Friday 6 August 2010

Carried away

Sorry this took a little longer than expected but here I am with a house wrap-up for you.

Firstly let it be said that this is not a difficult project - just a fiddly one as the house is quite small.
I should have taken a shot that shows perspective but I forgot!

Anyway it measures 18 cm tall to the peak of the roof and the width is about 15cm. Yeah, see, it's small.

I'm just going to put down a bunch of random thoughts and if there's anything I forget or you have further questions please feel free to ask them, happy to help.

Pattern - I used the pattern from the book One Yard Wonders - though I think it is exactly the same as the one that is online here.

The thing I didn't like about the pattern is it does not give the dimensions very clearly, so when you want to make the roof one colour and the walls another it is a little fiddly - worth it though for the effect.

Inspiration - Before you start you should definitely visit the Flickr group for inspiration.

There are beach houses, garages, barns, farm houses, country cottages and all sorts of cute little houses to get you thinking about how you want yours to look.

Buttons - I used self-covered buttons to secure the house but if I were to make it again I would use velcro as it is too hard for my two-year-old to get it open by herself.
I'm going to move a couple of the buttons in more toward the centre of the roof, just so it will be more secure - it's gaping a little at the front and that annoys me.

Elastic - I used hat elastic and if you choose to use elastic then don't use this as it's a little stiff and brittle. Go for hair elastics instead I think.

If you use elastic make sure the loops are being placed so they are positioned to secure the front of the house, not so that they are on the back walls - which are sewn in place and don't need buttons.

Walls - The wall structure is provided using plastic canvas as per the instructions.
This works quite well and I padded it with quilt batting.

To secure the batting, I sewed it on with my machine. I was not sure how this would go but it worked really well and was quick and easy to do.

The walls bow a little so you could use something stronger if you wanted - but then it might not be so easy to secure the padding - this is worth thinking about before you decide on what to use for your walls.

Decorating the house - I secured all the interior 'furnishings' before I sewed the house together as they were easier to iron on this way.

I drew the items, cut them from felt then secured them to the walls using Heat 'n Bond Ultra (you can buy it on a roll from Spotlight).

The button flowers were just glued on with fabric glue.

Photo and painting - For my own amusement I included a photo of our family and also a copy of Van Gogh's 'Starry, starry night" painting over the fireplace.

To do these I shrunk the files on my computer, put them in reverse (so flipped them horizontally) and then printed onto Ausinc light T-shirt transfer paper (from Officeworks).
Then I ironed some of the Heat 'n Bond onto plain white fabric and ironed the images on the transfer paper onto this fabric.

Lastly I ironed the finished result onto the house.

Animals - were all from Shelley's shop - The Little Sparrow Shop I was rapt to find a duck that fitted so perfectly! And how cute and fat is the pig.

Furniture and 'baby with a bowl-cut' - This set came from Windmill Toys but you could pick them up at any good toy shop.
My little one is very into babies at the moment so I knew she'd love having the nursery furniture in her house.
Also this means it can be changed over with any of the items in our doll house without doubling up.
It's a bit bigger than I would have liked - but I can live with it!

Seriously though - how bad is that baby's hair!

Outdoors - I've only shown you the outside front but on the sides I cut out a couple of pictures from some Maisy Mouse fabric and put them on with Heat 'n Bond too.

There's a butterfly, duck, watering can and then on the front is little black cat.
I thought if I wanted to I could always do more external detail later - but the internal detail was best done before sewing it all up.

Thread - One of the last things you do is put the wall structure (the supports) into the fabric and then sew it closed and I did this using invisible thread.
This way, the line that runs straight through the middle of my pond was not made too obvious.

So that's about it.

It was a fun project to do and I am delighted to tell you that all three girls and their friends are playing with it all the time.

It's small enough for Miss 2 to carry around by herself without effort so she has really taken ownership of it and the night we gave it to her she took it to straight out to dinner and had a lovely time with it.


Mánya said...

What a wonderful little house you've made!!! Congratulations and thank you for the instructions! I have a two year old girl myself, I just might try and make one for her :)

Natalie Hennekam said...

That is seriously sweet! Well done :-)

Brenda @ 13 Acres said...

this has not come at a better time - take away ordered and my mum here to help - it is operation "portable carry house" night tonight - your tips are invaluable! thanks so much - i hope it works out...!

Unknown said...

It's gorgeous Karen. I bet you are so proud of it. I especially love the family portrait, and Starry Starry Night is my most favourite painting ever. Noah would love that duck.

Bek said...

That is absolutely adorable! I love all the details! I have a pattern from the 80s for a house similar to this and have been a bit afraid to make it, but I can see my kids really getting into something like this.

PS I hope you are all feeling better!

Kelly Casanova said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!

Little Munchkins said...

I love it! It is amazing - if only Munchkin would play with girly things.

willow and moo said...

Totally amazing! I love all your little details! :)

UK lass in US said...

It turned out great! I'm glad that they like it.

The first version that I made was a bigger one, with wood instead of the plastic batting (it wasn't designed for carrying around). The only thing I'd add is that if you go for a more solid wall, it makes the sewing a bit more fiddly when there isn't any flex. I like the extra firm plastic canvas, but it can be hard to find.

EverSewSweet said...

I am working my way through the book and am happy to see your blog on this project. I'm very intimidated by this one, but I might give it a try for Christmas. My little girl turns two this month. I love your daughter's coat. Did you make it?

cherri said...

Wow such detail -love the family photo...

Well done - she seems to love it -that is the best part!

Tanya said...

Kazz- it is just so fantastic, talk about attention to detail. I am so glad it's getting well loved!

Lauren said...

wow that house is amazing! so much detail! fantastic job! x

Cass said...

I love it Karen and great to hear your views on it

sophie said...

Wow, Karen, it's fantastic -so cute and small, what fun!!

Corrie said...

ohmygosh! too cute!!!!!!!!!! that is so adorable! perfect to take out and so perfect to play with! wow that is seriously the cutest handmade thing I've seen in a while

well done

Anonymous said...

so sweet! I'm looking to make a barn for my cute little grand-niece that turns 2 today! thank for the link for the flickr inspirations.

ps found you thru Thornberry, and I like your blog!