Someone very special is turning three this week: my niece! You’ve seen her before in her flower girl dress from our wedding, and here she is again:
What do you get for a little gal who already has tons of toys? Turns out, she’s been asking for a baby doll cradle. Guess who has one from her own childhood? Aunt Jessie! Sure, it’s a little worn, but that wear is love.
Grandma was kind enough to clean ‘er up and bring ‘er on over, but I decided the bedding I used for my dolls as a kid was a bit old and tired (and is not up my current adult aesthetic for such things, which may or may not matter to a three year old…) for the little Miss.
It was sewn with love, though. Pretty sure my mama made both of these for me; not sure who else would’ve!
TIME TO SEW ALL THE THINGS!
I woke up last Saturday with a loose plan and within 90 minutes had the top of her baby doll quilt completed.
But that’s all I could do for the morning. In a crafting purge, I’d completely rid myself of all quilt batting and fiberfill (which made sense; I hadn’t completed any sort of quilted thing since I was…13?). Since I knew I’d have to go to JoAnn anyway, I decided I would also make a new “mattress” for the cradle with 1/2″ high density foam.
Every mattress needs a sheet, so I whipped one up from quilting cotton using the overlapping pillow cover method. And shit, once I’d gone that far, mightaswell make a pillow for the dolly! (or, you know, my illustrious model, who is known as Mouse)
Overall, I’m happy with the end result! Sure, I didn’t piece it as accurately as I could’ve, which then led to some lackluster stitch-in-the-ditch quilting, but it works. It’s an important lesson for next time and a good primer for my next quilting project (which I’ll be starting this weekend!).
So, Happy Birthday, Baby! Hope your baby doll sleeps well in her new bed. <3