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!
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.
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.
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:
So, come Christmas the Barbie dolls will have a new place to sleep, though maybe I should have made two beds instead of one...
And even if I didn't make it pink, I think the bed still matches the rest of the set perfectly:
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