I am a self-taught crocheter since the end of 2011. I write tutorials on general things instead of specific patterns to boost creativity.
DIY Beds for Sylvanian Families (or Calico Critters)
One of the main problems I have whenever I look at Sylvanian Families in the toy store is the lack of different bed types. Critters are usually sold in bundles of three or four per family, while beds are usually sold individually. As a beginner collector, I have been trying to avoid buying two of the same item and instead choosing items that I don't have yet.
But because my niece likes to come over and play with the critters, we always lack beds for everyone and end up having the adults sleeping on the floor (she likes to hog a big bed for her baby critter). This article provides a tutorial on how to go about making your own Sylvanian Families bed (or a 1:12 scale doll bed).
- Empty small box to serve as the base of the bed
- Foam or polyester fiberfill to make a mattress
- (Optional) Size 10 crochet cotton thread or scrap pieces of fabric to cover the mattress
- Corrugated cardboard
- Glue gun/stick
- Duct tape for decoration
I'll cover how to create the base and mattress for the bed, followed by several different blanket options.
Step 1: Base
Find a small empty box (e.g. medicine, cosmetics, or jewelry boxes) that fits your critter and can serve as the base of the bed. I used an empty jewelry gift box that is all black, so I did not need to decorate it anymore. If you used a box that has words written down on it, you can use duct tape to cover it all around to make your base pretty.
Step 2: Mattress
Cut out a piece of foam that fits your chosen box. I used some foam I found when I bought a case for an electronic gadget from Amazon. Here are some photos for this step:
Right now, my foam does not look attractive since I only used recycled materials. You can also use a colorful craft foam to eliminate the need to make a cover.
Step 3 (Optional): Mattress Cover
In order to make a mattress cover, you can use scrap fabrics to cover the foam. Or, if you are a non-sewer like me, you can just crochet your own cover. To crochet your own cover, use the same construction method as the base for Sanitary Pad Cozy and just sew the top closed instead of making a flap for the button.
Step 4: Blanket
Make your own blanket using your favorite crochet stitch pattern. It is a perfect way to test out afghan patterns before you make one in a bigger scale. Keep testing out the blanket on your bed along with a critter to find the right size. Here are some of my favorite patterns to use, along with pictures.
1. Neat Ripple Afghan by Lucy of Attic24
I used a B hook for this pattern and started with a chain of 31 and worked the ripple pattern. You can choose to use a different sized hook depending on the drape you want to achieve.
2. Granny Stripe Blanket by Lucy of Attic24
For this simple Granny Stripe pattern, I used a smaller hook to get a stiffer blanket compared to the ripple one. Just chain a number divisible by 3 and add another 2 for the turning chain.
3. Granny Blanket by Marianne Forrestal
I used this very simple pattern from Red Heart to make a small blanket for a baby critter. You can opt to make more rounds to make it bigger and fit an adult critter.
Step 5: Headboard and Other Finishing Touches
Trace out a rectangular shape from your corrugated cardboard to make a headboard for your base. Cover the piece with duct tape to disguise its original form. Add some final embellishments, like stickers, glitter, or gems, to further enhance your project.
Glue the headboard to the base and assemble your pieces together to form the bed.
Tolovaj on February 24, 2014:
I like the colors and especially how they add life to bunnies. Too cute:)