Echinacea Field Block SAL Week 1

Hi All! Welcome to Week 1 of the Echinacea Field Block Sew A Long. I am so excited for you all to start sewing! Yay!

Okay Week 1 is Prep and Planning. First you will need the pattern. ;) Second you get to decide what to make!!! Isn’t that fun? We are going to sew a long together for just over 4 weeks so making a whole quilt might not be in the cards for everyone. I have 3 planning sheets for you to download if you like. A 60″ x 72″ quilt planning sheet. A table runner planning sheet. And a Pillow Planning sheet. Of course these are just suggestions, you could make anything, a mini, a smaller or larger quilt than suggested, curtains, a dog bed…. you get the picture.

20″ Pillow made by me.
This gorgeous mini quilt is by Amy of Sewtopia

Download Planning Sheets Below.

Quilt Planning Sheet

Table Runner Planning Sheet

Pillow Planning Sheet

Check Instagram for details on what to post for the weekly giveaway and let us know what your planning on making.

Amazing night time Echinacea by Dana.

Once you have figured out what you are making you get to pick fabrics. Isn’t that the fun part? I just love it. You can really do so many things with the colors and fabric placement. For the background what’s your favorite? Scrappy, low volume, all one fabric, a color, add grass at the bottom…. so many options.

Scrappy Echinacea by Jennifer Johnston.

For the stem, leaves, and the petals you can really do anything you choose….. I am working on a quilt and will make the stem and leaves scrappy. I am making the petals scrappy but will do an ombre affect with lighter flowers at the top of the quilt fading into darker flowers at the bottom of the quilt. I am about halfway done and will be sharing progress during the sew a long.

Echinacea with coordinated single fabric background, greenery, and petals
by Stephanie Thomas.

Here’s a peek at the planning for my Echinacea Field quilt of which I have shared before.


I can’t wait to see what you all make with this pattern. It is one of my favorite flowers and seeing it made into beautiful quilt blocks is going to make me so happy. You can still sign up and join in the fun if you would like. The link is below to the sign up post.

Echinacea Field Quilt Block Sew A Long Sign Up Post.

Thanks so much for stopping by! See you on Instagram.

Pig Pouch

I made this thing. it’s a pig. and it’s pretty cute. You can make one too with my new pattern.

I answered the call for help from Dylan Mierzwinski for her new fabric line debuting soon, and through our conversations I decide to make a pig pouch to go with here new line. Dylan’s art is amazing and her first line Mazy with Windham is just stunning. I can’t wait for her to share her next line that inspired this pig pouch.

The Pig Pouch is much like my cat and bear pouches if you have made either of those before. A roomy zippered pocket on the back stores all your chapsticks, or your keys and phone, a ton of hexagons for english paper piecing (ask me how I know) snacks, or even a bunch of crayons for the avid artist. So as you can see this is the perfect pouch to make for yourself or pretty much anybody in your life.

The pattern is a downloadable PDF pattern and is full of 25+ color pictures for easier understanding of the extensive written instructions. It comes with a list of all the materials needed and printable pattern pieces.

The ears are sewn into the seam and are a bit floppy so they add a fun texture that way. The snout, nose, and eyes are all appliqued on and you can play with the placement to add personality. There is also the option of adding a little curly tail to the back. Squeal!

I really hope you will check out this pouch pattern in my etsy shop and make one. If your not a sewists please let me know. I would be happy to make a custom pig pouch or any pouch in my shop if I don’t have any made pig pouches available.

Check out all the adorable versions made by my testers and add your own picture to the hashtag #woollypetalspigpouch on Instagram. I absolutely love to see what you make with my patterns. Stop by my etsy shop to get a copy of your pattern.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Echinacea Field Quilt Block Sew A Long

Hi All! This is were you can find all the details for the Echinacea Field Quilt Block Sew A Long. Whew, that’s a mouthful. I am so happy you have decided to join in the fun and make a block or 20.

The Sew A Long starts on July 1st. and will run the entire month of July with giveaways on Instagram each week. You can join along by using the hashtag #echinaceafieldblocksal I know, it’s a long one. But the hope is that at the end of month we will have created an online field of Echinacea. whoohoo!

