read & make: house block pillow
I remember the first time I came across Henri’s Walk to Paris. I loved the vibrant colors and simplicity of it all; It was just darn so stunning! Then, I started researching where to buy the book, but it was out of print at the time, and well, that was that (vintage ones were expensive!). When the book finally came back into print, I was so ecstatic and very happy that Amazon could get books to my house in lightening speed. It’s been one of our favorites ever since… you could get a whole slew of project ideas from this story!
House Block Plush
House Block Plush Illustration (gives measurements for each fabric piece of the house block cushion)
1 yard for house front & back (mix up patterns and colors to get a cute & quirky house!)
1/2 yard fabric for house side
1/2 yard fabric for house roof
Hand sewing needle (to sew the cushion close)
Seam allowance: 1/2″
1. Cut out all your fabric pieces. Use this to get fabric measurements.
2. With their right sides together, sew the 11 1/2″ sides of the left side fabric and the left roof fabric together, and press the seam open. Repeat for the right side.
3. Place the left side fabric and front fabric with their right sides together (be sure to line up the edges from the roof top to the bottom of the house), pin in place. Starting 1/2″ down from the rooftop, sew down the entire length. Repeat this step again to join the right side fabric with the front fabric.
4. Place the left side fabric and back fabric with their right sides together (be sure to line up the edges from the roof top to the bottom of the house), pin in place. Starting 1/2″ down from the rooftop, sew down the entire length. Repeat this step again to join the right side fabric with the back fabric.
5. With the right sides of the roof together (they pretty much face that way because of the sides being sewn together), sew across the entire length of the roof top opening.
6. With their right sides together, line up the edges of the bottom fabric to the what is now the main body of the house (the 10 1/2″ side coordinates with the 10 1/2″ side, and the 14″ side with the 14″ side), and sew around the perimeter of the bottom, but be sure to leave a 4″ opening for turning. Clip any corners, turn right side out (poke out any corners), and fill with poly-fil. Fill until desired firmness, then hand sew the opening closed. You may need to fluff, press, squeeze, and hug to get your house just right after you get all your stuffing in.
We love this house block! I pretend the baby is a monster and she crushes the house by sitting on it. It has nothing to do with the story, but it’s really funny. The house block is especially good for leaning on when reading stories like Henri’s Walk to Paris together. It’s nice, thick, and cushiony. This would definitely be just as cute if you made smaller house block plushes, and that would make a really good present to gift to a child along with the book.