Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Felt House Along Week 2 {Cutting out the side and Side 1}

Welcome to Week 2 of the Felt-House-Along! It was so fun to see the plans that everyone is getting together for their felt houses! I am going to include a McLinky on the this post so you can show off where you are at this week too!

This week we are going to Cut out our sides and roof and work on one of the sides! Are you ready? Let's dot it! : )

1. Measure your table. My table is 32 inches square on the top and 28 inches tall.
2. Cut out your sides. Lay the felt out flat (folded in half - that way you can cut 2 sides out at once!). When you cut out your sides you want to add an inch to each side length. So the sides of my house are 33 X 29 inches. The roof is going to be 33 X 33 inches. I used my yard stick to mark off each side.
You need to cut out 4 sides and 1 roof. I did not have lining on the inside of my play house. You will need 4 more sides and another roof if you are going to do that... but I am not going to give directions on how to do the lining since I did not do that.

Now let start on decorating one of the sides! I am doing the front side with the door!

1. Mark off where your door is going to be. If you want to see my measurements for the door you can click on the picture to enlarge. Once you decide where and how big the door is cut it out of the side and use the piece you cut out as a pattren for the door.
2. Cut out all the shapes that you want on your side. I have a door, mail box with pole, and trim for this side

Here is how I made the mail box:
my mail box has 5 pieces: 2 front colored pieces (Yellow), one inside color (black), on rectangle pocket (black), and a brown pole.
Sew Velcro to one of the front pieces and the inside piece
Sew your two front pieces together with WRONG sides together. Your Velcro should be facing OUT.
Pin your pole in place on your side.
Top sew it on!
Now place the black piece with the Velcro side up on the side, pin and sew.
Now pin the pocket on and sew around 3 sides leaving the top open
Finally pin the top piece on with the Velcro side down (facing the black piece) and sew ONLY on the the bottom... now your mail box should open and hold mail!

Here is how I made the door:
cut out a circle and pin it to your door. Top sew around the door knob...
...leave an opening so that you can add stuffing for dimension, then top sew the opening closed
Now lets add the trim!
Pin your trim in place (My trim is 2.5 X 20 inches for these two side pieces) and top sew them on.

Sandwich the door between the tip and the side of the house (this top piece of trim is 4 X 20)

Pin the trim and door in place and top sew it on.

One side down... 3 more to go!

Here is how I did my lettering. I used Freezer Paper Stencils. I L-O-V-E Freezer Paper Stencils... I used them a lot. It is so easy and it looks so great! I knew I would not be able to cut out felt letters neatly. And I knew that I would not be able to sew them on neatly either. So the Freezer Paper Stencils was my solution to have NEAT letters.

1.Trace you word onto freezer paper (found at any grocery store or Target, Walmart, etc in the same aisle as the baggies). I like to print my words out in a font I like from my computer, but you can free hand it too.
2. Use an Exato knife to cut out the letters.
3. Iron the freezer paper (wax side down) to where you want you word to be. Make sure you iron is set to WOOL setting for felt (or it will melt... I know I melted some on my other felt house!) Make sure all your letters are stuck to the felt.
4. Dab your paint on over the letters. I use acrylic craft paint, and heat set it with my iron once it dries. You can also use fabric paint. I had to do 2 coats of paint for the felt.
5. Peel off the freezer paper (You can do this when the paint is dry or wet). Once the paint dries heat set it with your iron (set to WOOL).
There you have it BEAUTIFUL letters! :)

I am so excited to see how your houses are coming together! Be sure to come back and share with us what you have done! If you have any questions, just ask!


Unknown said...

cute! are you making another one??

Dawn said...

i'm already behind on this-I been thinking of a plan but haven't put it down on paper yet-thanks for the second week directions-these are so cute! hopefully my kids will be feeling better so I can get to JoAnn's next week!!!

Chic Mommy said...

I noticed you did a funky kind of sewing stitch? Not sure what it is called. Is that a stronger stitch than just a straight sew??? My sewing maching does do that stitch too. Or did you just do it so it looks a bit nicer??

Fawnda@Fireflies and Jellybeans said...

actually I did that stitch on accident... it was set on that stitch from a previous project... I would just use a straight stitch! Good eye! : )

Lori said...

Thanks for doing this.. I was just googling these houses yesterday to make one for my kids for this next year. I got my plans sketched out last night and will buy the fabric this weekend. I will try to post pictures as I sew along. I am following most of my design ideas off of an etsy seller who makes adorable houses {unfortunately I can't afford one!} I've never done a sew along, but this is perfect!

Chic Mommy said...

Ill be behind a bit since Im getting my fabric next weekend when we head to the US. Its much cheaper there compared to Canada. I can't wait to start after that. Im very visual so your pics are wonderful.

Anonymous said...

Does the door open? Am I just not seeing it?

Fawnda@Fireflies and Jellybeans said...

The door is a flap.. it flips up if you want it too. I only attach it at the top, the sides and bottom at all open. Does that make sense?

let me know if you have any other questions!

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