YOU WILL NEED
Main fabric: 12x20cm (5x8in) Fabric scraps: for window, doors and roof
String or cord for tying
Small button for door handle Eyelet
Basic sewing kit
The fabrics used are from Hantex Linens.
Natural Spots, Ash Grey. Ref: LT101-7. Ash Grey Spots, Natural. Ref: LT126-7. Natural Solid. Ref: LT511.
For stockists visit www.hantex.co.uk/linen
Use a 1cm (!⁄"in) seam allowance You will find the emplate needed on the pull-out pattern sheet.
Step one Trace around the outer lines of the house template from the pull-out pattern sheet and cut around it to make a pattern. The solid outer lines are the cutting lines and the inner dotted lines are the stitching lines.
Step two Fold your main fabric in half, pin the pattern on and cut around the outer lines to make the front and back of the house.
ATTACHING THE ROOF
Step one Cut 5x10cm (2x4in) of scrap fabric for the roof.
Step two Place it right sides (RS) together with the front of the house fabric piece, placing one long edge 1cm (!⁄"in) above the dotted line that marks the edge of the roof on the template. Step three Stitch the roof to the house using a 1cm (!⁄"in) seam allowance so you are actually stitching along the template roof line.
Step four Fold the fabric back over to the top of the house and press.
Step five Trim the roof fabric so it lines up with the edges of the cut out house front.
ADDINGTHEWINDOW AND DOOR
Step one Trace around the door shape. It extends below the stitching line so you sew over it later when you assemble the house for a neat finish. Pin it to a fabric scrap and cut out. Step two Place the door on top of the RS of the cut out front of the house, referring to the template for positioning, and pin into place. Step three Repeat this to cut out the two windows from other fabric scraps and pin them into place.
Step four Stitch the door and windows into place using a running stitch with two strands of stranded cotton, just inside the edge.
Step five Stitch the window pane lines using running stitch through the centre of both of the windows as shown.
Step six Sew a button onto the door to represent the handle.
PERSONALISING THE HOUSE
Step one Draw your chosen name in pencil in the centre of the roof fabric, remembering to leave enough space to add an eyelet later.
Step two Stitch over the drawn name in backstitch using two strands of stranded cotton
MAKING THE HOUSE
Step one Place the decorated house front and plain house back RS together.
Step two Stitch together all the way around, but leave a turning gap in the centre of one side. Step three Turn the fabric RS out through the turning gap, turn the edges of the gap to the inside and press. Step four Topstitch around the edge to neaten and hold the gap closed.
Step one Punch an eyelet in the centre of the top of the roof.
Step two Thread string or cord through the eyelet to finish.