Craft · DIY

A doll bed

My kids have so many toys.   I think I may flip completely if another bloomen’ stuffed animal comes through the door.  I mean really, how is it possible for them to love every one of those things?  With every birthday and Christmas comes the challenge of organizing all of those new toys.  There are some great kids toy organizing ideas out there and I have employed a few of them myself. That is a whole other post (coming soon).

This year for my little girls 3rd birthday I wanted to give her something special. Something that would not mess up the precise organization of the play room.  I came across this cute little bed, and the plans.  I knew it would be the perfect gift for my baby doll crazed girl.

Mr Chaos took the challenge of making the bed while I went through my fabric stash for the quilt.  There was enough scrap wood in the garage to make the whole bed, with only a few modifications from the original plan.  There was also enough premier and paint to paint the bed. 

Thankfully my neighbour had some 1.5 inch foam that she was not using.  We cut that to the fit, and whala… a mattress.

For the quilt I used a 4+1 pattern.

Side note: When my first daughter was only 3 months old I took a quilting class at a local quilt shop.  It was the best thing I could have done. I learned the basics of quilting, it was a great place to start. In the class I made a lap size quilt of the 4+1.

I was going to use a simple pattern but the fabric screamed 4+1 patch. The birdy fabric is her favorite in the stash. I am so happy with how it turned out.

The `sheet set` is just a piece of broad cloth made into a tube sized to fit over the foam.  I sewed the rick-rack on to make it look like the sheets were folded down.  I wanted to make the bedding as simple as possible.

At three years old making her own bed is difficult, I can`t imagine she would ever make this bed.  In the future I will make her a pillow and more intricate bedding, but for now this is age appropriate.

She was a happy little mom on her birthday. And thankfully Dad made the bed really strong, she has already tried jumping on it!

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