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Portable Doll’s House


When Issue 62 of Mollie Makes dropped through the letterbox, it was a good one. See the text on the front saying “Kid’s Doll House”? 

Easily missed, I know, but when I opened it onto the relevant page I did a little virtual skip – this would be the perfect present for a little three year old girl in the family.

A fold-out doll’s house, ideal for taking out and about to keep any little girl entertained (and better than handing over your smart phone, any day).

The details were a joy to put together and customise with whatever scraps of fabric I had to hand.

See, I told you that bag full of two-inch scraps would come in handy one day. I can’t throw any fabric out, no matter how minuscule the leftovers.

The teeny tiny tea set could have Velcro on the back for an older child, to make it removeable. As this was for a toddler, I sewed them to the table permanently.

Some of the bits were embroidered by hand….

….and others were stitched on by machine.

Dolly herself also has a dress and some hair bows, but those will have to follow in the post as I didn’t have time to make them before we visited.

Here’s the bed which is open for the doll to get in. She even has a little removeable pillow.

Of course, she needs a bedside rug to step out onto.

A bedside table has open-topped drawers to store those hair bows, and a little lamp.

I added a last minute dog in its basket, for added fun. Kids love things that ‘do’ something, don’t they?

The bathroom had some lovely details, like the bubbles and towel rail. I embroidered the tap using metallic gold thread to make it more realistic.

Once everything had been sewn on, it was just a case of attaching the front to the back and then turning it right side out.

Roof on, handles added.

Isn’t that just the cutest front door?

So, the house opens up and lays flat for play, like this: –

To close it, you simply fold the side in…..

….fold the bottom up to meet the top and then fasten the popper.

It transforms quickly and easily into a ‘bag’ with carry handles – simple enough for any toddler to use without help.

The iron test is, of course, if the girl in question actually likes it.

What do you think?!

Author: sewchet

Sewing, Crochet and other loveliness!

25 thoughts on “Portable Doll’s House

  1. OMGOODNESS isn’t that just the cutest toy around ???? I simply adore it .
    Brilliant interpretation and you got to use up some valuable scraps LOL

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    • I’m still a little bit in love with it and am glad I have a granddaughter as the perfect excuse to make another one! I might have to come up with a boy’s version – how do Knights in a castle sound?

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      • A boys version would be amazing ~ I’m sure many a mom/granny would love to recreate it for the mini man in their lives …bring you creation to life Mrs Sewchet 🙂


  2. Wow! This is really something. Love it, and I am sure it will have lots of play value….

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  3. This is gorgeous. I love the details – the little towel through the towel holder really gets me! I’m disappointed you didn’t use your gold thread to embroider koi carp on the bathroom wall a la maison H-L though 😉
    Your scrap bin must be enormous – I also have lots of scraps but I try not to keep anything under around a 2″ square otherwise it would be madness.

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    • You’re very observant – madness does reign supreme in this household. I’d finished the doll’s house and gifted it before I’d even looked at wallpapers, otherwise gold Koi might actually have found their way into it! If I hadn’t left it to the last minute (there’s a theme here…) I would have added lots more details to the house. Ah well, there’s always next time.

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  4. Now that is super cute! I love all the little details. They remind me of paper dolls when I was a child. You are such a whiz at the sewing machine!

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  5. What a fabulous gift! If I had some babies around I’d be knocking these out like crazy, heck I’d be right in there playing with it too. Imagine if it had a kitchen and another bedroom – you could make a whole family 🙂 Yes, yes, a knight in a castle – most fabulous!! ❤

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  6. That’s pretty nifty. I think you could get one more ‘room’ on the back side of the tearoom. Looks like it will get lots of use. 🙂

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  7. That is so adorable!!! Especially those windows, with their tiny curtains!

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    • The details are so well thought out, although I have ideas of what I might add to the next one I make. Another room seems to be a popular idea, on the back of the tearoom – maybe a garden?


  8. This is absolutely adorable! I love the amount of detail it has – makes it even more special 😀

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  9. Definitely a winner. It’s a brilliant idea, beautifully executed. So much better than a smart phone!

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  10. SO so cute!!! I just love it, and all your added details! ❤ I may need to try to make one for my little!

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  11. OMG seriously adorable, I want to make one right now. I was addicted to paper dolls when I was little and I do wonder if that started my love for clothing or if I was just wired that way, nature or nurtue, whatever, when I see creativity like this It still gives me a buzz.

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    • I know, it’s the kind of project you just HAVE to make – I was lucky enough to have a little girl in the family to make one for, but I think I would have made one regardless!


  12. Ah this is so lovely and has totally inspired me to make one for my nephew’s second birthday in May. I’ve managed to track down a back copy of Mollie Makes and am all set to make a boy’s version – thank you! x


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