Well I'm back from tiptoeing through the tulips and have been inspired to create something from my visit to all the open gardens that we visited. The girls and I had a great jaunt to the Southern Highlands of NSW and have eaten waaaay to much!
On our visit I took some gorgeous little girls out for a day trip. They loved exploring through the gardens, running along the paths, marvelling at the lovely flowers and trying to find flowers in their favourite colours…all things little girls love to do. The topic of conversation during the day was pixies and fairies. They loved the thought that there might be a fairy hiding along a path, behind a garden wall or amongst the pretty petals. Upon returning home they just had to make a house for the fairies!
So, after watching all this buzz of excitement I couldn't help but be inspired to create my own fairy and pixie house. This leads me to this weekend's free Red Brolly project….a felt fairy mushroom house pincushion!
It's a simple little project that you can finish in a couple of hours. It can be hand stitched or mostly sewn on the machine. The amount of detail you'd like to add is really up to you. There's room for little windows with window sills and flowers and curtains to peek through, roses rambling over an arch above the tiny front door and sweet, leaf roofs above the windows.
You can be imaginative as you like, you could add a chimney, a door mat, a welcome sign…lots of possibilities. When starting to stitch the garden details I found myself really being lost in the project and started getting carried away with all these ideas of fairies and their houses.
This is a project for both beginners and advanced stitchers. You advanced stitchers will like it because you can add lots of detail- woodwork on the doors, a rambling garden, lots of flowers etc. But, beginner stitchers don't be put off. I only have used 4 different stitches when making the pincushion….running stitch, back stitch, colonial knots and lazy daisy (detatched and chain). Now, I know you can do all of these and I've given you a tutorial on how to stitch colonial knots and lazy daisies.
Here's what you'll need to make one of these cute little felt houses.
-Your free Red Brolly printable Mushroom house PDF pincushion pattern
-Some gorgeous good quality felt in lots of lovely colours
-Some thread- for my blue fairy house I used the variegated thread
-embellishments such as tiny dolls buttons, little bells…if you like.
Note: All seam allowances are 1/4"
Finished size measures 4"
Step by step instructions
Step 1- Making the Mushroom cap/roof
Trace around each of the felt pieces onto the felt and cut out. Remember to mark the bottom side of the mushroom cap.
Take the 4 pieces of the mushroom cap. Match 2 pieces together, remembering to make sure the bottom sides line up. Pin along one side. Repeat with the other 2 pieces.
Turn right side out. Now it's time to add the spots to the roof. You can either simply glue them, or stitch them on. Place spots where you like. If you are adding an attic window, now is the time to do so.
Step 2- Making the house
This is the fun part. Assemble all your house pieces together.
Fold the stalk piece in half to find the centre, crease. Take the two door pieces. Place the smaller piece on top of the larger piece-to make the arch- and then position in the centre of the stalk piece. This is where you made the crease. Stitch in place.
To make the windows, take your window rectangle and place into position. Take your curtains, position those and then stitch securely. Place the window sills onto the windows. On my blue house I've placed them above the window, on my pink house I've made them into window boxes. Sew into position.
Add the little leaves over the windows/doors if you've decided to use these. Using a variety of stitches, stitch flowers, leaves, grass onto your fairy house. I've also added teeny tiny dolls buttons for flowers on my pink house.
Note: Chain stitch is just lots of lazy daisies joined in a row
Once finished, match sides of stalk together, making a ring. Make sure it is inside out- right sides facing each other.
Step 3- Assembly
Take your roof piece and your house/stalk piece. Position the stalk piece under the roof. Using slip stitch or ladder stitch, attach stalk piece to roof.
You could add a weight in the bottom for extra support, or cut a cardboard circle and place at the base once you have finished stuffing.
Take the felt circle you have cut for the stalk base. Cover the base of the stalk, using running stitch, sew all the way around.
Drum roll please…..dadadadadadadadadadada………!!! Turn it right way up and TA-DA, one cutesy felt fairy mushroom house pincushion.
Have a great weekend stitching!