I never heard this song before, but now I can't get it out of my head:
I think I've mentioned before that I can't get enough of the Let's Build a Dollhouse site. One of the ideas floating around in my head based on information from the site was that I could, whenever I chose, make my own dollhouse sofa out of fabric and cardboard.
Since I had already spent about 20 times more than I expected to build and furnish the Mini House, and the library looked empty and needed a sofa, I especially liked the idea of making one from stuff I already had around the house.
"Oh, that," I would say to people who commented on the adorable little sofa in the library, "I just threw that together with some fabric and glue. It was easy peasy!"
|The library, in dire need of a sofa|
So I printed out the directions from here: Let's Build a Dollhouse Sofa. The instructions seemed clear and totally doable. The owner of the site provides many pictures of the finished product she has made in all different fabrics and sizes.
|Image is from http://www.letsbuildadollhouse.com|
The site gives instructions on how to make the little sofa above.
To say that it did not go well is to wallow in understatement.
I'm not sure why, but from the first cut I made in the fabric, I could just sense that the Crafting Gods were not with me. Things just spiraled out of control from there. By the time I finally raised the white flag, I was exhausted, and frustrated. There were little pieces of cardboard, fabric and foam spread as far as the eye could see, but nothing remotely resembling a sofa. I got glue all over everything, including myself and the cats, who had gathered close to enjoy the spectacle and help out wherever possible, for example by biting the fabric or swatting pieces of foam off the counter.
I didn't take any pictures because I was just so annoyed with myself. Plus I was all sticky. I'm sure that the instructions are great, and I know that if I try again another day I might get better results. But making tiny upholstered furniture might also just be beyond my abilities.
In the meantime, I found the sofa below for $6.00 at AC Moore. (They aren't going to sell dollhouse furniture anymore, so they had lots of stuff on clearance.) I bought it even though it is much too modern for my Mini House. I thought I could probably make it look a little more Victorian.
|I did NOT make this sofa. I got it|
on clearance at AC Moore.
|Version 1 - added some stuff to make the couch seem less modern|
I was happy with it, but the other day, I found some fringe on a lampshade my mom was throwing out, and it gave me the idea to try jazzing up the sofa again.
Here's how the second attempt turned out, with fringe and a fancier piece of lace. (The fringe doesn't look as yellow in real life, it blends in a little better.)
|Version 2 - added some different stuff to make the couch seem less modern|
I'm not sure which version I like better. A third attempt is always possible!