Here is Part 2 of the Loft Bed Tutorial. In this part I will explain how I made the soft furnishings – the bolsters, pillow and soft pom-pom throw. This bedding (and actually the entire Tiny House project) was a departure from my normal style (vintage, shabby, pink, ruffles, bows, glitter, etc) but I found after making this Tiny House I do like the more simple, less decorated modern style (but I'm not entirely transformed). I got the opinion of a couple of "Gen-X-ers" on some of the furnishings since I was trying to appeal to a more "youthful" audience with this project. They felt I did not depart enough from my normal style ("Too much color, Mom!! Your curtains should be GRAY!). Oh well, baby steps for this Baby Boomer...
Supplies - Bedding and Bolsters
Faux “chamois” (soft, fuzzy wash cloths meant for cleaning the car found at Dollar Stores - see photo below)
Tiny craft pom-poms, about 1/8 inch diameter
Craft sand or small no-hole beads for pillow stuffing
Tiny funnel (sand art or perfume) OR small cone made from paper for transferring sand
clear vinyl tubing, about ½ or 3/8 inch in diameter (plumbing -home improvement stores)
Tiny pom-pom trim (miniature show)
Dense Fabric for pillow (that will not let sand through)
Small fabric clips (like some use for sewing instead of pins)
Fabric for bolsters
Thin upholstery foam, about 3/8 or ½ inch thick
Crafter’s Pick Ultimate (best for fabric and almost anything except wood)
Rectangular Bolsters (gray ones in photos)
These were simply pieces of thin upholstery foam, about 3/8” or ½” thick, cut into rectangles and wrapped with fabric like wrapping a package. I used Crafter’s Pick “Ultimate” glue to seal edges of fabric where it overlapped to reduce thickness (instead of folding over edges).
Round Turquoise Bolsters
For the round bolsters, I cut the clear plastic tubing to about 1-1/2 inches long. The tubing works well as a bolster because you can stuff the fabric into the center hole making very neat ends. Cut the fabric about ¼ or ½ inch longer on each end and about ¼ inch longer around the diameter. Wrap the fabric around the tubing and glue where it overlaps down the center. This seam side can be glued down to the bed so it won’t show. On the ends, just stuff the end fabric into the hole. Use a toothpick to help if needed. The Pom-Pom tassels will cover any hole if there was one (for instance if using thinner fabric than velvet).
|Close up of velvet bolster from tubing|
Basic steps are shown in the photo below. To make the tassel, wrap sewing thread around a piece of index card about ¾ inch wide. I wrapped the thread about 30 times. Use a needle and same color thread. Run the needle under all the threads and tie a knot gathering all the loops at the top of the card. Leave long threads here since you will re-thread and use these ties to go through the pom poms later.
With the top of the loops gathered and tied you can cut through the loops at the bottom. Now tie another thread around the whole bundle about 1/8 inch down from the top tie and knot. Re-thread the needle with the top ties and poke the needle through the pom poms. Put some glue on the center end of the round bolster and run the needle through pulling the tassel up against the bolster end. Trim the tassel to the desired length.
White Pom-Pom Pillow and Throw
The pillow was about 1-1/4 inches square. First I sewed a pillow from dense white fabric leaving one side open (dense enough so sand won’t sift through it). The sand or no-hole beads make the pillow much more realistic since you can sort of squash it into a nice shape (or give it that decorator's "Karate-Chop!"). I used a tiny funnel that came from one of my kid’s “sand art” craft toy to help get the sand into the opening. The opening was sealed with Crafter’s Pick glue and clamped with little clips. Then I glued on a cover for one side from the dollar store chamois. Pom-Poms were glued around on three sides only so it would sit level on the bed. The throw was made from the same chamois and some tiny trim I found at a miniature show. The trim sort of looks like little pom-poms. It was glued all around then I added larger pom poms at the four corners. I draped it so one corner sort of touched the floor and glued it in place.
|Dollar Store Chamois|
|Pillow Front (Chamois side)|
|Pillow Back (fabric side)|
|Glued and draped Pom-Pom throw|
Hope this tutorial was helpful to some readers who want to make modern bedding. I will try to squeeze one more tutorial in before the end of the year (Yikes! It’s almost the end of the year!!). Hopefully some of the accessories you see in these photos. If I don’t get around to it…
MERRY CHRISTMAS to all my readers!!