Monday, April 23, 2018

DIY Doll Bed plans

Monday, April 23, 2018
I have 4 daughters, and while one of them is too old for dolls now, the other three love playing with them! I have wanted to make them a doll bed for a long time, and since I was designing doll blankets for my guest post for The Polka Dot Chair, I decided to go ahead and finally do it.
Originally I wanted to make the farmhouse style bed by Ana White, but it was more complicated than I had time for. Luckily, she has a ton of doll bed plans and I came across this one, which is much simpler to build.
I followed the basic construction of the bed, but I wanted it to be a bit larger in size, and I was using some scraps and larger boards for the headboard and foot board, so I'll share the modified measurements here:
The headboard is a 1" X 8" board and the foot board is a 1" X 6" board. If you are going to buy lumber for this project, I would make them the same. The rest of the bed is made using 1" X 2" boards.
Headboard:
1- 1" X 8" @ 14"
2- 1" X 2" @ 11 1/2"

Foot Board:
1- 1" X 6" @ 14"
2- 1" X 2" @ 10"

Cross boards:
2- 1" X 2" @ 20"
2- 1" X 2" @ 20 3/4"

Assembly:
Measure up 4" on the 2- 1X2 pieces for the headboard and mark. Line up the wide board with the mark and make sure it's 3/8" in from the edge of the 1X2 (this will center the board). Screw into place. *it's much easier to pre-drill your holes first, it will help avoid splitting the wood. Also, it's a good idea to use a small amount of wood glue when placing the pieces together to add stability to the bed.
Repeat for the foot board.

Take the cross boards and line one long board and 1 short board perpendicular to each other. There should be 3/8" difference on each side of the short board. Glue/screw together.
Line up cross boards with the bottom of the head and foot board, screw in from the headboard/ foot board side.
Your bed frame is basically done! To finish, you can fill the screw holes with wood putty and paint/ stain the bed if desired. I also cut a base for the mattress out of some thin backing board I had on hand, but if you don't have that, I would suggest just using a piece of foam core and cutting it to 13 3/4" X 20 7/8". I used a piece of 1" foam to make the mattress, which I glued to the base and covered both with fabric.
These beds are really fast to put together and so much fun. I see lots of them in my future for gifts and for the other two girls, so they don't always have to fight over this one.
If you're looking for patterns for blankets for your beautiful new bed, here are a few suggestions:
The ruffle accent quilt in this post can be found on The Polka Dot Chair.


Scalloped edge patchwork doll blanket

If you make either the bed, or one of the blankets, I'd love to see! Tag me on Instagram or Facebook @AmeroonieDesigns!
Have fun and happy creating!
xoxo,
Amy

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Teacher Appreciation Lunch Bags featuring Sunnyside Ave fabrics

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
*fabrics for this post were provided by Riley Blake Designs all opinions are my own.

When I first saw Amy Smart's new fabric line Sunnyside Ave there were two things I thought of- summer picnics with my best friend when I was in elementary school, and of course teachers- because of the darling apple prints. These darling lunch bags could easily be used for either. I imagine my girls with them swinging from their handlebars riding their bikes to the park for lunch. Or, I see them just like this, sitting eagerly on a teacher's desk, patiently waiting for that blessed time of day when they get to eat lunch and breathe for just a minute.
I made the lunch bags using this tutorial by Ayumi. They are simple to sew and really fun! I used fusible fleece on the outside and a medium/heavy weight interfacing on the lining. It just helps give the bag even more body.
I am also working on the pattern for these sweet mini zipper pouches! They are perfect for holding business cards, lunch money or organizing your purse! I think they make such a fun pair!
This line of fabric is delightful and bright- so very much like Amy is in real life. I had a blast sewing with it!
Have a wonderful week!
xoxo,
Amy

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Toddler Backpack Free Pattern update

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
One of the best parts of what I do as a blogger is work with new fabric lines from Riley Blake designs. They send me the fabric and I get to make something with it. Hopefully, something you will want to make too- so it's a win-win-win situation. :)

The moment I saw this Derby Days fabric by Melissa Mortenson I knew exactly what I would make with it. A Toddler sized backpack for my "horsey" obsessed 2 year old.
a free pattern to sew a toddler sized backpack


I revisited a pattern I published almost 4 years ago, updated a few of the measurements and added a couple of new details to hopefully make it a better experience for you. You can find the tutorial here. If you would like a printable version- you can purchase one for $2 in my Craftsy store: Toddler Backpack PDF.
I adjusted the flap so it is longer and has better coverage.
I removed the interior pocket since it never seems to get used by my girls anyway.
I adjusted the position of the straps on top and added a handle for hanging and carrying.
And I clarified the instructions for adding this lanyard to the inside of the backpack, which is very useful for keeping track of keys, or a darling mini pouch!
My daughter LOVES the horses and is having so much fun with her very own backpack. Now, she doesn't have to share with her older sisters!!
I hope you enjoy making these for the littles in your life as well!
xoxo,
Amy
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