Crocheted doll bed from liquid soap container

When I was a little girl, my sister and I had a large collection of Strawberry Shortcake dolls. My grandmother taught us how to knit and we knit little sleeping bags for them.

Our collection became my daughter’s collection when she was smaller, but now that she is 10, it was time to move it along. My cousin’s daughter is the perfect age.

As I was packing up the dolls, I found these two little crocheted cribs. When I was a kid, I did not give them a second thought. But now I looked at them closely. They were made from recycled liquid soap bottles! How ingenious!

I have never tried to crochet with yarn, but I found a crochet pattern to make a little doll crib that looks very similar, where the skirt of the crib actually flips around so it becomes a little purse. There is also a pattern on eHow, although without photos, so I certainly don’t understand it. Our little cribs did not do that, but here I have flipped up the skirts so you can see how they are attached to the soap containers. What a fun craft!

Crocheted doll beds from plastic dish soap containers
Crocheted doll beds from plastic dish soap containers

Did you have any childhood toys made from trash?

I would love to see photos!

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