A couple weeks ago, I made myself a promise that I wouldn't come up with any new projects until I cleaned off all the ones currently on my sewing table. Well, that didn't work out as I planned. I have wanted to make Miss C a playhouse to fit over our kitchen table for quite sometime. I just lacked inspiration. I came across this blog post and wanted to start immediately:
Homemade by Jill
I started making my sketches right away (which I will post soon once I redraw them to be legible). I also checked Joann's, and they had felt for $2.99 a yard. I went over there the same afternoon and stocked up. This was honestly a very simple project, and I really had fun doing it. It took me about 2 1/2 hours to cut everything out and I sewed it all together during two different naps and one evening--probably about 6 hours total. I have more ideas to add, but figured I'd let Miss C play in it in the meantime. I plan to add a garden of flowers in front under the window as well as on one side. I will sew stems on the felt and then make felt flower that velcro onto the house. I also want to make a rug for it as well so she isn't playing on our dirty floor.
I just used a cut up diaper box to prop the roof. I need to find a bigger box and cut it more accurately, but this works for now.
To make the bushes puff out a bit, I sewed small pleats around the edges and stuffed them with a few scraps of felt.
I sewed a seam up the middle of the window box, but will probably do a couple more seams. The flowers fall out too easily.
The mailbox was a hit.
Here is Miss C demonstrating how the mailbox works.
And Miss C showing how the front door works:
One negative is that I discovered that felt stretches a lot. Miss C has already stretched out the window panes of one window when she tried to climb in that way while I was inside her house. I can tell it's going to take a beating, but I think it was worth the work.