I’ve been playing around with making a Barbie doll bed DIY mattress. Version One is removable and can be used with one of our wooden beds or any bed you have that’s around 12″ long. It consists of 3 pieces of fabric – top, bottom, and a long strip for sides.
Instructions for Barbie Doll Bed DIY Mattress
Here’s how you DIY-it yourself. After measuring the flat part of the doll bed, which is 12-1/2″ long x 5-3/8″ wide, I cut my fabric 14″ x 6-7/8″. This allows for 1/2″ seam allowance and some extra for the tucks which will shrink the size just a bit. The strip was cut 1-1/2″ wide, again for 1/2″ seam allowances for a finished depth of 1/2″. You’ll probably have to sew several strips together since you’ll need a 42″ long strip.
It’s harder to make because of sewing the strip around the edge but it looks good.
After stuffing it with fiber fill and sewing it up, I just did a back’n forth stitch to make the tucks. This one is straight. I’ve also done a decorative circle stitch.
It’ll go quicker if you use a pattern to mark where the tucks should go. Here’s how you do that:
- Cut a piece of paper that fits the top of the bed.
- Fold it in half length-wise and then fold it again in half.
- Unfold the paper and then fold it in half width-wise.Fold it two more times.
- Unfold the paper again and poke a hole in an alternating pattern as indicated in the picture.
- Using a fabric pen or pencil (they either disappear after a few minutes or they easily wipe off), mark the location of the tucks.
- Now you’re ready to sew the tucks.
When it’s done, Barbie give’s her seal of approval. In fact, it looks so soft, I’m thinking….
That’s it. If you make the Barbie Doll Bed DIY Mattress, let me know how it goes. I always love seeing what others create. And see my next blog on Version 2 – a Barbie doll bed mattress sewn into the actual bed.