Toy Pram Bedding DIY

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I’d been eyeing up an Olli Ella wicker toy pram for ages for H before I managed to find one in the sale. So many toy prams are pink and flowery, which really isn’t my style, and so I love how gender-neutral the Olli Ella ones are. After the pram arrived, I thought back to my own toy pram that I’d had as a little girl, and the cute bedding that my own Mum made for it, and instantly decided that I’d carry on the tradition.

This make uses leftover monochrome fabrics from the crafting I did for H’s nursery two years ago. I really love how they pop against the white wicker. This is also a really quick make, it took me just over an hour to make all of these items, meaning it’s the perfect nap-time craft!

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You will need:

  • Fabric scraps/fat quarters
  • Wadding
  • Toy stuffing
  • Ruler
  • Scissors/rotary cutter and mat
  • Sewing machine
  • Tape measure

Instructions:

  • Using a tape measure, measure the bottom of your toy pram.
  • Press your fabric and cut using the following guidelines:
    • Mattress: 2 pieces of fabric, the same size as the bottom of your mattress, plus 1cm seam allowance all around.
    • Pillow: 2 pieces of fabric, the same width as the bottom of your pram, and approximately a third of the length.
    • Quilt: 1 x fabric square approximately two thirds of the length of the pram (to be used for the back of the quilt). Nine fabric squares to make the front. For my quilt, I cut 1 x 32 cm square and 9 x 11cm squares.

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Mattress:

  1. Place the two squares of fabric right sides together. Lay two layers of wadding on top and cut roughly around the edge (cut your wadding slightly wider than your fabric). Pin all the layers together.
  2. Using your sewing machine, stitch around the two long edges, and one short edge of your fabric.
  3. Trim off the excess wadding and turn the mattress right side out.
  4. Fold in the remaining raw edges and stitch up using your sewing machine.

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Pillow:

  1. Place the two rectangles of fabric right sides together and pin.
  2. Using your sewing machine, stitch around the two long edges, and one short edge.
  3. Trim your seams and turn the pillow right side out.
  4. Stuff the pillow using your toy stuffing. You don’t want it to be too full; it should have a bit of squish to it!
  5. Fold in the open raw edges and stitch up using your sewing machine.

Quilt:

  1. Lay out the 9 fabric squares in the pattern you want. Pin two squares right sides together along the sides and stitch. Add the next square to the other edge of your middle piece and stitch. Repeat for the remaining two rows.
  2. Using an iron, press open your seams.
  3. Pin two of the rows right sides together and stitch. Repeat with the last row and press open your seams.
  4. Cut a piece of wadding slightly bigger than your square. Pin it to the wrong side and attach by ‘stitching along the ditch’ (sewing in the seams of your squares).
  5. Pin the backing fabric to your quilted square, right sides together. Sew along three edges.
  6. Trim off any excess wadding and turn the quilt inside out.
  7. Fold in the open raw edges and stitch up using your sewing machine.

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Top tips:

  • This make is great for using up leftover bits of fabric. You can always make the pillow or quilt slightly smaller/larger depending on how much fabric you have.
  • When stitching close seams after you’ve turned your mattress/pillow/quilt inside out, use your sewing machine instead of hand stitching. It won’t look quite as neat, but will make the seams much more resistant to toddler grabbing!

If you do decide to give this a go, please do share your make on Instagram, and don’t forget to tag me so that I can see! You can also save this make on Pinterest using the below image.

Toy Pram Bedding DIY

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