How to make furniture for Monster High Or Barbie dolls, Fainting Couch or Sofa


My daughter is very much into Monster High Dolls right now and after seeing the simply lovely furniture that people have made and are selling for extremely high prices on eBay, etsy etc, I’ve decided to try and make some of my own.

I’ve searched online and found no free instructions or patterns so I thought I would share my own first creation and any more I find time to make.

This first one I have made is a fainting couch or sofa.

Things you will need:
Fabric of your choice 1/4 yard should be enough for the whole sofa and maybe a chair too
Edging or ricrac of some kind, 1/2 yard
Batting 1/4 yard should be plenty for this and more
Foam board
Hot glue and hot glue gun
Cardboard for support pieces
Beads for feet

First find a photo of a couch you would like to replicate or feel free to use my own design.

Draw out on the foam board two shapes, the rectangle for the seat part and the design for the back piece. Cut them out and then lay batting over the top of each and cut out to the correct shape. Also you will need to do the same with the fabric, except leave a couple inches of allowance on all sides.

Place the fabric, batting and foam board together and use the hot glue to close all edges for both pieces.
Then cut out 4 rectangles for the bottom two long ones for the front and back of the sofa and two for the short sides. Cover them with only fabric and again hot glue the fabric on. Next make a box with them by adding hot glue and small rectangles of cardboard as added support to each corner.

Cut out another rectangle for the fainting curled arm of the sofa, cover with extra batting and fabric by gluing to it and then roll the end and glue n place. Attach this side with arm up by gluing to the rectangle base. Next glue beads to each bottom corner as feet. Also use your ribbon or trim and glue around the sides of the rectangle bottom.

Next glue the back to the seat of the sofa, be liberal with the glue and hold in place while drying. Lastly glue this to the rectangle base piece and again add lots of glue to keep in place.

You can also make the bolster pillow by just using batting with fabric glued together and then rolling it up and gluing as you roll it.

I chose fabrics to go with Cleo DeNile. I also made a couple accent pillows.

I plan on trying to make some other furniture pieces and adding how to’s and photos as well so check back again later. Also feel free to ask any questions you have, I’ll try to reply right away.

























5 responses »

  1. You did a brilliant job! I am going to make my own patterns as well but with wood as i can’t find anything on line!

  2. I am searching the net for furniture to make for my daughter. I have a fold out house I bought secondhand for $5 and thought I will make the furniture. I am going to make your couch (chaise or whatever they are called). Thank you so much for that. You are clever!

  3. I have found all sorts of cool ideas on pininterest….I wanted to share my facebook page with you…I have made all sorts….hats out of cut up egg cartons, a 4 poster bed out of a candy box, cheap wire hanger cardboard tubes and an upside down picture frame, also made a fish tank using the cut off ends of cotton swabs (painted) for fish..and a clear plastic jar with a lod…anyway…have a look…and if you are interested…just drop me a line and I will try to explain how I made it. I love this couch idea by the way!!! I have made couches, but I am going to try this more glamourous version! 🙂

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