Remember the antique Jenny Lind daybed I bought off of Facebook Marketplace a few weeks ago? Well, I finally received the foam and batting I ordered to make a custom mattress for it.
My plan is to make a french-style tufted mattress, but I starting wrapping the foam in the cotton batting I ordered and I realized I would need to make a cover to hold the cotton batting in place. Poly batting is much easier to slide a fitted cover over, but I went with cotton because it gives a softer appearance to the cushion. It was one of those afternoons when I was determined to get this done. I knew it was irrational to think that I could finish an entire custom mattress in an afternoon, but I felt this push to try.
I cut down the 3″ upholstery foam with an electric carving knife. If you didn’t know, those are the absolute best tools for cutting foam! I just have a cheap one like THIS that I’ve used for years. I wrapped the foam in two layers of cotton batting and then hand-stitched a cover on out of some inexpensive linen fabric I had in my stash. This cover would make it possible to slide a fitted cover on over the cotton batting without pulling it off in the process.
I picked out an antique hemp sheet (also from my stash) and washed it before I made a cover out of it. When I took it out of the dryer, I folded it and laid it over the mattress on the daybed. It actually looked pretty good…good enough that I can leave it like that until I decide if I want to make a French tufted mattress or simply make a tie-on cover.
(This picture was taken while I was washing the sheets, which is why the quilt is hurled over the footboard!)
The upside to having a simple tie-on cover is that it’ll be easy to remove and wash, which will probably be necessary with cats and a dog who like to jump up on it already.
I had two bolster pillows from the living room sofa in our PA house and they were the perfect fit for this daybed…
I made the bolster covers years ago out of an antique petticoat! You can read about that HERE.
It’s a bit of a make-do solution right now, but it’s better than rushing through making a custom mattress when I’m not sure if that’s the route I want to go. For now, it looks nice and finished enough to save that decision for another day.