felt playhouse

I'm so excited to finally post this project!  Welcome to apartment 9 ...

 
So far, these flowers in the window box are Oscar's absolute favorite.  They last about 2 seconds in the box before he has plucked them all, and then drags them around all day.  The stems have a pipe cleaner in them to give them support, and as a bonus, makes them satisfyingly bendy.

A close second favorite for Oscar is passing items through the mailbox.  In, out, in, out ... he could do it all day long.
 
Woof, woof.  We are not really dogs-in-the-house kind of people, but we love seeing them when we go on walks.  I think this faux-Sharkey makes the perfect pet. 
 
I enlarged and modified this french bulldog template on marthastewart.com to make the little guy.
 
 
The animals on this side of the house were also made with borrowed templates.  The squirrel is from matsutake, and the owl is my interpretation of the Petit Collage template on marthastewart.com.

I added this mesh (formerly a laundry bag) to the windows over the weekend after Oscar made repeated attempts to jump through the window panes.  So for those of you interested in making one of these yourself, consider either making the windows small or adding some kind of mesh/vinyl/etc.  I almost did clear vinyl, but I wanted to keep the air flowing inside.  A felt house can get stuffy!

 
Apple picking time!  I tried to make this tree look pretty similar to the one found in Oscar's quiet book.  He has been enjoying picking apples and can even put them back on the tree.  I think I'm going to make lemons for the tree for a little variety. 
 
On the back of the house, you'll find a big garden, ripe for harvest.  The soil has many pockets to fill with veggies (with room to grow as I make more).

 
I think the corn on the cob is my favorite part.  It was my brilliant basket-weaving mom's idea to weave the  white and yellow felt together for the corn cob.  Too cute!  It slides easily in and out of the husk.


Hungry for a BLT?  We have lettuce ripe for picking.

I could probably write up a month of posts on this playhouse, but I'll try to stick with just a few more. 

UPDATE:  I have posted some playhouse templates here and here.  See the felt playhouse Q&A post for frequently asked questions on the playhouse.  Thanks!



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Katie @ Cheep Ideas said...

I am completely in love with the card table play houses, and my kids will definitely be getting one (or two!) for Christmas!! I've also included this on my website today. Thanks so much for sharing!!

Linds said...

That is incredible! What an amazing idea!!

Katie said...

I LOVE your blog and absolutely love this playhouse. In fact, as soon as I saw it, I knew immediately that I had found the perfect 1st birthday present for my son. His birthday is, in fact, on Thursday, and I have just completed my version of your playhouse. I relied heavily on yours for inspiration (especially on the front & garden panels). Here's the link if you'd like to check it out: http://katiewiebe.blogspot.com/2010/04/felt-playhouse-finished.html Thanks for posting such inspiring projects.

Janelle said...

Hi. Not sure if you remember, but I emailed you awhile back about how you framed the front doorway. Thanks for getting back to me. Well, I finally finished our playhouse. I've posted pictures at my newly minted blog. Thank you SO much for the inspiration. Janelle

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Mel D said...

I loved your playhouse so much I had to make one for my girls. Thanks so much for sharing and for the templates!

Sadia said...

WOW! If you ever want to make some extra money, I know a lot of parents who would pay a pretty penny for something like this!

Anonymous said...

Oh My Goodness, you are just the cleverest cleverest girl! You are so generous to share all your ideas... God bless!

tehseenfatima92 said...

Send Flowers to Italy
I suggest this site to my friends so it could be useful & informative for them also. Great effort.

Niesz Vintage Home said...

So, so cute!
I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful templates and inspiration.
I made one of these for my niece, although I used a canvas dropcloth for the base. Not quite as cute as yours, but she is enjoying it a lot.
http://nieszvintagefabric.blogspot.com/2010/07/playhouse-is-done-finally.html

Kimberly :-)

elisabeth said...

Hi! Congrats on an awesome job! I was thinking of doing this for my niece, but as she is already 28 inches at 5 months old, and the support bars under the kitchen table are only 26 inches off the floor, I'm wondering how the babies use these houses. (yes she is off the charts for height, but even the tiniest kids are usually about 26 inches by between 1-2 years old). Can they only crawl through, and sit inside - do they (did Oscar) ever bump his head trying to stand up??

I'd appreciate your feedback on your experience and/or others, as I'd consider making one but not if she can't use it!

Thanks so much for an inspiring site :)

Jill said...

Hi Elisabeth,

my son usually crawls through his or squats inside. Our table was tall enough for him to stand inside for a while, but he is too tall for that now. It doesn't seem to bother him! He sits to play inside, and can do all the outside stuff standing up.

Hope that helps!

LinnOrganized said...

