felt playhouse preview

Remember all that felt I bought? I spent this weekend cutting, cutting, cutting ...

I'm making Oscar a felt playhouse for his birthday. It will slip over the top of our kitchen table by day, and fold up at night (or so says the plan in my head).

Most of the house is cut out and now I need to start sewing. This is the front - the door will open, you can put mail in the mailbox, and there will be flowers in the window box that can be picked. I've been wanting to make one of these for ages. I think I'll like playing in it as much as Oscar! :)

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42 comments:

Lindsay said...

Dear Jill, I've never commented before, but today I just can't hold in how cool I think your playhouse is. Great idea and execution! It is (or will be) AWESOME! I'm sure your little boy will love it, I know my little boys would.

Matt said...

Love it! Are you going to be making a pattern? If not, I'll have to figure it out...my boys would love it!

Laurie Anne said...

Omg! Jill~ you are incredible...Very sweet!

Skye O. said...

Matt is my hubby...using his computer sorry. Matt isn't going to make this. LOL!

Janelle said...

Brilliant. I wish I was crafty so I could do something like this for Elliot. He loves going "under" things.

Lyric said...

OH MY GOODNESS ... FAN-TAS-TIC idea!!! I wish I had enough stuff to make this ... or I wish you would have posted this last week because I just promised my hub that I wouldn't buy anymore crafty stuff {I've got FAR too much}. I'll just have to swing it somehow!! Thanks for the idea. LOVE it!!!

Jamie said...

That is awesome. I've seen these in stores before but they are pretty expensive. I never thought of making one myself. This would make the perfect christams present for my daughter. Thanks for the great idea.

lisa said...

what a great idea! Too bad my table won't work. I'll have to think of something else, because this is too fun! Can't wait to see how it works. Are you using velcro on the mailbox and stuff to hold it closed or just letting the felt stick to itself?

Andrea said...

Do you think you could do a tutorial on this??? I would love to make one for my daughter for Christmas!

Susie said...

What a clever idea! I love felt.

Debbie said...

Holy Moly Jill! This is adorable! I thought it was a regular little 9x11 piece of felt and was wondering how in the world it would be a play house till I read that it hangs from the table. Then I realized this actually must be quite large! HOW CUTE!!!! That's it, I'm going to have to make a girly one for my girls now. This is getting bookmarked. :) Are you just using elmer's glue or hot glue to put this all together?

lottebees said...

This is just brilliant.
I've been thinking about something like that for my 6 year old, who loves building treehouses of all kinds.

Alisa said...

I was wondering if you could post a template on those baby beanies that you made for charity? So cute and such a great idea, I would love to do something like that. Thanks

JerseyBaby said...

My mother made my sister and I way back in the 70s that slipped over a card table, and I still have the fondest of memories of it. Oscar will LOVE it!

Jen said...

You are a crafting genious!! This is soooo cute!

Imene said...

I made a felt farm once and I put in a gift box (i think from Gap). That way all the pieces are contained.

Nancy said...

It'll be great! I'm sure the little guy will love it.

Larissa said...

SO cute. I have been wanting to do that too. I never thought of using felt. Awesome. Happy bday Oscar!

Jenny said...

This has officially put you over the edge as a PROFESSIONAL CRAFTER EXTRAORDINAIRE!!!! So cool, I'm totally jealous of your motivation and talent :)

bopeep said...

That is soooo soooooooooo cute :D
Prayers, Bo

LiEr said...

Jill this is so exciting! It is fabulous! Oscar is going to love it, lucky little guy. I laughed when I read your post because I am doing a playhouse for Jenna, my middle, for her birthday in early Nov. I am nowhere near even starting. I think I have the fabric. I think. And it's sketched out somewhere, like last year. So I understood when you said you'd been planning to make it since forever. And it has the mailslot (your mailbox is much cuter!) and flowerboxes too! We must dream from the same place, I think. Can you please finish yours first so I can stare at it and be inspired to start Jenna's?

Rose said...