You will need to purchase the Echinacea Field Quilt Block in my etsy shop to join in. It is $5 and a PDF download. It has fabric amounts for 1 block or what you would need to make a full quilt which is 20 blocks. You can find that pattern in my etsy shop here.

This lovely mini was made by Amy of Sewtopia

Each week I will have a prompt for you to join in and use the hashtag on Instagram and that will enter you into the prize drawing. You will be making a project of your choice with the Echinacea Field Quilt Block during the sew along. One block, a whole quilt, a table runner, a pillow, whatever you can come up with to use the block for. The block is 12.5″ x 18.5″ once completed so keep that in mind when your planning. I will have a few extra downloads to help with planning and other things during the sew a long.

Gorgeous Block and Mini by Jennifer Johnston. Check out her Instagram.

You do NOT have to sign up below to join in the Sew A Long, you can participate and sew a field just for fun. But to be eligible for the giveaways you will need to sign up. So sign up with your email address below.


I hope you will join in the fun and make a Field of your own.

Thanks for stopping by!

Echinacea Field Quilt Block

I have really started getting more and more into gardening in the last few years. We have lived in this home for 4.5 years and the gardens were dismal when we moved in. With the addition of a new driveway and patio, and more time with older kids who play independently or with neighbors I have been spending loads of time in the garden. You can follow along with that in my Instagram stories.

One of my gardening goals is to have an area filled with Echinacea flowers, also known as Coneflower. I just love Echinacea and love cutting flowers so in my unsuccessful quest to have a real “field” of Echinacea I made a quilt block to satisfy that longing until I can figure out what I am doing wrong in the garden. Get your pattern here.

This pattern is traditionally pieced. The pattern includes printable templates for the petals, along with a full cut list of all the other pieces. It uses the half square triangle piecing method in a few spots, but other than that is pieced with a scant 1/4″ seam. Instructions include construction of block with several variations. The bud or cone can be a solid piece or pieced with two fabrics to give an ombre look. The leaves can be altered so they are even on both sides or off set with one side being higher than the other. The cutting and sewing instructions give you all the options to make this block come together quickly.

I had a handful of enthusiastic pattern testers and you can check out all the adorable blocks on Instagram under the hashtag #echinaceafieldquiltblock I can not wait for that hashtag to be like a real field of Echinacea with thousands of flower blocks hanging out together.

I hope you will love this pattern as much as I do! It has so much versatility. Make the background scrappy or all one fabric, change the color of the background. I had one tester, Dana, make hers with a dark blue background. Another tester, Faith, made her bottom piece green so it looked like grass. So much fun. You can have all the petals match or be scrappy, and the same with the leaves and stem. So many options.

I plan on making a quilt of these blocks. This is the mock up I came up with. 20 blocks total. I planned it out with ombre colors. So as I’m making blocks I am making different colors variations and once I have 10-12 blocks I will lay it out and see where I need to fill it in. This amount of blocks would produce a 60″ wide x 72″ quilt which is a great throw size.

Because this is just a quilt block pattern it is easily made into a mini quilt or with additional borders on the sides could be made into a pillow. You could also line a view top to bottom for a table runner.

I am planning on hosting a Sew Along for this quilt block in July. I will have sign ups for that soon. We will sew along together and whatever we decide to make it will be a fun time with some tips and tricks I use to make sewing fast and fun.

The Pattern is available in my Etsy Shop as of Today, June 12th 2019.

I hope you love this block and sew a whole field for yourself or everyone!!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Moonrise Quilt Pattern Release

Hi Guys! I am releasing my new quilt pattern today called Moonrise. Hop over to my etsy shop to purchase.

Moonrise stemmed from my love of Alexia Abegg Moonrise fabric collection. Upon seeing her fabric line I knew I needed to make something special with it and the Moonrise quilt was born. I kept calling it my moonrise quilt so when I decided to pattern it the name stuck around. You can see the first quilt and in Alexia’s Moonrise fabric collection below.

The Moonrise quilt comes with 4 sizes included in the pattern. Starting with a baby size which is the perfect size for a crib or a floor mat. Next up is a throw size and the most made size for quilts in my opinion, the throw gives you the right size to make this a super quick sew along with ending up with a quilt usable by all people to snuggle. The last two size are a twin and a queen. These take a bit more time and fabric but would be the perfect addition to any bed or sofa if you like a little bit of a bigger snuggle quilt.

