2.28.2011

American Girl Bunk Beds and Bedding

This family project is officially done!  It took a little longer than expected but the bunk beds and the doll quilts are done!

A while back I decided it would be fun to make my girls bunk beds for their American Girl (-ish) dolls using the directions from Pieces for Reese.  My intention was for me to do the work with the girls assisting me.  JuneBug helped me shop for the wood, we got enough for two sets (one is going to be a gift for their friend, one of my "spares") and spent less than $20, included a countersink drill bit.

IronFish ended up jumping in on the action and he did most of the building and painting with the girls help (and a bit of mine).  The final results...

Shhhh.....
 Which one snores?
We finished it with a glossy white paint to match the bunk beds the girls got for Christmas.  My mother-in-law made each of my kids a quilt for their beds.  She sent me the left over fabric so I was able to make them coordinating doll quilts.  Thanks to Christine at From an Igloo, for the inspiration!

I did make a bit of a change from the original plans, on the bottom bunk, we put the plywood under the side rails to make a tray to hold the mattress in place.  I made the mattresses out of left over foam I had covered in old pillow cases I had in my stash.  I simply serged one side to the width I wanted, slid the foam in and tucked it closed.  I personally thought it was pretty clever (everyone should be proud of themselves every now and then!).

It feels good to knock a few things off my Craft Bucket List.

Peace be with you,

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a clever idea. The family project is something your girls will always remember. It did not cost alot but the time spent was priceless. More parents should follow your lead.

Krafty Kat said...

You should be proud- great job! This is adorable and a much treasured piece for your girls! Thanks for linking up!

Deanna said...

Very Cute!! You should check out my AG backpack over at www.shadytreediary.blogspot.com .
I have several other things I haven't even posted yet, too! :)

abeachcottage said...

Really cute project. Thanks for sharing.

Kristen @ ladybug-blessings.com said...

this is precious! I always wanted beds for my dolls and never had them :( Thank you so much for linking up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings. www.ladybug-blessings.com (p.s. did you enter my giveaway for handstamped jewelry? It ends the 4th :)

Sarah said...

I featured this at Simply Step Back Today- thanks for linking up, and be sure to stop over and grab a feature button!

http://simplystepback.blogspot.com/2011/03/simply-share-it-link-party-7-features.html

Marianne said...

I was just thinking that my daughter really need a big girl bed for her AG Target knock off doll. Seing yours I think I should go for it or just wait till we get to Norway this summer and let it be a project for her to do with grandpa. Either way I love your bed and the bedding is really nice.
Thank you for sharing.

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

Those are precious! My girls are VERY attached to their American Girls. How they would love a set of bunk beds :)

Kristi said...

Emily -

LOVE the bunk bed!!! WOW! I love that you involved the whole family! I often "build" with my daughter, so that's why it takes SO LONG for me to get my furniture posted! :) Thanks so much for letting me know! I'll be linking to you, dear! Kristi @ http://piecesforreese.blogspot.com/

Its Sew For You said...

I love this! My dad made my dolls bunk beds when I was little and I LOVED them! i'm sure we'll be making some for my daughters some day too :) These turned out so cute! Thank you for sharing :)

Jen said...

Oh, how fun! My girl would love something like this! These are just beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Fantastic Friday. I hope that you will join us again this week.

Christina @ The Tattered Tag said...

What a fun project, all super cute!! Imagine if dolls really snored? LOL!! Thank you for sharing your great project by linking up to my blog bash K.I.S.S. @ The Tattered Tag. Please remember tomorrow is another fun blog bash, so drop by and link up more of your creativity! :)

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