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bed for a 15cm princess- pillow

  • Posted on December 16, 2015 at 12:10 pm

now onto the pillow. a necessity for a comfy sleep. cut a rectangle of cotton and one of batting, make sure you add seam allowance on all the sides. fold in half and stitch together leaving a small opening to turn.
Pillow lined with batting
turn right side out and fill with “pellets”. i used glass sand blasting pellets just cause that’s what i have on hand. i bought a huge bag years ago, when i was still making bears and i still have tons left! but you can also use seed beads, play sand (clean please) or some miniature sites also say to use salt but you would have to be sure it would never get wet!
Turn and fill with "pellets"
because my pellets are so fine and i don’t want any leakage at the seam i put a fine line of fabric glue on the inner seam. it is flexible and doesn’t show especially under the batting. after gluing it together i close the seam with a ladder stitch as usual.
Glue inside edge to seal pellets in
now take a nap on your comfy new pillow.
Take a nap
liya approves and demonstrates just how soft and squishy her new pillow is.

bed for a 15cm princess- mattress

  • Posted on December 12, 2015 at 12:30 pm

coming back to this one for a bit, while once again waiting for paint to dry on another project. (it is taking a very long time) this time i am working starting on the bedding. first the mattresses. to begin i cut out the filler. the rectangular bed got 1″ thick memory foam. that was too thick for the other two and hid too much of the head board so instead they got three layers each of warm and natural quilt batting.
Mattress filler

the covers are simple, pillow cover like. i cut a rectangle a little bigger than the filling, stitched it 1/4″ wider on each side for the smaller mattresses. 1/2″ bigger for the larger then “boxed” each corner, turned it right side out and stuffed. the small opening is closed with a ladder stitch. i had originally planned to make tufted and piped mattresses – even got one mostly done, but then realized that would mean i’d have to make bottom sheets for these tiny beds 🙁 so i tossed it and made these simple ones instead!
Mattress covers

bed for a 15cm prince(ss) number 2 part 2

  • Posted on December 9, 2015 at 11:09 am

Possible legs?
i dug through my supply box for possible legs and came up with these. they were the ones i had enough of that looked like they might fit. after trying each set out, the spools ended up being the best for both scale and size.
Glue the chosen ones on
so i glued one to each corner
Another bed ready for bedding
flip it over and the bed is ready to go. or at east ready for bedding…

bed for a 15cm prince(ss) number 2

  • Posted on December 8, 2015 at 7:07 am

Toddler bed 2
using the oval ornament from the previous post, i chose this time to cut it in half since it wouldn’t stand alone. i made the base the same way as the first bed, except i cut the dowels the full width of the 4 craft sticks.
Glue to base
glue the head and foot boards to the base lining up the bottom edges and clamp till dry. the clothespins would make funky legs but they are just temporary 😉

bed for a 15 cm prince(ss) part 2

  • Posted on December 7, 2015 at 7:15 am

once the glue has set, line up the base with one set of curls to make sure it is straight and glue it on. clamp in place till glue dries. proper clamps would be ideal but clothes pins work in a pinch ;0)
Glue base to head board
you can leave the bed like that or paint it as desired.
Not very springy
not very springy, it needs a mattress!
But just my size
but it’s just the right size. 🙂

bed for a 15 cm prince(ss)

