I enjoy crafting! And I love making things for Barbies! So when I was about 17/18, I made my littles sisters, Little Miss and Boo Bear each their own Barbie Bed and matching Sofa! I can hardly wait to have my own girls so I can have a good excuse for making more Doll Furniture!
I made both sets the same only different colours. You know how important fairness it to siblings/children!
For the Beds:
The headboard and footboard are thin pieces of wood that I had cut to size. Each is wrapped in fabric. I used hot glue to keep in place. The bed frame is styrofoam which I covered in batted fabric. This too was glued into place. I then glued and sewed the frame to the boards to create the bed. I then glued some lace to the bottom of each side. I finished it off with two normal sized pillows, a body pillow and a reversible blanket.
Little Miss' Sofa:
There are two piece of styrofoam as the base and one piece as the back rest. One piece of the base was covered in the contrasting material, whilst the other two pieces were covered in the batted fabric. I glued and sewed the two base pieces together, then I glued and sewed the back rest to the base. Then I created the arm rests and sewed those on to each side of the couch. I finished it off with a several pillows.
Boo Bear's Sofa:
Same method as Little Miss' Sofa, only I didn't use a contrasting colour for the base and I glued lace around the bottom border of the Sofa. She did have the same number of pillows as Little Miss. We just couldn't find them for the picture.
Ever since I was given a quilt that was made by my Great-Grandmother, I fell in love with the idea of making them myself. At first, I tried to make a small one by hand that I never finished. Let's face it, sewing a large project by hand can be tedious! I love sewing, just not so much having to do it by hand. So, I put that aside for a while, and it passed away from my mind for a time.
Fast-forward a few years to April 2006.
At the age of 16, I decided to attempt a quilt again, as a youth retreat was coming up and I thought it would be fun to have a cool blanket to take with me. Only this time, I would use a serger and a sewing machine.
I selected a few fabrics and I cut them into squares and triangles. I sewed some of the triangles together to get squares, then I arranged all my squares into a pretty design on the floor. When I was happy with the design, I sewed them together with the serger. At that point, I sewed my pretty quilt side to the inside batting and to the back. I turned it inside out, and I used the sewing machine to sew around the border of the quilt. Success! Before I had finished the first quilt, I decided that my sister needed a fun quilt for the retreat as well. So she would get the first one I was working on. I proceeded to design my new quilt on some graph paper. Then, I went to the fabric store and picked out some fabrics to go with the design. I used the same method as above to sew this quilt together. All in all, both quilts together took me about a week to complete! I made each one to fit a full-sized bed. I know I took pictures of these 2 quilts, however, they seem to have been misplaced over the years.
I was so happy with my quilts that I decided for christmas 3 of my other siblings would be getting quilts. Since they were 4-8 years old, I decided they didn't need a large blanket so I made each of theirs to be about 50x70 inches. I decided it would be more efficient to make all 3 at the same time. So I carefully designed them on graph paper like I did before. Then I went to the fabric store to get all of the materials I would need for them. I found a fabric selection that had batting already attached to it, so I picked that out for the back and inside of the quilts. Over the next few days, I cut out all the triangles and squares in the colours I needed. Then, I sewed each quilt, one-by-one, with the serger, finishing the border off with the sewing machine. I only got started with making them a few days before christmas, so they weren't finished in time. So they got them for New Years instead. They of coursed loved them!
The Pictures I have of them aren't too clear, and were taken about 5 years after I had actually made them. Plus, they have faded since I made them. But here they are all the same:
Some time in the future, I will get back to making quilts. For now I'll just keep designing them on my computer, for me to make later. :D
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