Adding a Barbie Doll Bed Mattress – Permanent

Barbie Doll Bed mattress

So last time, we looked at a Removable mattress for Barbie’s wooden bed. Let’s take a look at my new favorite – a barbie doll bed mattress sewn into the bed’s platform.

As a reminder, the wooden bed measures 12-1/2″ x 5-3/8″ wide.

I used the same finished measurements as I did for the Removable Mattress:  Cut 2 pieces of 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. I didn’t use the side strip; rather I just sewed the top and bottom piece together.

This time, instead of sewing the tucks into the mattress after you stitch the top and bottom together, we do something different. I made a paper template of where I want the tucks in the mattress to go. Here’s the template instructions.

How To Make a Mattress Template

  1. Take an 8-1/2″x11″ piece of paper and cut it to 5-3/8″ wide x 11″ long.
  2. Fold it in half the the long way. Fold it again in half. And fold it one more time in half.
  3. Unfold the paper and then fold it in half the long way. Fold it in half again.
  4. Open up the paper and you should see a grid like in the picture.
  5. Mark holes as indicated in the picture.

Mattress Template

DIY pattern for Barbie Doll Bed mattress.

 

Transfer Template Holes to Barbie Doll Bed Base

Next, using my template, I marked through the holes in the template with a pencil and then drilled holes in the base of the bed. I used about a 1/16″ drill bit but you can use what ever you need to get a needle and some embroidery floss through the hole and into the mattress. I use a big embroidery needle because it’s easier to thread the embroidery floss. BTW – I’m using 3 of the 6 threads in the embroidery floss.

Drilled Holes in Barbie Doll Bed

Drilled hole for Barbie doll bed mattress in bottom of Barbie wooded doll bed

 

Securing Barbie Doll Bed Mattress to the Wooden Bed

Center the mattress on the bed and then while holding it in place, insert your needle and thread through the hold on the bottom side. Draw the needle straight through the mattress. Then move about 1/8″ away from where the thread came through and draw the needle back through the same hole.

Close-up of tuck for Barbie doll bed mattress.

Drawing through the Needle

Needle inserted into bottom of Barbie wooden bed to attach Barbie doll bed mattress to the bed.

 

Finishing & Securing Your Barbie Doll Bed Mattress

Pull the two threads on the bottom side of the bed tight to form a tuck and tie a knot. Because the drilled hole is probably bigger than your knot, you’ll need to secure the threads with hot glue. I but some glue in the hole, let it dry (takes about 10 seconds), and then I glue the threads down so there’s little opportunity for the threads to come loose.

 

Securing Tuck Threads with Hot Glue

Backside of Barbie Wooden Bed for permanent Barbie doll bed mattress.

Here’s some more pictures of the process and finished product. Let me know what you think.

Making progress of Barbie Doll Bed Mattress Close-up of Barbie Doll Bed Mattress with tucks.Finished Barbie Doll Bed Mattress removeable.Close up of tucks in finished Barbie doll bed mattress.(UX Banner or Sections)

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.

DIY Barbie Bedding Makes your Barbie Dollhouse a Home

DIY Barbie Bedding Pink

I admit it. I love to sew. I’ve been sewing since I was six when I started on my great-grandmother’s old Singer treadle machine. I started making Barbie clothes.

DIY Barbie bedding sewn on Singer treadle sewing machine
Yep. Still have it by the way. Beats working out on a bike at the gym!

Without telling you my age, I can safely say I’ve been sewing a LOOONNNGGG time.

I’ve kept my dollhouse quilts and Barbie bedding pretty simple for now – frankly I don’t have time to really do the work I love to do – very intricate designs. But maybe these will give you some inspiration. And I always love to see other people’s work. Send me an email with your creations and I’ll post them on my website and Facebook page for all to enjoy.

DIY Barbie Bedding Ideas

Okay. Here we go. Love this one. Of course, everything I make is reversible because even Barbie, Monster High Rochelle Goyle, and Bratz Sasha like variety in their bedding.

DIY Barbie bedding pink circles and knitted blanket

Here it is with the other side showing. Also did some lace on this one. Love the black polka-dot pillow. The other pillow is reversible too. The pink throw is knitted. Something I do while in the car (passenger seat only) or watching TV at night.

DIY Barbie bedding pink stripes and black polka dot pillow

Purple is it. Reversible pillow and bedspread.

DIY Barbie Bedding purple stripes with circle pillows

Here’s the other side. The white throw is also knitted.

DIY Barbie Bedding purple circles and pillows

All the bedspreads I make are 12′ long by 9″ wide, to fit the beds I sell.

DIY Barbie Bedding purple reversible stripes and flowers

This mattress is sewn into the bed. I’ll cover that in another blog.

DIY Barbie bedding and barbie bed mattress

The next bedspread is knitted.

DIY Barbie bedding with knitted blanked

DIY Barbie Bedding fabric that mimics a quilt

Chose some fabric to match the headboard and wallpaper. This is from the Townhouse I donated to our local high school for a fundraiser.

DIY Barbie Bedding gold with pillow

The other side has gold in it as well.

DIY Barbie bedding reversible gold

Love this one, but forgot to take a picture of it with the pillows and on a bed. This was a gift I gave to one of my dollhouse buyers at Christmas.

DIY Barbie Bedding close up of blue stripes and blue circles