Friends, I bought twine to make an elegant lady’s accessory (I still might make it) and then this happened. I couldn’t stop picturing a thatch roof once I started to crochet with the twine.
I don’t know if it was an “Aha” moment, or a “I’ve totally lost my marbles” moment, but my little girl loves her new little house – which in my book means it’s all good. 🙂
So once I had the idea for the house, I excitedly told the hubby when he said something to the effect of, “What would you use it for?”. My blank stare ensued and I thought, it’s just cute why must there be a use. BUT, it sure would be better if there was a use for it.
I decided to make it so that the roof can open and you can keep any itty bitty little toys or miniatures in your house….VOILA! Then I started to get a bit out of control deciding what to put in my little house, what holidays to decorate it for, what characters will go inside, etc. etc.
My girl loves horses over people, so we bought tiny horses for the house. 🙂
All of the little creations that I have made stay inside the house. I left the back of the roof unattached so it can easily be opened and closed. See pictures below of the various holiday “décor”.
I recently came upon little miniatures from my own dollhouse that I had as a girl. Bless my mom for keeping those for me and my daughter all these years. If you don’t have some already, you can find darling miniatures at any craft store really. I have found several I want to buy at Michaels….trying to refrain, trying to refrain.
In the next couple of weeks, I will post more detail about this house, along with the felt goodies and the pattern for the itty bitty pumpkin. But first, find the pattern for the house below :).
I had so much fun making all of this little, tiny stuff.
And yes, the windows, doors and ghosts all can be removed and re-arranged. More to come about that next week…..
Here is what you need to make your own little house:
Twine as pictured above ( I bought mine at Michaels)
Size F Crochet Hook
Lily Sugar N Cream Cotton Yarn
Felt in various colors
Tapestry Needle to weave in ends
Velcro (if wanted)
Sewing Machine, or needle and thread to hand sew for the “décor” (optional as well)
Watch my little YouTube Video of my house being put to use here: 🙂
Video Of My Little House In Action
The house is made with a rectangle base, then worked upward in the round
The roof top is made from twine and can be single crocheted
My base is about 3.5 inches x 3 inches. Each roof piece is about 3.5 inches x 3 inches
How to Make the House “Pattern”
With your Size F hook, and yarn, Chain 13
Row 1 Single Crochet across row, chain 1, turn
Row 2 Repeat row one
Continue this pattern of single crochet until you have a nice square, or rectangle ( again mine measures about 3.5 X 3 inches)
Once you have a nice rectangle, SINGLE CROCHET around the entire square, making two stitches in each corner. In other words, do normal single crochet around but single crochet two times in each corner stitch.
Now you will start the walls:
To start the walls, single crochet in the FRONT LOOP ONLY. Put a place marker where you started. Leave this place marker here so you can see your rounds. When you finish the first round, you will then begin to single crochet AS NORMAL (no longer in front loop) for the remainder of the rounds. You are working in the round, though this is a square. Go around, and around to build up your walls. Once your walls are about 2.5-3 inches tall, finish your round.
Choose one of the shorter sides of the rectangular house to make your triangular rooftop.
Row 1 *Attach your yarn if you need, and work single crochet across the top of the wall. Chain one, turn.
Row 2 Single crochet the first two together, single crochet across row, single crochet the last two together*
Repeat from * to * until you have two or three stitches left at the top. Tie, weave in all ends.
Repeat this for the opposite side of the house.
For the roof, you are doing two little rectangles and attaching them to the top
You have two options…
Option 1: Single crochet the roof top
1. Chain 13, Single crochet across row, Chain 1, turn
Row 2 Repeat row one. You are single crocheting the entire roof.
Option 2: Moss Stitch the roof top
Row 1 Single crochet across row, Chain 1, turn
Row 2 Single crochet in first stitch, chain one, skip chain, single crochet in next stitch. Repeat this until end of row, single crochet last stitch, chain one, turn.
Row 3 until length reached to cover side of one triangle at the top of the roof, repeat row two for remainder of roof side.
Once you have two rectangles that will fit on your roof, use your tapestry needle and twine to whip stitch the roof to the top of the house. Leave the back half of one of the long sides unstitched so that it can be opened if desired.
Windows and Door
The windows are simply cut out from felt. Use any colors or shapes that you desire. You can attach them with hot glue, sew them on, or use velcro as I did (more to come about that.)
The door is just a small single crocheted rectangle, with a black stitch for the door handle.
*Maybe I don’t need to do this, but here’s my official sounding disclaimer. Don’t let small children play with tiny toys including any that might fit in this house – read the labels on the tiny miniatures that you put in the house to see what age they are appropriate for. No blaming me if your little puts a toy down the hatch!
So any other ideas out there on what to add to my little “fairy” house? I’d love to hear what you think.
