Tuesday, 18 June 2013

'Make it' Project ~ Petite House


Our Petite Houses are perfect for hanging from your twiggy trees, on a dresser or chest of drawers, or get organised and make some for the school fayre or as end of term Teacher gifts.  What ever you decide they're fun and quick to make.  So here we go.....

First off you'll need to gather your materials together.  We used:
1 piece of Tilda Star Grey Brown (a mini piece will be more than enough)
But you can take inspiration from any of bundles HERE
You will also need:
Stuffing of your choice ( we used dried lavender )
Sewing Machine ( or you cold hand sew the whole thing )
Please note that we have used 1/4" seam allowances throughout

Firstly, you will need to print and cut out this pattern.  To do so, highlight the picture above, then 'Right' click on your mouse, then select 'open in a new window' and then print using the keys 'CTRL' and  'P' 

Now cut out the pieces as shown above

With right sides together pin and then sew the roof section to the house section

Press the seam open

Using the seam as a guide, pin and then sew the lace to the front 

Now pin the door and window to the front using this picture as a guide

Make sure the door is position 1/4" above the bottom edge to allow for the seam allowance

Sew in place using a contrasting colour thread.  We did this by hand using Back Stitch, however if you prefer you can machine sew  

Once you have sewn the door and window, you can now decorate the front.  We added two small mother of pearl buttons and a little felt heart (see below), but feel free to use your own imagination

We find it easier to cut small hearts free hand.  First cut a small square of felt, fold it in half

Then simply cut out half a heart shape, open up and ta da....

With right sides together, pin your completed house front to your choice of backing fabric and cut out

Sew around all sides, leaving a gap to allow you to stuff your house

Trim the points, turn (see Top Tip), press, stuff and sew closed.

TOP TIP: A chop stick is a very handy tool to keep in your sewing kit.  It's point, yet not sharp end is great for pushing out the point and corners 

Finally sew a button to the point of the roof and create a hanging loop from some bakers twine

That's it you're done!

We hope that you enjoy making your Petite Houses, please do let us know how you get on, we would love to see some pictures!!

Oh and finally, to keep up with behind the scenes goings on, please hop over to Sarah's new Blog

See you soon!