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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Molly's Loneliness

By Sophie age 8

Molly was a lonely  person with no one to play with, talk to, or get warm with.Then, one day and one night a girl came in to the room and found her in the cab-nit. she was dressed in a blue dress with long brown hair.
  She looked lonely and sad so Sophie the girl took her out and looked at her tears from her eyes to her mouth.Molly and Sophie stared at each other. Sophie had an idea to cheer Molly up. She took Molly to an animal store and bought a horse named Penny. Before bed Molly practiced riding the horse. 

When it was bed time Molly knew she'd half to go back in the cab-nit.  But instead she had been taken in Sophie's hands and got dressed for bed. Molly yawned and closed her eyes as she was tucked into bed.
  As Molly fell asleep she felt a sniff sniff on her face. This time she really fell asleep.

Though Molly dreamed she was with Sophie but she felt a breath and knew her wish came true.The End

Finally, Josefina!

I have been looking out for Josefina doll for ages on Ebay.  I always hesitated to buy for one reason or another.  Sometimes the picture looked like her hair was very dry and frizzy, or the doll would have some marks or other damage OR be WAY TOO expensive.

Well!  I met this lady by chance who had a bunch of AG stuff to sell and she invited me to come see what she had!  Wow!  What fun, but best of all she had this like new Josefina!!

 She came with her meet outfit, but not the shoes. 

 Her hair is smooth and silky, just beautiful!

Here she is in her Christmas dress which we already had in our collection. 

 Next I need to find her mantilla and comb.
This is just a scarf we made for the dress.

 And here she is in her feast day skirt.  

 I got a little surprise when I opened her purse, 
her coin and handkerchief
were both inside!

Welcome home Josefina!

 And getting to know some of her new friends.

Doll bed out of foam - Tutorial!

Here is the end product.  I hope this tutorial is helpful!

 I start with my go-to craft foam - eggcrate!  I got this at the big box discount store for cheap.

 Mark the foam with a pen 8" by 20". 

  Cut out 2 of these 8" by 20" pieces.

 This is the headboard. 8" wide by 6 1/2" tall.  I just use a bowl or guesstimate the rounded top.
The headboard can just be square too if making the rounded part seems too much trouble.
Cut out 2 headboard pieces as well.
Here are the foam pieces all cut out.

 Hot-glue the pieces of foam together with the ridged parts facing each other.

 Here is our basic bed shape ready for fabric.

 Let me just say here that I am NOT a true seamstress! 
I lay my foam on my fabric and cut out with some generous amounts of fabric for seams.

 For the bed fabric I wound up cutting out a folded piece of fabric around 12" wide and about 26" long.  This was a little too wide and I had to bring it in about an inch, but for me I'd rather have to take it in than have it too small.

 I am basically making a pillow slip to cover the foam with.
Those of you who do not sew, you could just hot-glue fabric to the foam.

 Here is my  pillow slip to cover the foam.  

 I fold the corners in to make box corners.  Then it is easy to stitch down with a needle and thread - or even hot glue!  I just prefer stitching.

 Here is my headboard.  Again I just cut out a generous 
bit of fabric around my foam while it is lying on the fabric.
 I used a colored pencil to make a light line as a shape guide.  
As you can see I am leaving an inch or so around the shape for fitting.  
Then I stitched these 2 pieces of fabric, right sides together, to cover the headboard.  
After stitching I trim the excess fabric.
(I know, I am a fabric waster)

 I inserted the foam in my headboard cover and here is the bottom of the headboard.
I fold the fabric under like I was wrapping a gift.
Then I whip-stitch it all the way across.  OR you can just hot-glue it!

 I do the same thing to the open end of the bed.  
This end of the bed will be attached to the headboard and hidden from view

OK, here's the thing.  I tried hot-gluing the headboard to the bed body, but it just didn't work.
SO, again, I just whip stitched the 2 pieces together.  
If anybody out there figures out a better solution please share!

So, here is the bed put together.  Now the bedspread and pillows!

The bedspread.  I just use 2 matching fabrics.  I usually like to do one side of fleece and the other side of cotton, but I had this pink fabric and thought it would make a cute spread.  I cut out 2 pieces of fabric about 25" by 17" and sew them right sides facing like a pillow slip with one open end.

With my 4th end I just fold both fabrics in and....
 Stitch down to close the end.

 Last of all I cut out another piece of foam to make a pillow.
I cover it with fabric and close it like the bedspread. 

 I make a separate pillow cover.

 I saw this fleece scrap and decided to make a little throw pillow.
I cut another small square of foam and sewed around 3 sides.  
Then I cut into the fabric to make strips and knotted the strips on each end of the pillow.

And here is the finished bed ready for sleepy dolls.

Sweet Dreams!