Jumping the Gun on Christmas {DIY Doll Bed}

I really don't feel like I have it together for Christmas. I just took our fall decor and pumpkins down {earlier today!} I suppose it's time for Christmas?! It just feels so early. Right?

While I'm not quite in the spirit yet, I have started getting things ready for gift giving. As much as I would love to hand make every gift, I'm just not THAT creative...if only I had more time {a year isn't enough?!}

A couple of days before Thanksgiving (when I should have been cleaning for company) I ended up spending the afternoon outside making my niece a doll bed for her American Girls Doll. {Avert Lilly's eyes, so we don't ruin the surprise for her.} I had seen awesome plans by Ana White, over at That's My Letter {she's seriously a professional doll bed maker, if that is such a thing!} Using those examples, I made a farmhouse style doll bed that is seriously cute: 

But really, no doll bed would be completely without some seriously cute bedding. And a quilt. 

{note to self, next time use REALLY big squares! 1", what was I thinking?}

It is seriously cute, right?!

To complete the doll bed:

I used the Ana White Farmhouse Doll Bed Plans, but per the recommendations of Jamie at That's My Letter, I made the doll bed one slat thinner than the original plans. I would guess it took about 1.5 hours to make. 

I used pink acyrlic paint (three shades of pink mixed together) to paint the bed. 

I used a cardboard box to create a "box spring" and a piece of 1" foam, that I wrapped in extra batting that I had in my stash. I finished the mattress by sewing a white "case."

I make a fitted sheet, adapting the prudent baby fitted crib sheet plans, only adding elastic along the corners so it's easy for a little girl to "make the bed." I added also made a top sheet, with ric rack on one side and some extra balloon fabric on the other. 

I made a matching pillow case that was about 7" wide and maybe 5" high, I created a little pillow first, filled it with fiberfill, sewed up the seem, super easy. I made the pillow case about a half in larger, leaving the edge open, and added the balloon fabric & trim. 

Seriously, super cute, right?!

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