Little quilts

My grandmother taught me basic quilting skills. She may have not realized the fire it started inside me! I have loved sewing, stitching and creating quilts big and little!

I try to use my knowledge for making regular sized quilts and adapt it for a small version. Using all the things I have learned a long the way making the process simple and easier for anyone following along! The quilt below is extremely easy to make using my tips and techniques. I figured out a few shortcuts and couldn’t believe the end result!

Love the pretty geometric look of the quilt.

The Star quilt is one of my favorites. This version for a magazine layout ended up being 7″ x 7″.

The key is to use pretty fabric + simple patterns.

When making a pattern I always go for simple so that someone sewing doesn’t get frustrated and give up! Does that happen to you? Then you end up never finishing the project because it was so upsetting! I hate that!

Next I’ll be sharing my grandmothers quilts. She taught me a love for beautiful fabric, and quilt patterns.

Let’s visit soon!

Debbie

I’d love for you to visit my Etsy shop and see all the little patterns I’ve been creating!

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Free Vintage Bunny and Easter Printable

Happy Easter everyone. As we prepare our hearts for this wonderful weekend, it is good to reflect on what we are so grateful for.

I’m grateful for my family, husband, health, good memories of family members that we miss so much.

I wanted to share some wonderful vintage Easter and bunny printables.  I have had these for years and love using them, printing them out for special occasions, framing them and placing them around the house for little vignettes.

Happiest of Easters to everyone!

Blessings,
Debbie

Free American Girl Doll Bedding Pattern by Ribbonwood Cottage Designs

Hey everyone,  I thought it would be great to walk you through making some cute doll bedding for a doll bed near you! I actually make doll bedding and patterns for a living. Everyone knows someone with a doll that needs a cute bedding set. Go get your cute fabric and meet me back here!

When I first started making patterns and figuring out measurements for doll beds, I found that beds were often different widths and sizes, and doll bedding was often made using unfortunate looking fabric. hahaha…..UGLY! It seemed people didn’t want to throw that UGLY fabric away so they decided to make a doll blanket with it!

You will need a few things to get started-

1 yard of pretty fabric ( I used black and white check) one yard is more than enough, but it is better to be safe than sorry I have found.

1/2 yard coordinating fabric (for doll mattress)

1 spool or 2 yards – Coordinating trim, ribbon or lace ( I used pink pom pom fringe, and then matched the mattress fabric to the color of the pom pom fringe) 

Straight pins, needles, thread

Sewing machine

Iron

 

 

Let’s get started! 

Comforter Cutting:

Cut a large rectangle cotton piece (I used black and white cotton check fabric) 19″ x 44″.

Assembly:

Fold this piece in half, with right sides together. It will now measure 19″ x 22″. Pin 3 sides (remember one side is folded). Mark an area to be left open on one side about 5″ long. I use two straight pins next to each other to notify me that I need to stop sewing, or start sewing. Otherwise I often get distracted and just keep sewing and sewing and sewing!

 

Sew around the three sides of the comforter, leaving the 5″ area on the side open and not sewn.

Be sure to remove all the straight pins, and trim threads when done sewing.  Turn the comforter right sides out. Using a pencil, or poking tool work at the corners to make them come to a nice point, removing any extra fabric that bunches up in the corners. Press comforter flat.

Fold in  the raw edges of the side opening 1/4″. Make sure the folded edges are straight when pinned closed. Top stitch around the edge of the entire comforter. Top stitching will sew the comforter closed. 

Next cut a strip of POM POM fringe, or Rick Rack a little wider than the comforter. The edges will be folded under so the raw edges do not show. Measure and Pin the Fringe 4″ below the top edge of the comforter. Sew across. Remove pins and trim threads.

Pillow Cutting:Cut 2 pieces of fabric 6″ x 9″. Cut 1 piece of POM POM fringe or other embellishment 9″ long.

Assembly:

The pillow will be sewn in a similar manner as the comforter.  Pin the fringe 2″ below the top edge of the pillow piece. Sew across the fringe adhering it to the fabric. Remove pins and trim threads.

