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« on: March 02, 2008 02:25:18 PM »

Dorothy Babydoll is one of my daughter's favorite toys, and I decided that dolly needed a bed...

I spent all week drafting, cutting, and finally sewing this. (Mostly during her naptime each day).

I'm especially pleased with the applique monkey. It's the first applique I've done that has multiple pieces.

The bed has a removable cushion

Here's the matching quilt so dolly stays warm.

And dolly all snug in her new bed!

I wouldn't have chosen the green thread if I'd had any pink thread, but it was either that or white and white just seemed too boring. But I probably should have put white on the bobbin when I was quilting...the green looks pretty strange on the plain pink back to the quilt. But it was the first machine quilting I have ever done. Whenever I made quilts in the past, I just tacked them together by hand every few squares.
The plain green and green stripes came from a down comforter that I dismantled (there were feathers EVERYWHERE!) It was given to me and I didn't need/want it. The plain pink was from a crib sheet that was also given to me, but we don't have a full-size crib, so I didn't need that either. The rest was scraps I inherited from an old roommate or my mom or something years ago. I used some really stiff iron-on adhesive in the sides and bottom of the bed.  (It tried to kill my sewing machine! The adhesive kept collecting on the needle and causing my bobbin thread to tangle up. I could have screamed!)

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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2008 02:38:11 PM »

That is super cute! I  love the colors and the monkey!!
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2008 03:14:09 PM »

Love the monkey!  I tried sewing a while back but it definitely was not my thing unfortunately. 

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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2008 08:02:27 PM »

What a terrific gift for a little girl! I admire the great work of the monkey appliqu, and that you made a tiny matching quilt. Such a sweet mama!

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« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2008 09:20:23 PM »

What a sweet bed.  You did a wonderful job.  Thank you for sharing the process esp the how to applique.  What a wonderful gift for your DD.
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« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2008 07:32:21 AM »

Thanks for all your kind comments!

My DD loves it! She loves monkeys, and when I showed her this one, she got really excited. "monk, monk" she says...  :-)
She loves taking her dolly out of the bed and putting her in the doll stroller, then back to the bed. And she kisses her on the face after she's all tucked in. Very sweet!

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« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2008 10:15:26 AM »

How beautiful!! I love monkeys! Your daughter is very lucky!
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