Tuesday, September 30, 2008
I finally got this project done and photographed for your viewing pleasure. This little fabric cottage is courtesy of the fabulously creative tutorial created by Uk Lass In The US. I loved that it was cute inside & out and could hold all those little animal toys that get lost easily. I was so inspired that I had to try to make one. I also loved that it didn't involve mad sewing skills or crazy supplies either. I'm not the greatest at visualizing though, so it took me some effort to get things laid out right and duct-taping the batting down was by far the hardest part for me. I got lazy with the outside decor & just glued it on, but since it's not going to be washed I figure that should do the job and not require some nice even applique stitching. I also enlarged it to 10"x10" since I knew 6"x 6" would be a bit small for the kinds of stuff my kids would try to carry around in it. I'm saving it for Ethan's 6th birthday in a few weeks and will include the animals.
The wooden animals are courtesy of my store (shameless plug here) and are handmade & handpainted with water-based paint in Germany. I think the hedgehog is my fave, but all the animals they make are really cool - there are so many different ones, I may make a different themed house like a barn or castle and stock it with some critters. I had this fabric log house toy when I was a kid that I loved and this totally reminds me of it, so I hope the boys like it as much as I do.