Little beds for Mell-chan

I just realized that I have not posted for 2 months! Where did the time go? I have been busy with my other blog most of all, but I have been sewing. So when I sew for the other blog, I find it quite repetitive to post it again in this one.

But today’s project was entirely conjured out of thin air (in my head actually ;P ) and not from a pattern book. It’s something that I have been meaning to do but never got around to doing. Beds for their Mell-chan dolls. I am paid by the makers of these dolls but I certainly cannot recommend this doll enough. It’s been 3 years and the dolls are as hardy and new as the first day they came. And they are not entirely treated with TLC all the time. I even had to save one of them from a over-zealous “hairdresser” who thought the hair on her doll will grow back after cutting! :)

So being such great dolls, they deserve a nice little rest at the end of the day. There are official Mell-chan beds for sale, but they are plasticky and really not my idea of a dolls bed. My design brief (to myself) – rustic, handmade, white/pink, with quilts and lacy bedskirts.

I actually cut out these quilt squares a few months back, hoping to cut enough during my spare time so that eventually, I would have enough to piece together quilts for the girls. But I never got around to cutting more, so I decided to just use them for the dolls. Almost all the pretty cloth (except the aqua blue with white polka dots) are from Sarah Jane’s Children at Play line.

So I bought 2 pieces of 600mm x 150mm x 6mm wood from Daiso. From one piece, I cut evenly into two halves to make the bed boards.
From the other piece, I cut into 4 pieces – 2 pcs of 12cm x 15cm for the headboard, and 2 pcs of 8cm x 15cm for the footboard. With the remnants left from the second piece, DH cut out initials of the dolls names to be pasted on the headboard. There was another piece of wood (450mm x 9mm x 12mm) cut up into blocks and used to support the bed structure but can’t be seen from the top of the bed. Anyway, the 3 pieces of wood used means the cost of the beds was SG$6 in all. :)
The girls mixed their own colors, painted the beds and added glitter to the letters. I added modge podge the next day to secure the glitter.

The quilts are made from 10cm squares, sewn with a 1cm allowance.

The flip side is pretty too! I let the girls choose their fabrics, couldn’t quite bear to cut into the pink pinwheels one because I only had 1m left!

There is even a little mattress. I didn’t have any foam so I just stacked 3 pieces of felt together for stuffing. And added a bedskirt.

Cleared a little cubicle for them in the expedit bookcase. The two beds fit perfectly in here!


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  • dorothy
    June 11, 2013 - 9:05 pm | Permalink

    wow – I want to make this for my daughter’s melly (that’s what we call her) doll. The quilts are so pretty! May I ask what holds the beds together? Did you nail them together or use some sort of glue?

    • Cotton Candy
      June 11, 2013 - 10:01 pm | Permalink

      Hi Dorothy, no nails involved, just wood glue. But you need to glue on supports below to prevent the bed from sagging.

      • dorothy
        June 13, 2013 - 9:50 pm | Permalink

        Thanks! I’m still not sure if I’m brave enough to attempt woodwork, but the doll quilts are adorable and manageable.

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