Wednesday, March 17, 2010

* Homemade Fabric Tree Stump Fairy House

I started making this as a birthday gift for one (or both) of the girls
but I couldn't wait to show it to them, so (of course) I gave it to them 
as soon as I finished it...
Yes, their birthdays are in February and March.
Yes, I finished this in December ( a few days after Christmas)
and gave it to them during a blizzard  during winter break this January.

I am an instant gratification crafter  when it comes to making stuff
for my own kids... I can never save it as a surprise. 


Tink was ecstatic to have a new place to call home.


Heads up for those of you getting ready to ask for a tutorial...
I free-form stitched the whole thing without a pattern.
I do a lot of my crafting this way, I just make it up as I go
(again, the instant gratification thing)


This is only a problem, when I'm  asked to make more than one of something...
since there isn't a pattern it's a bit tricky to re-create. 
I can try but it won't be the same. 


I sandwiched plastic craft mesh between two pieces of fabric to create rigid base/platform
(and only broke ONE sewing machine needle in the process).

I used organic cotton quilters batting  between two shades of brown cotton fabric
for the stump and free-hand machine-stitched the "bark" patterns. 

The roots are stuffed and stitched to the base. 



Our Mama Kopp slugs and snails LOVE to visit here for tiny  acorn cap tea parties!
(check out her Etsy Shop here)


For another WONDERFUL Fairy Tree Stump you can make 

10 comments:

amandab said...

that is fantastic! I am not letting my daughter look at your site again in case she asks me to make one!

Thank goodness Silvermist is her favourite fairy and prefers the water ... :D

Elise said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I'm with you - there is no way I would be able to put a creation like that away and save it for a birthday, or special occasion.

No pattern - this makes it even more amazing to me.

It is always a joy to stop by here.

Ticia said...

Oh my, I love it!

Not Hannah said...

Wow. This is just fantastic. You are a wonder.

Tonya's Books said...

So awesome! I love it. I love looking at your site. You are the artist I will never be but wish I was! :)

Jen said...

You are soooo talented! My 5 year old would just adore this.

Jen
Creative and Curious Kids!

Iseecells said...

So great! i've been coming up with a few ideas for a fairy village myself. I love the strawberry shortcake house too.

CHILDHOOD MAGIC said...

You are simply incredible!

Hen Jen said...

that is wonderful! I've seen toys like this in expensive catalogs and always thought that someone with talent could find a way to make them..that would not be me, I can't really sew...

very lovely, thanks for sharing!

FroggyMama said...

I'm so excited - I made our very own fabric tree stump house!

http://theearthisourteacher.blogspot.com/2010/08/tutorial-thursday-tree-stump-playhouse.html

Thanks so much for sharing with us - you are so awesome and inspiring!

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