Introduction: Doll Furniture From Cans
I don't know how many of these doll chairs I have made over the last 20 years but I know it's been a lot. I came up with this idea when I realized how flimsy the store bought doll furniture was. Doll furniture made with cans is very sturdy. The trick is to find the right sized can for the item you need. I found that a mushroom can works best for a chair and a soup can makes a good table. Fabric with small prints work best for this project.
Step 1: Supplies Needed
2-7 oz mushroom cans, a soup can (10 oz), a cereal box, fabric scraps or an old cotton shirt, glue gun and glue sticks, measuring tape, paper and pencil, denim scraps. needle and thread.
Step 2: Making the Pattern
open up the cereal box and flatten out. make a paper pattern that you can reuse. Measure a square 4-1/2" x 4-1/2". make the top corners curved by placing the mushroom can in the corner and tracing around it. This is the back of the chair. measure a rectangle 1-7/8" x 4-1/4" curve two of the corners in the same manner. This piece will be glued to the front of the back of the chair. measure a circle 2-3/8". This is the seat cushion.
Step 3: Cutting Out the Denim
Cut 3 circles out of the denim scraps, 2-3/8" glue these on top of each other with the glue gun. Cut a piece of denim to cover the can, 9-1/2" x 4". Glue onto the outside of the can. Cut a piece of denim 1-7/8" x 4-1/4" Glue this onto the front of the seat back.
Step 4: Cutting Out the Fabric
Cut a circle out of the fabric 4". This is going on the seat cushion. Cut a piece 3" x 5". (Curve 2 of the corners). Cut a piece 4" x 9-1/2" to go around the can.
Step 5: Covering the Pieces With Fabric
Place the fabric circle wrong side up on the table in front of you. on top of this place the cardboard circle with denim side down. bring the fabric up and over and glue it to the cardboard. Repeat with the front of the back of the chair. Glue the fabric around the can. Glue the fabric about 1" into the bottom edge of the can. Glue about 1" over the top edge of the can. Cover the back of the chair (the 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" square with curved top corners) with fabric. Glue the back of the chair to the can. I wrapped some cord around it tightly until the glue dried, about 10 minutes.
Step 6: Making the Ruffle
Cut a piece of fabric for ruffle, 20" x 3-1/2". cut a piece 2" x 10" for the band. turn under the bottom of one of the long ends 3/8" of the 20" piece, turn under again. Hem this side. with a needle and thread. At this point you can sew some flat lace to the bottom edge if you want. Gather the other long side and pin to the 10" band, evenly distribute the gathers. sew the ruffle to the band with 1/2" seam allowance. fold the band up and over to the backside of the ruffle. Pin. Stitch the band down covering the raw edges of the ruffle.
Step 7: Attaching the Ruffle
Starting in the back of the chair, glue the ruffle all the way around the chair.
Step 8: Finishing the Chair
glue the cushion to the seat and then glue the front of the back to the back of the back, I know it sounds funny. Repeat this process with the other mushroom can for the other chair.
Step 9: Table
the table is much easier to make than the chair. Cut 2 circles 5" out of regular corrugated cardboard. cut a third circle out of the cardboard, but smaller, trace around the soup can and cut it out about 1/4" smaller all around so that it fits inside the rim of the can.
Step 10: Covering the Can With Fabric
Cut a piece of scrap denim to fit around can. there's no need to remove the label off the can, just glue the denim on top of it. Glue the small circle of cardboard to bottom of the can. Cut 2 circles out of fabric, 7". Measure around soup can, add 1". measure soup can top to bottom, add 2". cut out a piece of fabric this size. Glue fabric around can and glue down under the bottom edge and over the top. glue fabric onto both pieces of cardboard. Glue the fabric covered circles wrong sides together. press together and hold until the glue dries. The top of the soup can is now the bottom of the table. Glue one side of the fabric covered circle to what used to be the bottom of the can. press down tightly until the glue dries.