The pattern has a lot of information included for each size. It gives you the recommended fabric amounts for the suggested fabric combo for each size. Along with fabric requirements for making it all scrappy, or making the different parts of the quilt from the same fabric. Don’t worry even with all that info each size has it’s own page of fabric requirements and cutting amounts so it’s easy to decipher.

I also include, cutting diagrams for fat quarters and yardage along with a coloring sheet, and diagrams for laying out your quilt.

This little baby quilt is smaller than the pattern but you could whip it up from the pattern information easily. I went with the option to make each plus from a separate fabric for this and love the scrappy feel to it.

As you can see from the various options in this post that the pattern works well for all styles and combinations, from using a full fabric line, to selecting your own fabrics, to a scrappy style, or even solids. There is so much flexibility with this pattern.

This is the baby size, perfect for cribs. It was made by my friend Stephanie Thomas who was one of my testers. She used the adorable Little Red into the Woods line by Jill Howarth.

I hope you enjoy this peek at some fun quilts made from this pattern and will make your own and share the process with me on social media or through email.

You can purchase your copy of the Moonrise PDF pattern in my etsy shop today. Oh and a little hint if your looking for a discount code check out my podcast with Stephanie Socha. I shared a full shop discount over there. ;)

It’s a big week here in woollypetals land with podcast releases, fabric design, and a new pattern. So I hope you check one or two of those things out and they can inspire you. Let’s make beautiful things together.

This quilt is made with Tula Pink Freespirit Solids in Taffy, Hibiscus, Tula, Mojito, Aegean, Cerulean, and Iris. The background is Cotton and Steel XOXO basic in Chocolate Chip. Oh and isn’t this backing just about the cutest thing ever? It is all sorts of dollhouses and little girls playing and crafting. Big massive love for it! P.S. it’s called Welcome to my Dollhouse and is an Alexander Henry Print.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Woollypetals Fabric

 

What??!!?? You read that title right. I designed some fabric. Now it’s totally self “published” as in it is all available through Spoonflower. For those who don’t know what Spoonflower is they are a company that digitally prints fabric for others on a myriad of substrates. You can simply design and print your own, or make it available to others in your own little store front to buy. There are so many AHmazing fabric designs on Spoonflower I encourage your to go and peruse for a bit and be inspired. You can see my Spoonflower store front here.

You may have noticed if you have been to my blog anytime before January 2019 that I recently updated my logos on this blog and across my woollypetals internet presence so that everything coordinates. I designed my logo to be simple and bold including a shape from my floored pattern. But since it was all solid, albeit bright and bold solids, it wasn’t quite right. Then I discovered I could easily pop little stars onto my background via photoshop and hit the mark with what I was trying to achieve. You may have notice from my quilts and sewing that I am mainly a fabric print user so I needed some of that in my logo.  Stars have always been my favorite shape so it was a no brainer.

Back to the woollypetals fabric…. well the background of the logo with the stars was really my thing and it was brought up in a group chat with my sewing ladies that it would make awesome fabric. With much encouragement from them I went down the rabbit hole and figured out how to design swatches and get things set up on Spoonflower. Ordering and receiving samples of fabric I had completely designed myself was some sort of out of body experience. I have been floating ever since.  You can check out all the different colors available currently, more coming soon, in my Spoonflower store front and order some for yourself.

My fabric is called Starry Eyed and each of the squares in these images is a separate fabric. The only one with multiple colored stars is the one below with rainbow stars. I currently have 33 of these available with requested swatches for an additional 8 colors which are shown in theses images.

There are 25 options with a colored background and white stars, of which 19 are currently available. Then 8 fabrics have a colored background with the stars in one color, all of these are available now. I have 9 fabrics with a white background and the stars in one color, all but one of the yellows is available currently. Lastly I have a white background with the stars in a rainbow of colors available now.

If you have never ordered from Spoonflower before here are a couple notes:

The colors may vary slightly from your screen. A few of my colors looked different on the screen than in person which is why I have some that aren’t available because I am adding the colors I was trying to achieve. You have to order and approve an actual color swatch before you are able to sell that specific fabric. The best way to double check color if your trying to match something is to order a Spoonflower color sheet.

