Hi friends! Long time no see, right?
I know. It’s been, like, two months since my last post. So much for keeping a consistent schedule!
The truth is that this year has been unusually difficult. Don’t worry–this isn’t a woe-is-me rant. Writing about life’s problems is not my thing. But I feel I owe you all an explanation for why I dropped off the grid. The time and energy I usually set aside for crafting has gone to…well…fighting to get through the day.
Give up? Heck no!
We’re still here making pretty things. It’s just taking a little longer to get those things shared with the dolliverse. But I have no intention of surrendering–it’s not in my nature. Even Armageddon won’t keep me from creating!
Alright, alright. If I start hearing trumpets or see white horses galloping through the sky, I’ll set the needle and thread down. But that’s not happening right now. In fact, we’re having a rare, quiet day, so let’s take advantage of it and make some super easy blankets and pillows for Tink!
A new Dollhouse Decorating video featuring Tink’s Treehouse is on its way, and today y’all are getting a step-by-step look at how I made one of the items shown in the tour: Tink’s Bedding!
How To Sew Blankets And Pillows For Your Dolls!
Note: This tutorial is pretty universal and works for any size doll; however, the measurements I give are for 1:12 scale dolls. If you’re making this bedding for playscale-sized dolls, you’ll need to cut larger pieces of fabric.
- Cotton fabric (you can use any fabric, but cotton is the easiest to work with).
- Stuffing or batting.
- Basic sewing supplies (scissors, thread, a sewing needle, etc.).
I want to add some color to Tink’s bedroom, so I’m pairing a floral-printed calico with a peachy pink. The goal here is farmhouse-style with a dash of pixie dust. Hopefully, this color combo gives us just that.
How To Make A Doll-Sized Blanket:
Step 1: Cut two rectangles of fabric (one for the front and another for the back) to the size you want your doll’s blanket to be.
I cut the floral fabric 6″ wide and 7 1/2″ long. The pink fabric is cut slightly larger to give me some extra wiggle room while sewing. Don’t worry–we’ll trim it up later on.
Step 2: With good sides facing each other, pin the two rectangles of fabric together.
Step 3: Using a pen or a pin, mark off a 2″ gap in the center on one of the short sides. We’re going to leave this section unstitched so we can turn the blanket right side out.
Step 4: Sew a 1/4″ seam all the way around your fabric, making sure to leave the space between your marks open. Secure and cut your thread.
Why are there lines around my fabric? I find it’s much easier to sew even stitches if I can follow a line, so I drew a 1/4″ seam allowance around the edges of my fabric.
Step 5: Trim away the excess fabric and clip off the corners to reduce bulk.
Step 6: Turn the blanket right side out.
Step 7: Poke out the corners using a blunt tool, like a knitting needle, chopstick, or pencil.
Step 8: Sew the opening closed. I used a ladder stitch, but you can use whatever technique you’re comfortable with.
Step 9: Give the blanket a quick press, and you’re done!
I don’t know about you, but I am loving this two-toned blanket. It’s going to bring a nice pop of color to Tink’s bedroom.
Tip: I folded the top of Tink’s blanket over about an inch, then put a tiny stitch in the corners to hold it in place. Now we can see the pretty floral print and pink underside!
How To Make Doll-Sized Pillows:
When it comes to pillows, I say the more the merrier! Besides adding interest and depth, they just make the whole space cozier. I ended up making four for Tink’s bed–two regular pillows and two throw pillows.
Step 1: Cut four 2 1/4″ by 2 1/2″ rectangles for the large pillows and four 1 1/2″ by 2″ rectangles for the small ones.
Step 2: With right sides facing, pin the front and back sections of your pillows together. Mark off on opening on each pillow for turning (mine is about an inch wide).
Step 3: Sew around the pillows, leaving the area between the marks unsewn.
Step 4: Flip the pillows right side out and begin filling with Polyfil.
Step 5: Once they’re nice and fluffy, sew the opening closed.
Sewing this tiny bed set was ridiculously easy. It came together in less than a day! Because it’s such a quick craft, I’m thinking about making a few more in a variety of patterns and colors to switch around for the holidays. How fun would that be!
I suppose Tink’s right. Right now, I’m the queen of projects-in-progress😆.
I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial! And be sure to stay tuned because our next Dollhouse Decorating video is coming very soon!
Thanks so much! And I totally get the raiding thing. I have a sister, and we don’t have separate fabric stashes. It’s mostly hers. I’m not a huge sewer :/ I’m more of a ‘hot glue and tape’ kind of girl.
Very cute and I love the brass bed:@)
Glad you liked the tutorial! The brass bed is really cute. I bought it on Amazon–I believe the brand is called Melody Jane.
Wow–That bedspread looks FANTASTIC! I adore the color scheme. And changing it for the holidays thing? Awesome idea!
I have been missing you so much these past two months! It’s great to have you back. I agree that this year has been challenging. But hey: ‘I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.’ Our God is always there for us!
I can’t tell you how nice it is to truly know there are fellow Christians beyond our churches and to be able to talk to them, if only through the comment section.
~That Doll Girl
Thanks! The colors look great in Tink’s bedroom (which will be revealed in the upcoming video). I originally chose a bee-printed fabric for Tink’s bedding, but changed my mind after finding this floral print in Sister’s fabric stash. We regularly raid each others fabrics🤣.
I’m thrilled to be back too. I was seriously missing my scrapbook paper, fabric, and glue gun (not to mention posting my creative adventures with all of y’all😉).
So true–God is there for us even in the midst of suffering. Although it’s been hard, we still feel His blessings. It is indeed nice to talk with other Christians. I’m very thankful we can still meet and encourage each other via the internet. Thank you for posting that wonderful verse. Love it!
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