doll house bed tutorial – part 2 : making the mattress

free doll mattress tutorial

This tufted doll mattress and pillow fit the clothespin dollhouse bed perfectly. It’s quick and easy to make and perfect for the tiny rag doll.

how to make a tufted doll mattress

You will need:

doll mattress sewing tutorial


1. Cut out the mattress from cotton fabric, pin with right sides together and stitch as shown.

2.  Pull the fabric sides apart at the corners

3. Open the seam allowance with your fingers and press the seams together. Stitch across at 1/4 inch. Do this for all 4 corners.

doll mattress sewing tutorial


4. With all four corners sewn the mattress should look like this.

5. Turn the mattress right side out and stuff

6. Close the opening with the ladder stitch or little whip stitches.

doll mattress sewing tutorial


7.  Place the pattern on the mattress and poke through with a pencil to mark the tuft locations.  Mark both sides. When you place the pattern match up the seam lines on the pattern with the mattress seams to get accurate placement.

(Click the images for a larger view)

8. Use embroidery thread and a long needle to sew the tufts. You can use this method for hiding your knots. Begin by making a knot on one of your tuft marks.

9. Stitch straight through to the  mark on the other side. Stitch through two or three times, pull as snug as you like and knot. Repeat for all the tufts.

10. With all the tufts sewn use you embroidery needle to move stuffing around where needed.

doll house bed tutorial

The mattress is finished! You need a tiny pillow and case.


doll pillow sewing tutorial


1. Cut out the pillow and case fabric. Pin with right sides together and stitch as shown.  Trim off the corners of the seam allowance.

2. Turn the pillow right side out, stuff it and stitched closed.

3.  Leave the pillow case inside out and turn the open edge over about 1/4 inch. Place the pillow on it and decide how long you would like the case to be.

doll pillow sewing tutorial


4. Trim away about half the seam allowance and fold the edge over again. Stitch the hem. Turn the case right side out and put the pillow in.

doll pillow and case sewing tutorial

It’s so sweet I can hardly stand it.

doll mattress sewing tutorial

Place your sweet finished mattress on the bed.

doll mattress sewing tutorial

Put the pillow on top.  And make your tiny rag doll very cozy.

easy tufted doll mattress

Share your little beds and mattresses on instagram with hashtags #annwoodpattern and #missthistlesociety – I’d love to see! And stay tuned for more Miss Thistle Society projects.


  1. Oh my goodness…you are so very generous with your talents! Thank you very much for these wonderful tutorials!!

  2. Laura Romains van der Weiden

    Wonderful Ann. Thank you so much for sharing this with us (those who hope to make such wonderful things one of these days!).

  3. Chrystine

    And countless tiny dolls get their very first good nights sleep thanks to you! Lovely – Thank you.

  4. Jeanne Leonard

    Your talent and generosity are amazing! Can’t wait to try making the bed and mattress. Thank you soooo much

  5. Denise Miller

    I am going to try to make the bed using a smaller size clothes pin. Thanks for the tutorials and the patterns. I am so grateful of you for sharing these wonderful doll items to make. I have my doll. Now she needs a room box.

  6. Jaye Franchell

    It takes me back to my love of small dolls and their accessories! Love it love it!
    Thank you bunches!!

  7. Thank you so much! I want to get started right now, so cute.

  8. Christine Robertson

    Soooo cute! Loved it!Thank you so much for sharing.Love from Brazil!Christine

  9. I’m July from China, and thanks for sharing. I made my own bed and mattress, pillows and comforter just the way you did. They’re perfect. They’re cute. Love you, Ann.

  10. Ann Louise Chandler

    On beds:
    Dear Ann Wood,
    Thanks so much for your tiny doll bed ideas. You have helped me graduate from using bank check-book boxes, which are far less atrative, to using wire and clothespins. Much better! My tiny dolls, mice, etc. thank you!
    Ann Louise Chandler

  11. Anne Sefton

    Thank you Ann, I simply love your patterns, also your step by step photo tutorials are great ! It makes it so much easier for me to follow along

  12. Jessica Raymond

    Thank you for this. Using some ticking I had lying around, I just made four mattresses for the beds my husband built (for the dollhouse he is building for our grandkids). Very cute!

  13. Stephanie S.

    Thank you for a great tutorial. I made a bed and need to make a mattress. This will work out nicely.

  14. I just fell in love when I saw this tiny bed ,and just made my first one . Now off to make the mattress pillow and blanket . Thank you for sharing this wonderful pattern ♥️

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