Little Tin Bed Bedding

Little Tin Bed Bedding

Little Tin Bed Bedding

A little antique tin dolly bed from my friend the Dollhouse Lady came with an old mattress and coverlet. I decided to refurbish the bed so it could be used by the Quimper Hittys. Usually I retain the original materials without changing their essence, except for possibly wet-cleaning.  This time I kept the original mattress materials, washed them (Constance says thank you) and altered them slightly.

Mattress original

Mattress original

This is the original mattress, a piece of cotton fabric folded around a wad of stuffing and machine sewn on three sides.

Wood Wool Mattress Stuffing

Wood-Wool Mattress Stuffing

I snipped the stitches and removed the wood-wool stuffing…

Washed and Blocked

Washed and Blocked

…and took the lace off the coverlet.  I washed all the pieces separately, and air-dried them flat on the countertop.

Mattress

Mattress

I actually  don’t like to cut up old materials if I don’t have to, so the clean mattress fabric was just re-folded into the right size for the wee bed with the extra fabric left tucked inside. I sewed on a piece of linen tape around the sides to help keep the mattress flat.

Re-used Wood Wool Stuffing

Re-used Wood Wool Stuffing

The original wood wool is being re-used, but I teased it out a bit to spread it more evenly and make less lumpy mattress (Constance says thank you).

 

Completed mattress and Coverlet

Completed mattress and Coverlet

 The original bedding has been washed and stitched back into shape.

fabriqué en Belgique

fabriqué en Belgique

The Quimper Hitty’s favourite photographer helped me make a canopy rod out of an old car antenna, and then I scrounged in my stash for a bit of fabric. This little rectangle with Belgian lace edging looked perfect.

Threading the canopy

Threading the canopy

I folded the cloth in half along the long edge, and threaded the wire through the conveniently placed existing looped edging.

 

Steamed pleats

Steamed pleats

Then I pinned the top and bottom edge of the canopy fabric under tension, and steamed the gathers along the top edge until they were hot and damp, then left it to dry in this shape.

 

Ready

Ready

Constance says it is perfect.  Thank you so much, Dollhouse Lady, it is the sweetest little dolly bed, and now we have to make a little doll to fit in it!

 

 

 

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21 thoughts on “Little Tin Bed Bedding

  1. Bravo dear friend! What a way to begin the new year…you worked your magic again!!!! We will be hanging on to see the wonderful little one that will occupy this now lovely bed! You do make everything and every one shine! Thank you for sharing and Happy New Year!!!!

  2. How very, very exciting to see such creativity and use of on hand materials in the making/re-making of the bedding for this very lovely bed…….I too will be eager to see who will occupy it. Happy New Year and thanks for a wonderful 2015 of adventures.

    • Thank you very much – I truly appreciate you saying so. I love “old” stuff, and enjoy bringing it “back to life”. Happy New Year to the Müttersholtz doll household and their humans too!

  3. What lovely work you have done to refurbish and remake the bedding. And how very very clever of you to use the antennae and the lovely linen to make the little canopy. I am just totally impressed!! Constance looks quite happy with your efforts.

  4. It’s a beautifully re-done bed! Very sweet and inviting…and instead of finding a bed to fit a dolly, you now have to find a dolly to fit the bed. Or carve one yourself? Sounds like good fun.

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