Once everything is ironed down in place, the real work begins! Start with the windows.
11. Sew down the middle of the window.
12. Turn and sew perpendicular to the previous stitch.
13. Iron on curtains around the outside of the window (if it's an interior wall piece) OR
14. Zig Zag stitch all around the outside of the window (for exterior wall pieces).
Note: You will be sewing around pretty much EVERYTHING you just ironed on. How carefully/accurately you do so, is really up to you. I suggest doing this "assembly line style" - one color of thread for every single base piece, then switch thread colors and go through each piece again. I started with black for my windows and a few other things, moved onto blue for the blue decor, then green for grass, flowers, etc, switched to orange, then pink and finished with yellow. Phew. It sounds like a lot and if you want to do it all with one thread color, well, I wouldn't blame you.
15. Sew around each decor piece. Curtains, light fixtures, grass (you can see I cheated a little on the grass), window boxes, flowers, tables, boxes, vases, etc, etc. EVERYTHING. If you don't sew it on, it will NOT withstand play.
16. As you switch thread colors, think about accessories you will want to add so you can add them at the appropriate point. For instance, when I was sewing around my green items, I added the ric rac for the stems and leaves of some of the flowers. When I was using yellow thread, I added the yellow pom pom valances, the row of daisies outside and the daisies in the vase in the attic.
Once everything is sewn, you're really almost done. It's a breeze from here.
17. Match up one triangle to each square piece - interior to interior and exterior to exterior. Place the bottom of the triangle to the top of the square, right sides together, and pin.
18. Use a straight stitch to sew them together.
19. Do this for every square/triangle combo.
20. Lay out your wall/roof piece. See how the seam looks yucky?
21. Iron the seam flat.
22. Iron the rest of the piece while you're at it. Doesn't it look so much nicer, now?
23. Now, match up the exterior pieces to the interior counterparts. Place them right sides together.
24. Take a small bit of elastic (I used leftover hair band pieces) and sandwich it in a loop on either side of the walls (you can see the orange bits sticking out below.) Pin all the way around.
25. Start at the bottom corner - where the bottom meets the side - and sew up the wall, around the roof and down the other wall. DO NOT SEW THE BOTTOM.
26. Leave the bottom open.
27. Sew each outside wall to it's matching inside wall in the same fashion.
28. Turn them right side out and iron them flat again. I know it seems like a lot of ironing, which I detest, but it really does look so much better and make things easier.
A note: You will also need to sew your inside floor to the outside floor. Do this the same way as the walls - right sides together - and sandwich elastic pieces in THREE sides. Leave the fourth side OPEN.
29. Get your plastic canvas out. Lay your pieces down.
30. Trance around your pieces.
31. Cut them out. There should be five pieces total.
32. Slide each plastic piece inside its exact wall to make sure it will fit exactly. Trim as needed.
33. Lay your plastic piece on a piece of batting. I know. You can't see the plastic piece. Trust me, it's there. It's on the right, down in the corner... no? Well...
34. Wrap the plastic in the batting and trim to the right shape.
35. Slide the batting wrapped plastic canvas piece inside the wall through the opening at the bottom.
36. Do this with all five pieces.
37. All you have left to do is sew up the openings! Just fold the edges into the inside and top stitch across each bottom.
I don't have a picture of this step, but then you'll want to hand sew on your buttons. Each outer wall will have three buttons - sew the buttons right next to where the elastic is coming out on either side, and in the middle on the bottom.
And then you really ARE done! Yea!
Now you can button the walls together in any order you'd like.
To collapse the house and tote it around, just start with it laying flat, fold in the outer two wall pieces, then fold back in the middle so those pieces are now the top and bottom. Place the floor piece inside the top wall. Pull the elastics from the bottom piece over the buttons on the top piece to keep it all together.
I need to make a cute bag for the peggies...
And now you have a portable little dollhouse that you can play with in a number of different ways!
Thank you so much for voting and reading through this tutorial! It sounds like a lot of work, I know, but I'm really glad I finished it. It gets a lot of use between the kids around this place!