I've recently become enamored with making miniature hand-tufted ticking mattresses using old French ticking. Mine are little pincushions... or pin pillows.
|You may purchase these three pin pillows made from French ticking at Honeysuckle Lane|
I made the first one as a tuffet for a mohair bird and then another for a lop-eared bunny. And I just kept making them.
Now I have ideas of making a hand-tufted mattress / cushion for a bench that I want to make from an old bed I bought at a Habitat for Humanity Resale Store. It's the same concept, just on a bigger scale, right?
Here's one example, although the bench is made from more than a bed:
|via Refresh Restyle|
I've started pinning any and all ticking / mattress / cushion ideas that strike my fancy... thank you Pinterest! I don't know what we'd do if that website ever shut down and we lost all our pins... probably riot!
|via French Garden House - you will LOVE Lidy's shop!|
|via One Kings Lane|
I've also found loads of youtube videos about mattress making. Here are a couple to get you started:
Block printed, hand stitched quilt video:
Making a hand-tufted mattress video: