Friday, November 9, 2012

Tutorial: Tiny Tin Bedroom

I have talked about a little project I worked on. Where were we?

Yeap, I had this really cute tin from the candy store, and I added pom-poms...

The inside, I made it into a tiny bedroom for a cute little girl. Today, I will share a quick tutorial with you. If you have some tiny tin laying around the house this might be a fun project to get your hands on!

Fabric scraps for making mattress, pillow, and duvet
Felt as batting
Pom-poms, lace, trims to embellish the bedding and tin
Ribbon to make curtains, cabachon to accessorize the window treatment
paper to paste on the lid as a wall paper and window

DMC floss, thread, glue and other basic sewing items

1. I am not really going to talk about measurements here, because the tin you have is probably different size and shape than mine. Basically, you need to use your tin as a guide and pattern for this project, but don't get intimidated; it is a fairly easy and simple project.

To make the mattress, trace the bottom of the tin onto the fabric and add slightly less than 1/4" seam allowance. Because this is such a tiny project, you want the seam to be smaller too, otherwise the finished item might have bulky edges.

2. Cut out fabric to make the duvet in the same way you did step one. I wanted to use specific patterns for the duvet and pillows, so here is what I did;

The area I circled, I used for making the duvet, and the squares for making the pillows. Use the tin as a template for the duvet, trace it and cut. Also, cut out felt circles to use as batting. For the felt, you don't need to add a seam allowance.

3. Leaving some opening to turn the fabric later, sew around the mattress, duvet, and pillow. For the duvet, you need to cut off about an inch or so, so you can see the dolls little head resting. Clip off some fabric around the curve.

4. Turn the fabric inside out, press with iron. Stuff the felt batting flat, and sew the opening shut.

5. For the pillow, I sewed lace on both sides.

6. I had so much fun thinking about what to do with the duvet. I added same pom-poms I used for the lid of the tin and I even did a tiny quilting on it! :)

7. To make the "bedroom" look more real, I pasted wallpaper (scrapbook paper), window, and curtains. I melted the ends of the ribbons so they don't fray, and tied the middle with DMC floss. Again, this is such a fun part to think about what kind of paper and ribbon you want to use. Just like decorating a real room (ok, maybe that is a stretch) they can change the look of the whole room, so be serious (hehehe).

I love how it turned out, and I am looking out for more tiny tins! I handed the tin to Rachel and let her open the lid, when she looked at the inside for the first time she gasped and fell in LOVE with it, which made me so happy.

I think this will be a great stocking stuffer if you are looking for some ideas. I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. I have been working on some small projects here and there lately, those tutorials are coming up too, stay tuned! :)


  1. que chuli, me encanta la idea y seguramente que la haga para regalar a una peque.

  2. Oh... this is adorable!!
    I too fell in love!!

  3. Amazing!
    It's a such a sweet gift for a little girl :)
    Thank you for sharing!

  4. That has to be one of the cutest things I have ever seen! Well done!

  5. Oh I think my niece would love one of these. Thanks for sharing! This is adorable.

  6. So cute! I have a couple of empty tins that would be perfect for this little project.

  7. This is so CUTE! Cant wait to make it! Going to goodwill today to look for tins!

  8. This is so cute! You are always so creative! Can I ask where you got the little doll?

  9. Rachel and I were at the local shop and found this woodden doll button for 75 cents. Isn't it adorable?! There were four different colors. You can read about the shop here;

  10. OMG, adorable!!! I'm thinking of making two of these for my nieces, using a larger tin so that a small doll could fit inside. They will love it!
    Thank you for this tutorial; as usual, your creativity floors me!

  11. That is SO cute! I love the addition of the window... what a sweet idea! =)

  12. So cute and vintage looking!

  13. THIS IS SO CUTE!!!! Thanks for posting a tutorial!

  14. Oh my goodness! I recognize that little girl button. So darling!

  15. So cute. My daughter would LOVE this, Sachiko!! Too adorbs!

  16. So darling! Thanks for sharing. I want to make this with my girls.

  17. Hi! I just landed here from Sew Mama Sew! Your tin idea is adorable!

  18. Ultracuteee! Loved it and really happy to have found your blog!

  19. This is so darling! I am going to make one of these and make a tiny doll out of felt. I have always loved miniature things. Thank You!!

  20. Would love to make this but not sure what doll would fit. Any suggestions? Thanks.

  21. Sonia Bowdwich-

    I happened to find this button, so maybe I will try the button section at the craft stores. Also, there are tiny figurine toys at the girls toy section. You might need bigger tin than I used, but you can get a similar effect.

  22. Thanks! Actually, I just found these exact buttons online!

  23. I love this little bed in a tin project. it would be just perfect to send to a child by mail.
    Must make some for my Thanks for sharing this .. Marianne

  24. Hi I loved the tin but where did u get the mini doll from

    1. The little doll is a button I found at a local gift shop. :)

  25. It's such an excellent diy project. Thanks for sharing.

  26. Absolutely adorable!! My little great-niece is going to love it! I think the window just makes it magical!! I love it!! Thank you for sharing this!!


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