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.
This is the original mattress, a piece of cotton fabric folded around a wad of stuffing and machine sewn on three sides.
I snipped the stitches and removed the wood-wool stuffing…
…and took the lace off the coverlet. I washed all the pieces separately, and air-dried them flat on the countertop.
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.
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).
The original bedding has been washed and stitched back into shape.
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.
I folded the cloth in half along the long edge, and threaded the wire through the conveniently placed existing looped edging.
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.
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!