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

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