Pin the two pillow pieces with right sides together. Sew around the pillow leaving at least 3″ open. Remove pins and trim threads. Turn pillow right sides out. Work on the corners so that they form a nice corner point. Press if needed. Now stuff with polyester stuffing till moderately full. Pillow does not need to be crammed full of stuffing. With a needle and thread, hand sew the pillow closed.

Mattress Cutting: Cut 2 pieces of fabric 11″ x 20″(I used dark pink fabric that matched the POM POM trim)

Assembly:

The mattress is just like sewing the pillow except that it is longer.

I make doll bedding professionally and have found that doll beds are all different sizes….even though they may say they are a standard size….it is always good to measure them.

Many doll beds for an American Girl Doll or18″ doll are between 18″ and 19″.  To make a basic mattress without any frills, measure the doll bed and add 1″ to the length and 1″ to the width.

For this pattern we will make a mattress for a 19″ bed. Just a little secret though….the more you stuff a doll mattress with stuffing, the shorter it becomes! It may look like a giant pillow too!

Pin right sides of the fabric together. Sew around the mattress leaving a 5″ opening for turning right sides out. 

When sewing is complete, remove pins and trim threads. Turn right sides out. Work on corners with a tool to make the corners form into a nice point.

Stuff with stuffing. Hand sew opening closed.

Place the mattress on the doll bed. Lay the comforter on top of the mattress. The comforter can be folded back or cover the entire mattress. 

I ended up making two American Girl sized comforters and folding one at the bottom of the bed for a cute layered look. I also liked the look of two pillows.

The French style fabric is from Joann’s Fabric store. It had so much writing and design on it, it did not need any extra embellishment on it.

Thank you so much for visiting!  I hope you enjoy this pattern and make wonderful bedding for wonderful dolls!

Blessings,

Debbie

 

Spring Decor in the Dining Room at the Ribbonwood Cottage Farmhouse

Almost 30 years ago my husband and I purchased 3 acres with a small barn, chicken coop and a farmhouse.  It has taken a lot of hard

work and chores to pull that little home together. Our kids are grown but come home for the Holidays.

 

Looking forward to Spring and Easter, flowers, and poppies blooming everywhere. It is a gorgeous sight to behold!

Every year we get more and more daffodils that pop up. They are a welcome sight after the snow and colder weather.

 

I still have our old Farmhouse wallpaper from 30 years ago. It is hard to part with but someday we will give this dining room a fresh newer look. For now it has a vintage feel.

 

Under the cabinets I have our Christmas twinkle lights. I just never wanted to take them down. I love how they look at night.

I often set the table so that when you walk in the dining room it is the first thing you see. If I don’t set the table my hubby drops his farm magazines, seed and animal catalogs, cow wormer, you name it. If it is farm stuff it will get dropped on the table…..FOREVAH……

OH MY this picture is about 10 years old. I made the table runner and the cupcakes to match. I covered the chairs with white slipcovers made from vintage tablecloths. They were pretty ugly….the chairs were. So they had to get covered. We have gotten an all new table and chair set for our dining room and the old table and chairs is on our back porch for summer and spring company when the weather is nicer.

Well that is it for now. I hope you enjoyed my little Spring decor dining room tour. We love our farmhouse!

Blessings,

Debbie

Free Valentine’s Day tags

With so many people in between relationships sometimes it is hard to know

just what to say or do about Valentine’s day. My husband and I always

have involved our kids and now grandkids in the day of celebration-

It is a day to be loving and kind and be good hearted towards one another.

Free printable tags for you!

 

 

Blank ones to fill in by you!

 

 

  

I made a couple of banners with specific words that could be used for this

purpose. These easy and cute printables can be found in my Etsy shop here @ https://www.etsy.com/listing/493991736/valentine-banners-immediate-download-and?ref=shop_home_active_1

All you need is scissors, paper, and some twine and you have a simple reusable banner that can be hung from a china hutch, children’s chest of drawers or fireplace

for decorating.

Some romantic, mostly kind, good hearted, friend oriented.

 

Below is our guest room a few years ago.

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Thanks for dropping by!

Blessings,

Debbie

Free Ebook for you! Beautiful French Style Doll Bedding

Hey everyone what a wonderful month it has been. I am so humbled and very happy that Ribbonwood Cottage graced the front cover of 

A Dollshouse Magazine!

