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March 17, 2013

DIY Shabby Style Bedding for American Girl Doll

Hey everyone! joining in today with Yvonne at http://www.stonegableblog.com/2013/03/tutorials-tips-and-tidbits-40.html

I promised a DIY for making doll sheet set and pillow for doll beds. You can use this tutorial for the basic info on making doll bedding for any doll bed any size. Bedding is usually 2 to 3 inches longer and wider than the bed.
If you can sew a straight line or even use fabric glue you are all set.
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I was featured for my little bunny quilt and pillowcase!

NOW ONTO OUR PROJECT! Don't run...but get your scissors!
   You will need approx. 1/2 yard of fabric.
For the sheet cut a piece that is 18" x 20". Fold over and hem the two sides and bottom of the sheet.

Next you are going to sew the top part of the sheet. For a more finished look follow along....
Press the raw edge under 1/4"
Now press again, but this time fold the top part of the sheet 1" under. Sew along this edge for professional finished look.
Press your finished sheet. If you would like sew a piece of coordinating Rick rack on the top of the sheet an inch from the top edge.

If you press it first, it is much easier to sew...

For the pillow cut or tear your fabric (I used white cotton) into a piece that is 8 1/2" x 12". Fold in half lengthwise -FOLDED IT WILL BE 8 1/2" X 6"- and sew on 3 sides leaving at least a 2 1/2" opening for turning right side out. Turn right side out and stuff with polyester stuffing until full. Sew opening closed.

One thing I do in sewing to help remind myself....I double pin an area...that tells me I am going to stop sewing once I hit the double pins, I lift the needle and move the fabric forward to the next set of double pins, put the needle down in the fabric and start sewing again.

Turn inside out and where the opening is you are now going to start stuffing with polyester fiberfill or some kind of stuffing. I put the stuffing in and move it to the corners first, making sure they are filled good before stuffing the rest of the pillow.

Once it is firmly stuffed, sew your opening closed.

For the pillowcase use matching or coordinating fabric to your sheet. Cut the piece 10" x 7".
You are going to sew one side of the pillowcase....

Before you sew the other side you are going to add a ruffle, lace or fabric to the top edge of your pillowcase. you decide. The ruffle is 2" wide and about 20" long. Fold the strip in half, and gather the raw edge a little bit. You are going to sew this raw edged ruffle to the top of your little pillow case. 

Once the ruffle is sewn on, press it upwards and then pin the open side of the pillow case.

I am in love with this little pillow case! I thought of making some for me! Using the same directions but different dimensions....Why not?  KEEEEUTE~!

Turn inside out and press.

The blanket is made from fleece (Joann's) that you buy by the yard, all you need is a half of a yard. It is 18" x 21". You can hem the edges if you would like on all four sides. I did and it gives it a clean finish!

I hope you enjoy making this for your dolls or for you! I love little bedding that matches the decor of my home...whether I am using it for a vignette or for kids play time, I like that it matches my home style!
You can also see my other tutorial on making doll bedding that is for a french style comforter and sham


Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Adorable...I still am a little girl at heart!


Oh wow, this are lovely..my grandgirls would love them! Adorable, you are so talented. funny..right now they're in some kind of house, museum, whatever, of the American Girl dolls, in Miami. I have to hear all about it!! Have a good week.

Ralaine, Author of Burden of Promise: When Tragedy Becomes A Teacher said...

Very Cute. I love the fabric coordination.

Kelly @ View Along the Way said...

Aww this is so pretty! Lucky American Girl Dolls! :) Thanks so much for linking up to Monday Funday!

melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle said...

So cute! Love the colors of the fabrics! Life to the full, Melissa

Rettabug said...

Visiting from Yvonnes & wanted to say 'thank you' for giving all the dimensions for this darling doll bedding! I will have to make some for my DGD. I just finished doing some Irish Step-Dance dresses for her AG dolls. If you find time, pop by for a visit to see them here:


Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

these are very cute indeed!! great work

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