Also, as always, don’t hesitate to ask me questions or let me know what I can do to improve my instructions. If you liked this, feel free to subscribe by entering your email address or follow me on Facebook. Thanks so much! 🙂
So cute! And the little bunting is great! My little girl has a little fairy house out in the strawberry patch. But her house gets wet every time we water. I should make one for inside. Would be fun to use with the little calico critters!
I am going to have to look up what the little calico critters are. They sound like something my daughter would love! How cute to have a fairy house in the strawberry patch – that is so charming. I’m glad you like the bunting too…it was a little tough to hold the tiny flags on the string over the sewing machine, but it wasn’t bad. 🙂
madlyn reeves says
This little house makes me want to play with it. I just love this idea and children and their mothers alike will smile with this one. Thanks for sharing your creative ideas with us Jessica!
Really sweet! Just saw this on craft gawker and would love if it you’d drop by my internationaly linky party (which opens Saturday morning for you….Saturday night for me) and join all the wonderful creative bloggers, many are crocheters, from around the world. Hope to see you there and feel free to share a few projects so we can get to know you!
Thank you so much for stopping in and for your sweet comment! I have seen your cute creations for some time, so it’s an honor for you to check out my project. I would love to join the linky party – I’m always up for meeting other crocheters and bloggers! I might be late joining up because I’m usually off the grid in the mountains on Saturday, so will link up when I get back. Thanks again, and I will see you in bloggy land.
Pam Gillies says
This is lovely. Wish you could do a knitted one as I don’t crochet.
Lucky little girl!!
I was wondering about a knitted one as well, Pam. I was trying to figure out if I could get the fabric tight enough by knitting it. If I figure it out sometime, maybe I’ll give it a whirl! Thanks for your kind words.
Shirley E. says
I’ve seen a knit little house, it was made to be a purse I believe. Sorry I don’t remember where I saw it. I’d say maybe it was from AllFreeKnitting or a related site.
Great to see you on craft schooling Sunday, and so happy to hear you are often off the grid! I see some more cute little projects at the bottom of your blog, so hope you’ll share those too over time!
Thank YOU for hosting the link party! I do plan to link up more projects as time goes on. Thanks again Sara.
Linda aka Crafty Gardener says
I love the idea of the roof lifting up for storage in the little cottage. I made one awhile ago and think I need to revisit it. Looking forward to the seeing some of your tiny items.
Thanks a lot Linda!
T'onna @ USS Crafty says
Such an adorable little house! This just made me think of a cool idea for Christmas. I usually buy little houses and set them up as a cool wintery scene with fake snow, but I could crochet houses instead! 🙂 I’d love for you to stop by the Submarine Sunday Link Party to share this crafty creation! I hope to see you there!
Navy Wifey Peters @ The Submarine Sunday Link Party
Hi! Thanks for swinging by! You have a lovely website, and thanks for the invite to the link party! Love the Christmas scene idea, that would be so cute. I will try to join up at your link party sometime, thanks again!
Sue Gunner says
Love the little house, have started making it, but the sides seem a bit ‘floppy’. I hope it works out, or will undo and start again. I think I am a loose crocheter. I have also made your Lavender bags, using Lavender from my garden.
Thanks so much for your lovely patterns
Sue Kent UK
I’m trying to remember back to how the walls of the house were as I started to make them. They were definitely “soft” and not stick straight, and the roof really helped hold it’s shape at the end. I wonder though if it seems way too loose if going down a hook size might help? I want it to work out well for you!
Thanks for letting me know that you had the chance to make the lavender sachets! I wish I had enough lavender from my garden to make them. How lucky that you have enough to make the sachets. 🙂 Let me know if you have any other questions, Sue. 🙂
Hi Jessica, thank you for your reply. When I have finished some of the lavender bags, they are a work in progress, I will try to upload a photo. And yes, will go back to the rectangle and try a smaller hook size. Yes am lucky I have lavender in my garden. Many thanks Sue 🙂
You know Sue, I just had a thought. You may already know this, but in the UK, worsted weight yarn is similar to our sport weight…..so your aran weight is more like our worsted weight. I wonder if this could be the issue too? Anyway, I hope it works. I’d love to see a picture for sure. You can email me the picture ( firstname.lastname@example.org) , or you can share it right on my facebook page. 🙂
Michelle Wulf says
This is absolutely darling!!!! I might need to make a couple for my girls! And my bitty niece, too!! Love it!!
Louise Fredieu says
OMG! This is wonderful! i don’t know how i found your blog, but i am glad i did! i was searching through your crochet projects………just looking. Then, i spotted the little fairy house! i am hooked! i have always loved little houses throughout my life. Some examples are homemade doll houses and furniture when i was little, making little log cabins with my cub scout den, quilting log cabin blocks and little house patchwork, and now, i will crochet little fairy houses! i am just so excited! Thank you so very much from an old grandma with a little house fetish!!! If you give me a response, please email it because i am sure i won’t come back to check on this unless i am notified.
How wonderful! I’m so glad you found this little house so that you can start crocheting houses. Ha! I’d love to see a picture of you do.