  • Posted on December 6, 2015 at 12:48 pm

while we were waiting for paint to dry on the previous project, liya started hauling out wood and asking me to build her a princess bed that was just her size. feeling bad that every one thinks the poor girl is a boy since she is still bald i complied since it would be a fairly quick build anyway.
Building a bed for my prince(ss)
we gathered up a bunch of odds and ends to see what would work. the “frilly” ones are christmas ornaments i got on sale at michaels. we have jumbo craft sticks, odds and ends of square dowels left over from other projects, a bag of balsa scraps, my miter box, saws, pencil and glue. after some testing we decided to start with the rectangular ornaments for the head/footboard, the dowels for supports and 4 craft sticks for slats as the balsa wood was just a smidge too short and narrow.
Mark the supports
next we figured out how high the bed should be and marked the dowel supports against the end boards at that point
And the jumbo craft stick slats
and marked the ends of the craft sticks so they would be square not curved
Taped together I can cut them exactly even
i wrapped some scotch tape around the craft sticks so that i could cut them all at once. then laid the bundle flat in my miter box and zipped off the ends. it is turned this way just to show how even it came out. (the miter box is really handy for people like me who don’t really know how to do wood work, and if you use your 40% off coupon at michaels it is less than $10… even in canada!. go on a separate day and use the coupon to get the matching saw that cheap as well ;))
Glue supports across end of slats
center the trimmed supports across the very ends of the slats making sure everything is square and even, and glue down using weld bond, or wood glue.
Place heavy weight on top and wait for glue to dry
and placed a heavy weight on top and wait for the glue to dry

dollhouse rug

  • Posted on June 12, 2015 at 2:44 pm

i haven’t been doing a lot of crafting this year, i’m on a cleaning/purging binge instead trying to get my house, craft room and library in order after several years of neglect. but every now and then i take some time out to finish up a project or two.

once i have enough space cleared out i’m planning to make up room boxes for my dolls. hopefully at least one per size. i’ve been collecting stuff to decorate them with for quite a while and adding new things as i find times or the right supplies.
this little project is one i had marked on pinterest for quite a while. it will become a rug for the little girls room. i loved the colors in the chart, the actual colors not so much. since i have a huge box of thread (most of it 25 years old or older) it was easy to find the colors i wanted… or at least reasonably easy. the first sample was close to the chart, but just didn’t look right, so after completing the leaves i pulled new colors from my box and started over. the second try was much better so this time i finished it up. it is stitched on 22 count even weave with 2 strands of floss.
Dollhouse rug
and here it is with crystalorn, one of my pukifees so you can get an idea of the scale.Pukifee sized rug
now i just have to figure out how to finish the edges to make it look like a real rug instead of a piece of cross stitched fabric 😆

suggestions i have recieved on how to finsih it

-fold under the edges leaving one or two rows exposed and do a stitch around it so it would be enclosed like the real rugs. Either a whip stitch or buttonhole stitch close together.
-turn it under as close to your stitching as possible
-backing with felt and then binding the edges
-give it a border with a coordinating ribbon. either a nice sturdy solid-color grosgrain, or a brocade trim.
-trim the edges back a couple of rows from the stitching, turn them under and one row from the stitching and loop embroidery threads through at the very edge of the stitching to create a thread fringe If you think the white will show through between fringe treads, buttonhole stitch closely around the edge in the same colour as the fringe before adding the fringe.

next post will (hopefully) show which i chose and the finished rug!

etsy pre-christmas sale

  • Posted on September 30, 2013 at 5:43 pm

i’ve really been neglecting things lately, the kids went back to school and i just seemed to crash. but i’m trying to get back going again and thought a good way to start was with a pre-christmas sale at my etsy store. i have a bunch of thread crocheted dresses in the pukifee/ latiyellow /tiny delf size ready to go and thought it would be a great time to put them up so people could get them delivered before christmas. so here’s the deal…
from now til november 15th buy any thread crochet pukifee dress and get another dress free! (while supplies last,) the free dress is random, but you can request pinks, earth tones, brights, pastels in note to seller.

pre christmas promo on now
a sample dress
and here‘s a link to my store again

rub a dub dub wee girls in a tub

  • Posted on January 10, 2013 at 1:03 pm

to try and keep up with my new years resolutions for at least the first week, here is this weeks post, three of my wee girls together in the bubble bath scrubbing clean after a morning or finger painting, in which they got more paint on themselves than the paper.
rub a dub dub wee ones in a tub
alys and crystal like baths, but poor sophie seems to think she will melt 😆