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About Me: I am the creative person behind Ribbonwood Cottage. A mother, wife and grandmother. My goal in life is to leave a lasting legacy to my family that life is incredible. God gave us this one life and it is worth the journey! A believer. A pianist, church music and worship director. Focused on intentionally living the best life possible.

February 26, 2013

Shabby Chic INspired Doll Bedding TUTORIAL Pt. 1

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I've been busy making bedding for American Girl Dolls or 18" dolls. And I had this thought...what if you wanted the bedding to match your decor, or you wanted it to be a little more Shabby Chic and Cottage style instead of cutesy.
I was inspired by this photo I saw on Pinterest...
it made me swoon!

 I love doll furniture and collect Vintage toy stoves and have them out so I enjoy them.
At different times of the year I thought it would be cute to set out a little doll bed decorated for the seasons.

With that thought in mind I set out to make doll bedding that fits Mama's style and hopefully some little girls' style!
First let's measure the bed you have....they are not all equal.
 I got this cute little bed at Michael's with a coupon. It ended up being $24.00 with %40 off.

 The measurements ended up being 18" long, 11" wide and 3" tall.  For cutting measurements, I added an inch to each of these measurements.

I used less than a yard of fabric and a little stuffing for the pillow sham!
So my cutting measurements were as follows:

2 pieces-19"x 12" (comforter top)
1 piece thin batting ( I did not end up using batting) 19"x12"
4 strips of fabric 45" x 5" (for making the ruffle.)
Pillow piece
2 pieces 10" x 6"
1 strip of fabric 45" x 2"(for making pillow ruffles.)
 I found linen and muslin pieces at a quilt show bargain bin.
 Using a rotary cutter or scissors, measure and cut your comforter  and pillow pieces.
First sew your 4 strips end to end and ruffle or gather it slightly. You do not want big  tight gathers, they will not lay right or hang down good from the comforter. And the stiffer your fabric the less it will hang right on your doll bed. This is why I ended up not using the batting, I wanted the comforter to lay and hang nice. So think about that when choosing fabric.

After you gather your long strip, pin it to one of the long sides of one of your comforter pieces. The other comforter piece we will sew on in a few minutes.
to sew the ruffled pieces to the long sides of your comforter piece.
 After you have attached the fabric and sewn it to the one side, trim off the rest of the ruffled piece, you are going to sew it to the other long side of your fabric. You will not use the whole ruffled piece....
I left a 1/2" at the beginning and end of the seam, you are going to sew the top of this closed and don't want your ruffled edge in this area. These areas are your top and bottom of the comforter.
 This is the back side of your piece with both ruffles attached on both sides....

 Now that you have sewn your ruffles on (and I did not hem the edges, I like the rustic French feel that often does not hem the edges.)  you are going to pin your ruffle back like shown below, this keeps it from getting sewn on when you are finishing the top and bottom edges of your little comforter. Pin all four sides. You will thank yourself later on....

Ok pin your other comforter piece on top of the piece that has your ruffles you just sewed on...you are going to sew your comforter together. Always sew your right sides tummy to tummy together, you will turn them inside out when you are done sewing, and you want the right side of the fabric on the outside, and the wrong side of the fabric and all the seams to be on the inside of the comforter.
 I left a 3" opening for turning later on and sewed around all four sides. To remind yourself to leave an area open for turning....use 2 straight pins together on one side of the 3 inches and 2 straight pins on the other side of the 3 inches, this way when you see them it will remind you that this area should not be sewn yet...
Below I am showing you that you want to sew a little less than 1/2" from the edge so you don't sew your gathered piece....if you do this, it keeps you from sewing through the ruffled piece...you will see why soon.
 Snip your four corners...once you turn your comforter inside out your corners will look smoother and lay flat...looking more professional, then having a wad of fabric in the corners.
 Now turn your comforter inside out....where you left a 3" opening.
ONCE you have turned your little comforter inside out, pull at the ruffles on both sides.
I would press your comforter now....smooth your edges down, you are going to top stitch all the way around for a professional look.
 Pin the 3 inch opening closed....
Sew around all four edges of the comforter about 1/4" away from the edge of the comforter, not ruffle.
 See how nice of a look that gives your comforter?

 Oh and this is Bella, my little puppy. She has a bed next to the sewing machine....the sound of the machine makes her sleepy...hahaha...
 Now for your pillow sham...
I cut mine 10" x 6" 

Gather your 2x45 inch strip... loosely.
Lay one pillow piece down and pin your ruffled piece to it, over lapping the ends.
Sew the ruffle to the pillow piece.

Pin the ruffled piece inside to the pillow so it does not get in your way while pinning and sewing your other pillow piece on top. It should all be sandwiched together. 
Again double pin your opening area so you don't forget...

 TIP: The edge of your sewing foot to where the needle is, is usually 1/4".  This is helpful  to know when you are ruffling fabric and you want it to be 1/4" from the edge. 
After you have sewn your two pillow pieces together turn inside out and stuff with stuffing.

 Pin your opening closed...
 I made a second decorative pillow with a ruffle made out of script fabric. It was 5.5" x 4.5"
The blanket folded at the end of the bed is white fleece that is just hemmed on four sides. I folded it in thirds and laid it at the end of the bed. The cutting measurements for the blanket are 
15 1/2" x 20 1/2"
 I made a little flannel sheet set to go on my doll bed.  That tutorial is part 2 and will be next week.
Thank you for coming by. If you have any questions I will be happy to answer and help you if I can!
DebbBoo9@aol.com (put doll bedding in the email subject line)


DIYbyDesign said...

That is one lucky American Girl doll. Gorgeous bedding. My daughter would love this for her dolls. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

Unknown said...

Love this! As a little girl I made furniture and bedding for Barbie {not this nice thou}
Homa style is having an Inspire Me link party that just started!
I would love it if you linked up:)
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miss flibbertigibbet said...

Adorable! I used to make my girls Barbie stuff all the time.....WAYbefore American girl dolls. That inspiration pic is amazing. If you don't sell these....I bet you could!

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Absolutely adorable! Such tiny little details.