Saturday, March 16, 2013

Upholstered American Girls Doll Bed Plans


Aloha!





What do you do when it's Friday night, and your 4-year-old has a birthday party to attend the next day, and you REALLY don't want to make a trip to Wal-mart with all your kids--and your husband is busy (longest sentence ever)?  :)

You sort through  your scraps and build something, of course! 

I had both a 1x6 scrap and a 1x8 scrap, so I thought they would make the perfect headboard and footboard for an upholstered American Girls doll bed.



CUT LIST:

1x6 - 1@ 8" long for footboard
1x8 - 1@ 8" long for headboard
1x2 - 2@ 9" long for headboard posts
       - 2@ 7.25" long for footboard posts
       - 5@ 9.5" long for slats
1x3 - 2@ 19" long for side rails


Step 1)  Attach headboard posts to headboard by either using pocket screws and a jig or using 2.5" screws and glue (like I did)

Step 2)  Do the same for the footboard pieces

Step 3)  Build your base using 1.5" nails and wood glue. I chose to do 1x3's on the siderails, so the mattress sits down inside the rails a bit.

Step 4) Upholster the headboard and footboard, but as you can see from this pic below, I was careful not to staple along the bottom quite yet since you will need to lift it up to attach them to the base. And upholster your side rails.

Step 5) Use 1.5" screws and attach the headboard and footboard to your base. I think I did 5 screws on each end.



Since it was for my daughter's friend, I let her dig through all my fabric and choose the upholstery, pillow fabrics, and bedding fabrics. I wasn't loving all the black and white, but she insisted that's what she wanted. And she chose just a basic soft felt fabric for the comforter and wouldn't let me even put any trim on it! I had to practically beg her to let me give it the pink accent pillow. Ha!



You can see that as I was in a hurry to build, I didn't measure my headboard and footboard pieces correctly, so my side rails are slightly inset. I like the look of the flush side rails, so that is how the plans are.

I'm happy to report that the bed was the hit of the party, and it's become a favorite toy already. Can't beat that! And it helped use up some of my scrap stash, and that always makes my husband happy!  Double win!

I wish I had a picture with the dolls, so you can see the size, but this it large. It's built to fit an American Girl 18" doll! So fun to give handmade gifts!

Here are the final dimensions:



Here are links to my doll bedding tutorials and other doll beds:

DIY Canopy Doll Bed
Doll Bedding - Jelly Roll Pillow
Doll Bedding - Small Button Pillow
Cheater Version - Farmhouse Doll Bed
How to Sew Boxed Cushions and Doll Mattresses

Aloha,

Charlie


7 comments:

  1. Thank you for the tutorial for the lovely doll bed. It is on my to-do list for our granddaughter's. You have such great ideas and the tutorials to go with them.
    Hello from snowy Canada.

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    1. Thank you so much Cathy! I'd love to see if you make one!

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  2. Oh I just love this!
    I have 3 Granddaughters and two nieces that just love the American Girl Dolls and I would love to make these for them!
    Thanks so much for sharing this...I am pinning and sharing this one!

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    1. Thanks, Lissa! Please share on my FB page or email me when you finish! They're easier made in bulk. Ha!

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  3. This bed could NOT be any cuter...love it!!!

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  4. Sure miss your posts. Hurry back.

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I LOVE your comments! They're the reason I blog. If you've used one of my tutorials or found them helpful, I'd also love to see pics! You can post them on my FB page or send an email: attemptingaloha @ gmail . com