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Early Barton Beds
These are in Laura's Triang 77 and I have just made mattresses for them!
Posted on July 16, 2011 Full Size| Slideshow

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lallyp
5:01 AM on July 19, 2011 
Jane says...
Wonderful, thanks so much! You have inspired me to have a go. All of my beds need bedding and I am a pretty dreadful sewer but that sounds do-able, especially with practice!

Jane, don't use too much stuffing unless you want a thick mattress, most dolls beds need thinnish ones and I started with the middle tuft and worked up to each end . does that make sense?
Jane
8:09 PM on July 18, 2011 
Wonderful, thanks so much! You have inspired me to have a go. All of my beds need bedding and I am a pretty dreadful sewer but that sounds do-able, especially with practice!
lallyp
5:36 AM on July 18, 2011 
Jane says...
Yes, they're lovely. Can a complete mattress novice ask how you did them?

Ordinary ticking, 2 oblongs of fabric, or 1 long oblong folded in half cut to the size of bed plus 1/4 inch seam allowances. Right sides together, stitch three sides or two long sides if folded fabric; I made the seam allowances a bit more than this and then trimmed it after sewing on the machine. Clip across the corners to reduce bulk before turning , turn to right side and then stuff with whatever comes to hand. I filched the stuffing from a newish damaged dog toy but you can use chopped up fabric waste or cotton wool or if you need a very thin mattress use a piece of wincycette material folded three times and inserted flat. Then I oversewed the open end by hand, measured the position of the tufts and on these I used 1ply black darning wool doubled over, don't knot the end;and on others I used crochet cotton. Just stab needle thro' from top side to the under side leaving a tail and then back up thro' to top, pull tight and tie thread ends together. Then go down through all layers again and back up, tie tightly twice again and cut off threads leaving a tuft (of 4 threads). You can use any firm woven material for the mattress.
Jane
11:39 PM on July 17, 2011 
Yes, they're lovely. Can a complete mattress novice ask how you did them?
Rebecca Green
10:58 AM on July 17, 2011 
Great mattresses!

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