The Dollhouse Pouch


This sweet little pouch is a fun way to store puzzles, books, and any other of your favorite knick-knacks!

(Vintage Modern by Bonnie & Camille)
  • 1/2 yard Houndstooth in Pebble Gray
  • One fat quarter Floral Dots in Aqua
  • One fat quarter Floral Dots in Cream
  • One fat quarter Floral Dots in Candy Apple
  • One fat quarter Snickerdoodle in Melon 
  • One 20 x 36" scrap of batting 
  •  One pkg (3 sets) 7/8" Velcro squares (non-stick)

  • Doorknob embellishment (could be a button, fabric circle, fabric yo-yo, etc.) 

Cutting
  • From the Houndstooth in Pebble Gray, cut two 11.5 x 14" linings, two 4 x 11.5" blocks, four 4" blocks, and two 2 x 4" blocks. 
  • From Floral Dots in Aqua, cut one 1.5 x 11.5" strip, five 2.5 x 3.5" blocks, eight 1 x 5" strips, and one 10.5 x 11.5" block.
  • From the Floral Dots in Cream, cut five 2.5 x 3" blocks. 
  • From the Floral Dots in Candy Apple, cut ten 1 x 3" strips. 
  • From the Snickerdoodle in Melon, cut one 4 x 11.5" block, one 3.5 x 5" block, and one 2 x 4.5" block.
Assembly--Assume 1/4" seam allowance unless otherwise stated.
1.  To create each window, sew a 1 x 3" strip (Floral Dots in Candy Apple) on the left/right sides of a 2.5 x 3" block (Floral Dots in Cream). Press open the seams.
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Sew a 2.5 x 3.5" block (Floral Dots in Aqua) below each window; press open the seams. Make five total.
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2.  Referring to arrangement below, lay out the completed window units, the 3.5 x 5" block for a door (should be Snickerdoodle in Melon), and the eight 1 x 5" strips (Floral Dots in Aqua) as sashing. Stitch the "top floor" row together; press open the seams. Repeat to stitch the "bottom floor" together, pressing open the seams afterwards.  Sew the two rows together, lining up the seams and pinning in place beforehand.
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3.  To create each roof unit, you will need two 4" blocks (Houndstooth in Pebble Gray) and one 4 x 11.5" block (Snickerdoodle in Melon). Draw a diagonal line on the back of each 4" block; pin right sides together with the 4 x 11.5" block, as indicated below. Stitch along the drawn line; discard excess 1/4" outside of the drawn line and press open the seams. Make two total (set one aside for step #5).
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4.  To finish the house facade, sew a roof onto the house with the 1.5 x 11.5" strip (Floral Dots in Aqua) between them, as indicated below.
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For the house backside, simply sew the 4 x 11.5" block (Houndstooth in Pebble Gray) to the 10.5 x 11.5" block (Floral Dots in Aqua).
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5.  For the flap exterior, first you will need to sew together the two 2 x 4" strips (Houndstooth in Pebble Gray) with the 2 x 4-1/2" block (Snickerdoodle in Melon) in the order indicated below.  Attach the finished strip to the top of the second roof from step #3. 
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6.  Baste the house facade, house backside, and flap exterior to the batting piece using a sticky basting spray (or fusible batting) and insert safety pins to prevent the layers from shifting during quilting.
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7.  Quilt as desired (mine was very minimalistic). Trim away the excess batting.
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8.  Time to add a doorknob embellishment.  If it weren't a choking hazard, I would have added a decorative button. Instead, I made a small fabric yo-yo from the Floral Dots in Candy Apple and stitched it on by hand. 
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9.  To add a velcro closure, you will need the [quilted] house backside and the 4 x 11.5" flap lining (Houndstooth in Pebble Gray), a measuring tape, the Velcro squares, and the Super Stik glue stick. (The reason I discourage Sticky Velcro is because it will ruin your sewing machine needle when you stitch it in place.)
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Line up the measuring tape along the seam of the house backside.  Apply glue stick to the back of the scratchy-half of the Velcro squares. Place the squares at the 3-1/4", 5-1/4", and 7-1/4" points above the seam.
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Apply glue to the back of the remaining Velcro pieces.  To the flap lining: lay the measuring tape 2" down from the top and place the squares at the 3-1/4", 5-1/4", and 7-1/4" marks.
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Stitch the velcro pieces in place using a zigzag stitch around the perimeter.
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10.  To finish the flap, bring the flap exterior and lining right sides together, the Velcro-end of the lining should be together with the widest part of the roof.  Pin in place.
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Stitch along the perimeter, leaving the non-Velcro side of the lining unstitched.
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Trim at the corners and turn right-side out.
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Press the flap with an iron. Lay the flap (Velcro-side up) onto the house facade, aligning raw edges and pin in place.  The flap should be centered, about 1/2" in from the sides.
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Lay the house backside on top (right sides together) and sew along the sides using 1/2" seam allowance. Be careful not to get the flap sides caught in the seam.
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Press open the seams and turn right-side out.
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Stitch the 11.5 x 14 lining pieces right sides together using 5/8" seam allowance and press open the seams.
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Slip the house into the lining, right sides together, making sure the side seams line up, and pin in place.
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Stitch along the top using 1/2" seam allowance.
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Remove the pins and turn right-side out.
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Tuck the lining to the inside and iron the pouch
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Top-stitch along the top (flap out) using 1/4" seam allowance.
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Turn the whole thing inside-out again and pin the bottom closed. Sew along the bottom using 1/2" seam allowance.
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Remove pins and turn right-side out again. Voila!



Vanessa Goertzen
{lellaboutique.blogspot.com}


8 comments:

Quiltjane said...

Beautiful pouch and great tutorial. Thank you for sharing.

Luisa said...

Charming.

Gill said...

Fabulous!
Thank you!

Suzanne said...

What a cute pairing of design and fabric.

Kathleen said...

So cute! Did I miss the measurements anywhere? I'm wondering if I could use it as a laptop pouch.

cass said...

It's so adorable

Unknown said...

What an adorable idea. Thank you.

Vanessa Goertzen said...

Kathleen: I made a general laptop sleeve tutorial a while back--you would want to alter dimensions--maybe add a border--using the formula found in the tutorial below

http://lellaboutique.blogspot.com/search/label/laptop%20sleeves