Saturday, February 20, 2010

Felt House Along Week 1: Here's The Plan

I've seen so many awesome card table felt houses recently, it's really tempted me to make one.  And we have an old, kind-of-yuck looking card table that has been crying out "please cover my shame".  Then Fawnda over at Fireflies & Jellybeans tipped the scales by showing the cute one she made for her son and offering to host a Felt-House-Along.  Needless to say, I was totally on board the second she thought of that.

So here I am at week 1:  The Plan.  I decided if I was going to spend the time & money on something this big, those kids of mine better play with it.  For more than 5 seconds too.  So making each side interactive & good for loads of pretending themes was key.  Each side is a different shopping experience:  Market, Post Office, Bank & Ice Cream Parlor.
 
The market side will have (in theory) a door flap, removable basket and bins with fruits & veggies and flower pot.


The bank side will have an open window with roller shade, drop box for deposits and an ATM ('cause everyone needs to get money, am I right?)


The post office side will have a working mail box, bin with removable mail and stamps with velcro to attach to the letters.


The ice cream parlor side will have a window with shutters, a menu board and a cooler with ice cream scoops & cones that can be interchanged with velcro.
My table is 35"x35" and 29" high, so these are my guesstimates on what I need:

1 yd brown felt               1/2yd green felt
1 1/4 yd light blue felt    1yd light pink felt
1/2yd dark blue felt        1/4yd hot pink felt
1/2yd white felt              1yd tan felt
1yd cream felt
1-2yds velcro
1/2 bag filling
thread
Misc beads, embellishments, anything that would look decorative & fun

So now I need to get all my gear and get started!  Fawnda's got some great reference ideas & links to other cool houses (including her own) for anyone who's looking to give making one a try.  It's going to be fun sharing the experience as it goes and seeing what others come up with too.  Come on & join in!


14 comments:

  1. Lol, I know what you mean about the kids playing with it. Seems like a lot of fun, can't wait to see the finished product.

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  2. That is a really great idea, I don't know if I could participate now because I probably wouldn't even be able to buy everything needed before baby comes but it is one of those ideas I will for sure want to save!

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  3. That looks like so much fun! I know your kiddos are going to love it! Great ideas! : )

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  4. I can't wait to see the final product!

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    Heather
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  6. I love your plans and am joining in and following your plans, hope you don't mind, I did note on my blog that I am using your plans because they are so cool!

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  7. can't wait to see how it turns out. I'm definitely going to make a play house for my kid...I love how you have 4 different "scenarios". !

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  9. I LOVE your plan! So cute! I can't wait to see how it comes together!

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  10. Hi-I just finished mine, You will be so proud when you see their little faces light up! Great plan, cant wait to see it completed!
    http://simpleinspiredhomemade.blogspot.com/

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  11. Yes, I'm in!!! I saw this on Jill's website and then looked at yours and saw that you were doing a Felt House along. I thought "perfect"!! It looked overwhelming and I was deciding if I was going to do this or not. Now that its broken down into steps I have decided I will do this. I am hoping to give it to my kids for Easter. Hopefully I will be done in time. My only problem is that I will have to order everything. The closest fabric/craft store is about 45 min. away.
    I have never commented, but I have followed your blog for quite some time. I really enjoy it and am in awe at how you have time to sew/craft with 3 little ones running around. I have 4 and homeschool them. They range in age from 8 years old to 2.5 years old. My sew/craft time is after their bedtime and after all of my chores are done.

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  12. Thanks for all the encouragement everyone!

    Julie, I'm so thrilled you're joining in. Fawnda at Fireflies & Jellybeans came up with the Felthouse-A-Long idea, so it got me motivated to start rolling. I'll have my next step up soon!

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  13. Awesome!! Thanks-I was looking for instructions like these-LOVE the idea about putting a few on each side!!!

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  14. Awesome!! Thanks-I was looking for instructions like these-LOVE the idea about putting a few on each side!!!

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