Well here it is at last, apologies to all of you who were looking for this last weekend but this past week has just been extremely busy for me and looks set to continue!
I may yet do a little more tweaking - I haven't included an actual pattern as such as this one was fairly large and no doubt you will all want to make different sizes but I can if you would prefer that - just let me know.
Follow this link for my photos and instructions Fabric House Sewing Tutorial
If you click on the thumbnail of each picture it will bring up a larger image, together with the instructions for you.
I kept mine pretty simple. I just used a plain black linen for the main body of the house and chimney with some Alexander Henry Arvika fabric for the roof.
I then added simple doors and windows, made using some cream linen scraps - I just did a simple running stitch (yes wonky I know but I have a slight nerve problem with my right arm at the moment which causes numbness in my fingers so I'm not going to be too hard on myself!) I used bondaweb to attach the doors and windows to the front of the house and then outlined them with ribbon, stitching around the edges to secure - I shall add a little doorknob too.
Once you have mastered your basic house, you can really have fun with it, use them just for decoration, little girls love these and they are a great way to use a selection of fabrics. Make a small version to use as a fun pin cushion. or how about filling one with rice instead of the stuffing (or a combination of the two to help retain the shape) and using them as doorstops - a cute new home gift or useful for a child's bedroom or nursery.
Lots of different themes spring to mind, here are a few to start:
Beach Hut - insert some bunting type trim where the roof meets the main body of the house and use bright seaside colours, add some fun embroidery etc.
Halloween - embroider a spiders web, witches broomstick, add some bats and a witch to the roof, pumpkins outside the front door etc.
Christmas - you could make a fun little gingerbread style house, a snowy winter wonderland house - hmm must see if I can find some trim to use as icicles and some of the Recycled Trees created by A Little Hut would be great with one too.
Log Cabin/Clapboard House/Garden Shed - that's going to be my next one - create pleats in your main body fabric to simulate the clapboarding or logs and add some embroidered details, tools etc.
Anymore ideas anyone?
If you have previously followed my Soft Baby Cube tutorial you will see that the steps are not really all that different but if you get stuck or if something isn't clear from my instructions, feel free to ask, either by leaving a comment or emailing me direct.