We’re back with our How To Make A Doll Room In A Decorative Box series!
Our last post (How To Make A Doll Room Out Of A Decorative Box–Part One) showed how I made a floor for Cedar’s room that folds down when she is ready to craft but can also be folded up so her room is easy to store.
- Cardboard (I re-used a moving box)
- Scissors (or an Exacto knife) to cut the cardboard
- 2″ wide ribbon (this will be the border or “bed skirt”)
- Fabric (for the mattress)
- Pillow fluff, batting, or foam
- A needle and thread
Because the box is small I need to use the space I have wisely. I would like to make a bed that’s large enough for a doll to lay on, but also fits inside the box and doubles as sort of a “doll stand” and gives Cedar a place to stand when the box is closed.
So let’s get started and see what we can come up with!
First, let’s decide how big this bed needs to be. For an 11 1/2″ doll (most 12″ dolls are actually 11 1/2″) the bed should be at least 12″ long. So, for this bed I am going to use a 12″ by 8″ piece of cardboard.
Mark and draw lines 2″ in from the right and left sides of the cardboard:
Then score along the lines drawn (making sure you don’t cut all the way through!), and bend the cardboard along the scored edges.
Once you have the basic structure of the bed, you can begin covering it with whatever material you like. I’m going to use burlap ribbon to make a bed skirt (I think burlap best fits Cedar’s creative tastes😉).
To make the bed skirt, I glued 2″ wide burlap ribbon around the bed and completely covered the sides:
Then gave the skirt some fringe by pulling few threads and allowing the edge of the ribbon to fray.
After gluing burlap around all four sides, I trimmed out the top of the bed with a strip of ribbon that looks like a ruler or measuring tape: This measuring tape ribbon is actually a sentimental piece of mine. You see, my old sewing box was worn out and the time has come for me to replace it. But I couldn’t bring myself to throw it away…I just loved its sewing themed fabric too much!Just look at the pretty, pink background…and the spools of thread…and all the little buttons (*sniff*).
I decided to try to salvage as much of the fabric and trim as I could before discarding the box. In the end, I was able to save and reuse most of the fabric. Unfortunately, I was so focused on disassembling my old box without damaging the fabric that I forgot to take pictures!
Anywho, that’s the backstory of the ribbon you see trimming out the top of Cedar’s bed. What was once part of a sewing box is now the perfect accent for our doll craft room!
Speaking of which, let’s get back to the bed! It has a burlap bed skirt, trim around the top edge, and now it just needs a mattress. Thankfully, mattresses are easy to make!
- To make the mattress, fold a piece of fabric in half and cut out a section slightly larger than your bed. Then cut out a section of foam or felt to make the mattress “cushiony”.
- With the fabric folded in half, sew along one short side and one long side, and leave one short side open
- Turn the fabric inside out (hiding the seams and making the edges of the mattress look neat), and push your foam or felt inside. Use a blunt object (like the end of a pencil) to push the foam into the corners of the fabric.
- Once the foam is in place, fold in the raw edges of the open side and sew them together.