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Fabric House Sewing Tutorial Step One

Fabric House Sewing Tutorial Step One

Cut your pieces from your chosen fabrics, I have used a combination of plain black linen and a black and white print for the roof.

You will need:

2 pieces of equal sizes for the back and front
2 pieces of equal sizes for the sides
2 pieces of equal size for the roof
1 piece for the base
1 piece for the chimney

Using a fabric marker, mark a one cm seam allowance on the wrong side of each piece.


Fabric House Sewing Tutorial Step Two

Fabric House Sewing Tutorial Step Two

Fold your chimney piece in half, right sides facing, stitch down each long side and trim.


Fabric House Sewing Tutorial Step Three

Fabric House Sewing Tutorial Step Three

Turn right side out and fill with a smallish amount of stuffing, not too much, just enough to give it a little bit of body and to help it stay upright on the finished house.


Fabric House Sewing Tutorial Step Four

Fabric House Sewing Tutorial Step Four

Take your two fabric pieces for the roof and with right sides facing each other, sandwich the chimney piece between the two as shown.


Fabric House Sewing Tutorial Step Five

Fabric House Sewing Tutorial Step Five

Stitch the two roof pieces together starting and finishing on the cross and backstitch to secure at each end.


Fabric House Sewing Tutorial Step Six

Fabric House Sewing Tutorial Step Six

It should now look like this - press your seams.


Fabric House Sewing Tutorial Step Seven

Fabric House Sewing Tutorial Step Seven

Now take one of your front or back pieces and with right sides facing, pin and stitch long edge to long edge to one of the roof pieces as shown.


Fabric House Sewing Tutorial Step Eight

Fabric House Sewing Tutorial Step Eight

It should now look like this, gently press your seam.


Fabric House Sewing Tutorial Step Nine

Fabric House Sewing Tutorial Step Nine

Repeat with other front/back piece on other side. It should now look like this.


Fabric House Sewing Tutorial Step Nine

Fabric House Sewing Tutorial Step Nine

Now take one of your side pieces and pin to short edge of front/back piece as shown - right sides facing. The point where your seam allowance line on the side pieces crosses should line up with the seam where the roof meets the front/back of the house.


Fabric House Sewing Tutorial Step Ten

Fabric House Sewing Tutorial Step Ten

Stitch together as shown, starting and finishing where the two lines cross and backstitch to secure.


Fabric House Sewing Tutorial Step Eleven

Fabric House Sewing Tutorial Step Eleven

Now swivel your fabric to join the slope of the side piece to the adjacent short side of the roof piece and stitch, securing as always.


Fabric House Sewing Tutorial Step Twelve

Fabric House Sewing Tutorial Step Twelve

Repeat on other side, you now have one side fully attached. Don't worry too much about slightly wonky stitching as mine is here. It will come good and why I like to use a fairly generous seam allowance.

You do need to make sure that you have no gaps in your stitching though at the tip.


Fabric House Sewing Tutorial Step Thirteen

Fabric House Sewing Tutorial Step Thirteen

Turn right side out and check for any little gaps and press lightly - I use a small sleeve board and iron for this.


Fabric House Sewing Tutorial Step Fourteen

Fabric House Sewing Tutorial Step Fourteen

Repeat the process with the other side piece and then turn right side out as shown.


Fabric House Sewing Tutorial Step Fifteen

Fabric House Sewing Tutorial Step Fifteen

Now, if you like, you can add windows and a door or anything else you fancy - I kept this one pretty simple.

I used some small cream linen scrap pieces, and just did some (wonky!) running stiches to form panels etc and trimmed the edges with a black and cream stitched ribbon. I used bondaweb to attach the pieces to the black linen fabric and then stitched around the edges of the ribbon to secure it. The ribbon will cover your raw edges.

Don't forget you will lose one cm from the bottom of your door when you sew on your base piece.


Fabric House Sewing Tutorial Step Sixteen

Fabric House Sewing Tutorial Step Sixteen

Now, turn your house inside out again and pin your base piece to the bottom as shown. Leave a decent sized gap to enable you to turn the house right side out later. If you have decorated the front of your house, make sure this opening will be at the back of your house. Backstitch edges of opening to secure.

Trim all edges and cut across corners carefully with pinking shears with the exception of the edge with the opening.

Turn right side out and gently finger press seams and corners.


Fabric House Sewing Tutorial Step Seventeen

Fabric House Sewing Tutorial Step Seventeen

Fill with stuffing - use fairly small amounts at a time and make sure you push it gently right into the corners.

Slip stitch the opening at the rear closed and you are all done.

I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial, if anything isn't clear just ask!


Lilac Linen Fabric House

Lilac Linen Fabric House