 

I realized a little too late the link to my Free Ebook had been tampered with and after hours of working on it realized I’m unable to fix it!

So rather than be upset one more minute I’m uploading the link directly to those of you that would like it. Be sure to sign up to be in my Ribbonwood Cottage VIP Club over on  the sidebar.

I am excited about some wonderful things that are coming up this year – 2017. 2016 turned out to be a bit rough and good all at the same time but it brought many happy things to us.

Free  Ebook here @ https://gallery.mailchimp.com/6a269795a91a04966e8ed2cdc/files/Beautiful_French_Style_Doll_Bedding_PDF_AG_and_Barbie_Doll_copy_2.pdf

 

Thank you everyone!

Debbie Booth

Gingerbread Decor! Free Printable Christmas To Do List

While getting ready for a magazine article with pictures back in August, I came up with several ideas. The cabin/lodge look with lots of plaids and flannels and fur.

Red and black, flannel, check fabric….I love all of it!

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The other idea was all things Gingerbread. Cookies, recipes, Gingerbread cake with creamy icing drizzled on top. Gingerbread decorating ideas….the ideas flooded my mind.

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So for starters I finished the lodge/cabin look for the magazine and here is the Cover! I’m pretty happy with it.img_1631

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creating is my favorite thing to do. Many nights I lay in bed thinking of ideas, I have a tablet next to my bed so that I can write things down so that I can remember them in the morning. Then the next day I start sketching my ideas on to paper. Many times I will cut things out based on those sketches and see if it sews together easily. That isn’t usually an easy process, but one can hope!

 

Here is a Free Printable you can save and print out.Here is a free Printable Holiday To Do List.

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This Gingerbread doll came to mind. I wanted her to look sweet, but also ready to bake! So in the design I made a little recipe card that could be printed out….a very little one….so she could write her own favorite recipes out.

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It also seemed very important that there was some type of Gingerbread house….a pillow of sorts. Not too detailed so it could easily be made before Christmas….

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I’m always a fan of quick and easy projects. Pretty fabric, but pretty simple patterns and direction. What do you think? Here  are some cute Gingerbread Vintage images. 

Save them or print them out and frame them for a little Gingerbread decor in your home for the Holidays! I printed them out and then covered the little sayings with Christmas stickers that I had.

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Enjoy!

Debbie

 

Decorating for Christmas and a %25 off sale at Ribbonwood Cottage Etsy shop!

Hey everyone! Fall decor is lovingly being put away, and the wonderful containers of all things Christmas are being brought out, it is time to enjoy the Holidays.

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Don’t you love little dolls and bedding sets. I have patterns on my Etsy sight for easily making a doll bed out of an Altoids

tin. It makes the comforter, mattress and pillows. All the bedding fits inside and the tin can be closed and taken anywhere

and pulled out for playtime. I love all this little cuteness!

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We really try to make it wonderful for all involved. I commented to my husband how his parents always made Christmas wonderful for us and our kids, and yet they weren’t financially rich, they were rich in so many ways. Decor, food, baked items, festive events….they just made it wonderful for us.  My parents loved shopping for kids and saved all year in a ‘Christmas fund’ in order to be able to shop right after Thanksgiving! So there was always a business plan for Christmas!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/RibbonwoodCottage

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In honor of the National Event called Black Friday everything, excluding patterns, in my shop is on sale. No codes necessary. %25 off of any cuteness. Would love for you to come by for a visit!

Enjoy the weekend too.

Debbie

Easy Free Tote Bag DIY Pattern

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Hey everyone! With two little grandchildren it seems we need to carry around little things for them.

Whether it is diapers, or little treats, food items, bottles, a tote bag seems necessary. Often we run in

somewhere and don’t really need the full fledged diaper bag, so I have created this quick and easy

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Tote Bag Treat Bag. It is made with Halloween fabric for a candy treat bag, but it can certainly be made

using Super hero fabric or cute seasonal fabric. I even purchased real leather trim to make a more stylish

one for an older teen.

Here is the link for your free pattern

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I also want to give a big shout out to Margie @ http://www.ribboncandyquiltcompany.com 

who provided the wonderful Halloween fabric for this project. Thank you so much Margie!
Thank you so much!
Debbie Booth