Dollhouse tour-Kit’s room

Of course, Kit has the room in the “top” of the house. Her room could use something more in it, I just haven’t figured out what yet. I think it’s going to be “I’ll know it when I see it” kinds of things.  Part of the problem is I really hadn’t planned on a room just for Kit, but then they ran her bed on that darned Jill’s Steals and Deals.  I am glad I bought it though, it is really well made and I think this version is much more authentic in the color than the new one they came out with.  What is with all of this color coding crap anyhow???

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Kit is a typical little girl with her toys and stuff strewn all over as well.  I am still not 100% happy with the flooring in her room, but it works.  If I do decide to put walls in the dollhouse, I’ll make hers with a wood grain finish in keeping with the attic room theme like in her story.

Img_3986Her nightstand is the one I found at a thrift store.  Another Dollar Tree lamp, the little vase is also a thrift store find, filled with flowers from the garden stand.  The camera clock used to actually work, the battery died and I haven’t been able to get it open to replace it.  I’m almost afraid as to how corroded it is too, but I do know how to clean that if I can ever figure out how to open it.  It’s still cute.

Her chair is also a thrift store find, cluttered with her hat, her dolls and a bin underneath that stores the hand puppet collection.  As you can see she’s recently taken up bowling too!

I had no intentions of buying her desk.  But I thought it was so cute.  I bought the typewriter.  Then I did our taxes and our refund was more than what we were expecting, so I decided to “pay” myself for doing them and I got her desk.  It is one of the nicest things I’ve ever bought from American Girl, so detailed.  My only complaint is it isn’t finished all that well, I think they could have done a little better on that aspect, it has some rough spots on it. I need to keep my eyes peeled for some cute stuff for in the cubby holes in it.

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Up on the top she has her books, her Downton Abbey statue and a photo of her beloved Coconut!  That was also a picture I cut out of an old AG catalog.  That works so well for little photos for in tiny frames.  I don’t know how she expects to throw any dirty laundry in her hamper with that beach ball in there!

That’s it for Kit’s room!  As I said, it’s still “in process” at the moment.  I would like to find a different chair for in there, and maybe a small set of shelves so I can add some other little things.  I still need to make her an extra pillow and a set of sheets.  In August I will be showing you Alya and Shivan’s room as well as the bathroom, hope to see you then!

Dollhouse tour-Cassandra’s bedroom

I’m not going to beat around the bush here–Cassandra’s bedroom is my favorite room in the house. The crazy part is that it just kind of came together, I didn’t do any pre-planning or anything. It has only one piece of actual doll furniture in it, the AG School Desk (that they no longer sell). The rest is odds and ends. I started by making her a bed out of a box I had for the bunk bed set in Rebecca and Marie-Grace’s bedroom and it just grew from there.

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I think the reason I like her room so well is that it looks like a typical pre-teen bedroom with books, toys and clutter.

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We’ll start on this side of the room. Here you can see her carrier for Chester, he rarely spends any time in it though! BTW-if you watched “The Nanny”, did you know that the reason that Chester in that show always seemed more comfortable with Fran is because he belonged to Fran Drescher in real life? I thought that was cool.

On to what is my favorite piece in the entire dollhouse–the bookcase! I picked this up at a thrift store near where Evil Twin lives. Believe it or not, I almost didn’t buy it!! I’m not sure what it’s supposed to be, perhaps for a kids desktop or something similar. For $4, it has turned into a fantastic centerpiece for this bedroom. It’s a great place to store everyone’s books, Julie’s sound accessories, and miscellaneous odds and ends that belong to Cassandra. She will be so excited that I finally got that picture framed that we took of Chester! Beside it is the AG desk I mentioned before. I wish they hadn’t discontinued this piece, I think it is so well made, and truthfully much more realistic than the new one they have come out with.

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The nightstand is something I made myself, it was just a plain wood cube I picked up at Joann’s for a couple of bucks.  I would like to get one or two more, but they discontinued carrying them and I haven’t seen them since!  I simply painted it in a color that went with the bedding.  The lamp is from Dollar Tree, the Kleenex box is from an OG set, the water bottle is a Tupperware keychain.  The alarm clock–oh gosh, I LOVE that little clock.  It actually works, complete with alarm!  It’s probably one of the more expensive things I’ve bought, I got it off Amazon for around $10, but it is so cute!  Of course you see her Barbie and car she got for Easter, and underneath her odds and ends that everyone seems to accumulate.

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Cassandra’s bedding is my favorite of all of the sets I’ve made, I just love that fabric print. I first saw it on Etsy when someone else had made doll bedding out of it. The search was on for it, that was hard fabric to locate, so you can imagine how shocked I was to find it at Walmart! I got it at the same time I bought the fabric I just used to make Alya’s bedding set.

