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

 

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

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

2 https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B2t-26EiANwuaHVkdjZ5SG5VeG8?usp=sharing

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

Free Fall Printables

Hey everyone I don’t know about you but I love free stuff. Free Printables have always been a favorite. Whether it is a free Vintage style printable, Free Cross stitch or Quilting pattern, or maybe  a printable I can use in one of my Organizational planners, they are always a great resource.  These are wonderful and vintage. I Love how they look.

Apples caramel fall square

Fall 2 fall 3 fall 5 kids fall wheat Acorn fall apple cider cake fall corn wheat stalks fallThese are a few of my favorite Fall Printables. I have printed some out, and just trimmed them down to fit a frame, or I have tucked them behind a fall vignette for a little extra color in a grouping.

Be sure you sign up for my VIP CLUB on my side bar and receive my Free Ebook too-Beautiful French Doll Bedding Pattern in 3 sizes.

pattern frontAmerican Girl Doll, Barbie/Blythe, and Miniature Dollhouse Size.

Glad you came by!

Blessings

Debbie

 

Free Ebook-Beautiful French Doll Bedding in 3 Doll Sizes-

pattern front I’d love for you to receive my new Free Ebook-Beautiful French Doll Bedding Patterns and more. It has beautiful photos and directions for making lovely French Style doll bedding in 3 different sizes-American Girl Doll, Barbie Doll and Miniature Dollhouse sized bed. The bedding above is sized for an American Doll bed.

I don’t know about you but I love the French look. Sometimes it has a rustic feel, a farmhouse feel or elegant….

I love all of it. Love cream and black ticking fabric. It is a neutral that goes with just about everything. Below is the bedding for the miniature dollhouse sized bed. the patterns for all of these are in my new Free Ebook.IMG_7105

And then fabric with French handwriting on it. Ooh La La!  It is so romantic and lovely to look at.

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The Eiffel tower is a place of romance and sheer discovery. I’ve been to France one time, and was in awe at the lights, the architecture, and the loveliness of the country.

Here is a free printable of the Eiffel tower.

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two eiffel tower

I printed out the smaller ones onto white card stock and then decoupaged them onto the rectangle canvas (2″ x 3″) you see below and used it to decorate the dolls room! I also used scrapbook paper that had French script writing on it and decoupaged unfinished wood squares. once those dried i hot glued smaller square mirrors in the center and used those for wall decor.

This bedding is for a Barbie/Blythe doll sized bed. Each bed set is similar, the sizes are different. But in my Ebook I show pictures and guidelines for making all of them.

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Be sure to sign up for my Ribbonwood Cottage VIP Club and you’ll receive the free Ebook. During the year I try to always give away free seasonal

goodies, coupons to my shops, fun things that everyone will enjoy

receiving.

Blessings,

Debbie

American Miniaturist Featured Ribbonwood Cottage

Something wonderful happened. A magazine cover of my work!

Working on dollhouse miniatures, sewing items for little girls birthdays, and special items for young women getting married over the last few years has been a big task.

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I’ve received custom orders for museum quality dollhouses requiring perfection when making doll bedding or dollhouse items that are hand sewn. I love to sew and have enjoyed all of this. And I have been asked to make doll bedding that perfectly matches the little childs room that an Interior Decorator has done, using the same fabrics, which were sent to me by the customer.
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To my surprise I was contacted by a few magazine editors, and asked to decorate some Red, White and Blue rooms and vignettes.

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An Americana porch came to mind! Lots of pretty fabrics, flags and flowers.

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American Miniaturist Magazine-July issue. I’m on the cover too, which is very exciting to me.IMG_4171
They can be seen at my Etsy shop for now here @
Ribbonwood Cottage Designs

Thanks for coming by for the visit!

Debbie