The tour of my updated childhood dollhouse continues with a look inside the dollhouse Sewing Room.
This has always been a challenging space due to the size and the pitch of the roof. Originally there was a hinged piece of wood that pulled down to enclose this attic space, it was fine but ultimately very limiting. Once I permanently removed the cover, the possibilities for decorating the Sewing Room really opened up (literally and figuratively😄).
Every creative space needs a work surface and my dollhouse Sewing Room has a large round work table.
To make the table, I glued together an empty thread spool and a round drink coaster. I painted everything with a few coats of white paint and added ball fringe to finish it off. The chair is from a set of patio furniture that was given to me by someone getting rid of their dollhouse (gasp!). On top of the table sits some fabric, scissors, and a couple of button cards. I downloaded the tiny printables and glued on glass seed beads to mimic buttons.
On the left side of the room there’s a dressmaker’s form and a shelf full of fabric. I was heavily inspired by this diy dollhouse Sewing Room. I constructed the shelf using foam core, balsa wood, a lot(!) of white caulking & paint.
The fabric “bolts” are just fabric scraps wrapped and glued around a small rectangle of foam core.
I made the polka dot bowl out of salt dough (my fave) and filled it with two balls of yarn that are actually balls of embroidery thread stuck with cut down straight pins to mimic knitting needles.
The sewing machine and pattern holder are from my original dollhouse. Both pieces were dark wood that I painted with acrylic paint. The area rug is another designer fabric sample.
Under the area rug I used my go-to dollhouse flooring: large popsicle sticks. I decided to go with a pale lime green floor (as one does lol). I used watered down acrylic craft paint and wiped off any excess while the popsicle sticks were still wet.
The Sewing Cabinet
My favorite part of my dollhouse Sewing Room is the ‘MAKER’ craft cabinet.
This piece started out as an unfinished hutch. I painted it white and then scoured Pinterest for ideas of what to fill it with.
I bought the thread box but painted it and added the cut out words and decorative accents. The thread spools are pieces of a bamboo skewer wrapped with thread, held in place with a little dab of glue. The notions “canisters” are a combination of wooden beads, buttons, and plastic & glass beads.
I made the MAKER banner by gluing cut out letters from a magazine on tiny felt triangles. Next I glued the pennants onto a length of baker’s twine. I embellished a couple of the pennants with tiny buttons/flowers made out of air dry clay.
Inspired by the thread box, I made a box out of some scrap pieces of balsa wood and filled it with thread spools and a hand tied bundle of miniature fat quarters of fabric.
The Sewing Room has certainly come a long way since the 1970s!
I love how the Sewing Room turned out! I hope you found a few ideas to use in your own dollhouse ☺️.
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