You win best mom EVER. I have been wanting to do one of these for a long time, I was even going to put in that clear poly for the windows...but I wasn't sure what table to put it on, and I run a dayhome so for me I think the kitchen table is out, but think of all the space they would have to play underneath!! WOOHOO!

Amber said...

My mom made one of these out of regular fabric for my girls. It fits over a card table, which right now is set up permanently in their play room, but I love that I can fold it up whenever necessary! My girls spend a lot of time playing in it! The only caution I will give is to make sure you do SOMETHING to reinforce the bottom corners of the window (if the window is an actual cutout of the felt, which I think from the picture it is). I ended up bonding some serious weight interfacing around the windows in our house (on the inside where you can't see it) to repair tears in the fabric caused by rambunctuous games of peek-a-boo and my younger daughter using the window to pull herself up to standing. It looks great - good luck!

AbcHobby.it said...

wow... so beautiful!!

{Amanda} said...

Love, love, love this idea! What an excellent gift too- yes please post a tutorial & share your felt resources once you get a chance.

You're so crafty!!!

Lana said...

Ahh!!! I love it!!! I'm totally making one of these for my little girl!

maryanne said...

This looks adorable - can't wait to see the finished product!

Kathy - mom of many said...

What a great idea! I can't wait to see more progress on this...please show us more as you work on it. I'd love to see all your steps and the finished playhouse too.
You're a wonderful mom.

Valerie said...

I was just wondering what I'm going to do with the kids when the weather turns rainy! You have to.. (pretty please) post instructions for this, I want to make one too!

How do you get it to stay on the table?



Blessings,

Valerie

the monkey's mama said...

i cannot wait to read your tutorial on this project (please please post a tutorial!) This is pure genius (but what did i expect coming from your blog!?!))

The Lucas family said...

Dear Jill.

I just want you to know I am addicted to making felt food, freezer paper t-shirts and covering wood blocks with paper. All because of you!! Thank you. I just tried your sock monkey pattern tonight on my son's onesie with great success. I love everything you do! Keep up the great work and give me more ideas!! haha

Craftify It! said...

Going to be ADORABLE! Already is! Your kids are going to LOVE IT! Can't wait to see the finished house!

Thrift Store Mama said...

Awesomest thing ever.

Hippie Family... said...

so, I've been thinking, for your door- when you cut it, between the layers you should bend up a coat hanger so it will still stand up. My 18 mo old only wants to open the door, close the door all the time, and I had to glue gun her tunnel because the edges seemed sharp to me.
I may have to try this in the spring with our basement table. but it's round (gulp)

Mandi said...

So cute, I wanted to make a pirate ship for my boys...it turned into a project for the bunk beds. It was so fun! I put pictures of it on my blog. Check it out.

Mommy Mac said...

Oh my word cute!

Jill, you are craft queen.

Oscar will talk about how cool of a mom you were when he was little one day, I just know it.

.mac :)

Mommy Mac said...

Oh my word cute!

Jill, you are craft queen.

Oscar will talk about how cool of a mom you were when he was little one day, I just know it.

.mac :)

Jena said...

I really love this and want to do it for my daughter for Christmas. I have a quick question though. Are you putting something in the door to make it more sturdy? How are you going to do it? I love it and it looks so amazing!!!

keepingmycents said...

I love this idea. I didn't even know such a thing existed until this blog. I did a search and found this etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6117191&page=1
if anyone else needed more inspiration. Love the one you are doing Jill!

Visible Voice said...

oooh I so hope you make a pattern or some sort of instruction! no pressure!!

Natalie said...

this is such a grrreat idea!! I love that you can just pull it out, slip it over and then put it away. not that i need anymore projects but i just might have to do this for my boys for christmas. sooo cute! can't wait to see the finished product

-natalie
www.centsiblychicsisters.blogspot.com

McCoy4839 said...

Okay, so I am going to make this for my daughter's birthday party. I need ideas for a mickey mouse themed playhouse. Any thoughts?