Tools and 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
- Needle and coordinating thread
- Sewing machine (optional)
- Loose stuffing
- Doll needle
- Buttons (optional)
- Fat quarter of fabric
- Quilt batting
Clementine Crate Doll Bed How-To
- Make the footboard: 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.
- 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.
- Make the headboard: 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.
- 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.
- Sand bed lightly with a sandpaper; paint with gesso or primer. Paint two to three coats of acrylic paint, sanding between coats.
- To make the mattress, 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.
- Turn right side out, stuff, and sew opening closed.
- Use a doll needle and thread to “tie” mattress in, adding buttons if desired.
- 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.
Quilt fabric designed by Heather Ross for Spoonflower.