in the doghouse

Unfortunately, I haven't made any progress on actually sewing the playhouse, but I have 9 days till the big b-day, and that is plenty of time. On the side of good news, how adorable is this little french bulldog?

This is one of the sides of the playhouse, and the doghouse door will be a little flap secret passage/pet (stuffed animal) door.

So, I had a lot of questions from the last post on a tutorial, pattern, etc. While I'd love to provide a pattern, I have no idea how to make big patterns. And it would totally depend on the size of table you used. So, I will try to give you some basic instructions on what I'm doing, and you can just run with it.

My kitchen table is on the smallish size - it is about 48 inches wide, 30 inches tall and 36 inches deep. I added about an inch to all the dimensions to give me seam allowance and a little wiggle room so it will slip over the table easily. If you have a big kitchen table, this would work great using a folding card table.

I am using felt for the entire playhouse because it is so easy to work with and will save me from finishing a lot of seams. I bought my felt by the yard from Fabric.com. They have great colors, great prices, and free shipping for orders over $35. Plus, you can usually google an active coupon code. I am using polyester felt because it is more affordable for me than wool felt (although, wouldn't that be dreamy?).

I'll try and give you more info as this project goes along!

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12 comments:

TroxelTribe said...

Oh my - what a great idea! Your kid(s) are going to have the greatest childhood memories! Wow! I wish I had the time for this.... ahhh, maybe some day. And if not, I'm keeping it in my memory bank for grandchildren (or younger nieces/nephews). How FUN!

Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) said...

After the first post I wasn't quite sure what you meant by it going over the table - but now I think I do....Its going to be like the coolest table cloth ever - well cooler than a table cloth, but that's the idea, like a slip cover and the sides of the house will hang down over the sides of the table? What a fantastic idea!!! I can't wait to see the finished product!!

Amber said...

Oh my heavens did you draw that dog?? Adorable. The little house we have over a card table has recently been designated by my toddler as her baby doll's house; she puts her to bed in there every night before her own bedtime. Oscar is going to love this for many years - good luck getting it all finished in time!

Kathy said...

You are so creative and clever!!!!!

Cassidy said...

This is such an awesome Idea. I just love your thinking!!

The Harris Family said...

I am loving this project. This would make a great chritmas present for my girls. Also thanks for the instructions and tips!

Clair Jordan said...

I want to make something like this for my little girl for Christmas. I was thinking though instead of putting it over the table, I would get some PVC pipe that you can join at the corners with those connector thingies and use that as the frame for it. (I'm sure that made perfect sense to everyone - LOL)

bopeep said...

That is the greatest gift ever.....I will not be letting my grands see this post.
Prayers, Bo

tanner25 said...

this is amazing...so detailed.

The Maddox Family - Rob and Sarah said...

This is the coolest. I am again jealous of your abilities.

Sarah

Shannon said...

Wow. I would love instructions, but I'm afraid it would go in the "someday" file and I wouldn't really do it. How do you conceptualize and then actually make everything so awesome! I get ideas, but then carrying them out is so difficult sometimes. Great job, lucky little boy he is!

Sylvia said...

French bulldog is absolutely perfect. You are so creative!
-Sylvia
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