I know I said Friday. But I couldn’t wait.
Allow me to introduce you to my first pattern, The Card Table Playhouse.
Isn’t she cute? Let’s have a closer look:
I love how Graham will forever be one year old, thanks to the pattern’s back cover. I love that boy! (and he loves his Playhouse!)
The idea for a card table playhouse is nothing new. In fact, a couple of moms I know have card table playhouses for their kids- made from a set of directions from 1978! I wanted one for Eleanor and Graham and couldn’t find a pattern for one in stores, so I decided to write my own set of instructions.
One of the things that I felt strongly about, as a pattern writer, was including a full size template sheet. No enlarging needed. No need to tape something together. The best part? You don’t even have to cut any of it out! Your pattern stays intact!
I am so pleased with how the pattern turned out. I hired someone to do the logo and another friend to do the photography for the covers, but everything else is homegrown. The layout, the illustrations, the template design. I worked very hard to make sure steps that could seem tricky were made easier with illustrations. In fact, one of my testers had this to say, “I appreciated how organized and clearly written these instructions were. That made this an enjoyable project!”
Want to see some of the real deal? Sure!
Every house needs a mailbox!
Bonus instructions are included for making some official pieces of “mail.”
Not only can the Playhouse be folded away for easy storage, it’s also all one piece. If there’s one thing that drives me crazy as a mom, it’s picking up 37 pieces of blocks/LittlePeople/Mr.PotatoHeadParts. Every piece of the Playhouse is sewn down, making clean up a breeze!
There are many ways to customize your Playhouse- color, of course, but also the address and curtains, too. The address on this one? Our anniversary!
So, I’m all set. I spent time today during Eleanor and Graham’s naps bagging up patterns.
A giant thank you to my fabulous pattern testers. They worked so hard to give me excellent feedback and I know it resulted in a very solid pattern.
You can pick up your own copy of The Card Table Playhouse pattern in digital form in my PDF pattern shop or at many of the stores listed on my Patterns page, under “Where to Buy.” If you are looking for an online source, Pink Chalk Fabrics carries my whole line.
I’m working on making a couple of samples for some stores, too. If you are a shop owner (or you know one!) and would be interested in carrying this pattern, I’d be happy to discuss wholesale details with you. I can be reached at shea (at) emptybobbinsewing (dot) com.
Now that was a fun post to write!