BEYOND amazing! Wow, wow! Thanks for sharing, I just linked to this from my organization site.

mummastimetocreate said...

oh my goodness that's the COOLEST THING I've ever seen on a blog. Go you!!

Alterknitiveknitter said...

Jill, I have one major question! Well actually two! How does it stay upright? Did you add tentpoles or something similar? Also, where did you get felt by the yard? I can only find it in craft stores in small rectangular sheets

The Dobrons said...

Does this stand up on its own?? I LOVE the idea. No more toys for Christmas please!! Just a handmade gift from mom and a little imagination...thanks for the inspiration! you can reply to krystal dot dobron at gmail thanks!

Irēna said...

Amazing and beautiful! Thanks!!

Joanna Chng said...

This is way too cute! Exactly what I have in mind when it comes to a child's playhouse inside the house! I will attempt to make one myself when I can actually FIND the TIME.... =) Good work, Jill! Love your DIY stuff.

Scott said...

Wow this is totally cute! How do you get the whole thing to stand up?

Rai i Mari said...

Qué preciosidad de casita !!!!!!!!!! impresionante, estoy segura de que tu niño/s la recordarán toda la vida. Qué afortunados qué son :-D

Katherine said...

Fantastic! I'm going to add this to my ever growing list and maybe work this into a bunk bed fort. But, I really like the idea of a free standing playhouse too!

Rosa said...

Merci beaucoup pour cette magnifique idée. Inspirée de la votre, j'ai fabriqué une petite maison pour mettre dans une crèche.
Merci
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Molly and Wayne said...

Jill, I've been eyeing your felt playhouse for a long time. I truly adore it. Now that my little boy is 2, I'm thinking about making one.

I'm curious,does your son actually like to stay in it and play? I'm worried that I'll put in a lot of work and it will end up being more of a cute finished project then a playhouse.

Please let me know, thanks. Emily

Debbie B said...

Hi Jill! I'm in the middle of making my playhouse for my little girls and was curious how you did the scalloped roof? Did you sew it on the side before you put the sides and roof together?? I LOVE this! You are an inspiration! :)

Beckie said...

Just gorgeous!!!! I'm seriously going to have to get crafty, I want to make everything on here!!! Wow! You have a very lucky son!

Chris and Sara said...

Jill, just wondering how you attached things before you sewed, pin, glue, heat n bond? What do you think would be the easiest!!! Thank you for your time.

Lady Moss said...

Wow! I stumbled onto your happy blog today from Australia! So glad I did, so inspired by the playhouse I've ordered 20 metres of felt to make on for Easter for my littles to hunt their eggs in the felt garden. Hopefully there will be plenty of felt leftover for some of your other amazing projects.
Thanks so much!!
LMx

super rockin rocco said...

What a wonderful idea. I was thinking of this for a card table. Would you consider making this and selling me one. My grandson would love this. Unfortantley I have no sewing talent.

Diana Escobar said...

This is so wonderful! I just finished my own playhouse and then discovered yours! I wish I had seen yours first--I absolutely love your apple tree that wraps around the corner! So cute!

If you want to see mine, you can check it out at http://www.domesticacademic.com/

Lady Moss said...

Hi guys I'm making one in Australia! You can sew along with me on www.rainbowlane.com.au
Thank you so much Jill for the inspiration, you are amazing!

tine moons said...

hello, i love this playhouse and would like to make one for my trhee boys! can u tell me perhaps what did u use for the skelet of the house? to make it stand?

Denver Homes said...

This is so adorable!!! I love that the parts are detachable for enhanced learning. I have to say, you are quite the artist, though. I don't think I could make one quite as awesome as yours. It's pretty fantastic! Great post, thanks for sharing with so many great pics!

Anonymous said...

Congrats!!! I was looking the perfect minihouse for my niece on this christmas eve, so Im inspired and will be starting this weekend with your GREAT IDEA!! I gone put all the thinks that she likes, thank you so much for sharing...Best regards from Cancun Mexico

McCoy4839 said...

Do you have templates? I am interested in trying my hand at this. Could this be made into a tent for a bunk bed????

Aryan Smith said...

Fantastic!!! You must keep showing every single detail fo this master piece!! I wanna learn!
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Caitlin said...

I made a playhouse based on yours a few years ago and finally blogged about it here (I linked back to you, of course!):

http://nennaandbarley.blogspot.com/2013/06/felt-playhouse-for-kids-successful-sew.html

Thanks for years of inspiration in all things creative! Reading your blog was what inspired me to start sewing.

Jennifer Musick said...

This is amazing!!! I want to make something like this for my classroom! I love all the plant life. Thank you for the beautiful ideas!

Liliana said...

OMG! This is so nice! I have to say that looks like a lot of work, but so worthy! you are amazing!

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