Saturday, December 11, 2010

doll bed pattern review

The other day, my friend Kelly & I made a dollbed for her daughter's American Girl doll for Christmas. We had been searching for an unfinished wood bed for ages, but there were none to be found. Then I found Butterick 4538, a pattern for a bed and bedding & we decided to make it ourselves. The bed is made from foam core board! genius. Kelly said it was a bear to cut. I let her handle that job! Nice, huh?

We followed the pattern "loosely" & the bed came out terrific, very sturdy & good looking.
Kelly is working on a dust ruffle & mattress & I chose to do the quilt & pillow. The pattern has several quilt patterns in it, but you know me, I did my own thing.....

Also, the pattern had a pillow with a sham on it. Nah. We need a pillow for SLEEPING ON! Silly pattern designers. So I made a pillow and a pillowcase. I made the case the way I make big ones, using the "hot dog" method (have you done that? So easy & all finished edges!) I just scaled it down. It was tricky to flip that tiny pillowcase right side out, but I am so happy with the finished product!

It was fun to help play Santa this year! Since all my little believers have grown up (boohoo!).
All in all, a good pattern! I recommend it. Happy Saturday friends!

6 comments:

Melissa said...

Oh my, that is a cute little bed and the quilt and pillow are perfect. There's going to be one happy little girl on Christmas morning!

Chris said...

Nice job on the bed and quilt! You might try Ikea for an unfinished doll bed, I know they carried them at one point.

Maria said...

What a beautiful bed along with the all the pretty bedding. How nice to make a little believer happy.

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Oh. I think I need to find that pattern and make one for Punkie! LOVE the tiny pillow and pillowcase. Tell me about this "hot dog" method. Never heard of it.

Sophia said...

Thanks for sharing the pattern number! I have two girls on my gift list that have AG dolls, and these would really "wow" them. :)

Dowell said...

Thanks for sharing the pattern number! I have two girls on my gift list that have AG dolls, and these would really "wow" them. :)