Earlier this summer, I wanted to make a birthday gift for my 6 year old niece. She is very much still into playing dolls, so I wanted something she could play with, but that was a little different. With pillows on the brain after writing up a new sewing class for making button-closure pillows, I had the idea of making a pillow that functions as a dollhouse. Here are some details of my dollhouse pillow.
I used raw edge applique to sew all the details, though if doing it again, I would definitely choose a zigzag satin stich instead. I'm very happy with how the free-form "thread sketching" turned out with the window panes.
Note: this was sewn start-to-finish on my "old" sewing machine while my workhorse was being tuned up at the spa. You don't need a fancy machine to sew fancy things!
The curtains sway in the breeze, and the pillows are lightly stuffed.
My favorite has to be the kitchen and the fussy-cut accessories. Though the buttons for stove knobs are a close second.
That button makes the perfect door knob. The house opens with ribbon ties on the side.
The whole "house" can be removed from the pillow form to be washed, if the need should arise. My husband wisely pointed out to my niece and her brother that though it is a pillow, it shouldn't be used in a pillow fight. Those buttons could do serious damage!
I hope she likes her squishy new dollhouse!
As co-owner of Stitchery in Portsmouth, RI, I teach sewing classes to children and adults. Welcome to my blog Dancing Threads RI.