It’s more expensive than regular quilting cotton. Being that they print digitally on demand.

I prefer the Kona cotton substrate when ordering since I use that a lot normally. But for slightly less money you can get their basic cotton which is very nice just a bit thinner.

They have oodles of substrates. Cotton, guaze, knit, minky, canvas, wallpaper, giftwrap, and that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

You can order a very inexpensive sample box of all their substrates if you are not sure what to order.

The hand of the fabric is a little stiffer than regular quilting cotton since the ink is printed on top of the fabric. I do find the prints that have a white background with only a bit of color feel soft and pliable from the start. But once you use and wash your fabrics they will soften up a bit.

Washing may fade/full the colors a bit so keep that in mind. Spoonflower sends care instructions with any order.

I hope this helps you think about ordering from Spoonflower. I would love to see if you use my fabric to make something so please tag me and ask any questions you want to know and I will try my best to help you. If you an Instagram user  I have a story highlight about my fabric so you can see a video of it.

This is a Fill A Yard from Spoonflower. Anybody can order one and it is a great way to swatch things or to get 42 6″ squares from a myriad of fabrics. 

 

 

 

 

This is not a sponsored post I just want to share with you my new fabric and also help give information about Spoonflower so it’s not a scary endeavor. I am leaning this year that I just need to do the things that in the past were new to me and I would get so bent out of shape worrying about or putting off till it was almost to late when in reality they are so not as bad as I let them loom in my mind.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

Podcast Interview on Make and Decorate

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Guys! My friend Stephanie Socha has a great Podcast called Make and Decorate. Stephanie asked me awhile back if I would like to be on her podcast and between feelings of doubt that I could do it and general scaredness I said yes. 2019 is my year of doing things that scare me and trying new things even if they seem scary (disclaimer: most aren’t).

Well let me tell you Stephanie made it so fun and easy to chat with and we had a blast!!

You can go and listen to my episode, and see the show notes. All her other awesome episodes are such a great listen as well. Plus she has a discount code for my etsy shop in the show notes!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Floored Quilt

I thought we would take a look at my Floored Quilt Pattern and all the variations you can use the pattern for.

You can find my Floored Quilt Pattern in PDF format in my etsy shop.  The pattern is for a 60″ x 72″ throw quilt. All the fabric requirements for the quilt are for the throw size with a selection of roughly 5 fabrics being the standard. Because of the nature of the quilt makes it customizable I also have included the fabric requirements for each medallion and X in the pattern. So you can make it larger or smaller to give it your own flare. I have made it with all the medallions a different fabric and the X’s scrappy, all the medallions different with the X’s all the same, Ombre Medallions with all the X’s the same, and a set amount of fabric (fabric line of 9) with all the X’s the same. I feel like there could be several more combos in there I haven’t tried yet.

I have also experimented with size, a king size, the throw size, and a crib size.

I hope you get inspired by all the different versions there are and make one for yourself or a friend.

This black and white version is almost King size, measuring 96″ square. I made it for my queen guest bedroom. I like oversized quilts or comforters, so on a small bed I will almost always make or buy a bigger than normal size.  It has yet to be quilted.. ahem. I used a low volume white, gray, and black only, fabric for each of the medallions, with one medallion being a pale yellow liberty print (towards the top right). The X”s are all Kona black.

In the above picture is just this quilt top. The picture below is after it’s been quilted and the picture you find on the cover of the pattern.

I used the Art Gallery Fabric Bundle Campsite for this quilt. I bought extra yardage of the marshmallow on sticks fabric from the line for the X’s. This line had 9 fabrics plus the marshmallow. I added the orangy print with white stars from the Cotton and Steel Print Shop line. The 9th fabric from the line is what it is bound in. This leaves 9 medallion fabrics.  5-7 Medallion fabrics would be more the norm for this mix of patterns. I horizontal straight line quilted it and backed it in a cream with orange polka dot fabric by Denyse Schmidt.

This throw sized ombre floored quilt was a lot of fun to make. I was pulling solids for something else and kinda got to thinking that an ombre sunset would look fun. I used the included coloring sheet to figure out color placement and how to sew it up. I sewed it during a week at a lakehouse in Michigan and took it to the top of a very high dune to get a good picture. That photo at the top of the post has my husband, father-in-law, and son all behind it holding corners in the wind. LOL. They were quite the troopers. But it was worth it to get a picture with the sunset that mimics the colors in the quilt perfectly, or visa versa.

