Today is project day, so I chose to actually go back and tackle a project that has been rolling around in my brain for some time and is a part of a project already in (slow) progress. The project is working on a bedroom for my Barbie. I never really grew up and still really enjoy miniatures and playing with dolls, more specifically, Krista’s Barbie. The project for today is to make a Barbie mattress and a pillow. I started the room a while back with a wood storage bin from Target that I just turned on its side so it looks like a house instead of just a boring old storage bin. I painted the whole thing white which took a while because the wood is really porous. It just sucked up every drop of paint I laid down. Then I added a built-in bed. The storage box is just the right length that the doll can lay down completely. I primarily used craft wood to keep the room light since I plan to hang this on a wall once it is finished. I don’t have a lot of open surfaces in my home at this point, so I find if I can hang something on a wall it is a better use of space and my flat surfaces.
So today I pick up where the bed is in there and everything is painted white. This was kind of an “I just feel like it” project, so I looked around through the fabric I had on hand to see if I could find a good one for the mattress fabric, and I did! I found the classic striped fabric that was so common as mattresses and pillows. There are better-colored stripes out there, but projects are more fun when you just use what happens to be on hand. At least I think so. Plus it justifies my craft-related pack-rat tendencies.
I looked on Pinterest for some tutorials, but since I was in my “I just feel like it” mood, I mostly just winged it. First, I cut off a section of foam (yes, from a roll I just happened to have) and sized it to the bed frame I had already made. From there, I measured my fabric and went to work. I am not a stellar sewer, and I probably should have kept it simple, but I made an effort to sew a box with sides, not a tube. I should have stuck to the tube… by the time I got to the final edge, I just hot glued it to the foam to close my fabric box. No one is going to be inspecting my craftsmanship on this, so I am letting it go. As a final touch, I added a few tufted details, then called it good.
My next step is to make some bedding, like sheets and pillowcases, for the bed. As it is right now, it has somewhat of a Barbie-in-prison kind of feel. I was going for cute and old-fashioned. In any case, I have something else checked off my never-ending project list and that feels really good. I am also proud of myself even if no one else quite gets that. This has been on my brain for so very long and now it is done and I did it well enough that I feel ok with sharing it. It is a big step on the way to finishing this room for the doll.