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October 2008
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How To Make A Fabric Dollhouse

Oh boy!  Did I ever find a good one for you today!!  A fabric dollhouse that is just as cute as it can be.  And like we mentioned last week, there’s plenty of time to get some of these made up for those little girls on your Christmas gift list!  Our quadruplet grandbabies just turned 3 years old on Friday, so I think I REALLY need to make the dollhouse ones for the two girls, then make the little barn one for the little boys and their big 4 year old brother Jacob.  These are just too cool — put a little doll and accessories in for the girls, and some farm animals and vehicles in the barn for the boys and you’ll have some very happy little children!!

This tutorial came from uklassinus.blogspot and we thank her very much for doing this fine tutorial.  Check her blogspot for additional tutorials and good reading.

:: Fabric for the interior: 9 inches by 21 inches and two pieces 6 inches by 9 inches (I’m being generous with the seam allowances here, as the actual size needed will depend on which batting you use)

Fabric for the exterior: (same as interior) 9″ x 21″ and two pieces 6″ x 9″

:: 2 10.5″x 13.5″ sheets of plastic canvas (I used #10 mesh)

:: Batting / wadding

:: Duct tape / insulation tape (optional)

:: I used tiny hairbands) or velcro or 2 zips (if you do not have my fear of sewing zippers) or some ribbon

:: 2 Sewn fabric strips for handles (optional)

Sorry about the diagrams – my bloomin’ husband has managed to unload my scanner software, most likely while messing around loading and unloading things for the computer game he is obsessed with… Anyway, I just did these quickly on the computer, so please use your imagination when trying to decipher them!)

three 4″ by 6″ rectangles
two 2¾” by 6″ rectangles
and 2 house-shaped pieces with 4″ base, 4″ sides and 2see diagram)
nb. When making the barn, I wrapped duct tape around the batting to keep it in place, so that the sharp points of the wood were safely padded. I found that the duct tape made the shaped pieces nice and easy to handle, so this time around, I wrapped the batting covered plastic canvas with insulation tape).

Sew along the lines you have pinned, marked by the red dotted line on the above diagram (The dimensions on the diagram show the dimensions I used, but yours may differ, depending on the thickness of the batting that you used, so I suggest using this pinning method to ensure a good fit). Turn right side out and slide the batting covered end panel back in. Repeat for the other end panel.

one of the end panels
elastic loops (or flap for velcro or zip or ribbons for ties at both ends – whichever you chose)

Again, I like to first sandwich the batting covered panels between the fabrics – in the order shown in the 2nd diagram above – and pin the fabrics around them, including a pin between each panel, to ensure that I will have a good fit and also to mark the correct placement of the end panel and the loops for the buttons. I place the button loops at the corners of the roof panel (the 2 3/4″ x 6″ panel). After I have marked the edges and the correct placement, I then remove the panels, leaving just the end panel and the button loops sandwiched, ready to be sewn on.

7. Sew the opening closed, catching the ends of the handle and button loop, if used.


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