HOW TO MAKE… DOLL’S HOUSE ACCESSORIES
The growing trend for modern doll’s houses has got us feeling like kids again, only this time around we’re kitting them out with squee-worthy mini versions of all the home décor we’re crushing on.
This small-but-perfectly-formed craft room is inside a little case, Polly Pocket style, so it’s easy to cart about. Got the urge to redecorate? You can do it in an afternoon with fabric scraps, pom poms and cocktail sticks.
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Attach a matchstick to the right side (RS) of the fabric with PVA glue, approximately 1cm ( in from one of the edges. It should be parallel to the edge, as shown.
Using the image as a guide, mark out a 4 x 5cm (15/ x 2") banner shape with fray-stop glue, then cut it out with the matchstick along the top edge. Trim the matchstick if necessary.
Use a fabric pen to draw your desired wording or design onto the RS of the banner. You could draw it on beforehand with erasable fabric pen to make sure you’re happy with the design.
Cut a 7cm (2 ") length of string and glue the two ends of the string to the wrong side ( WS) at the top of the banner for hanging.
Pom pom cushion
Cut the fabric rectangle in half along the width to create two 7x 7cm (2 x 2 ") squares.
Place the squares RS together and sew along three sides with a 1cm ( ") seam allowance.
Trim the seam allowance at the edges and corners. Turn RS out, stuff, then sew the gap closed.
Using fabric glue and the image as a guide, stick the pom poms to the front of the cushion.
Using a compass, create a template by drawing a circle with a diameter of 9.5cm (3¾") onto A4 card. Draw 22 smaller circles around it, each with a diameter of approximately 1.5cm (
Tape the plastic sheet in place over the card template sheet.
Using one end of the roll of jute string, use your fingers to pinch the ends together into a small ‘U’ shape and slowly start turning the string into a small circle. Aim for a neat circle so there isn’t a hole in the middle of the rug. Glue the small circle onto the plastic in the centre of the rug template.
Holding the circle down with one finger, begin to turn the plastic as you wrap the string around to create a bigger circle. Apply glue to each outer round before adding the next round of string.
Once you reach the edge of the larger circle on the template, cut the string and glue to the edge of the circle as neatly as possible.
Repeat Steps 11 and 12 to make smaller circles approximately 2cm (¾") in diameter. Glue them in place, making sure they are glued to both the edge of the large circle and to the next smaller circle.
Let the glue dry completely before slowly peeling the plastic from the back of the rug. Trim any dried glue away.
Yarn and needles
Cut a 1.5cm ( 5 /8") length of straw for each ball of yarn.
Thread a needle with yarn and tape the end of the yarn to an end of one straw piece, as shown.
Begin threading the yarn inside the straw and continue wrapping yarn around the straw evenly until the straw is completely covered.
Once the straw is covered, shape the ball of yarn as desired and cut the yarn tail.
To create a ball band, cut a 4 x 1cm (15/ x 3 /8") strip of brown paper. 8
Draw your desired image or text on the middle section of the strip of paper, keeping in mind only a small part will be visible on the ball of yarn. Wrap the paper around the middle of the ball of yarn and add a dot of glue to secure.
To create a pair of knitting needles, cut two 3cm (1¼") lengths from a cocktail stick, making sure each one has a pointy end. Sand the cut end, then glue a wooden bead in place on top of the cut end on each knitting needle.