Thursday, 17 February 2011

How To: Teddy Beds

Awww... super cute storage for all those wayward stuffies!

Want to make one for your kids?

Skill level required:
- machine sewing
- sewing on trim can be tedious

Supplies Needed:
- 1 metre cotton fabric, or netting
- thread
- 0.5 metre of coordinating fabric for trim (or 2 packages of bias tape)
- you will need three hooks to hang your finished Teddy Bed as well

Step One:
- find a suitable corner in your child's room and measure how much room you actually have. The photo above is Lane's room. Notice the window is sorta in the way. I was able to hang her Teddy Bed by putting the hooks above the window rod.

Logan's room was much easier to measure. Basically you want the Teddy Bed to hang in a corner, with one hook in the corner and the other two hooks stretching out along each wall. As in the photo at the beginning of this tutorial.

I decided to make Lane's 34 inches along both sides of the 90 degree angle. Logan's measured 44 inches or the entire width of the fabric I bought.

Step 2:
- Cut out your triangle of main fabric. Since I wanted Logan's to be the largest I could get, I basically just folded the fabric at a 90 degree angle and cut it across. I think cut along the diagonal to make a nice large triangle. You can double the fabric if you want the picture to show up on both sides. I don't find this very necessary because when you hang it, you won't ever see the side that is facing up. You'll have your teddies in there anyway. :)

I used the rest of the fabric to make Lane's a little smaller (34 inches along both sides). I cut along the diagonal that I already had from the leftover fabric after cutting Logan's large one.

Step Three:
- Cut long strips from your coordinating fabric. Make sure you have enough to cover all three sides of your triangle piece, plus several inches to make loops. Press each side in and then press in half to make a bias-tape-like trim. Or you can just use prepackaged bias tape.

I love the look of my own pressed trim. You can use almost any coordinating fabric to make it and create all sorts of new looks. Love, love, love.

Step Four:
- starting at the 90 degree angle corner, start sewing your trim onto the short sides.

Step Five:
- make sure to fold the trim under a little to give the corner a finished look. I use a zig zag stitch to make sure the trim is sewn on nicely. I have sewn on enough trim to know that I'm not the world's greatest at this task. When sewing a straight line, I usually don't catch the underside enough and end up having to redo the whole thing. Zig zag stitch is much more forgiving. And it looks nice too!

Step Six:
- Attach the trim to the diagonal, leaving about 3 or 4 inches of trim on each side to form into loops for hanging the Teddy Bed.

If you run out of trim while sewing, you can just fold the new piece of trim under and attach it where you left off.

Step Seven:
- Turn the extra fabric that you left at the ends of your diagonal under and sew in place to form a loop. You should have one loop at each end of your diagonal.

Step Eight:
- take some of the trim you have leftover and fold it into a loop. Sew it in place at the 90 degree angled corner of your Teddy Bed.

Step Nine:
- Hang your finished Teddy Bed in the corner! And place all your valuable stuffies into their new hammock.

Step Ten:
- Make more Teddy Beds for the other children in your household. Or stack them for maximum storage with a large one close to the ground, a medium sized one halfway up the wall and then a small one at the top. That would look really cool. If only we had the room for something like that.

What do you think? Isn't this an awesome way to store some of those wayward stuffies?

As always, you are free to make as many Teddy Beds as you please from this tutorial. Make them for yourself, your kids, your kids' friends, your friends, your neighbours and acquaintances. Even make them to sell in your shops (although it would be really nice of you to give me some sort of credit in your listings). Do whatever you like with the tutorial in the spirit of a free and happy Internet. :)

If you do try this tutorial out, I would love to see the results. You can link to your finished product in the comment, or email me a finished pic (contact info in my profile). Even better, join my Flickr group and add your finished Teddy Beds there.

And if you don't want to attempt one yourself, but think they would be awesome for your home, you can purchase one at Tawny Bee. The ones pictured below will be listed as soon as there is sufficient light to take beautiful photos. :)

Sharing this tutorial with:

Making It With Allie - What Allie's Making Now
What Little Boys are Made Of #47 - Seven Thirty Three
Who Made What Party #10 - Naturally Me Creations
Feature Yourself Friday - Fingerprints on the Fridge
Feature Yourself Friday - Crystal's Craft Spot
Fantabulous Friday Link Up - Momma's Kinda Crafty
Friday Link Party - Creation Corner
Check Me Out Saturday - A Vision To Remember
Sunday Showcase Party - Under The Table and Dreaming
Market Yourself Monday - Sumo's Sweet Stuff
Get Your Craft On - Today's Creative Blog
Tuesday Tell All - My Craftie Life
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Naturally Me Creations said...

What a cute and interesting idea! :) Something different from the ordinary shelf...

(i love that little moose, hehe!)

Tnx so much for linking this up at my party! :D

AllieMakes! said...

Cute! Love that the teddies are up and out of the way but still keeping watch :)
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

Amie {Kitty Cats and Airplanes} said...

I had a little tent like this when I was a kid. This brings back great memories, though I like cute fabric better than the mesh I had.

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Jamie @ DIY Home Sweet Home said...

What a great idea. I'm your newest follower. Be sure to stop by my blog Monday and add your project to the More The Merrier Monday Link Party.

Crystal said...

Very fun! I'll be featuring this tomorrow.