Do you plan ahead and then cut the fabric? Or do you decide the project size based on the fabric you have in your hands? For me, the second option happens a lot, especially when fabric scraps are too cute to let go.
While I was waiting for my Someday fabric collection to arrive from the factory, I played with tiny, little pieces of my sample swatches. Most of them are not even 2” wide so I had to think of something about 1 1/2” square. So I cut the little squares from what I had and then sewed them together before I knew how to finish. And the linen boarder idea came up and finished into a house shape. I must say these mini houses are the result of an accident in a pretty way.
To use as a trivet, I used insulated batting. But if you want to use as a message board, adjust the size and the batting as you wish.
I made another little house with the leftover squares. I am proud that no scraps are wasted.
I hope you like my quilted mini house idea and make yours today. My newest fabric line Someday collection for Riley Blake Designs will arrive at the shops next month. I hope to share another fun project ideas soon!
Materials to Make a Mini House Trivet
Finished size is approximately 9″ wide x 12″ tall without the hanger. I used my Someday fabric collection for Riley Blake Designs.
- Fabric scraps: thirty-six (36) 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2” squares
- Linen scraps: two (2) 2” x 6 1/2” strips , two (2) 2” x 9” strips
- Roof fabric: one (1) 9 1/2” x 4” rectangle
- Backing fabric: one (1) 9 1/2” x 13 1/4” rectangle
- Insulated batting such as Insul-Bright: one (1) 10” x 13 1/2” rectangle
- Cotton ribbon: one (1) 1/2” x 4”
- Embroidery floss such as Aurifloss
Note: All seam allowances are 1/4” unless otherwise noted.
1. Sew 6 squares and join 6 rows. Press and trim into 6 1/2” x 6 1/2” piece of patchwork.
2. Sew two short linen strips to both sides of the patchwork.
3. Sew two long linen strips to top and bottom of the patchwork. Press the seams toward the linen sides.
4. Sew the roof fabric on top of the linen and press.
5. Place an insulated batting under the house piece. Layer the backing on top of house front with right sides facing and pin in place. Fold a cotton ribbon in half and slide in between the house front and the backing. Pin in place.
Fold both corners of backing fabric diagonally matching roof sew line. Trim off the corners. Sew all the way around leaving about 3″ gap on the bottom for turning.
6. Trim off the excess batting and clip the corners using a pair of scissors.
7. Turn right side out and hand stitch gap closed. Hand quilt using embroidery flosses.
8. Attach a leather tag if you have one.
*Aurifloss used are from Best Selection Floss 2018 collection.