I am starting to hear from shops who have received their shipments of the Storybook Lane fabrics. I am so excited!
I have been busy behind the scenes getting all of the sewing patterns proofed, printed, and off to the shops. I am also working on a list of stores who are carrying the fabrics + sewing patterns, so if you see it in stores, let me know!
While you’re waiting, I wanted to give you a little gift to get your Storybook Lane village started — a free sewing pattern to make a simple, plush house.
[8/12/12 Note: The free house pattern below is for the simple, plush house. For the Fold-down House Play Set with the handle, please see the Little Red + Gretel Storybook Lane Booklet.]
I love this pattern. It was a collaboration with my Mom, and we spent a lot of time cutting out and sewing up houses and figuring out how to get consistently cute results. Top of my list was a nice, crisp roof-line. I think you’ll like our method.
Download instructions: Just click on the the image above to open the PDF. Then select “Save As” to keep a copy. If you’re printing this out at home, make sure that your printer is set to print at 100%. Otherwise, your house template may print out too small!
For those of you who already have fabric in your hands, there are a few things to know:
- The houses are printed with bleed (just like a quilt block would be). So you don’t want to just cut out the house as it’s printed on the fabric and stitch it together. Be sure to use the cutting instructions and template in this free pattern download.
- House side walls should always be cut to measure 7 3/4″ wide x 6 3/4″ tall (using a 3/8″ seam allowance).
- The house-shaped pieces should be cut with the attached template.
Tip: I like to trace my templates onto clear, template plastic and then use a rotary cutter and mat to cut out my shapes. That way, I can line up the base of my template and seam allowance using the bottom of the potted plants and fences as a guide. (You could probably do the same thing with tissue paper.) Fabric gets stretched and washed a lot during printing, so this is the best way to make sure your house looks nice and straight.
I am working on some fun videos to answer some common questions. And of course, I’m always here to chat, so please don’t hesitate to e-mail me at kleecreel(at)everkelly(dot)com. I can’t wait to see what you make!
(P.S. – The house with the handle is the Fold Down House Play Set which is part of the Storybook Lane: Little Red + Gretel pattern book.)