I made a little bed. A vintage wooden frame, tiny quilt, teeny knit blanket, itty bitty pillows, a cotton mattress filled with wool. All made by hand, organic, naturally dyed.
This little bed is bound for Henry's doll house, but it stands in for a larger project I'm embarking on. I'm going to make our bed. From top to bottom, I plan to spend time this year working to create each piece of the bed we sleep in.
We need a new bed, and after a bit of research it became clear that the kind of bed we'd like to have- one made from natural materials, without toxic flame retardants- is far out of our budget. I spent time investigating the way people and families in other cultures sleep, the kinds of beds we used to sleep on before modern materials and manufacturing became ubiquitous, and it seemed that the most responsible and affordable option would be to make one from scratch, by hand.
I'll start with the moving pieces, a king-sized quilt and a wool blanket, cotton sheets and pillow cases. The last piece to our bed will be a new mattress - a straw tick, and maybe a wool mattress cover on top. I will source my materials as sustainably and organically as possible, using natural dyes, minimally-processed fibers, and local wool and straw. It will take a long time. Each step will require labor, research, planning, and resources. But to me it seems deeply worthwhile work to make for our family a place to sleep that is non toxic, low waste (each piece of the bed could potentially be repurposed and continually mended or reused) and lovingly handmade.
This project is an incredibly practical one, but I hope to make it a beautiful one too. I'll be keeping a journal here of my progress and each piece as it's finished. You can also follow along on instagram with the tag #sugarhousemakesabed