Making a Mattress

Mattress Ingredients

Mattress Ingredients

Last year I found two little Strombecker beds in a thrift store…the influx of Hitty-sized quilts spurred me into making some proper mattresses for them – up till now the poor Hittys have been sliding around on poofy pillows and waking up with aching joints... I sewed a pillowcase out of “mattress ticking” and cut some thin foam for the bottom and scraps of batting for the top.

 

Layers of Padding

Layers of Padding

The Foam will keep the mattress firm, but is easily stitched through…the padding will make it softer and a little more comfortable.

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Sewing on Side Tapes

Sewing on Side Tapes

To make it less like a poofy pillow, I sewed a woven cloth tape all around the sides of the Mattress.

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Running Stitches through tape and ticking

Running Stitches

A running stitch through the tape and the ticking makes a nice mattress-y edge.

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Quilting the Mattress

Quilting the Mattress

All the layers are quilted together, in regularly spaced spots.

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That looks Comfy!

That looks Comfy!

While Rose is generally willing to help with the sewing around here – the Mattress needle was a bit much for her.  She does admire the result.

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It IS comfy!

It IS comfy!

Of course it is necessary to lie on the mattress to properly check it.  

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A civilised bed at last.

A civilised bed at last.

Rose approves.

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16 thoughts on “Making a Mattress

  1. what pretty beds!! And what a wonderful mattress….Hetty Hickory has a very old rope bed and this would
    be a perfect mattress for that bed. I love how you did the tape edging…thank you for the inspiration. A good mattress might even help ole horrid Hetty be less….horrid! I shall get busy.

    • It is true that a good night’s sleep tends to improve one’s general demeanour. Tell Hetty that we have a couple of prototypes and she should send us the dimensions of her rope bed in case they would fit…

  2. I really like the explanation of how to make these mattresses. The Hittys are very lucky, there is nothing like a new mattress for night time comfort.

    • They are the right combination of firm and comfortable. Too bad there are only three beds altogether – these two and the cello bridge bed. This is excepting Min’s chip-carved bed of course, as it is too small for a Hitty. They really would like a wrought iron bed but only in their dreams I think.

  3. Gorgeous mattress! It’s a shame to cover it up with the sheet, but I guess all will know what is beneath.

  4. Oh how lovely to make a proper, shaped mattress. I remember making shoe box doll beds at school when I was 8 years old. They had mattress, pillows, knitted blankets and sheets but I was so disappointed with the pillow-shaped mattress that caused my poor bear (Trumble, who is in my photo) kept rolling sideways because it wasn’t flat. He’s looking at me now with a gleam in his glass eyes……the Hitty’s are giving me hopeful glances too…. Fortunately it is a Bank (public) holiday here tomorrow so we should have time to try to fulfill their wishes by following your directions. Thank you!

  5. Great tutorial! Looks easier than what I had to do quickly at Christmas for my granddaughter. I like the touch of sewing the tape around. Are you going to make sheets, too? I had to – thank goodness, I was working with fleece, so they weren’t very hard to do. Her doll likes cozy! laura

  6. A most excellent collection of bedding – the fabric for the ‘ticking’ is really lovely, and I suspect is old? Or do we now have to call that ‘vintage’ ?! I’m glad to see that a sheet made it onto the mattress before sleep was attempted in earnest. What a delicious little bed, too …

    • The Hittys do consider themselves somewhat civilised, and prefer sheets and pillowcases…though they are somewhat lacking in same. They actually only have the one pillowcase for this bed, and only handkerchiefs for sheets. I think the mattress is from the 1970’s so not all that old – I am older than that and don’t consider myself “vintage” quite yet…ahem.

  7. Inspired by this mattress making exercise, we googled Strombecker beds and found a pair on ebay, which have just arrived and are just such a good size for Hittys! They can sleep two a-bed at least, so this has gone a long way to helping with our bed crisis. Mattresses are being made … thanks so much for the lovely tutorial! My Hittys are truly grateful, and drawing lots as to who will sleep first in the bed! Ours can stack on top of each other, can yours?

  8. They are nice little beds aren’t they? And the mattresses are so cute when they fit so well. My two beds ought to stack, but the bed frame is a tiny bit warped on one of them so they are a bit iffy as bunkbeds.

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