Adding a Barbie Doll Bed DIY Mattress – Removeable

Finished Barbie Doll Bed DIY Mattress for wooden bed removable version.

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.

Side view of a Barbie Doll bed DIY mattress for wooden doll bed.

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.

Finished Barbie Doll bed DIY mattress for wooden bed.

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.

Close-up of tucks for Barbie doll bed DIY mattress for wooden bed.

It’ll go quicker if you use a pattern to mark where the tucks should go. Here’s how you do that:

  1. Cut a piece of paper that fits the top of the bed.
  2. Fold it in half length-wise and then fold it again in half.
  3. Unfold the paper and then fold it in half width-wise.Fold it two more times.
  4. Unfold the paper again and poke a hole in an alternating pattern as indicated in the picture.
  5. Using a fabric pen or pencil (they either disappear after a few minutes or they easily wipe off), mark the location of the tucks.
  6. Now you’re ready to sew the tucks.

Barbie doll bed DIY mattress pattern for tucks.

When it’s done, Barbie give’s her seal of approval. In fact, it looks so soft, I’m thinking….

Barbie sitting on her new Barbie doll bed DIY mattress for her wooden bed.

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.

Barbie Dollhouse Lamp

Barbie dollhouse lamp with paper shades

I’ve been playing with a Barbie dollhouse lamp a little bit. Years ago (okay a decade or two but who’s counting) this is what the designed looked like – sturdy enough for kid’s play but not very elegant. With some paint and some fabric it does turn out pretty nice. And it’s solid wood so it’s child-destruction tested.

Older version of Barbie dollhouse lamp all wood

Here’s another version I recently completed. It was from this version that I added a paper shade and created what you’re about to see.

Barbie dollhouse lamp before shade


My latest on a Barbie Dollhouse Lamp

These Barbie dollhouse lamps are solid wood – birch and pine – but the “lamp shade” is not tapered. The lamp shade is wrapped with nice, heavy foil/gold paper. I like the way the floor lamp really brightens up the corner of the living room in The Townhouse dollhouse.

Barbie dollhouse lamp with paper shades

I stained the wood with a darker stain to offset the gold-colored tables. Donning rubber gloves, I just dipped the entire lamp based in the stain, shoot off the excess, and set it aside to dry. I then sprayed it with a clear gloss spray paint coat. The above living room table lamp is slightly larger than the two bedroom nightstand lamps below.

Barbie dollhouse lamp with paper shades for bedroom nightstand Barbie dollhouse lamp with paper shades and custom upholstered Barbie wood bed.

I really like the way everything came together. The wallpaper was some scrapbooking paper I found – the dots are ‘fuzzy’. I did a custom upholstered, wood Baltic Birch bed.

Barbie dollhouse lamp and complete bedroom.In another blog, I show how I made a removable Barbie doll bed mattress. After all, you can’t have Barbie sleeping on a hard bed.

Barbie enjoying her Barbie dollhouse lamp and bed with mattress.

The above rooms are from a Barbie dollhouse, The Townhouse, I donated to our local high school for a fundraiser for their theater group. I do a few commissioned pieces each year for special events and on customer request. It only take a few hours to assemble on of my kits, but it does take some thought and time in decorating.


Barbie Wooden Townhouse Donated to Local High School

Barbie wooden townhouse donated

Couldn’t resist donating another Barbie wooden townhouse to a great cause. The Theater Booster Club at our local high school is trying to raise funds to send the kids to Edinburgh, Scotland as representatives for the USA. Very exciting. I finished a Townhouse I had started and donated it as their key raffle item to raise money during their production of My Fair Lady.

Stenciled the scallop trim with paint.


Sun Goddess enjoying the deck under her new umbrella.

Interior Details for the Barbie Wooden Townhouse

What really makes a house a home is how the inside is finished. The Barbie Wooden Townhouse is big enough to have 2 bedrooms. Here’s the first one – ceiling fan and vaulted ceiling make it roomy.

The wallpaper has fuzzy dots.

I love love love the lamps. Check out my other post on lamps.

Under the knitted bedspread is a think, comfy mattress. You can make one that’s removable or you can sew one permanently into the Barbie wooden bed.


I like the lighter-colored floors, the art work on the wall, and the modern, upholstered bed. I’ve been playing with bed designs and wanted to see how a platform bed with built-in night stands would work. Let me know what you think.


Ok. I had too much fun with this. Painted these little wooden trinket bowls for the dressing table. I need figure out something to make that will fit in the little jar.

Bedroom Number 2 in the Barbie Wooden Townhouse

Let’s check out bedroom #2. I got a little fancy with the wallpaper here. It took a while to size it correctly and make it look like fabric wall panels. The wooden bed was upholstered and a mattress was sewn permanently into the wood. Check out this blog on how I did that. I think I’ll keep doing it this way in the future. I stained the cheval mirror a darker stain and used a really cool fabric for the “carpet”. Of course every window has trim and every room has detailed baseboards.

Bedroom 2 with custom wallpaper, carpet and upholstered bed.

The bedding has gold threads to match the paint, wallpaper, and headboard.
Bedding is reversible. And of course the pillow is so soft it’s making me want to take a nap while I’m typing this.
Close up of the baseboard.

The Bathroom in the Barbie Wooden Townhouse

Kept it pretty simple and elegant. This room has crown molding and a wood chair rail. I really like the tile design.

Good words to live by everyday.

The Living Room

Spent quite a bit of time on the Living Room — furniture to upholster, tables to paint, lamps to create, and some artwork. I could have kept going but ran out of time.

Dark “wood” floors, elegant wallpaper and simple upholstery on the sofa a chair.


Had fun designing and making new lamps. The lamps are all wood with a heavy paper for the the shades.


Of course there has to be a really cool painting.
And some flowers on the tables.


The Kitchen in the Barbie Wooden Townhouse

Parkay floors, fun wallpaper and a painted stripe.


Fun artwork to inspire a great start to the day.


Love asparagus.


Cool look into the living room from the Kitchen.

I’ve got some big design ideas for a future Townhouse – I’m thinking NYC, Manhattan, maybe some shopping. Stay tuned.