For Christmas this year, we decided to spend $50 or less on each person in our immediate family and to make all our other gifts (ok, I’ve gone a little over on Abi, but like $5). My sewing area has pretty much turned into Santa’s workshop and I am growing pointy ears (just kidding).
For Abi I wanted to make her a card table playhouse. The best part about a toy like this – it’s totally collapsible! It’s just something you drape over a standard card table to make it into a play house. My Grandma had one for us when we were kids and I remember playing in it for hours – it was linen and embroidered, with flowers growing on the sides and a mailbox by the door. I decided to make Abi’s out of felt to cut down on the amount of actual sewing I had to do, and I went with a log cabin theme. I have plans to paint some outdoorsy murals on the playroom walls someday, so I figured the cabin would fit right in. The materials were a grand total of $15, and I am now the proud owner of a huge stash of colored felt.
Here’s some pictures, and if you’re interested in how I did it, please comment me and I might be convinced to make up a tutorial or at the very least answer your questions. I really hope Abi loves it, but if she doesn’t I’ll probably take naps in there or something.
Main view of the house, see the little mail for the mailbox?