This cutie little crib size quilt , 36″ x 54″, was a recent quilt order and maybe my favorite thus far? I love the color combo so much on it, and the complete scrappy feel. I selected a different fabric for each medallion which means 13 medallion fabrics since parts of medallions are peaking out of the sides. Each X is made of four low volume (in the color scheme) prints. Each low volume print repeats just once in the whole quilt. You could definitely use only one cut of each print but I needed to stay in a certain color range.

I also added a partial plus and partial medallion strip to the top and bottom. This isn’t part of the pattern but could be figured out pretty easily if you wanted. Crib size is a little different which is why I opted to do this.

I quilted it with big loopy quilting which I wasn’t sure would work on this quilt pattern and discovered that it of course works. What was I thinking.

I hope this gives you a nice overview of how your can make this Floored Quilt Pattern in many different ways. You can check out the hashtag #flooredquilt on Instagram for all the awesome tester versions too. They did an awesome job of making unique versions. Please use that hashtag if you have made this quilt as I LOVE to see all the versions. You can always email me picutres too.

To get your own quilt just click on the pattern cover just above and it will take you to my etsy shop.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Quilts for Boys

I thought I would share a few boy quilts I’ve made lately for custom orders and for gifts. Enjoy! (by boy I mean they were made for boys but I personally would use any of them ) ;)

The Ghost Quilt and The Fancy Fox Quilt below where twin quilt orders from a friend for her boys. They picked the colors and I selected all the fabrics and final designs. The Ghost Quilt is from Then Came June and Pen and Paper Patterns Modern Holiday Collection. I had wanted to make one but I have plenty of Halloween quilts already so this was the best of both worlds getting to make it for an order. I used Kona Cotton Ash for the background and a variety of fabrics I had on hand in the color palette requested.  If anybody wanted exact fabric details I’m sure I could scrounge up most but a lot are old cotton and steel or Halloween fabrics I had.

This Fancy Fox Quilt is a pattern by Elizabeth Hartman that I have used often for kids quilts and enlarged in a myriad of sizes. The colors where chosen by my friends son and I opted for Kona Cotton Saffron for the background.

Both quilts were enlarged to Twin size so they would be a substantial quilt and be able to be used on the boys beds as well as to cuddle with. The standard for both patterns I believe is closer to a throw than a twin.

I quilted both quilts with my go to loopy free motion quilting because it is speedy and always looks great with any quilt design. I’m happy to report these quilts are being well loved by my friends sons. Win Win!

That stunner up there ( I just cant get enough of it ) I made for my newest nephew born in September and gifted to him at Christmas. I had two charm packs of that awesome Simple Simon Co. fabric line Let Them Be Little. It is just full of the cutest prints. I randomly laid out the charms to sew up the front which end up measuring around 40″ square.

I knew I wanted to do something a little fun on the back since the front was simple patchwork. I Drafted a large star on several sheets of paper I taped together and then foundation paper pieced it and then added borders of the same Kona Cotton Fern background to make it large enough to back the quilt.  I believe the star ended up being 15″-18″ point to point and makes a very good impact at that size.

I quilted it in BIG loopy quilting and its just perfect to me seeing the quilting in the patchwork and then on the back in the green space.

 

I have a wonderful friend who’s go to baby gift is a small baby play quilt usually around 36″ square and she recently ordered 2 for baby boys. I just love making these for her because she gives me a gender, sometimes colors or nursery theme, sometimes parents likes, or sometimes just a name and lets me run with it. Coming up with an interesting design for a 36″ square is a lot of fun. These next two fit the bill.

This one is an itty bitty version of my soon to be released pattern. I am contemplating Moonrise or Crossover for the name.. thoughts? Anyway since its small and I kept the background solid I used a different fabric for each plus in the quilt and based it around the fabric in the middle plus that is helicopters. I’m pretty sure Luke picked that out at one point at a fabric store. But I kinda ran with a skyish theme from there.

