So, wow, there are so many awesome things going on today!! Today is the start of Sew, Mama, Sew Giveaway Day!
And, it's the first day of three weeks of Once upon a Thread (which I will be participating in again!)!!
And, with all of that yumminess...here is what I have to offer to you today, a tutorial and a chance to win the end result of the tutorial!! Back in November you might remember, I made this little house.
So, in honor of all of fun events today...I am here to finally offer you the tutorial! And, as an extra added bonus...
The GIVEAWAY is the new Little House! And your own The Little House book to go with it! Details about how to win follow the tutorial!! :)
1 fat quarter of black felt
1/2 yard of pink flannel
scraps of grey and white/cream and red felt
*Pellon fusible interfacing
(*this is optional: I did not use interfacing for my first little house and it came out just fine. I decided to use it this time around though because I wanted it to keep it's shape a little bit more. I used a medium weight interfacing in this tutorial.)
Cut out all pieces first. You will need to cut out your door and windows, etc. Use these templates for those pieces.
Cut out on long rectangular strip of grey felt that is approximately 1 3/4" wide by 11" long.
Cut two rectangle pieces of red felt that are approximately 3 1/2" by 2".
Cut several 1" by 12" strips of black felt (I used 11), on one edge of the strips cut a slight scallop along the edge.
Cut out a few circles from darker grey felt.
Cut one strip of black felt that measures 22 1/2" x 3"
Cut one strip of pink flannel that measures 28 3/4" x 3"
*Cut one strips of fusible interfacing (if using) 50" x3"
Cut one piece of black felt using the roof template
Cut one piece of pink flannel measuring 9" x 11"
Use the roof template and one piece of 8 1/2" x 11" paper to make the pattern for the front of the house. Tape the two pieces together along the dotted line of the roof template. Cut one piece of pink flannel using this pattern piece.
Once you have all of your pieces cut out you can begin to sew.
Lay the strip of grey felt along the bottom approximately a half an inch from the bottom edge of the flannel. Center white steps on the grey strip and sew in place (using white thread), add a "smile" using black thread. Add contrasting grey circles on top of the grey strip, pin and sew in place. Sew a small circle of velcro onto the wrong side of the door. Next lay the door in place on the house front, line it up with the steps, sew it on to the flannel along the left side of the door. Next, sew the other side of the velcro onto the flannel making sure that is in line with Velcro on the door. Now, place the windows onto the front of the house, align them as you like and sew them on to the flannel, at the top of the window flip up the curtain and sew along the top underneath the curtain.
Once all of the front pieces are sewn onto your house it is time to make the roof. I found it easiest to put the strips on to the roof with small strips of heat n bond hem at first.
Use your roof template to give you an idea as to where you should begin and lay your strips on to the house with a slight overlap. Once you are satisfied with their placement iron them to affix them to the flannel
Now, trim up the roof strips so they do not hang over the flannel.
Next sew the pink flannel strip and the black felt strips together along one short side with a 1/2" seem allowance to make one long strip (press seams open). If using interfacing iron it on now and then sew the other short ends of black and pink together (1/2" seam allowance) to make one large circle. Also sew the roof and back of the house (9" x 11" rectangle of pink) together using a 1/2" seam allowance, press seams open.
Now, to pin and sew up the house...Find the center of the bottom edge of the front of the house and the center of the pink part of the strip, pin them with right sides together. Align the seams where the black and pink meet and pin them right sides together.
Once you have pinned well all the way around, sew strip on to the front of the house with a 1/2" seam allowance.
Once the strip is sewn to the front of the house you are almost done...First, sew your two red felt rectangles together to make the chimney, then center the chimney in the center of the roof on the back of the house.
Pin the sides to the back of the house the same way you did in the last step and sew around with a 1/2" seam allowance leaving an opening about 4" wide for turning along one of the pink flannel sides. Turn pillow right side out. Make sure that all of the corners are pushed out, use a chopstick and stuff so the pillow is full, but flat. Sew the opening closed with a ladder stitch. Done.
She does look happy doesn't she?!
So, there you have it! I hope you enjoy the tutorial!! As always, please let me know if you have any questions!!!
And, don't forget the giveaway: a chance to win this little house and a your very own The Little House book!
Giveaway closes May 25 at 8pm EST. The winner will be chosen via random.org and announced here by May 26 ( I will also email the winner).
To enter, simply leave a comment (any comment!) on THIS post. Bonus entry, if you follow my blog or follow me on Facebook just let me know that you do in an additional comment!
Thanks for stopping by, good luck and don't forget to check out all of the other fabulous giveaways over at Sew, Mama, Sew!
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And the winner is...chosen by Random.org...
Jamie, who said "we love that book! the pillow is super cute!"
Congratulations Jamie, I will email you shortly!! :) Thanks everyone for stopping by for the giveaway, I do hope you come by again!