Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Make It - Easy Peasy Bedspread

Dolly doesn't mind that it's paper!

You've probably noticed, I don't go for realism. I'm more of a suggestive kind of girl. I really like that simple kind of style from a Carl Larsson painting. The Strombecker and Kage furniture of the past really lend that feeling for me. So when I realized I had to do something about my dolly's bare naked beds, fabric just didn't seem the thing to me. But with all that scrapbooking paper out there, I have an awesome media for my humble vision!
Not to mention, way cheapola!!

Make It!

So...... pick your paper:
 This is a specialty scrapbooking paper, from Jo-Ann's. I paid $1.20 on sale

Pick your bed:
 This is a 3/4 scale Strombecker sleigh type bed, True Scale, circa 1960. I added the little gold scrapbooking embellishments to jazz it up a bit.

Measure the width to the floor (or your desired height from the floor) on both sides of the bed and add that to the width measurement of the bed. Measure the length and add about 2".
 Lightly transcribe those two measurements to the back of the paper and cut out. You could use some scallopy scissors to create a sweet edge along for sides of the bedspread, but leave the head and the foot straight.

Put the bedspread side up, on the bed so the foot is at the foot! Fold the paper up at the headboard, you should have that extra 2" comin' up at you. You can fold your sides down over the sides of the bed now if you wish.

Turn the bedspread over to it's backside (no spanking!). Fold back the extra at the top so that it overlaps the first fold about a 1/2". Bend together at that first fold. That will make your "pillow". Tape down the 1/2" flap that to the back. Turn the bedspread over and bring the folded area down to meet the top. Double side tape under the fold to the top to hold the pillow portion in place.

 Tape the sides:
Use removeable two-sided tape along the sides of the bed frame the length of each side to tape the bedspread to the bed. Tape the bedspread to the bed!

Bed (zzzzzzz):
 Look at that cool, little pillow, ahhhhhh. Sleepy time! I suppose you could add some cotton balls between the pillow folds to pump it up!

Place the bed in your dolly house:

Voila! Dolly has matching roman shades as well, taped on with that good removeable two-sided tape. Nothing permanent for dolly, she's a girl who changes her mind on a whim!

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