- Templates (download below)
- 100x150cm (40x60in) fluffy cream fleece
- 30cm (12in) square of denim blue fleece
- 15cm (6in) square each of coral pink and white fleece
- Pink, green, blue, and cream polyester sewing threads
- Small bag of play sand
- Toy filling
- Sewing machine
- Darning foot
- Basic sewing kit
1. Transfer the house template onto card and cut out. Place the template on the wrong side of the cream fleece. Using a permanent marker pen, draw around it twice, and cut out both pieces.
2. Cut out one 12.5x54cm (5x21¼in) piece of cream fleece for the sides, one 12.5x17.5cm (5x7in) piece for the base, and two 16x28cm (6¼x11in) pieces of denim blue fleece for the roof.
3. Transfer the heart template onto card and cut out. Place the template on the wrong side of the coral pink fleece, draw around it once, and cut out. Cut out one 4x6cm (1½x2½in) piece of denim fleece for the door, two 3.5x4cm (13/8x1½in) pieces of white fleece for the top windows, and one 4x5cm (1½x2in) piece of white fleece for the bottom window.
4. Fit a darning foot to your sewing machine and free-motion stitch flowers and grass along the bottom edge, using pink and green sewing threads.
5. Using the photo as a guide, pin the windows, door, and heart onto the front fleece house piece. Change to blue thread and free-motion stitch around each piece.
How to assemble the house
6. Change back to a normal sewing machine foot and cream thread. With right sides together, pin the side strip and house front sections together. Machine stitch, taking a 1cm (3⁄8in) seam allowance.
7. Pin the base to the bottom edges of the side and front house sections. Machine stitch, taking a 1cm (3⁄8in) seam allowance.
8. Pin the back house section onto the side piece. Machine stitch, taking a 1cm (3⁄8in) seam allowance, leaving the bottom edge open.
9. Trim all seam allowances to 3mm (1/8in) to reduce the bulk and turn right side out. Insert the bag of play sand, then fill up the rest of house with toy filling, and whipstitch the opening closed.
10. Place the roof pieces wrong sides together and pin to hold. Cut five small wedge-shaped snips evenly along each short edge, then round off each section into a curved, scallop shape.
11. Fold the roof in half widthwise. Change to an embroidery foot and blue thread. Free-motion stitch along the folded edge, open the back out, and stitch along the long side edges and curved roof edges. Remove the pins. To create a tiled-roof effect, free-motion stitch scallop shapes all the way across the roof, using the photo as a guide.
12. Place the roof on top of the stitched house and attach using fabric glue.
13. Cut out a 25x10cm (10x4in) piece of coral pink fleece for the handle. Fold it in half lengthwise, with right sides together, and pin along the long unfolded edge. Straight stitch along, leaving the sides open. Turn right side out.
14. Tuck in the raw short ends by 1cm (3⁄8in). Using the photo as a guide, position the handle on the top of the roof, pin at the ends to hold, and whipstitch in place.
- Taken from Fleece Fantastic by Rachel Henderson, published by Cico Books £12.99