If your child has a doll, you might make a cradle to go along with it. You can make cradles out of wood or fabric. Fabric cradles are easier to make and maintain. They can even be put through the washing machine if the doll (or your child) has an "accident."
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- 1/2-yard cotton fabric
- Quilt batting
- Polyester stuffing
- Needle and thread
Get a pattern online or out of a book. You may have to buy a pattern online if you cannot find it elsewhere.
Cut out the fabric and batting pieces according to the pattern. You should end up with two fabric pieces and two batting pieces for each part of the cradle. Put the two batting pieces together and put the two fabric pieces on top of them. Pin each of these piles together..
Stitch around the outside of each piece. Leave a 2- to 3-inch opening in the bottom of the headboard, foot board, hood, and the middle of one of the long sides.
Turn all the pieces inside out so that they look like quilt pieces, with batting inside the fabric. Sew pieces together on the stitching lines. Stuff the rockers with polyester and sew all openings closed.
Assemble the cradle. Use ladder stitches to sew it together. Start at the top corner of the foot board. Stitch down the side of the cradle, then across the bottom and up the other side. Start a new ladder stitch at the headboard. Stitch across the headboard. Turn the cradle upside down and stitch the inside of the rockers to finish the cradle.
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