Two weeks before Christmas, I finally threw it away. It was heartbreaking...but really, it was barely standing anymore and I knew that something far better was in their future.
I started this little house back in October. It was a lot of work (especially since it is fully lined with finished seams) but it is already well-loved on.
My kids both love to help me hang the laundry, so I knew they would enjoy this panel. I made a few items of clothing, embellishing them with some of the decorative stitches on my machine, and placed them in a sweet little woven basket.
There is also a zipper pocket sewn on the bottom corner of the panel to keep the clothespins.
Finally, this last panel was highly inspired by Homemade by Jill's version. I used her templates for the flowers, apples, carrots and corn, although, instead of weaving the corn, I merely stitched the kernels. And the inside of this panel has two clear vinyl pockets (size 8.5 x 11") for endless decorating. Emmie has already inserted a special picture she made of Noah's Ark.
I chose to use all wool felt, purchased by-the-yard from Wool Felt Central. The reason for this is because wool felt does not stretch and tear the same way acrylic felt does. It just seems to have a longer lifespan and holds up to child's play a lot better. Also, it is far softer, and the colors are much richer.
I used muslin for the base of the playhouse, as opposed to felt, as many playhouses are made. Again, the reason I did this is because I intend for this playhouse to last a long time, and I just didn't feel like felt would do the trick. However, this greatly increased the time commitment to the project, as I had to finish all the edges of the muslin, unlike felt.
Please let me know if you have any question about it and I will do my best to answer them. Thanks!
I've entered this little project over at Sew Dang Cute's "Crafting with the Stars"...wish me luck!
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