*Before we begin, note that the numbers I will give are for BARS, not square openings, unless otherwise noted.*
Cut out two rectangles measuring 15 bars x 24 bars.
Along a long edge (24 bars), we will create an angle. Starting from the side, count 3 bars and cut the plastic just after the 3rd bar. Count three more measurements and cut. Repeat until you reach the opposite short end.
Repeat by creating a second piece identical to the first.
Sew the doors and windows. To add the front door, count on 4 bars. Start a simple diagonal stitch on the 5th bar. Sew the door so that it measures 8 bars vertically and 5 bars horizontally.
For the window, leave a 3 bar gap, then start sewing at the top of the window so it is flush with the top of the door. The window is made up of eight horizontal bars x 6 vertical bars.
The rear door is the same as the front door, except you will want to widen it. I chose to double the size of the front door, so my back door measures 8 vertical bars x 10 horizontal bars.
Next, let's fill the walls of the house with our favorite shade of pink. I made a diagonal stitch for this herringbone look, moving to the third row.
After completing a row, sew the next row in the opposite direction.
Cut the sides of the house. The short side measures 8 x 8 bars. The high side measures 15 x 8 bars. Sew both sides using the same herringbone stitch.
The wreath measures 6 x 6 bars. I created this little crown by offsetting the edges. On the edge, find the 4th square. Keep the 3rd square as is, but cut out the rest of the row.
Move on to the next row and keep squares 2,3,4 while cutting out the squares on each side.
For the center row, keep all squares uncut.
Repeat for the other half of the crown, returning to square 3.
Sew it as you like. You can do a simple diagonal stitch or a loose, looped stitch, or here I stitched around the edges and in the center square until the entire wreath is covered in green.
Add a red yarn or ribbon bow by gluing or sewing it to the wreath. Use a piece of wire to attach the wreath just above the door.
**For an extra touch you can add a small 6mm gold seed bead to the door to create a cute little handle. Another option is to sew a simple pattern onto the door. (See sample photos at the top of this article.)
The base of the house measures 8 bars x 24 bars. Using the brown thread, sew a gobelin stitch at an angle.
This simply means that you will start at one corner and sew a diagonal stitch. Continue with the diagonal stitches, but always sew from the bottom long edge, up the short side and along the top long edge until you reach the opposite corner.
The chimney measures 5 bars x 17 bars. You will also cut out 2 chimney sides measuring 2 bars x 17 bars. And finally, a small piece of chimney where the top of the chimney meets the roof. This measures 2 bars x 5 bars.
To sew the chimney, double your thread. We will go up vertically on one long side, then go back down the other side.
Add the sides of the fireplace with a simple joining point.
The upper chimney fills the space just above the roofline. Sew it up, securing it to the sides of the chimney and sewing around the top edge of the chimney as shown above.
Join the sides of the wall with a simple overcast joining stitch.
Secure the base section again using a simple overcasting stitch. I chose to use pink thread here, but you can use brown thread.
The roof section measures 11 x 28 bars. Cut a notch in one short end of the roof to fit around the chimney section, measuring 1 x 6 squares.
Sew the roof section with the white thread using a simple diagonal stitch. My thread is finer than a classic thread, so I doubled it.
Add the string for the ornament loop. Thread a length of wire and pass the wire through the top of the roof (leaving about 6 inches on the roof) and down through the base of the house.
Bring the needle up through the base, grabbing a bar, then through the roof. Tie a tight knot with the roof. Next, tie a new knot to create a loop that measures 2-3 inches. Finally, you can add an optional bow detail.
Sew the sides of the roof to the roof. The sides of the roof are all a square + the length of each side of the roof.
Sew the roof of the main house. To do this, grab the top of the wall that comes up through the roof and work your way back down to the house wall.
Sew the edges of the roof sides around the entire perimeter of the roof.
**As a last option, you can spray the little bow on your wreath with a fabric stiffener, frayed design, or coat it with Mod Podge to keep it from fraying.
And here's a glimpse of the finished house!
For reference, here is the second version I made. For this house I used a pink that has more coral tones. The front door has a simple diamond pattern instead of the gold beaded doorknob. You can personalize your little house however you want.