Dolls - of any sort - are my girls' favorite toy. They can spend hours together in imaginary worlds creating lives for miniature people. To add to their collection of abodes (they tend to mix and match - Lego men in Polly Pocket's house, peg people in a Lego home), I created a cottage house from felt.
12x18" sheet of stiff craft felt (I found mine at Hobby Lobby); A variety of coordinating regular craft felt; Craft glue; Embroidery thread; Buttons; Narrow elastic
I began by cutting out the stiff felt using the pattern piece (click HERE to print the pattern).
I lightly scored along each of the fold lines to encourage the felt to bend.
Because this felt is resistant to staying folded, I also used a warm iron (with fabric placed on top to protect the felt) to help reinforce each crease line.
The next step was to join each edge with embroidery floss.
Once each seam was joined (except one wall of the house) and the roof was sewn to the base, I attached a button to the roof and a small piece elastic to the top of the side wall. The elastic will loop around the button allowing the house to open and close.
The final step was to embellish the cottage with doors, windows, flowers, etc. Craft glue is an excellent (and easy) adhesive for affixing these items.
The house has been a hit with the girls; perhaps building a village of these cottages is in order. Imagine how busy that would keep them...