the loop on the “b” and decided I needed to add more.  Be sure you have really heavy coverage right around the outline of the letters so you can tell what they are when you pull them off.

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This was before I added more dots.  Also, be sure your stencil isn’t lifting at all.  I wasn’t careful enough so mine bled a little bit.  When you are done bake it in the over at 350° for 35 minutes.

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I haven’t tried yet but the blog I got my directions from said her cups got ruined in the dishwasher but hand washing was fine so I will just make sure I hand wash it.  The only thing I was bummed about was the color was a nice pretty metallic gold when I did it.  After I baked it the color looks more copper.  That was a bummer!  It may just be the metallic markers.  I’m not sure if a regular Sharpie would change like that.  Besides that I love it!  I have an idea in my head for another one that I want to do so next time I get to Walmart I’ll show you guys.

Thanks for checking it out and I hope you guys have a great weekend!

Thanks!
Steph

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Beautiful Photo Blocks

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Good morning!  I’m back again this morning to show you one of my favorite things to make.  Look at these beauties…

These beautiful photo blocks are inexpensive and easy and make perfect gifts! Get the tutorial to DIY a set of your own.

Aren’t they gorgeous!!  This is a set I recently made for a customer and I am just so happy with how they came out.  But when you have pictures like that, can they really come out bad?  I have done probably 10 sets of these and this set is by far my favorite!  I usually do them in sepia.

These beautiful photo blocks are inexpensive and easy and make perfect gifts! Get the tutorial to DIY a set of your own.

Don’t get me wrong I still love this, especially those adorable kiddos in the pictures, but I really love them in color. I think I may just have to get busy making some more 🙂

Now let’s show you guys how to make some of your own!  I started off with a 1×8 board and cut it down to 7.25″ pieces.  The day I made these ones I also made another set as a gift but since I haven’t given them to their new owner yet I can’t show you guys those ones!  Once they are cut just sand the edges down and you’re ready to work!

These beautiful photo blocks are inexpensive and easy and make perfect gifts! Get the tutorial to DIY a set of your own.

I use an espresso stain to stain the backs, sides, and just a little bit of the front.  Just wipe the stain on and a few minutes later wipe off any excess stain with a paper towel.

These beautiful photo blocks are inexpensive and easy and make perfect gifts! Get the tutorial to DIY a set of your own. These beautiful photo blocks are inexpensive and easy and make perfect gifts! Get the tutorial to DIY a set of your own. These beautiful photo blocks are inexpensive and easy and make perfect gifts! Get the tutorial to DIY a set of your own.

Once they are dry it’s time to put your pictures on.  I just print my pictures from the printer at home onto white card stock.  Once they are printed I put the blocks over top of the pictures and trace out where to cut.  Brush Modge Podge on to glue your pictures down.

Do your pictures a little at a time.  Brush on some glue, smooth out that part of the picture, brush on more glue, smooth out more of the picture, and so on.

These beautiful photo blocks are inexpensive and easy and make perfect gifts! Get the tutorial to DIY a set of your own. These beautiful photo blocks are inexpensive and easy and make perfect gifts! Get the tutorial to DIY a set of your own.

Once they are all finished you can spray them if you want.  I just use a craft sealer that I got at Michael’s a long time ago.  Now put some picture hangers on the back and hang up your handy work!

These are a perfect inexpensive gift!  Christmas is coming up so why not get a jump on your gift list??  These are inexpensive and so sweet!  Who doesn’t love a beautiful new way to display some of their favorite pictures.  And the best part is you can do these whatever size you want.  If you are giving them as a gift just tie a pretty ribbon on and you have a very special present for someone!

These beautiful photo blocks are inexpensive and easy and make perfect gifts! Get the tutorial to DIY a set of your own.

Hope you guys all have a great day and get to make something pretty today!  Maybe these sweet little blocks 🙂

~Steph

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