Make a doll’s cot

10 April 2014

Toys don’t have to bankrupt you to be interesting to your kids. Teach them that recycling is cool and save your budget by making these doll’s beds from juice container and milk cartons.

Toys don’t have to bankrupt you to be interesting to your kids. Teach them that recycling is cool and save your budget by making these doll’s beds from juice container and milk cartons.

You’ll need

  • Empty 1 or 2 litre fruit juice or milk cartons
  • Pencil and ruler
  • Scissors or NT cutter
  • Adhesive tape or glue
  • Oddments of fabric
  • Cotton wool or leftover batting
  • Oddments of double knitting yarn
  • No 8 knitting needles

Make the crib

1 Put a carton on the table with the spout side (usually a short side) pointing away from you.

2 Use a pencil to draw cutting lines. Start with a line parallel to the base, 1,5 cm from the bottom (this forms the foot of the crib). Draw lines up two opposite sides of the carton, about 5 cm from what will be the base of the crib. Draw a line parallel to the top, about 3 cm from the crease in the carton (this forms part of the canopy). Use the pictures (right) as a guide. Cut along the lines.

3 To make the canopy: Cut a piece 5 cm wide from the excess you’ve trimmed from the carton. Draw lines for the scalloped edge and cut neatly. Turn this piece inside out so the plain or shiny side of the scalloped canopy is outwards. Glue it in place or secure with adhesive tape (see the picture for the position).

Make the mattress

1 Measure the base of the crib and cut two pieces of fabric slightly larger to make allowance for the seams.

2 With right sides facing, sew along three sides to make a bag.

3 Turn the bag right side out and fill with cotton wool or batting. Sew the open end.

Make the blanket

1 Cast on 28 stitches in double knit yarn on no 8 knitting needles.

2 Knit a 28 cm rectangle in stocking stitch and cast off. You could trim the edges with stitching or crochet.

* If you don’t have any knitting wool in the house, you could make cloth blankets.

Top tip

TIP Cover the beds with pretty paper.

Source: YOU Play

Art direction and styling: Tina-Marié Malherbe.

Photographer: Peet Mocke

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