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Monday, November 10, 2014

The Handmade Christmas: DIY doll bed

Last weekend, in between the house chores, church and a birthday party, I managed to finish another of my Christmas projects: the doll bed. Yay!

DIY doll bed

Originally, this was going to be a reuse & upcycle post, since I turned this:

DIY doll bed

into this: 

DIY doll bed

We bought the small wood crate full of strawberries last spring (hence the reddish spots at the bottom). Because I thought it had potential I decided to keep it and turn it into a bed for my daughter's Barbie dolls. It had been sitting in my craft closet for several months and at the last minute I included it in the Christmas projects list since otherwise it would not be finished any time soon. Initially it was going to be done in pink (hence the pink felt in the first picture), but when I found the green fabric in my stash I changed the color scheme and then forgot to take a picture the supplies actually used. 

DIY doll bed



I covered the entire surface of the crate in felt (glued on and the sewn at the corners with a blanket stitch to make it sturdier), then added the lacy ribbon all around and the details at the corners.

DIY doll bed

The bottom is covered in a quilt-like fabric (also used for the back of the coverlet), leftover from the Ipad cover, and using some fabric scraps and the rest of the ribbon I made the three little pillows: 

DYI doll bed

DIY doll bed


So, come Christmas the Barbie dolls will have a new place to sleep, though maybe I should have made two beds instead of one...

DIY doll bed

DIY doll bed

And even if I didn't make it pink, I think the bed still matches the rest of the set perfectly:

DIY doll bed

The closet was made by me too, you can find more about it here and the little sofa and table are vintage since they came with my first - and only - Barbie. That Barbie unfortunately lost her head (literally) some thirty years ago but my mother faithfully kept the rest of the accessories, including her clothes, and now my daughter gets to use them as well.

Other posts in the Handmade Christmas projects series so far:
The happy fish felt toy

Enjoy,

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31 comments:

  1. Oh goodness...how adorable! :)

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

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  2. These kind of gifts are the best!!

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    1. Yes they are. Growing up my parents had little money for presents and my mother always made me stuff, mostly doll clothes. In the past years I have always tried to give my children at least one handmade gift on birthdays and Christmas and it is a tradition I intend to uphold. Thank you for visiting Iris, have a wonderful week!

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  3. This bed is beautiful and the little cushions so pretty! I think that the color scheme you chose is a good change from pink and it makes a gorgeous bed set. That was quite clever to use that crate.

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    1. Thank you France. I always tend to choose pink for girls but sometimes the less obvious choice is the prettiest one and in this case I'm glad I stayed away from pink!

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  4. I love that!!! In our world full of foolish superfluous things it is really great attitude to upcycle or use everyday stuff in a new way. Kind regards, Annett
    Feel free to visit my blog... there's the Chicken Run going on... a srappy pincushion giveaway/swap

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, off to check your blog, I love new sources of inspiration!

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  5. How often I have looked at one of those boxes and thought it would make a wonderful doll bed. You did an awesome job! The green is fabulous. Love those little cushions. Barbie and her friend look so comfortable. Nice job!

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  6. This doll bed is really clever. Get idea !
    Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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    1. Thank you Kathy, I'll link up again for sure!

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  7. This is so cute! My sister and I would have loved a doll bed like this when we were little. It looks so cozy!

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  8. This is really cute, reminds me of the doll beds made with oatmeal containers. Thanks for participating in Merry Monday Linky Party this week!!

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  9. Aww this is a lovely idea :)

    My daughter would love this..

    thanks for linking #CreativeMondays

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    1. Thanks again for sharing, pinned and featuring this week at the blog hop..

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    2. Thank you Claire, have a wonderful week!

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  10. Wow, that is wonderful and lovely, well done!
    Greetings from Germany :-)

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  11. I love it! I loved everything handmade for my dolls when I was a kid!
    My mum sew some clothes and dad made a furniture set for my Barbies.
    Thank you so much for joining the Big Christmas Link Party ! ! :)
    xx
    Mila
    milawayable@gmail.com
    milaslittlethings.com

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Mila. I'm on a roll to make as many handmade gifts as I can this year, so I'll be linking up some more fore sure!

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  12. I love this. We have made a huge Barbie house and are currently making bits of furniture to fill it. Pinned to my Barbie board #craftasticMonday

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    1. Thank you Louisa. We are sort of doing the same thing, minus the Barbie house (at least for now)...

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  13. What a fabulous idea, Teresa. And those teeny tiny cushions are so sweet. This bed is going to be well loved!!!

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  14. Oh my gosh this is so perfect, what a great gift idea. Your daughter will love it, especially because you made it for her.
    I saw you featured over at Threading My Way.

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  15. This is so cute! And what little girl doesn't want a doll bed for her dolls.

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