I finally finished Violet’s dollhouse pillow!
I am so so thrilled with how it turned out!
I made this pillow as a sweet little place to corral my daughter’s many small stuffed animals at bedtime. She’s at that age where she loves hiding under pillows, and the coziness of small nooks and crannies, so I thought this pillow would be a fun thing she could use and enjoy.
Biscuit the puppy is her favorite lovey and so she has been calling this “Biscuit’s House.”
The pillow is made up of three layers: the normal front and back of a pillow (with stuffing in between), plus an additional pillow front that is the decorative “house” portion of the pillow. Basically, the front is all one giant pocket and she can stuff as many toys and stuffed animals into it as her heart desires. I made sure not to over-stuff the body of the pillow so that there’s plenty of room for housing stuffies.
My favorite little detail is the chimney. It is just the right size for stuffing a tissue inside, handy for those late night nose-wipes which we seem to have pretty often in this house.
Oh, and I love the curtains too! Pink eyelet lace frames the small round window in the “attic” and a delicate white lace makes up the curtains in the rest of the windows.
The door is hand-sewn to the doorway on one side, so it can really open and close, and a tiny button from an old shirt makes the perfect little doorknob.
And then there’s the pom-pom fringe. Because… pom-pom fringe! I want to put it on everything! And I can’t see any reason why I shouldn’t! Must procure more pom-pom fringe…
The trickiest part of this project was sewing the bias tape to the inner edge of those square windows. The round window and arched doorway weren’t too difficult, but the square windows! I’m still not completely happy with how they look on the front, and they’re a lot worse on the inside, but I’m trying not to care about that, since it’s something nobody else will ever see. Still, that’s the main thing I’m hoping to adjust before I make a second pillow for Elsie. Once I work out all the kinks, I’ll post a tutorial.
The back of the pillow is a plain piece of soft flannel. While this pillow is mostly for fun, I wanted one side to be un-decorated and comfy for resting.
This was a fun project for using up scraps! The main part of the house is fabric leftover from one of the baby doll moses baskets that I made recently, and the “roof” portion is from an old skirt I remade last year. The fabric for the door is something I’ve had forever. I think I used it to make my sister a pillow when I was in highschool! I love putting a little history and extra happy memories into something I’ve made by using up scraps from other meaningful projects.
I’m so in love with this little dollhouse pillow and I can’t wait to make another!