Pattern #1 : the bed
No, this is not a dream, the mini doll fits in a matchbox. Run quickly to the store to get one then come back here to learn how to make a cozy nest for her.
Matchbox sizes are standard, take the large one. It measures approximately 12 x 6.5 x 3 cm. You can download my illustration for the sleeve of the box or decorate the one you have with paint or a nice paper. If you are lucky enough to get your hands on a nice matchbox, you can even keep it as is.
To use my design, first print the file on cardboard. I usually go to the printer for this, my home printer doesn't like thick paper. With a ruler and an exacto, draw a shallow line between each small mark. This will help the cardboard bend without tearing. Then cut all around. Fold each line. Put some glue (I finally chose hot glue for more strength) and overlap the cardboard to create the sleeve. Fill in the info on the back if you wish.
The bedding pattern is here. Make sure you print at 100% so that the mattress fits in the box. If you just want to make a cozy little bed without the box, you can even enlarge the pattern if you want.
If you want to save some ink and paper here are the dimensions of each piece.
Mattress: 13.5 X 8 cm
Sheet: 9.5 x 9.5 cm
Pillow: 6 x 4 cm
(I ended up not making the pillow since the doll was too tight in her bed when she had one.)
To begin, cut 2 pieces for each bedding item, right sides together.
Then sew right sides facing, leaving an opening between the two notches.
Clip the corners.
Turn all the pieces. And stuff the mattress and pillow VERY LIGHTLY.
Press the blanket.
Close all openings with ladder or slip stitch.
Do a few cross stitches to quilt the mattress and flatten it even more.
And There you go! Install everything comfortably in the box and your doll is ready for a good night's sleep.
If you know how to knit or crochet, why not make the blanket that way. Her bed will be even cozier.