Monday, February 7

Far from Perfect, Full of Love: The Felt Playhouse

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So, I've been hinting about Miss A's birthday present for a week or two.  But the day has finally come for the big reveal!  I was so excited to finish it that I almost wanted to wake her up to show her.  But I didn't.  Because I'm not insane.  At least not that night, I wasn't.

While I was pregnant, I started seeing things like this float around Blogland:  Felt food.  The wheels in my head started turning.  While Peanut was still growing inside of me, I was plotting, dreaming of a little girl with a play kitchen.  Then, I saw this felt playhouse and Oh. My. Goodness.  Have you ever seen anything SO adorable? 


Fast forward to present:  Miss A is turning one-year old this week (sob!) and I wanted to make a playhouse for her birthday.  So, a few weeks ago I hit Hobby Lobby with 40% off coupons in hand.  I think the fabric lady might have blacked out for a moment when she saw me coming with every color of felt in my cart, needing to be cut.  Then, when I only wanted a 1/4 yard of this, 1/2 a yard of that...well, I think she may hate me.  And as careful about measuring and planning as I was, I still have tons of felt left!  (Some of that extra felt is being made into another birthday present, but you'll have to wait until next week to see that!)


The whole thing slips over a card table (donated by our sweet Cousin Metha!) so it can all fold up and slide away when not in use.  The front features a mailbox and flowering bush (with repositionable flowers!) The garden has a spot for "planting" carrots, tomatoes, a pumpkin, a beet and heads of lettuce.  The back has a clothesline with a laundry basket for holding the clothespins and laundry, as well as a chicken coop.  And the other side has a flower pot (with removable flowers), a watering can and a birdhouse.  Every side has a window cut out, then lined with laundry sack mesh so that there's plenty of ventilation inside.

I was worried that Miss A would be scared to go inside, but she loves it!!  (No, I couldn't wait...I gave it to her before her birthday...she'll never know!)  In fact, she has us wondering if hoarding is genetic because she's already started dragging her toys and diaper bag inside!  The whole project only cost about $35 in materials and as we say here in Oklahoma, "You can't beat that with a stick!"

11 comments:

GH71 said...

That is adorable and you did a beautiful job with such attention to detail. Your daughter is truly blessed to have a talented Mom who doesn't let her skills go to waste. You should feel very proud!

April@ Natural Nester said...

Ah, thank you for visiting and sharing your sweet words!

Nicole said...

I was inspired by the same felt playhouse you linked up to, and I made one for my nieces. It's a good thing that my own babe (still in utero) won't want one for a couple years, because I'm going to need that much time to recover and attempt the project again. Phew! ;)

Here's a link to mine: http://nicoleandtim.blogspot.com/2010/12/big-project-felt-playhouse-reveal.html

Karla said...

This is the cutest thing I have ever seen!! I have felt playfood and things for my daycare, this would be such a great addition!!

Krista said...

how cute! I love the little details like the laundry and the bird house, I hope she loves it!

My House of L said...

Very cute...you did an amazing job!

April@ Natural Nester said...

Thank you so much for all the sweet comments!

Jamie said...

So adorable. I love the little bird house on the side.

Lizzy Mac said...

Saw this on C.R.A.F.T! I have been wanting to do this!! I am a beginner sewer, so mine would be a bit more basic. Yours looks fantastic!

You know I've seen these being sold for $100 - $300 ! Get on it, girl! :)

April@ Natural Nester said...

Thank you Lizzy!! Believe me, if I can sew it, YOU can sew it! That really is the first complicated thing I've ever attempted. I've only sewn plain, straight edge curtains before this, so I know you can do it!! :)

My advice is to sketch out what you want it to look like and cut all the small pieces first. Then attach them to the sides, then attach the sides together into the house. That seemed to work well for me. Good luck!!

J-ROK said...

Oh my adorable! Followed you here from the Farrier's Daughter. I now have a VERY AMBITIOUS Christmas gift idea for my daughter. Did you have any sort of pattern? lazygreenmama@gmail