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Felt Fairy Mushroom house Pincushion Tutorial

 Here’s a simple little project that you can finish in a couple of hours. It can be hand stitched or mostly sewn on the machine. The amount of detail you’d like to add is really up to you.

There’s room for little windows with window sills and flowers and curtains to peek through, roses rambling over an arch above the tiny front door and sweet, leaf roofs above the windows.

You can be imaginative as you like, you could add a chimney, a door mat, a welcome sign…lots of possibilities. When starting to stitch the garden details I found myself really being lost in the project and started getting carried away with all these ideas of fairies and their houses.

This is a project for both beginners and advanced stitchers.

The advanced stitchers will like it because you can add lots of detail- woodwork on the doors, a rambling garden, lots of flowers etc.

But, beginner stitchers don’t be put off.

I only have used 4 different stitches when making the pincushion….running stitch, back stitch, colonial knots and lazy daisy (detatched and chain).

 What You Need:

Here’s what you’ll need to make one of these cute little felt houses.

-Some gorgeous good quality felt in lots of lovely colours:

(I’ve used three different shades of pink, 4″ x 4″ red for the door, 6″ x 6″ light green for the attic window and porch above the door, 4″ x 4″ light brown for the door backing and window boxes, 4″ x 4″ white for the bottom windows and 2″ x 2″ pale blue for the attic window.)

-Some thread- for my blue fairy house I used the variegated thread
-embellishments such as tiny dolls buttons, little bells…if you like.

Note: All seam allowances are 1/4″
Finished size measures 4″

 Step by step instructions

Step 1- Making the Mushroom cap/roof

Trace around each of the Template pieces (from the downloadable pattern) onto your chosen felt and cut out.

Remember to mark the bottom side of the mushroom cap.

Take the 4 pieces of the mushroom cap.

Match 2 pieces together, remembering to make sure the bottom sides line up.

Pin along one side. Repeat with the other 2 pieces.

Stitch along one side of each of the pieces as shown above. Then clip the curves. You should now have 2 halves to the mushroom roof.

Open out the 2 pieces and place right sides together and pin.

Stitch the 2 sides together.

Turn right side out.

Now it’s time to add the spots to the roof. You can either simply glue them, or stitch them on. Place spots where you like.

If you are adding an attic window, now is the time to do so.

Turn the roof inside out again. Take your bottom circle for the mushroom cap/roof. Pin into place.

Stitch all the way around, but leave a small hole to push the stuffing in. Turn right side out.

Take some of your stuffing and push it through the hole, you can decide how firm you would like the roof. If using for a pincushion, you want the roof to be quite firm.

Close the hole together using slip stitch. Put to one side.

Step 2- Making the house

This is the fun part. Assemble all your house pieces together.

Fold the stalk piece in half to find the centre, crease. Take the two door pieces. Place the smaller piece on top of the larger piece-to make the arch- and then position in the centre of the stalk piece. This is where you made the crease. Stitch in place.

To make the windows, take your window rectangle and place into position. Position the curtains in place, and then stitch securely.

Place the window sills onto the windows.

On my blue house I’ve placed them above the window, on my pink house I’ve made them into window boxes.

Sew into position.

Add the little leaves over the windows/doors if you’ve decided to use these. Using a variety of stitches, stitch flowers, leaves, grass onto your fairy house. I’ve also added teeny tiny dolls buttons for flowers on my pink house.

Once finished, match short sides of the stalk together, making a ring.

With sides together, sew the two short ends together with 1/4″ seam.
Turn right side out.

Step 3- Assembly

Take the roof piece that you made before and your house/stalk piece.

Position the stalk piece under the roof, centred. Using slip stitch or ladder stitch, attach the stalk piece to roof.

Take some of your stuffing and push into the stalk until you get it quite firm. It needs to be able to support your pincushion.

Take the felt circle you have cut for the stalk base. Cover the base of the stalk, using running stitch, sew all the way around leaving a small opening.

Leave an opening to add a little more stuffing, or a card board circle or a small stone to weight the pincushion. (You could add a weight in the bottom for extra support-a small clean rock from the garden works well, or cut a cardboard circle and place it at the base, inside the stalk, once you have finished the stuffing.)

Sew the opening closed.

Turn it right way up and TA-DA, one cutesy felt fairy mushroom house pincushion.

Why not make a whole Fairy Village.

They are also very useful gifts for someone who sews.

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