Friday, December 11, 2009

Brenda Blathers On About Her Christmas Gifts

If you are just joining us, I'm making the girls doll beds this Christmas. Shhhh if you know my girls! :) I got the mattresses done and wanted to share some other things I have finished. Finishing feels good!

I bought 2 pieces of 4" thick foam at the fabric store, but when I started cutting it in half, I realized it was too thick. Since I couldn't return it, I just cut them all in half the other way so they are 2" thick. THEN I was able to return one of the foam pieces I hadn't touched since the one piece was enough for all four beds. It would be a lot easier to just buy 2" thick foam. That would be my suggestion. :)

Since the foam was now really ugly from being hacked by a too-short electric fish filleting knife, it needed to be covered. So I cut up an old sheet that was sort of bleached out on one side and we only used for covering plants and things like that. Don't worry, I washed it.

All done!

I have 3 more to sew up on the ends. Sigh. That bores me just thinking about it.

I tried to sew a button on the foam to make it look more like a cushioned mattress, but I couldn't get it to tie tight enough to stay pressed down. It wasn't worth the effort, but it would have been cute if it worked. Here is a bare-bones bed. You can't tell the scale from this pic, but the beds are actually quite large. The sides of the tub aren't straight, so at the top it's much bigger than the inside bottom is. Plenty of room to tuck in the bedding on the sides, thanks to the size of foam I bought.

My nieces are getting reversible aprons inspired by this tutorial. I realize the tutorial is for a doll quilt and I somehow got inspired to make aprons, but it was another great way to use those fabric samples my mom gets in the mail. I tried to grab their favorite colors for their aprons.

See? Reversible!

Oooh! Aaaah!

I will be adding a children's cookbook to this gift. And I'm getting them each a little toy too. They aren't old enough to get ALL practical gifts yet!

That comes later. Like when you are 38 and you find a $50 gift card in your old Christmas cards and you buy.......a vacuum cleaner and groceries with it.
And you are excited.


  1. Cute cute cute!
    I was excited last year when I got my walmart gift card and spent it all on pantry re-stock! I was set for like 6 months, it was ridiculous : ) This year, I was told if I get a gift card, I MUST spend it on me!

  2. Brenda,you are amazing.I have a suggestion for the beds which you may have already thought of .you could skirt the outside of the bed.

  3. Love the aprons and the beds! I love that you are blathering on about your gifts, they are great! (I SO need a sewing machine. I think I said that last year.) :)

    And, you found a $50 gift card? How cool is that?! I would be excited too! :)

  4. Actually Lucy, I had NOT thought of that! That is brilliant!! Hmmm....I'll have to work out logistics on that one. Very good idea. Thanks!

    And Karly, yes. It was....get this....5 years old! And still good. I was so happy!

  5. Double-sided tape is my best friend. Works fantastic on plastics.

    Anyway, love it! Way to forge ahead! Get those boring seams done and you'll be golden. :0) Merry early Christmas!

  6. Brenda,
    I don't sew much but I would measure around the bed. either double that number or use 1 1/2 timed that number of fabric. hem the bottom side and elastic the top side of the fabric so it will fit tightly around the top of the bed. Then it can be removed or changed.

  7. That's kind of what I was picturing too. Not sure I'll have time before Christmas but we'll see.

  8. Brenda ,
    I was wondering if you have ever done a post on felt play food for your girls?I know I have read one some where but can't seem to find it.

  9. Lucy, I have not. But try sewmamasew's blog. I've seen tutorials over there.


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