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Clementine Crate Doll Bed

Recycle a clementine crate to make a cute doll bed for your little girl, as seen on "The Martha Stewart Show." This how-to from illustrator Heather Ross is inspired by her children’s book Crafty Chloe."

Materials

  • 12 short paint-stirring sticks
  • 4 long paint-stirring sticks
  • Wood glue
  • Wood clementine crate
  • Large binder clips
  • Sandpaper or sanding block
  • Gesso or primer
  • Acrylic paint in desired color
  • Dish towel
  • Scissors
  • Needle and coordinating thread
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Loose stuffing
  • Doll needle
  • Buttons (optional)
  • Fat quarter of fabric
  • Quilt batting

Steps

  1. Step 1

    
Trim seven short sticks to 8 inches; set two aside. Lay five trimmed sticks side by side on a flat surface. Lay a long stick next to each end, positioning so that the bottom of each long stick extends 1 1/2 inches past the bottom of the row of trimmed sticks.

  2. Step 2

    Lay one trimmed stick across all the sticks, parallel to and 1/2 inch above the bottom of the five trimmed sticks. Glue into place with wood glue.

  3. Step 3

    Lay five (untrimmed) short sticks side by side with a long stick on each end, as with the footboard. Lay the last trimmed short stick across all, as with the footboard, and glue into place.

  4. Step 4

    Secure headboard and footboard to ends of overturned clementine crate with wood glue; clamp into place with binder clips. Let dry for at least one hour.

  5. Step 5

    Sand bed lightly with a sandpaper; paint with gesso or primer. Paint two to three coats of acrylic paint, sanding between coats.

  6. Step 6

    Trim off the hemmed edges of a dish towel and cut in half. With right sides together, sew all edges, leaving a 2-inch opening on one edge. Pull corners into a triangle and hand- or machine-sew to box corners.

  7. Step 7

    Turn right side out, stuff, and sew opening closed.

  8. Step 8

    Use a doll needle and thread to “tie” mattress in, adding buttons if desired.

  9. Step 9

    Fold fat quarter of fabric in half, right sides facing. Sew along two open edges; leave the third edge open. Turn right side out and fill with quilt batting cut to size. Hand-sew open side closed. Sew straight horizontal and vertical lines of stitches at even intervals across quilt to secure batting.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, February 2012

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Reviews (2)

  • 30 Sep, 2012

    I couldn't find a wooden clementine box anywhere. They are all made of cardboard :(

  • 23 Feb, 2012

    You can find Heather's doll-sized cheater quilt fabric here: http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/heatherross