DollybyDesign DIY June Projects

DollybyDesign DIY June Projects

Hello lovely readers! I have been busy at work on several DIY projects and I wanted to share some easy tutorials that you could work on at home this summer (if you were in the crafty/creating mood)!

My first DIY project involves yet another skirt tutorial! I am obsessed with skirts, but it’s very hard for me to find a good length (not just for conservativeness sake, but for professionalism as well), WITH a good print (b/c unfortunately most skirts nowadays are either too short, too see-through, the fabric is ridiculous, and super inappropriate to wear in public). So after some researching, I did my own modified version of a sweet Parisian-like skirt with pockets! Here is one of the tutorials I researched ( here )  AND, of course, I utilized Pinterest for several other tutorials as well!

Here is the finished project:

*I am planning on wearing a white blouse with this skirt (but all I have for now is an old white Indian punjabi top I bought in Kolkata a few summers ago-hah-so please excuse the frumpy looking shirt!) 

My second DIY involves a fun floral head wreath that I have been so excited to teach myself when I had more time for DIY projects! Here is a tutorial I followed ( here ) (and don’t forget to utilize Pinterest as well!) Here was my finished project (oh yeah, I HAVE to give a shout-out to my roomie, Courtney, for patiently teaching me how to make floral wreaths as well b/c she grew up making them in Colorado)

I am planning on selling them in my etsy shop in the weddings section, but I wanted to post my first attempt at a floral wreath and see if any of you had any feedback, questions, or suggestions for me! I am wanting to try to sell several floral wreaths as a set for wedding parties with specific colors based off of the brides color scheme! 

Alright, so these were my two DIY’s for the month of June I wanted to share with you all! As always, thank you again for your support and for sharing this creative adventure with me! If you decide to try any of these DIY’s please post to my Facebook wall (DollybyDesign) so that I can see your very own creations!

Have a blessed & lovely Summer Day!

DIY with DollybyDesign: EASY shelf

DIY with DollybyDesign: EASY shelf

Hello all! It’s been a while since I’ve posted a DIY with DBD so I thought it would be fun to do a post about a shelf, that I made with my mom, for my living room. Since there was such an awkward empty space above my TV & stand, I wanted to do something homemade to make the space more “homey//comforting”

Anyway, here is the website that I used as a reference for step-by-step directions and it was VERY helpful & EASY (since I am just now beginning to learn how to build things for my home!) Please NOTE: it states that it would only take $10 to build this shelf…that is incredibly FALSE! You, the builder, will most likely have to purchase ALL the materials for the first time (b/c most likely you won’t have paint//brushes//supplies sitting around your house) and it will be around $60-$70 for the supplies! So keep that in mind, but if you plan on building more than one shelf, it will be cheaper the next time you build one! 

Here is the website for step-by-step directions:

DIY Easy Shelf for Home

And for those of you who would like to see my new shelf above my TV, here are some pictures from start to finish (taken with my iPhone 5s, so please don’t judge the picture quality too much!)

I also placed my DIY Chalkboard above this shelf, here is the link for how to make one yourself: DIY Chalkboard 

Once again, thank you so much for reading and for your constant support! If you would like for me to make you a shelf, message me at: (they are actually ALOT of fun to make)!

Have a Blessed and Happy Saturday!

Love, DollybyDesign 🙂

DollybyDesign: Handmade in March (DIY Simple Circle Skirt)

DollybyDesign: Handmade in March (DIY Simple Circle Skirt)

Wanted to share this new brilliant blue circle skirt that my friend, Alisha R., taught me how to make!

Here are the materials I used:

  • 3 yards of fabric (NOTE: please be sure to use appropriate fabric for skirts. I accidentally bought the wrong cotton blend, and now the skirt is too wrinkly and see-through b/c it’s not the appropriate thickness. But don’t worry…I wear it with thick leggings!)
  • Matching or coordinating thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape
  • Needles

Here is a tutorial you can use (since Alisha’s major focuses on fashion and sewing, she is the one who really helped me make my own pattern, but please use the tutorial provided-because not everyone has a personal seamstress, like Alisha, on hand!) (ALSO: a fun step to add to the circle skirt tutorial would be to incorporate pockets for your skirt-that will DEF be my next skirt project!)

I did not take step by step photos (SORRY), but here is my finished product:

photo-dollybydesign dress for less

(Total time: 2 hours= YAY!)

Here’s where DollybyDesign Dress for LESS comes in: I paired this brilliant blue circle skirt with a white lace top from Forever21 ($15.80) & a gold necklace from Forever21 ($6.00) (which, FYI ALL their Jewelry is 30% OFF this week, and their jewelry is already super cheap…so go check it out!)

Once again, thanks for reading! Happy Spring (or should I say…Happy Never-Ending Winter)

Love, DollybyDesign