I tried a new quilting design on this one too. I sewed horizontal lines 1/4″ above each row seam with my walking foot. Then I switched to my free motion darning foot and made triangles in each “square” that connected to the straight lines. It’s somewhat hard to explain without a video. If your happen to be on Instagram I have a snippet of a video of it saved in my Quilting highlight reel.  I really liked the way this turned out and am excited to try it again.

Keep on eye out for the Crossover/Moonrise Pattern Release in March 2019. It will have multiple sizes included in the pattern and is a simple pattern to adjust to any size really.

Okay the last “BOY” quilt today is this giant X quilt. This quilt measures 36″ and each X block is 12″ finished. I used the X part of my Floored Quilt Pattern to make this baby quilt. I love the graphic punch the pattern gives it.

I selected fabrics based on the fact that the dad loves to fish and the mom is an interior designer. This one was so much fun to make so scrappy.

The quilting is free motion loops that I made a little skinnier and taller than normal to mix it up. With navy blue minky on the back it sure to be a regular cuddle quilt.

 

Boy quilts can be super fun and full of none specific fabric too. I love just pulling fabrics from my stash for quilts specific to boy or girl and have even been none to use a coordinating floral in a boys quilt before.  All I’m saying is don’t be afraid to mix it up a bit.  I don’t currently have my custom quilt pricing published anywhere but if your interested in knowing pricing just shoot me an email which you can find in my about page.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

 

 

A Room for Blaire Wilson

Blaire Wilson is the New American Girl of the Year for 2019. I took my kids into the city of Chicago on January 1st to check her out and ended up letting my daughter bring her home. Whoops. Who am I kidding we were never not going to leave with her, sorry honey. Anyway she is adorable and my daughter LOVES her to pieces.

Once Blaire joined my daughters AG family consisting of Nanea, Luciana, and Camille, we got to work reading her book right away and really enjoyed her story, along with getting a bigger picture of where she lives. Blaire’s book tells us her bedroom is on the third story of her families Victorian Bed & Breakfast in the Turret. So naturally my mind went to how can we recreate her room. Being an Interior Designer by trade has me always planning rooms and to get to make one in the scale to fit Blaire sounded like great fun.

My daughter has an American Girl “Dollhouse” consisting of two 16″ deep x roughly 50″ wide shelves in her closet. I’ll pop a little picture below to see it. It’s pretty full, with 3 dolls already residing there I knew Blaire’s room would have to be elsewhere, along with it being Turret shaped. We plan on making a big dollhouse this spring and I may try and figure out how to incorporate Blaire’s room room in that design.

(The light was there purely for pictures) We had just finished making a little kitchen area to fit all the kitchen supplies she got for Christmas.

I constructed the room base from Foam Core. Using 3/8″ thick for the walls and ceiling and 1/2″ thick for the floor. I planned out of graph paper the room plan after looking at a ton of turret floor plans. The one I model it closest to had a closet in the open space and the door in the corner. Once the plan was set I cut the walls out, I had to do a little bit of fancy cutting to get the angles on the edges. After cutting the walls to size and making sure they worked in the layout I had come up with I cut out all the windows and then constructed the room. I used painters tape to hold the walls in place on the outside while the glue set and then replaced the painters tape with masking tape. We will be “siding” and “shingling” the exterior with paper strips at some point so it will all be covered. You can see the outside in the picture above. The picture below is an in progress picture of which I took few. I seemed to take more videos in my Instagram stories more than anything.

Once the walls were glued I taped it to my cutting table to get a size and shape on the grid to cut out the floor foam board piece. Once the floor was cut to size I attached it inside the walls with glue and used painters tape to hold it in place, of which you can see in the exterior photo is still there. ; ) But it will get covered.

I ended up cutting each wall at roughly 12.5″ wide x 24″ tall, and the longer wall without a window at 15″ wide. The full room measures about 28″ deep x 30″ wide. It’s pretty big.

Okay onto the roof. The was the trickiest part. I am sure there is a scientific method to figuring out the exact size and angle to cut the wedges but I used the trial and error method. I cut two wedges to about the size I thought and trimmed until I had the proper shape and then cut out the rest. I decoupaged the ceiling before gluing it all together so the seams where a little cleaner. I ended up covering the seams with masking tape “beams” anyway. But I had a friend tell me it looks just like the ceiling of her turret attic so that makes me feel good.

