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How to Make Bedding for a Doll Cradle

I thought I’d share how I went about making the bedding set for the doll cradle that I posted about last time .

First, to make the mattress, I measured the inside bottom of the cradle.   It was 8 ½ X 25 inches.

So I cut three pieces of a thick batting 8 1/2” X 25”.    Well, actually one of the leftover pieces of batting I had was only 8″ wide, but since I was using three pieces, I made it work by off setting the narrower piece when I layered them.)

Cut batting to size

To figure out what size to cut the fabric for the mattress cover, I measured the depth of the three layers of batting and added that to the width and length of the batting and cut two pieces of flannel that size.

Then with wrong sides facing, I sewed the two long sides and one end, trimmed the corners at an angle and turned it right-side out.

Sew along two long sides and end

Turn right side out

After inserting the batting, I found that the cover was just a little bit too long, so I simply turned under more of the cover before hand stitching the end closed.

Insert batting into mattress cover

Then to make the mattress look like an old-fashioned mattress, I tie quilted it with yarn.

Mattress Tied with Cotton Yard

I used the lines in the plaid as a guide for placing my ties.

This is what the top of the mattress looks like.
This is what the top of the mattress looks like.

The pillow was super simple.  Just two pieces of flannel from the same plaid cut 6”X8”, sewn together leaving a space for turning and stuffing.  Then stuffed and hand stitched closed.

doll pillow

And lastly, for the doll quilt.  I had just enough bits and pieces of bear print flannel leftover to fussy cut twenty-one 3 ½” squares.  Then I cut out twenty-one 3 ½” squares from yellow flannel.  I laid out the squares, alternating bears and yellow fabric in seven rows of 6 squares each.  Then it was simply a matter of sewing the squares together in rows, pressing and then sewing the rows together.

After another pressing, I used the top as a pattern to cut out a back.   I decided it didn’t need any batting… so next, I sewed the top and back with right sides together leaving an opening for turning.  Trimmed the four corners on an angle, then turned it right side out and hand stitched the opening closed.

I gave it one more pressing and then top stitched ¼” from the edge and then again ¼” from the outside of the six blocks in the center.

doll quilt

doll quilt close up

The entire bedding set was made from fabric and batting leftover from other projects.  The only cost was my time.  But if you’ve read my other post about the cradle and bedding set… it was time well spent.


  • Sheryl Scholte
    April 12, 2011 8:52 am

    i love how you did the mattress cover very clever.

  • karenkay
    April 12, 2011 1:52 pm

    Wow…that is so cute! I really love the colors and the way you put everything together!

  • Nin-Carol
    April 12, 2011 2:31 pm

    I love projects that come from what you have left! We have a similar doll cradle that my grandfather build for my mom which now my granddaughters play with. The bedding looks very similar – and yes, my grandmother was a quilter.

  • QuiltStory
    April 18, 2011 12:19 am

    That is so sweet, thanks for sharing how you did it! Thanks for linking to Fabric Tuesday 🙂

  • Lila
    June 19, 2012 5:21 am

    Thanks for the idea!!! Just made mattress, quilt, pillow and a big fluffy bow to put at end of cradle. Turned out really good! Got a wooden doll basinet for free the other day from St Vincent (missing the bottom) and knew it had the potential to look cute!! All the fabric I used I got for free from a yard sale! Now just have to find my staple gun and give it a bottom. Thanks again!! 🙂

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