Friday, December 15, 2023

My Leave the Light On Fabric House for the Holidays

In better-late-than-never news, I finally have a moment to share one of the few holiday projects I had time to make this year.  In normal circumstances, I spend the season making a number of decor & wearables, but this year it's felt like everything has been preventing me from getting into my craft room (including getting hit with another virus this week as soon as I'd expected some down time...when will it end?!?).  So I was extra grateful to have the time a little while back to make this sweet little light up fabric house.

I used the Aunties Two Leave the Light on Pattern to make it.  Full disclosure, I actually purchased the pattern to carry in my shop.  I thought it was so cute and loved that it also came with a bonus pattern to make a mini ornament version:

There weren't a lot of "beauty shots" really showing the finished house in full and I also like to test out specialty patterns to see how they are to sew up, so I picked out some Christmas-y fabrics and set to making one for myself.

This fabric house is nice & sturdy thanks to good stabilization.

It's fully lined and opens up to put in battery powered tea lights or fairy lights:

By using template plastic or vellum paper for the windows, it gives off a soft glow:

Overall, the directions are really good.  I also liked that the designer offers some YouTube videos to show how to assembly some of the more complicated steps, like how to bind the windows.  The techniques used were easier than I expected, which was helpful since I'm not sewing as often these days:

The roof and sides are supposed to have a clapboard effect to be scrap-friendly.  The one variation I made was to only do the clapboard on the roof, since I wanted to showcase the pine tree print of the fabric on the sides.  The fabric collection I used was Comfort & Joy by Create Joy Project, which I also carry in my shop.  By using the teal color ways, I can keep my little house out long after Christmas for an extended decor season.  After putting the time into making it, I wanted to maximize its use!

I would make this again and definitely will do some of the ornaments since those are even quicker to put together.  If I can find a little time, I might try to do some to give as gifts this year.  I also could see doing another version in the future with a gingerbread motif, so I'm going to keep this pattern in my holiday sewing stash.  

I just love when goodies I find for my shop end up being great finds for my own stash too!

1 comment:

  1. Better late than never to receive a comment, too, right?? Awesome project and awesome job by you! I love this idea and may have to make one for myself next year. Hubby and I "put up" a gingerbread house kit this past December and it was nowhere as fun as it should have been. I'm gonna ruminate on how to reproduce the whole look of a gingerbread house in fabric and maybe rickrack... with some battery operated tiny string lights! All the best in 2024 to you, Cheryl. :-)


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