Mittwoch, 9. Juli 2014

Tutorial: How to make a double bed

Dear Readers,

as you might have seen in Mrs. Hawthornes flat, I've created a double bed for my Sylvanians. If you're interested in reworking: Here's the tutorial :).

You need:

- card board
- glue (best would be hot glue)
- some fabric (for the bedding and to cover the bed)

Step 1: The bed itself

Take your measurements and draw a rectangle on a piece of card board. Add 4 more rectangles on the side plus adhesives straps. 
The height of the other rectangles decide about the future height of your bed.

My bed is about 11 x 8 cm and 2 cm high.

Cut it out and glue it with the help of the straps together.

Cut out some fabric, lay the bed with the right side facing down on it. Tighten the fabric close to the bed and glue it directly onto the cardboard. Like in this tutorial (or in the step below^^).

Step 2: The back of the bed

Cut out 2 half round pieces, which fit to the width of the bed.

Cover them both in fabric and glue them together, so you can't see some "ugly" edges. If you want you can cover the edge with a stripe of fabric or a ribbon.

Attach the back to the rest of the bed.

I will also add some ribbons to the sides of the bed, but haven't found the right ones yet... So if you have some, you can add them :).

Step 3: The Bedding: The cushions

Unfortunatly I can't give you here the measurements, I used (cause I forget to measure it and was faster with sewing...). 

To get a nice shape for your cushions, decide first how big your cushion should be (normally I want it to have it 3x4cm).

The best thing would be drawing a rectangle (with the future size) onto your fabric. Add 0,5 cm seam allowances on the sides, plus 2 cm on the one and 1,5 cm on the other side, like this:

Red are the seam allowances, black the future cushion.

Now cut the fabric and neaten the edges (so it couldn't frazzle).

Turn down the upper and lower edge and fix them with a simple running stich.

Than fold the fabric together, so the edges can overlap - best would be to orientate yourself on your drawed rectangle (sorry, that I can't show in the picture... But you'll see this approach in the next step too)

Sew lines on the right and left side to fix the shape for the cushion. 

Turn the fabric around... and you got a cushion! :)

This is the way it looks from the back - now you can fill in the wadding.

Step 3: The bedding: The blanket

Here again have to apologize. I sewed the blanket, without taking photos. But to show you, I've sewed a new one. So here are the steps :).

Take your fabric (I used two different ones, cause I like the effect). 

Now draw your future bedding onto the fabric (for a double bed use 8x8,5 cm or greater, just like you prefer). 

Add 0.5 cm seam allowances on 3 sides at the fabric, which will be the future "to be seen"-side (!). 

Now repeat the method with the other fabric, but add on the top 2-2,5 cm seam allowances.

 Don't ask me about the red stripes, they suddently appeared... Thanks god, I can't see it, when the fabric is turned around...

Sorry for the non ironed fabric (I made it real fast and ironed it later, that's also why I had to neaten the edges, after I sewed the whole bed. Please neaten the edges before sewing together, that makes it easier :)).

Now turn round the edge of the longer (here white) part and fix it with a running stich. 

If you want to add a ribbon or something like that, it's the time to do that. Lay the ribbon onto the turned edge and apply it with some stiches.

From the back.

After that comes the most complicated part. I say complicated, because if you do this the first time, you might think, that can't be right, what I'm doing... But maybe just I felt that way :D.
You have to turn the upper part (the turned one) around - orientate yourself on your drawn lines.  
Now put the other fabric onto it. The right sides of both fabrics should face each other, so you just see the wrong sides, when you're sewing.

This what I meant:

Please look carefully at your turned edge. It should look like that.

Now just sew along your drawn lines (use the back-stich). 

After sewing, you can turn around the bedding to see it's right and well-looking side. You'll see that you now can put over the upper turned part. 

From the side.

And we're finished :).

I really hope, it's not too difficult to rework. It's kind of hard to describe the creation of the blanket. If you have any questions, please ask. And I could also create a video if it's too irritating.

Many greetings,

yours Kyra


  1. This is a great tutorial! Thank you so much for the tips!

    1. My pleasure! :) It makes fun doing the tutorials.

  2. Lovely! And nice nails :-D thanks for the tutorial :-)

  3. Thx, it does look a bit more tricky than the sofa, but still doable!

    1. My pleasure:). Yes, it's a bit more difficult. But just the bedding, the rest is easy. I did orientate myself on the original Sylvanian bedding.

  4. I agree with the previous comment. It looks more difficult than the sofa. But you did a great job and thank you so much for sharing with us every time!

    1. Thank you :). I love to share those things, always in hope that someone could need it or be happy about it:)

  5. Thats a lovely bed!
    Will have to try this out straight away.

  6. Great tutorial! Keep up the good work! Will be trying this soon. :)