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!