How to Sew a Felted Mushroom House
Learn how to make a hand sewn felted faerie house with Gem. It’s really simple and the design has flexibility for you to add to it with more embroidery techniques. I just love these cute whimsical mushroom houses they are inspiring for little minds to play with and have a waldorf feel to them. My felted faeries that I have in the Twizzlez store fit perfectly inside and go excellent together. Maybe I will do a tutorial on how to make the faeries too! They really do add some magic to imaginative play and are perfect for little hands to grasp and play with.
Difficulty: Easy- Intermediate
Time to Make: Roughly 2-3 hours
Twizzlez Felted Mushroom House Pattern
35cm (13.77”) Mushroom felt in cap colour, I used purple but red is more traditional for an Amanita Muscaria mushroom.
24cm (9.44”) white felt for house
24cm (9.44”) interfacing
Small amount of extra white felt for spots
Sewing cotton in white and a colour to match your mushroom cap colour.
DMC embroidery floss or similar in brown and green
Small amount of polyester toy stuffing
Small amount of green wool roving
Small amount of brown wool roving
Needles for hand sewing
Method of Construction
Notes: You can add the mushroom house stalk and whole effect by embroidering on silk or ribbon flowers next to the vines to give a cottage garden feel. Of for an easier option you can embroider a cluster of French knots as if they are bunches of flowers. Stumpwork beetles and butterflies would also look really nice on the house too.
The Mushroom Cap
1. Cut out pattern pieces using the Twizzlez Mushroom House pattern and pin spots onto mushroom cap. I did a mixture of small, medium and large spots but you can do whichever you like.
2. Hand stitch spots onto cap using a (Insert) stitch. I save two large spots aside for later.
For Large Spots ONLY: Leave a small opening before stitching up the spots completely so you can put a small amount of stuffing inside. Then stitch up completely.
3. Pin the mushroom cap together using a 1cm seam allowance as marked on the pattern piece. Then use a hemming stitch to sew it together.
4. Sew on the two mushroom spots you kept aside over the seam line using the same method as before.
5. The cap is now complete.
The Mushroom Stalk (the house bit)
1. Using the house piece you have cut out there should be one piece in felt and one piece in interfacing. Match the pieces and transfer on the pattern markings for the door and 2 windows only on one half of the felt. Fold the felt in half with the interfacing on the inside. The bottom of the door should be along the fold.
2. Match the back of the stalk along the seam line using a 1cm seam allowance and use a hemming stitch to sew together, start stitching at the bottom of the house where the folded edge is. Do not fasten off thread.
3. Using the same thread use a blanket stitch to sew the top raw edges together and fasten off.
4. Cut out the holes for the windows and the door. Only cut the door where the pattern is marked so there is still an edge connected to the house.
5. Using the brown DMC embroidery thread (I leave it the standard thickness I buy it at, I don’t not split the threads) blanket stitch around the windows, the door and door frame, fasten off.
6. Get your wool roving in brown and pinch a small tuft off and roll it into a ball using the palm of your hands to felt it together a bit. I stitch it onto the house using white thread from before so none of the stitching shows on the door handle at all.
7. Get your wool roving in green and pinch small tufts off in the direction of the fibres. Gently roll them and then sew onto the house using green DMC embroidery thread (again, I leave it the standard thickness I buy it at, I don’t not split the threads). I Place them around the door frame in swirly shapes like vines.
8. Hurrah! Your hand sewn felted mushroom house is now complete!
Date PostedFriday, 24 June 2016 - 9:40am
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Gem has been running her business for over seven years and has official qualifications in Fashion and Design among other things. Gem began creating and learning how to sew and do crafty things when she was a small child with her grandma, she has fond memories of being taught the skills needed, and more importantly the fun she had with her grandma while she grew up. Gem is a passionate colourful person who is not content unless something new is being learnt or created by herself.