Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Wool Felt Play Mat and Fairy Stump House

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I'm hard at work on my handmade holiday, and today I'm showing off the felt play mat I made for my daughter!

Okay, not gonna lie. I played with it myself a little bit. It's just too cute not to! On Black Friday I got a great deal on these two handmade dolls from Ollie Ella. Originally, I thought I would give one to my 7 year old and one to my 6 year old, and that would be that. But things got totally out of hand, and I decided to make a whole universe for the dolls as well.

The fairy stump house was made following a tutorial/pattern from Lia Griffith. This is a company with a subscription-based model. I went ahead and paid the monthly fee of $9.99 to sign up, and immediately received access to this month's projects (15+ in a variety of craft genres) and SVGs (another 15+ here). With a monthly subscription, you also get 5 bonus downloads and can choose from past projects. The fairy stump house was one of my 5 projects and my first download. 

All in all, I'm very happy with the $10 spent and what I get for it. I would have probably paid $10 for just the house pattern! It came with a printable PDF and SVG cut files. I was able to cut all the small, fiddly pieces with my Cricut. I used wool blend felt from Gingermelon, stabilized with Heat N Bond, and cut with my Cricut Explore Air 2.

I have used affiliate links for Lia Griffith, if you sign up I earn a 5% commission ($0.50 on $10). Not making crazy money here, just want to pass along a site I've enjoyed using!

I deviated a bit from the design of the stump house, just based on what moved me in the moment and which colors of felt I had on hand. I also made it taller to accommodate the dolls, and added a bottom. The entire thing is sewn by hand using embroidery stitches. 

The green felt is from Jo-Ann's and is a recycled polyester. It is thicker and sturdier than a wool felt and works great as a base. The fire I made from sticks, hot glue, and felt.

The tent is a linen/cotton scrap. I had 12" dowel rods on hand from making my free banner pattern, and cut them in half with a hacksaw. It took me WAY too long to figure out a good way to make the tent. I tried all kinds of things before I ended up here. 

I hope my daughters appreciate all my hard work and are delighted on Christmas morning!

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