Sunday, August 29


I dusted off my 40 year old sewing machine this morning and made a little comforter. As you can see it is much too stiff. I could just tuck it in under the mattress but I'd like to be able to have it folded nicely on top of the bed.

I used a soft,thin piece of flannel for the inside. I also have some quilt batting, mattress padding and some white t-shirt material. What do you think would make a nice lofty comforter? Like this.

Thanks to the Calvin Klein shirt, I discovered that a collar stay is perfect for making square corners. I've tried a needle, crochet hook, toothpicks and pointy scissors but this worked SO much better! I started to throw them away but now I'm glad I kept them. Maybe I'll be able to make some pillows now? :D

If you have any suggestions I would really appreciate them. I haven't made dollhouse bedding before so I need all the help I can get!

Thanks so much for all of your wonderful comments about the new bed! Hope you have a lovely day!


Tabitha Corsica said...

I'd use the thinnest and most flexible material available. I think that might be the t-shirt fabric. To get fabric (in miniature) to drape nicely, you have to reduce bulk...which is not so easy to do. Even thin silks often have to be pinned and sprayed.

Debora said...

I can relate to your question. I used old shirts from our local charity shop. Old shirts that have been washed só often, to the state that they almost fall apart. That's the thickness (or should I say thinness?) you should go for. Try to pick the paterrns you like best (small stripes orplain fresh white). While you're there check for silk ties. They often have the tiniest patterns and if you undo the stitching and wash them well you can use those pieces of silk for... cushions? Or...?

As for the draping... I came up with the idea to use the lead thread that can be found in the seems in the bottom of (net-)curtains. I ripped it out and threw the curtains away. It is thin and quit heavy. If you stitch the lead in the inside of your quilt, right at the edge, it will pull the fabric by it's weight down. If you want to, you can actually -as in real life- throw the bedding on your bed and it will drape by gravity... Cool don't you think? Try it out, but you must use very light fabric, otherwise it will not work.

Hope this is of any help to you,
good luck!

rosanna said...

Hi Kathy it's the second time that I try to send you a comment :o( it disappeared.. I love the bed and I wanted to give you nearly the same tip Debora gave to you. I've used thin wire sewn inside the seams; it's thin, pliable and you can fold it as you like. Have fun and keep going with your lovely furniture.Rosanna

MiniKat said...

Go to Goodwill and other charity shops and stock up on silk shirts. Fine silks have a better drape for minis but you will need to pin them down and spray them with hairspray (the old fashioned kind) to get the ripples and folds to stay the way you want them.

Unknown said...

Aprovecho los consejos que te han dado para saber yo cómo hacerlo. No tenía ni idea.
Besos Clara.

Susan@minicrochetmad said...

Hand stitching creates a more drapeable fabric than machine stitching. I believe you can use a 'used' dryer fabric softener sheet as the wadding to achieve a lofty but soft appearance and I would definitely use silk to back your quilt as already suggested. If you can't achieve the drape you want after trying all suggestions, you can wrap the bed in plastic food wrap and soak your quilt in either diluted pva wood glue or fabric stiffener and drape it as you want it to look over the top of the plastic. When it is dry it will keep the shape and when slipped back onto the unwrapped bed will look surprising natural. I made a dressing gown to hang on a peg using this method of draping.