Moses Doll Basket Tutorial
Well, last night I got the urge and just couldn’t resist it. You know the one, when you’ve been thinking about making something and the idea finally clicks! So at 10pm I started crafting, and this is what I came up with.
I’ve been seeing cute baby doll bassinets everywhere, and when my daughter got the first baby doll she’s shown any interest in, I wanted to make one for her, of course! But I decided I wanted mine to look woven, more like a Moses basket than a fabric bassinet. So I decided to make it like a braided rag rug! I love how it turned out =) As an added bonus, I had all those yellow fleece scraps in my stash, so I didn’t have to buy anything!! It took around three hours start to finish.
First, I cut a bunch of two inch strips from my fleece, about 12 yards. This was enough to make the base and the sides of the bassinet. I made about two more yards of two inch wide strips for the cover side.
Then I sewed the strips together into three long strips. I sewed at an angle, like you do for binding, so that there wasn’t as much bulk in the braid.
|Sorry for the bad pic, but believe me, there is a wrong way to do this, and I did about all of them. =)|
Then you braid them together. I tied my strips to Serenity’s Yookidoo (this is a seriously awesome toy btw =) and started braiding. I discovered quickly that since I sewed the long strips, it helped if I sort of balled them up to braid. Otherwise things got seriously tangled. You could also braid short strips, then attach another strip, then braid, and so on, but I don’t like to go back and forth to the machine that much. As I was doing it I thought it could be a seriously awesome Rapunzel braid too. =)
Then I just started making the basket. The base is exactly like an oval rag rug. I used yellow Perl cotton to lace it together, which was perfect because it didn’t show. But really I used it cause that’s what I had. This project started at 10pm, so I worked with what I had! You lace it just like shoes, through the loops of the braid. I went under from the back, up through the top. Check out these diagrams in case that sentence makes no sense. http://www.craftown.com/instruction/rugs.htm. My strip started at 10 inches, and then I went around in an oval until it was about 15 inches by 9 or 10 inches.
Then I started making the sides. To get them to angle up, I used a ladder stitch to connect the base to the sides. I’m still going around the oval here, I just switched my stitch. Then when I went around once, I kept going with the normal lacing stitch until it was the height I wanted. I used about 9 yards of braid, which took the 12 yards of strips to make.
Then I added the little section over the head. I added in a new braid strip, weaving in the ends of the knot back into the basket. Then I went around as far as I thought it should go, and then folded it back on itself to make the little arched top. Hopefully the picture explains that better =) Then I attached a little bow to where it connected to the basket, partially because it’s cute and partially to conceal the connection.
Then I just had to make some handles! I used one inch strips for these braids, and tacked them on starting right next to where the arch ended. The handles aren’t quite centered because I figured the weight would be more on the head side.
So there it is! A Moses basket for your baby dolls =) Serenity has been putting Rose to bed all morning. Thanks for the doll Aunt Jan!! =) Let me know if anyone has questions! I’d love to hear that someone actually used this tutorial =)
|Of course, Rose needed covers and a pillow too =) So we used the scarves we dyed =)|