It wouldn’t be a kids bed without some clutter on it, we see here a backpack and an iPad. And on the floor, her roller skates, the bag her earrings came from AG and a rather full clothes hamper. I’ll tell you a little secret–to make the hampers look more realistic, I use them as storage for all of the doll socks, underwear and the few doll sized towels we have floating around. That way I always know where those items are at, and let’s face it–who has an empty hamper!

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As you can see, there is a little–or should I say big–surprise waiting for Cassandra when she gets back. I found this adorable stuffed Minion at Kmart after she left and decided she just had to have it. I can’t wait to see the look on her face when she sees it! The mini Miss AG Bear I’ve had for a long time, I got it on clearance. I didn’t plan for it to be in Cassandra’s room, that happened when I realized how well the nightgown on the bear matched her bedding. Pathetic, huh? 🙂

And there you have it, the tour of Cassandra’s room. I hope I covered everything, if you have any questions, feel free to ask. At the end of the week we will do Kit’s room, stop back!

Bedding tutorial #6-a headboard!

Here we are at the final installment of the bedding tutorial. If you’ve managed to stick with it for this long, I say good for you and a heartfelt thank you. I hope you’ve learned at least one or two things from these tutorials.

The headboard is the finishing touch to make your box look more like a real bed. To make your headboard you’ll need some sort of board–foamboard, cardboard, whichever you prefer and/or happen to have around. I am using foamboard for mine.

Measure the end of your box–mine is 5 inches tall by 10 1/4 inches wide. First let’s figure out how tall we want the headboard to be. I decided for this particular bed I wanted mine to sit about 4 inches higher than the top of the bed (box), so that measurement needs to be 9 inches total. To allow for fabric thickness, I need to deduct 1/4 inch from the width of the box– 10 1/4 inches minus 1/4 inch is 10 inches. I need to cut my board 9 x 10 inches.

After I cut it, I held it up to the end of the bed to make sure it was going to look right:
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Satisfied with how it looks, it’s on to cut my fabric.  I’m going to make mine reversible, so I’m cutting one piece out of the rose floral fabric and another piece from the polka dot fabric.  To figure out how big I need to cut, I need to add 1/2 inch to each side of the width for the seam allowance and add an additional 1/4 inch to allow for the thickness of the board.  That works out to 11 1/4 inches wide.  For my height I needed to add 1/2 to the top for the seam allowance and 3/4 of an inch to the bottom for the hem, and an additional 1/4 to allow for the thickness of the board.  That measurement works out to 10 1/2 inches.  I cut each piece 11 1/4 inches x 10 1/2 inches.

Here we have all of our parts for our headboard:

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First thing we need to do is press the bottom of each piece of fabric, folding it 1/4 inch first, then 1/2 inch.  This is for the hem.  Much like we did when making the mattress, I find it works the best if you have these two pieces laying together so that everything matches up.

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After you have those pressed, pin together the remaining 3 sides.  Don’t pin your sides you just pressed together.

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I included this photo of the back because the pins show up better on it so you can see what I did.

Headboard 7Now sew your three sides that you just pinned together with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

Once you have done that, you can open up your end where you had pressed the hem down, and pin it the whole way around like this:

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Now you can sew the whole way around your hem, sewing close to the innermost edge.
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Trim your top two corners now:
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Now turn your pocket right side out, making sure to push the corners all the way out. You can now insert your board.
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DO NOT be alarmed if it won’t slide in easily. Unfortunately because boards vary in thickness, this isn’t an exact science! If it seems to be wayyyy too tight, simply trim a little bit off the board. I recommend trimming about an 1/8 of an inch off, then try again. If it still doesn’t fit, trim a little bit more. If it makes you feel any better, I had to trim my board too. 🙂

Here’s what it looks like from the one side. Don’t be concerned if the fabric doesn’t go the whole way to the bottom. You’d rather it was a little short than way too long because the fabric will stay nice and tight. If it’s too long, it will get all baggy and will look sloppy. This part isn’t going to be visible anyhow.
Headboard 12Now we are ready to add it to the bed.  It’s really easy, just slide it in between the box and the elastic.  The elastic will hold it up to the bed so it doesn’t fall over.

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Here you can see it put on the bed both ways, I love making all of this stuff reversible!

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Except there’s only one problem–those two pictures look terrible. We can do better than that!!!!
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Yes, that’s a little sneak peak of Alya and Shivan’s bedroom!  I’ve been working on getting it done, almost there.  I hope to be sharing it with you very soon.  The girls will be back in a few days too, so I need to get busy!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial on how to make different bedding parts for your doll beds.  The nice part about these instructions is you can pick and choose which parts you need for your particular needs.  Happy sewing!