We moved on to the next phase of the project, the remaining assembly! If you read part 1, we were just getting the assembly started. Although we had to wait a few days to continue on, we finally found a night that worked!
With the bed assembled, my wife got to join in the fun and help my daughter with making the actual bedding. To do that, they hopped in the car and headed to Jo-Ann Fabrics to let my daughter pick out her own fabric.
It was a toss up between some rainbow powered dog bone pattern, or what I referred to as the bambi print. So as I sat eating lunch with my older son, a text came in asking us which we preferred. My son immediately voted for the rainbow explosion, while I thought the bambi print was more suitable. There was no response to let us know which one she choose, but when she arrived home, we learned she agreed with her dad’s choice!
I thought she was going to be super excited to get started on the sewing right away, I was mistaken. It wasn’t until the next day that my wife pulled out the sewing machine and the two of them began the process.
My daughter jumped in and wasn’t afraid to give it a go! Since she likes doing a lot of art projects, she is no stranger to scissors. However, I thought she might be a little intimidated by the sewing machine, I know I am! My wife got everything setup and in place, and my daughter looked as if she had done this before! She’s a natural!
I was very impressed by my wife, not because she knows how to sew and I don’t, but because she took the idea further than I expected. My initial thought was that they would just construct some pillows that would act as a mattress for the dolls to lay on. That’s where I was wrong! Once they had the mattresses sewn, my wife suggested that they also make small pillows, along with some sheets! I believe my daughter was also surprised because she seemed excited at the suggestion!
Now what my wife and I didn’t know, is that the joke was on us! As fast as my daughter was excited at the thought of the sheets and pillows, she was also quick to be done with this portion of the project. A friend rang the doorbell and invited her to come out and play, so she immediately dropped the project and bolted out the door. I’m not sure if she just wasn’t interested anymore or she was just itching to get some fresh air! Needless to say, my wife was a good sport and finished up the remaining sewing.
You may be asking at this point, where is the info or measurements used to create the mattresses, pillows, and sheets? I wish I could answer that too! I would have to ask my wife how I translate sewing to text, because like I said before, I don’t sew! Other than the obvious, she measured the inside of the bed frame and worked from that. I can’t tell you what type of stitch they used or what settings to configure on the sewing machine. It’s just not a skill I possess! Maybe my wife can teach me one day! Or even my daughter at this point! She knows more about sewing than me!
For the last couple nights the baby dolls have had a much better rest! I haven’t heard as much crying coming from my daughters room, unless it’s my daughter doing the crying! Even though the bedding portion of the project is complete, we’re still not finished. The final step will be to paint the bed frame. What color you may ask? Pink of course. Plain and simple. This was probably by far the easiest decision that was made on this project!
Once again, stay tuned and I’ll share the final phase of the project so you can see the end result! Hopefully it will inspire you do want to build, sew, and paint your very own as well!