Clementine Crate Doll Bed - TUTORIAL

This time of year, we eat a lot of clementines.  As a result, we end up with a lot of clementine crates.  I can't stand the thought of throwing them away, so they end up kind of piling up.  So, I decided to make a few into some play doll (or in our case stuffed animal) beds.  Neither of my kids really care for dolls, but they love to play school and sleepover with their stuffed animals.
This was a fun project to do with my son on a rainy day.  First we sanded some of the rough spots and tried to smooth out some spots with leftover glue from the labels.  Then we painted.  I used a primer/paint/sealer in one that we had from a previous project.
After a couple coats, the previous print is pretty well covered.
I cut some 3/4 inch thick foam to fit in the bottom and made a cover.
I cut the same shape as the foam, with a 1/2 inch seam allowance added.  For the back side, I cut 2 pieces a bit longer than 1/2 width so I could overlap them and have an opening, in case I needed to wash the cover.
For each of the shorter, back pieces, fold the long edge over 1/2 inch and topstitch.
With right sides together, pin the 2 back pieces to the front, overlapping.  Sew around all sides with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Turn to the right side, iron, and work the foam into place.
I added a little pillow and blanket.
The kids added the stuffed animals.
These came out so cute, I'm going to be pushing the clementines even more, just to get the crates!


  1. What a great idea ~ thanks for sharing! We are fairly new grandparents, with 4 grandbabies in the last 3 years, 2 granddaughters last year, we sure will have fun making and stacking dollies and stuffed friends in these beds. And what fun if they make the children make them themselves!

  2. Those are just adorable! Our Clemintines come in cardboard boxes, not those fantastic wooden ones you have. I suppose beds could be made from the cardboard as well, just not as sturdy.

  3. SOOO adorable! Thanks for sharing. I'm going to pin this and make one for my daughter. We have both the cardboard ones and the crates....I'll need to pick up a crate box next time! -Deanna {sewmccool}