Fabric House Village

Take-along fabric dollhouses!

Take-along fabric dollhouses!

Before I went to New York I wanted to make something for my girls to play with whilst I was away. I’d been wanting to make them a little portable dollhouse for a while and I came across UK Lass in the US fabric dollhouse tutorial, its a great tutorial. I will warn you however, its pretty time consuming. It looks like a simple sweet gift but it takes a good 3days to complete, I’d say. Or maybe a whole day if you could dedicate that kind of uninterrupted time. I’m a pretty slow crafter. I check and double check and I think things through a lot first so maybe its just me! Who knows!

Anyway in the end each little girl had one of these to play with and take around with them while I was away.

inside the fabric dollhouse

inside the fabric dollhouses

a little handle to carry around little girl goodies

a little handle to carry around little girl goodies

blue buttons to make sure nothing falls out!

blue buttons to make sure nothing falls out!

red daisies for cheer and holding things in!

red daisies for cheer and holding things in!

They LOVE them. if you have a little girl in your life its totally worth the time. Its a very inexpensive project. I didn’t use the recommended stiffening I just used these

craft activity for empty cereal boxes

empty cereal boxes

I think they’re easier to use and they hold up well once you’ve wrapped and stuck them with wadding and masking tape. If you sew your sections so they’re very snug it helps the structure too and they’re easy to slide in because they bend a little. (Although I’m pretty sure if it got sat on it’d break.)

I also painted little wooden peg dolls in replica of each of them, which they also loved. Except I used water based paint and didn’t seal it. The second they got handled with little sticky fingers they got all smudged. oops.

handpainted wooden peg dolls

Sisters for the dollhouse

handpainted wooden peg dolls

Sisters for the dollhouse

I made another one for one of our little friends for Christmas.

portable fabric dollhouse

dollhouse number 3 - a christmas gift!

alphabet canvas ribbon for handles

with sweet alphabet cloth ribbon for handles

jewel buttons

jewel buttons - that my girls chose

peak inside the purple dollhouse

peak inside the purple dollhouse

fabric dollhouse village

the fabric dollhouse village

It looked like a fabric dollhouse village at our house, before the purple one got wrapped up and put in the mail. They really are a cute and fun idea! You could probably squeeze one in before Christmas if you need one last hand made gift!

What last minute gifts are you making/finishing up? I’ve got some fun ornaments I’m going to share tomorrow…if I get them finished!

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5 Responses to “Fabric House Village”

  1. Karen Says:

    love!

  2. annie Says:

    These little dollhouses and wooden dolls are lovely. Would you happen to sell them? I just love them.

  3. Janeyb Says:

    Hi l love your houses, my friend made one for her daughter and I have been searching for a tutorial. But can you tell me how did you make the peg dollies. Would love to make some for my twin girls. Thanks so much x

    • sweetunwrappinglife Says:

      Hi Janeyb, sorry I missed your comment. The peg dollies I just ordered plain ones off etsy, they’re very inexpensive and painted them with paint. One tip, seal them after you’ve painted them with a varnish or something (non-toxic of course) because the second they got played with with sticky fingers the paint became a blurry mess! Good luck!

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