For Christmas this year we decided to make my youngest daughter a Doll Bed for her 18 inch dolls. She has an Our Generation Doll from Target that Santa brought for her last Christmas. This Christmas she wanted another doll so they could be friends. So Santa brought her a doll and we made a doll bed that can fit both of her dolls side by side.
I just LOVE how the bed turned out!! I love that it looks like a REAL bed. We used Anna White’s Farmhouse Doll Bed tutorial. We have used a few of her tutorials for various projects and they always turn out to be just what we want. If you haven’t visited Anna’s site you need too! She shares so many amazing DIY Building Projects. Here are the other Anna White Projects we have built if you are interested…
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We followed her tutorial step by step but decided to add 2 extra inches to make the bed a little bit longer. We used MDF boards that had rounded edges to create a more distinctive pattern in the headboard and footboards (instead of a flatter edged pine board that Anna used).
My husband and son spent a couple of hours out in the garage secretly making this bed so that she wouldn’t see it. I love that the kids enjoy working on these projects with us. He was so excited for his little sister to see this on Christmas Morning! Doesn’t that make it so worth it?
The “mattress” is just a piece of an old 2 inch camping pad we had in our camping supplies. We just cut it to fit the size of the opening so that it fits snugly in the space. I found a tutorial here for making a boxed mattress cover that I was going to use, but I just ran out of time to make it…oopsie! I plan on making one here soon when I can so that it has a nice finish to it.
As you can see…I took the quick and easy way out so that it would be ready in time for Christmas Morning. Sometimes, you gotta do what works! I just safety pinned the material to the mattress. I know this won’t hold well for long so it will be nice to get the cover sewn.
I made the Doll Bed Quilt on Christmas “Adam” (you know…the day before Christmas Eve ;)) I started at 10:00 pm…haha! I will share the tutorial for it here soon. It really didn’t take me too long since it is not really “quilted”…just made to look that way!
I also made the pillows and the pillow covers with my two older daughters the next morning. They were excited to help out with this project too, and are getting to be better seamstresses than I am…which is not really too hard to do!
This is a pretty solid little piece of furniture…the cat thinks it is a pretty great spot for taking a nap too!
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