I made a Window Seat from 1/2″ thick foam core. If only it opened for storage. Ha ha. I decoupaged wood grain paper for the seat part, and used hobby wood, similar to balsa, to add some moldings to the front of the seat. Blaire and probably a friend can sit and read a book or plan a party on the bench.

I found the cutest paper from Maggies Holmes Bloom line that both my daughter and I loved, I bought some pieces but couldn’t find enough anywhere to buy, which final lead me down the path of digital scrapbooking supplies. So cool. I was able to buy the digital file for the paper and print it on my printer. The color and scale is slightly different than the paper due to altering the file a bit in photoshop to print on bigger paper. But it’s still super close to the original paper, slightly smaller print, and more grey coloring probably due to my printer settings.  I decoupaged all the walls with this paper.

I used a different scrapbook paper from the same line to decoupage window mullions, and then used hobby wood, similar to balsa, to make actual window frames and baseboards. The floor is actual vinyl plank flooring that looks so much like real wood. It’s from Lowe’s as is very inexpensive and easy to install. I would use it again in a heartbeat and probably will when we build the big dollhouse.

Once all the “building” was done I was able to get more into the decorating. My daughter helped select all the fabrics from curtains, bedding, and pillows. I really tried to just direct her towards a selection that would all work well and let her decide on final choices. Boy was that hard! She did a good job picking stuff if I do say so myself.

I made simple little rod pocket curtain panels and used dowel rods for the curtain rods. I cut small rectangles from square wood and drilled holes big enough for the dowel to slide through. I ended up gluing them to the wall since it’s foam core. I would definitely have used screw cup hooks or eyelets if the walls were wood.  My daughter requested the little garlands be cut from scrapbook paper and hung on each window. So cute.

I found adorable butterfly scrapbook paper and thought if we could make the ceiling vaulted I would string the butterflies from the ceiling. I cut out two of each butterfly and glued them together so they look the same on each side. I used a long needle and regular sewing thread and strung them through the ceiling seams. It was super easy to do and makes a big impact.

We couldn’t find a desk my daughter liked so I made one from foam core based on a picture of a real desk we found. The drawers even work. LOL. I don’t imagine this will last long. It doesn’t have a lot of weight to it so the drawers are hard to open. I’m also not sure how long the decoupaged paper will hang on for since it’s on foam core. It’s all kind of an experiment. But Blaire needs a workspace right? I used some beads and gold wire I found in my bead stash and strung some little handles. The legs are made from hobby wood and painted gold. I do think I could make this out of wood now that I have made a foam core prototype. Once it warms up and I can stand to spend more than a couple minutes in our unheated garage, where my saws are, I will try it out. Hopefully at that point I will be better at documenting the process and can make a tutorial for it.

For a Bed I scored Ebay and Tutorials on Pinterest but ultimately I settled on the American Girl Bed for Molly. It wasn’t her original bed but a special release bed available the last year she was available. I found it on Ebay from a wonderful seller and was pleasantly surprised when it arrived in it’s original box in even better condition than described. I made new bedding for it, storing the old in the event we need it in the future. I made a fitted sheet for the existing mattress, a matching pillow case for the existing pillow, a reversible comforter, and a handful of pillows of which my daughter dictated fabric and shape for each.

Well that may be it! Whew.

I do have to say I would like to make from wood. Yikes! But we will see how well this holds up. My daughter although only 5.5 yrs is very good at playing with her dolls gently and carefully. If it feels like it could get ruined by the time we make the BIG dollhouse I’ll incorporate a wood version in that. If this one is doing good I have thought on making an attached garage on the BIG dollhouse and could set this on top of the garage so it’s “attached” to the house. The main reason I didn’t use wood to start is I was sure of cutting all the angles to construct it. Plus, cold garage, time, cost, lol all those factored in. This was supposed to be another “quick” project like the Snow Chalet. Oh well.

My daughter is a huge fan, and I had a blast making it. Designing in this small scale is infinitely quicker and easier than designing in real life.

Check out a little tour video my daughter did of the room down below or on my Youtube Channel. It’s the first video ever over there. Yikes! Lots of Learning to do on that front, like turn the camera sideways. ;)

 

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