Wednesday, August 25, 2010

doll bassinet tutorial: part 2

Welcome to part two of the doll bassinet tutorial! 

I need to make my usual disclaimer to remind you that I am NOT a professional.  I truly make this stuff up, so if you are an amazing sewer, you will probably read this tutorial and cringe like crazy over all the things I do technically wrong.  I learned a lot from this first bassinet, and I actually made the second one very differently.  However, if I made another bassinet, I would probably go back to this method.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Hop over to part one for a complete materials' list and instructions for the lining.

Here's what you do for the outside body of the bassinet:
1) Pin quilt batting to the wrong side of the outside body fabric.

2)  Quilt these batting and fabric pieces together however you want.  You could do diagonal crossing lines to make a diamond pattern or you could do fancy squiggly lines OR you could be like me . . . lazy and also very unskilled with a sewing machine which means you will just sew straight parallel lines every inch. ;)

3)  For a little pop of color I added a ribbon about a 1/2 from the top edge of the body piece.  You could sew it on with a fancy stitch or you could go my route: FABRIC GLUE . . . the best friend of a lazy crafter who happens to also have difficulty sewing narrow things. 

4)  Pin bottom of body piece (piece with ribbon attached at top) right sides together all around the bottom body piece.

5)  Sew around the edge where the body and the bottom meet.  Then pin and sew the opening where the two ends of the body piece meet up.  (In the picture below, you see the seem of where the two ends meet up on the right hand side of the picture.)  When you are done sewing, the piece will look like this:

6) Moving on to the outside of the hood . . . use the arch of the lining piece as a guide for the arch on the outside hood piece and the quilt batting for the hood.  Pin the batting to the wrong side of the hood fabric. 

7)  Quilt the hood and batting in the same way you did the body quilting.  I just did straight lines every inch.

8)  Make the hood for the outside the same way you made the hood for the lining.  Fold arch piece in half and pin the side opposite the arch. Pin along that edge about five inches.  Sew.

9) Take the opening between the last stitch of the 5 inch section and the fold and open it. Then flatten it so it is perpindicular (or makes a T) to the five inch section.  Pin and sew along edge. 

10)  Flip the outside hood piece right side out.  The back will look like this.

11)  Take the hood lining and place the hood lining over the outside hood piece MAKING SURE RIGHT SIDES ARE TOGETHER.

12)  Pin together along arched edge and sew.

13)  Flip right sides out.  I ended up putting a matching ribbon on the hood edge as well which I put on at this step (not pictured).

14)  Now comes the fun . . . seeing it all come together!  There are a few steps here that I don't have pics for because I got too excited to take pics.  I just wanted to get it done!

16)  Make sure outside body piece is right side out now, and insert lining into body piece so that the wrong sides of both piece are together.

17)  Tuck in and pin top edges of body piece and lining all around inserting and pinning straps and hood as you go.

18)  Top stitch all the way around the edge of the bassinet body.


As I mentioned above, I finished number two bassinet, and I'm on to the blanket and pillow next which means that I . . .

craft on!

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Sarah said...

Wow- great job!! I love the fabric you chose, too!


Beverly @ said...

Great job!! I love it - and I love that I'm not the only one that gets caught up in the process and forgets to take pictures. Makes me feel better. :)
Super cute bassinet!!

Seams Inspired said...

It's fabulous, Elizabeth! Thanks for posting all the photos as you stitched. Sometimes I get so bogged down in the sewing, I don't want to stop to take snaps. :o) Very nice! Happy Thursday! :o) Larri at Seams Inspired

Julianne said...
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Julianne said...

I've been waiting for the second one to come out before I got started on my own. :) Thanks for all the hard work it took!

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Jocelyn Christensen said...

It's so marvelous!

Shari said...

Very cute - I love the fabric choice.

Lu said...

I love that you, too, reach that point where you are ready to just be done and stop taking pictures for the tutorial. Probably half of my pictures in my latest tutorial are faked after the fact. Some I gave up and just took pictures of the tool or the product that I used. :)

Debra said...

You totally don't need the disclaimer! This is incredible. You have a lucky pair of girls, that is for sure!

casserole said...

This is awesome!! What a special place for dolly to get to sleep!

I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:


KBeau said...

Beautiful fabrics. Maybe when my granddaughters are older I'll get inspired to do something like this.

susan said...

I am a non-sewer, but I certainly enjoyed seeing your talent and creation! I love the fabric too!

Allison Shops said...

Another non-sewer, unless it only involves straight lines.. but I think even I would attempt this one. Thanks for the tutorial.

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Kaysi said...

so fun!!

JHill said...

Thanks for linking these tutorials up to the Mad Skills party!

niartist said...

I just love the way this turned out! It's really beautiful, and the step by step tutorial makes it something I might just give a try! It'd make a great gift!! Thanks for sharing, and as always inspiring!
P.S., stop by and let me know what you think of my little video I did of my house. I hope you like it - would love to know what you think!

Donna said...

I am so glad that I found your blog via Skip to My Lou. I made three similar versions of this thirty years ago for my daughters. I still have one and my granddaughters love it. I have wanted to make more but did not have the pattern and did not want to tear this apart. So thank you very much for taking the time to photograph this while sewing it and sharing it with us!

Heather said...

Thank you so much for the tutorial for this I can't wait to make one for my daughter! I loved playing with mine when I was little.

Roo {NiceGirlNotes} said...

This came out really cute. I would LOVE to make something like this. Caught my eye on a link party because a) I'm planning on getting my 2 year old an American Girl Bitty Baby doll but I don't want to spend thousands on the doll's accoutrements and b) I linked up a dollhouse to the same party. :)

(And I'm a no-reply blogger cause I'm rocking the wordpress, but you can come visit me if you feel so inclined.) :)

Meg said...

Love it! You have mad skills. MAD! ;)
Thanks for sharing on my Friday link party! See you next Friday!;)

Laura said...

This is so cute Elizabeth!

Kitschalicious said...

I am so excited to try and make one for my little girl! She's gonna love it for her Care Bear she totes EVERYWHERE!

Thanks so much for the tutorial! I will now open my eyes and stop crossing my fingers! LOL!

Holly said...

I know I will be making one of these. Baby dolls rule in our house. Thanks for the great tutorial!

Samantha said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I made one for my daughter, her it is if you want to see, Thanks again! I love it and I hope she will too :)

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Awesomely cute! Thanks so much for sharing!

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Cookie King said...

I am sorry if I missed this in your instructions; but, what size doll fits in the bassinet?

It is beautiful - thank you very much for posting your pattern.

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