Doll’s Bed in a Suitcase Sew Along Part 2 – Making the Mattress
approximately 2cm shorter than the height of your suitcase. I ended up using approximately 60cm of 110cm wide fabric.
approximately 15cm x 5cm. I sewed several lines along the length of this piece, and all around the edge, and then stitched each end to a central-ish point of the long strip.
After stitching the top to the side, I then bound the edge using a lovely satin bias binding. Satin binding is such an old fashioned bed type thing, don’t you think? It’s always on mattresses, or around blankets.
I wanted this mattress to have a bit of a vintage style appeal – purely
for my aesthetics, but that’s as good a reason as any, when you think about it.
I feel like I should say a word of warning about the buttons, in that
they are small parts and this is designed predominantly as a small
person’s play thing. Make sure, if you use buttons, to use thick thread and sew them tight. Make sure they’re not likely to be pulled off. If you’re too worried about doing these, just don’t use buttons. You can still create the effect but with little crosses of thread, rather than the buttons.
button. Turn your button upside down on the fabric, then using your
fingers, push the fabric around to the teeth of the button back so it’s
gripped into place nicely. I like to alternate the sides I’ve pushed
from and rotate the button as I go, so I get a nice even finish. Once
your fabric is all gripped nicely into place, push the back on your
button. Make sure you can hear it click into place. If you don’t hear
or feel the click, it’s not pushed in properly.
That’s one mattress done. I made a pretty fat mattress, and at this
point I looked at it in the suitcase and thought to myself that it would
make a really awesome bed for a cat or a little dog. So unbelievably,
there are other uses for this mattress. Would you believe it?