Monday, November 19, 2012
Cheap and Classic Cardboard Tutorial: 18-inch Doll Table and Chairs
I glued some decorative file-folder cardboard (we found several packages of fancy folders at a yard sale) to the top and sides.
The tabletop is purposely not glued on, both for storage reasons and because I wanted to make it reversible. I glued two of the decorative file folders (cutting off the tabs) to a piece of cereal-box cardboard, and then added clear sticky plastic on each side for protection (leaving a bit of overhang). For the size of table base we had, a tabletop the size of a file folder was just right. If your base is narrower, a smaller tabletop might work better.
I used part of a vintage white cotton bedsheet to make fitted slipcovers. (Any medium-weight fabric would work fine.) This is MUCH easier than it sounds. Once you have the cardboard pieces made, you use those to make the patterns, either on a large piece of paper or right on the backside of the fabric. Trace around the back of the large piece; then flip it up and trace around it again for the matching front piece--leaving just a bit of space between the two to allow for the thickness of the cardboard. Turn the cardboard on its side and trace each side twice, again allowing a small gap between pieces. An optional bit I added on: add a small amount to the very front, to make a flap that will go under the seat piece. Add a quarter inch to the pattern edges and bottom for seam allowances. Your pattern piece will look about like this:
Slip the slipcovers on...
The dolls are enjoying their new dining room! (Dollygirl is going to take a photo of the whole thing plus dolls.)
All photos by Mr. Fixit. Copyright 2012, Dewey's Treehouse.
Linked from Mad in Crafts Link Party #131. Also linked from Festival of Frugality #366.