How to make a “no sew” bed for American Girl or 18″ dolls

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My daughter has found the world of American Girl dolls since our last visit into NYC. So of course the dolls all of a sudden need furniture and accessories etc. My first try is a homemade doll bed.

This was easy to make and no sewing was needed.

Materials used:
Craft foam for mattress and large pillow
Cardboard boxes, I repurposed two postal boxes
Craft board or cardboard for headboard and footboard
Paper to draw your designs or shape for headboard and footboard
Hot glue gun and sticks of glue
Fabric for bedskirt, sheets, pillows and blanket
Packing tape
Scissors

First I cut the foam to the size and length of the bed according to the doll. My foam was short so I attached two pieces using tape. The left over piece was used for the main pillow.

Then I found that two reused boxes from the mail, put together made the perfect platform for the mattress. I taped the boxes together.

Next I drew the pattern for the shape of the headboard and used the same for the footboard but folded partially down to make it smaller. I cut that shape out of craft board and taped the headboard and footboard in place on the box.

I used fabric to make a bedskirt and taped into place on the box.

I taped fabric onto the mattress as a fitted sheet and used hot glue to seal all the edges of the top sheet and pillowcase.

I cut the blanket from fleece so no edging required.

And also used glue to create the small pillows out of foam, batting and fabric.

The headboard and footboard I covered in stretch fabric and used batting underneath to give plushness, hot glued the seams and cut out the shape of the headboard/footboard to cover all the tucking on one side and glued in place.

My daughter and her dolls love the bed, she says now I have to make another for her second doll next…

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