Well, it seems quite a while since I made anything or wrote on this blog, but here’s a fantastic little free make in the hope that you’ll forgive my non-posting.
I’ve spent a long time making dolls and trying to ‘up my game’ I figured I’d like a nice way to package dolls I sold. I’ve been looking for boxes for quite a while, then I came up with this little idea.
A little traveling home for my mini crochet dolls. It fits dolls just under 6″, so that’s dolls house dolls and some of Beth Webbers smaller dolls, plus some of the ball-jointed dolls that I’ve been looking longingly at recently.
It’s a long set of instructions and all the items I used were bought at my local Hobbycraft (I think that might be Hobby Lobby in the USA)
Firstly, you will need:
1 x A6 craft essentials storage box
12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper (for wallpaper, so look for small patterns)
A4 sized foam board
Piece of 1/8″ diameter wooden dowel
Bead with a large eye
Thin piece of ribbon or embroidery thread
sewing needle with an eye large enough for the ribbon or thread and thin enough to fit through the bead. I used a cross stitch needle.
Pritstick, Tacky Glue, double sided tape
Small bit of water.
Step 1 – The Wallpaper
Cut a piece of 12″x12″ scrapbook paper to 16.5cm x 22cm
Along the 22cm edge measure in 5cm from each side and fold in, this should make a folded piece that fits perfectly into the A6 box.
Use Tacky glue, Prit-stick or Double sided tape to stick into place.
Make sure you add glue to the corners, no one likes the peeling wallpaper look!
Step 2 – The Bed
With Foam Board, cut the following pieces:
1 x 7cm x 16cm piece for the top
2 x 4cm x 7cm pieces for the bed ends
2 x 4cm x 15cm pieces for the sides
Glue the short ends to the bed first, then the long sides. Glue the sides to the front of the bed, not the edges. Secure with sellotape.
When using scalpels and glues, remove kids and pets from the working area, keep scalpels closed and glue lids on. My cat recently sat on a mould filled with epoxy and ended up with a plastic butt!
The bed cover. Cut a piece of 12″x12″ scrapbook paper to 25cm x 16cm.
Then cut a 4.5cm corner out of each corner of that piece. Fold the sides over and glue into place. Secure the edge with clear sellotape if you think you need to.
Step 3 – The Centre Panel
Cut a piece of Foam Board 17cm x 5cm
Cut a piece of the scrapbook paper 17cm x 10.5cm.
Along the 10.5cm edge mark 5cm from both edges and fold in, this leaves 1/2 a centimetre space for the edge of the foam board.
Fold the paper over the foam board and glue in place.
Place the bed into the box then slide in the panel making sure the bed has a comfortable fit to pull in and out once the panel has been glued in place. Mark the panel position with a pencil then remove the bed and panel, Glue between the panel markings and glue the panel in place. Check the bed still fits, but remove the bed until the glue has dried.
LEAVE TO DRY
Step 4 – The Wardrobe
Using a 1/8″ diameter piece of wooden dowel you need to cut a piece that will fit across the wardrobe space. For me the size was 4.3cm, but you need to measure your own dowel, however, it should be around the same size.
I cut the dowel with a scalpel knife, then snapped the piece off with pliers.
Use a good glue to fix the dowel in place. I use Gorilla Glue and am beginning to swear by Gorilla Glue products. This glue activates with water. So I dipped the dowel in water, then added a tiny drop to each end of the dowel. The glue expands when dry, so you only need a tiny amount.
Push the dowel in place. If you’ve measured it long enough it should fit snuggly and not need holding in place.
Put the bed into its space to stop the dowel from pushing the panel out.
LEAVE TO SET
Step 5 – The Bed Pull (Optional Step)
I used a glass bead with a medium sized hole and a cross stitch needle.
Thread the ribbon (or embroidery thread) through the needle, then thread the needle through the bead eye. If it’s a tight fit you could use pliers to help pull the needle through, but don’t break the bead doing this.
Tie a knot on the ribbon to stop the bead falling off and cut the ribbon long enough to hang nicely from the underside of the bed (about 2inches).
Glue in place under the bed, add some clear sellotape to keep in place while it dries.
Step 6 – The Shelves
Cut two pieces of foam board 4cm x 4.5cm
Cut two pieces of scrapbook paper 4.5cm x 8.5cm
Measure along the 8.5cm edge and mark 4cm from each edge, leaving the 1/2cm gap.
Fold in and glue around the foam board shelves.
Again, you need a nice tight fit, so you will most likely need to trim a slither from the edge of the shelves to fit.
Once they fit nicely, glue in place.
Decorate as required.
I made some coat hangers from Polymer Clay and jewellery wire to hang the dolls spare dresses on and she has a shelf for spare underwear and shoes.
I’m also making a quilt and pillow for the bed but as you can see, she’s going to have a great time in her little travel house.
Hope you enjoy this little tutorial.
As I said, I bought all of the supplies from Hobbycraft. I’ll be at my local store on the 13th September running a six week quilting and patchwork workshop. At the time of writing this there are a few spaces left, it’s a small group and if anyone has been to one of my workshops you know that I make sure everyone has a great time and makes something wonderful. No experience necessary but if you’ve got experience still consider coming and see what new things you can learn.
Other news, I went to London in July for the New Designers exhibition, that was really great. I also got accepted for the craft council website and of course, I graduated with a BA(hons) in textile art and crafts. By far though the best news was coming winning first prize for wool innovation from the Worshipful Company of Woolmen. Good things must be ahead!
Let me know in the comments how you are all doing, send some crafting and doll making love and let me know what you’ve been making.