It's time to add the bedding for our cigar box doll bed. This is a very easy, small project that you can add your own creative touches to and make it truly your own. Since the actual bedding is so simple, think about how you would like to add decoration and detail to this simple little project. Raid your scrap bag and your ribbon and lace collection for ideas.
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To start, measure the inside of your cigar box. Some are square and some are rectangular. Last week I suggested you decide which sides would be the head and foot boards. When you know which end is the head, you know where the top of the "mattress" and "blanket" will be.
Once you have the measurements for the inside of your cigar box, add 1/2 inch to each direction. For example, my box is almost square, it is 6 3/4 inches in one direction and 6 1/2 inches in the other direction. I would then add 1/2 inch to each direction making the fabric that I cut out 7 1/4 inches by 7 inches. This will give me a 1/4 inch seam allowance all the way around. You will need to cut two pieces of fabric of the same size to make the top and bottom of the "mattress". You will also need to cut one piece of quilt batting in the same size.
To make the "blanket" you will need two more pieces of fabric, cut to the same size as your "mattress". So you will have 4 pieces of fabric, in total.
Look in your stash of lace and see if you have a piece of lace which is large enough to go all the way around your mattress or blanket, or both. You will need the measurement of your box to know how much you need, I can't tell you what that will be. If you wish to add lace to the mattress and/or blanket, pin and stitch it to one piece of fabric, along the seam allowance, with the ruffly edge toward the center of the fabric.
Now place the other piece of fabric on top of the lacy one, with right sides together. For the mattress, place the batting on top of both pieces of fabric to make a quilt "sandwich". Stitch around the seam allowance, leaving about 3 inches open to turn it right side out. Clip the corners and turn it right side out. If you added lace, it should now be on the outside. Hand stitch the opening closed and you have a mattress for your bed.
To make the blanket, repeat the steps for the mattress, leaving out the batting. For a blanket so small it will not look right if you make it thick.
You can make both your blanket and mattress reversible by using two different fabrics on each one and you then have two looks for your bed with one sewing project.
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