A few weeks ago when Fireflies and Jellybeans announced this felt house along I was super excited because my 3 year old was turning 4 very soon. So me and hubby decided that this would be her gift this year. She has really been into making tents, but they are always such a huge mess and then she refuses to clean it up so lots of tears and unhappy moments soon follow...
(This side has a "frame" and some small pockets below the frame. Soon she will have tic tac toe and other games that she will be able to play on the frame. I am thinking that I will also make a face with different facial features and hair for her to decorate. All of this will definitely take time but I think she will like it more if she has a part in making that "stuff"
The big girl had her birthday last Saturday. So all 5 weeks of the felt house party got squished into 1 very long day. Friday we planned the tent out, we purchased the materials, and we sewed the house after everyone went to sleep.
(This side is complete with a felt "chalkboard" I have made some letters that just need some velcro sewed onto them. The mailbox has a snap but it does not stay very well so here comes the velcro)
And the front of the house includes a little window and a door with a curtain that can be held back with velcro if she wants.
This is the bag that it all fits into. She had no idea what she was opening. But man does she love her house :)
We did a few things differently than most (that really should not surprise anyone. Do you think I follow a recipe when cooking?)
Instead of using a card table (I was really surprise to find that they were really spendy like close to 50 whole bucks...a little out of my price range. ) we used PVC pipe. I will take pictures of the way that we made it if anyone is interested for a little tutorial. It really is easy.
We decided on the pvc cause we could make it any size we wanted. I was thinking along the lines of the same size as a cardtable, but hubby would not hear it. So we made it 60x60x53.
Now you are wondering why we did not do it 60x60x60. Well, home decor fabric measures 54 wide so with a seam allowance it would be a pain to add an extra 6 - 8 inches depending on the seams so we went with 53. It worked out really great. Perfect for her to have LOTS of space. The only problem is that the rest of us have no space with the house up. Its a bit big for inside the house, but if we had a huge basement then it would not be problem. Or if there was no longer SNOW outside it would be awesome.
We used home dec fabric because it was cheaper and this fabric was just so dang cute. I think it turned out adorable. And to tell you all the truth, felt attracts EVERYTHING. I sew a lot and I know all those strings would stick to the felt like no bodys business. So that is why we decided on the Home dec fabric. It is actually outdoor fabric, so it is really durable and will be great to take outside this summer.
Oh and that bag that holds it all in is perfect size for everything and is barely short enough to fit into my trunk. So this house is definitely park worthy