Darby Smart To DIY For Subscription Box Review – March 2015
Darby Smart To DIY For Box is a monthly craft subscription box for teens and adults. I have been an on-and-off subscriber for the past year, and I really love Darby Smart’s project selections!
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The Subscription Box: Darby Smart To DIY For Box
The Cost: $19
The Products: Each box will include all the craft supplies you need to complete a new DIY project.
Ships to: US only
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This month’s project is Ombre Needlepoint Cases (for glasses / sunglasses)! The card that came this month was actually a little different than usual. Usually they don’t tell you what it is, they just give you a code to use on their website to look up the instructions. This month they showed the project on one side and put the code on the reverse. I don’t know if this will be a permanent change yet or not.
Darby Smart included all the materials I needed, except for scissors. They actually sent enough supplies to make two of these cases, but I immediately cut the first grid wrong. I am really glad they sent enough to make two or I couldn’t have made any!
Here’s my finished glasses case! I cut the grid to size, then stitched the ombre yarn through it about a million times in the chevron pattern. After that, I stitched around the top using a whip stitch to give it a finished look. I also used a whip stitch to sew up the sides. At the end there was a knot at the top corner, so I made a fancy little tassel to hide it. It wasn’t part of the instructions, but I’d rather have a tassel than a knot any day!
Verdict: I still love Darby Smart, but I had some issues with this month’s project. First of all, this wasn’t my favorite project in terms of project selection. Until this month, Darby Smart has had a 100% win with me on project selection because I am usually just as excited to own the thing I make as I am to make it. This is a pretty dated and kind of adolescent project, although I think the selection of ombre yarn and a chevron pattern definitely helped to make it a little more modern. It also wasn’t a project that really required any creativity. Fortunately, I plan to make it a little more special by giving it to my Mom in her Mother’s Day package with 2-3 pairs of reading glasses (she’s always losing hers). Everyone loves homemade gifts!
My second issue with this project is that it took forever to complete. I can usually count on Darby Smart projects to take about 1-2 hours, sometimes less, but this one took many hours to complete. I also had to sew badges onto Cub Scout uniforms this weekend so now my hands are crippled! The good news is that this project was very portable, so I could take it with me to do when I had any downtime.
The third issue is with the instructions, and this is probably the most relevant one. I mentioned last month that I have mixed feelings about going online to read the instructions, and it’s still true that I would rather just get a piece of paper in the box explaining everything. This month, however, the instructions were very lacking and confusing. In fact, when I got to the bottom of the instructions, they had their Facebook feed, and it was just completely full of people complaining about the instructions. Darby Smart had replied that they had updated the instructions, but I still found them confusing. I finally just looked at the pictures and decided to go for it, come what may. I am pretty decent at figuring out how to do crafty things on my own, but I can understand why some subscribers were so upset. Darby Smart provides an introduction to a new craft every month, so they really shouldn’t make any assumptions about what their subscribers can infer from their instructions.
In any case, the project turned out great and I know my Mom will love it. I still love Darby Smart, and I am more than willing to bet that they will continue to have mostly projects I love in the future. This is the first time I have found their instructions utterly confounding, but I think in general they stand to improve in that area.
What do you think of Darby Smart?