Since I'm running with the theme of being totally out of kilter with the rest of the bloggy world, I thought I'd show you one of the Christmas presents I made.
These little house building bricks are from the fabulous Little Things to Sew, by Liesl Gibson. I could cheerfully start almost every project in this book, but thought this one was extra perfect for Jasper's first Christmas. I really enjoyed adding all the little details (mostly from Heather Ross prints and my Liberty fabrics), and the pattern and instructions were so clearly written (as they always are when Ms Gibson is involved) that the whole thing came together reasonably easily.
Project notes - Little Houses to Sew
- The pattern is from Little Things to Sew, by Liesl Gibson.
- The fabrics are a seleciton of Cloud9, Heather Ross (I have a handful of prints of hers that I promise I will actually properly use one day) and some of my Liberty fabrics, notably my favourite boy print), and some vintage cottons I had kicking around
- The filling is seat pad foam. My fabric store only had 2" thickness, so each of the houses has two layers of foam inside, cut and glued together with fabric glue (much easier than it sounds). I highly recommend a serrated bread knife for cutting foam, it was so much easier than I was expecting!
- Adding all the little details was the most fun part of this project. I kept getting really carried away with ideas, and wanting to make more houses just so I could add picket fences, herb borders, playing children etc.
- Actually putting the thing together and slip stitching the last seam was fiddly, but not difficult, as long as I was super careful with all the markings and seam allowances. In one of the houses I was a bit more rushed, and it was so much harder to finish off.
- I added a few baby-friendly touches - the garage door opens and closes with velcro, I sewed some crinkly sounding cellophane into the door and one wall of the shop (just added it as an extra layer of fabric and sewed so that it ended up on the inside. Lots of pins needed, but not difficult) and cut a hole in the middle of the foam and added bells in two of the houses
- Verdict? Wonderful project! I'm planning on making a couple more of these houses, and giving them to Jasper for his birthday too. If my enthusiasm continues he's going to end up with a whole village of these things.
ps: wow, I am out of the habit of writing! It has just taken me about 45 minutes to write the dozen or so sentences up there, and half of them still scarcely make sense. Whoops.