Montag, 30. Juni 2014

Tutorial: How to make a sofa

Dear Readers,

as you know every Sylvanian family needs a cozy home.
In many houses the most used room is the living room, where the family can stay together. And of course there must be a cuddly sofa or an armchair.

But it can be hard to find for every family the perfect sofa. Maybe you don't have the place for a complete room set (like me, because the Löffel's house doesn't have a complete living room), or all your living room sets are already remited, or you just want to have a special, own designed sofa.

Therefore I've figured out a tutorial, how to make your own sofa. It's easy, fast done and cheap (because of the material).

You'll need:

- cardboard
- fabric
- wadding
- glue
- beads or fimo

Step 1:

Take your cardboard and make your measurements. You'll need 3 rectangles (they should stay associated). I've used this measurements: 4,6cm x 10 cm


Step 2:

Now fold the cardboards on the lines, like this. Draw round edges, if you want a rounder sofa and cut them out.




You can cut the future sitting also a bit smaller
Step 3:

Apply some glue on the future seating and stick some wadding at it.


Step 4:

Cut out some fabric, lay the cardboard on it (with the right side fazing down). Apply glue on the edges and just push the fabric around the edges into the glue.




Step 5:

Glue the two backsides together, now it looks a bit more like a sofa.



Step 6:

Cut out 2 identical pieces of cardboard (my measurements: 4,3 x 2,7 cm). Fold them in the half and glue them at the fabric (like in step 4). This will be the arms.



Step 7:

Glue them together in the middle and apply them at the sofa. 


Please note: I've taken the measurements of the arms after I've made the sofa, so it can differ a bit from the original. Please proof, if it fits first, before gluing :)




As you see, I've covered the edges with a small ribbon, but you can also let it "clear". 

Step 8:

Now you can glue some beads at the bottom as footholds or make some out of polymer clay and apply them to the sofa.

Step 9:

It's your choice to decide, if you want to sew some cushions or not (tell me if you want advice or measurements). I've done it and this is the finished result:



Flora and Hans are really proud of their new sofa and were willing to show you, how it looks in their kitchen/living room.

I hope you had fun with this tutorial, it would be gorgeous to see some reworks :). 

Maybe you've noticed that I shifted round the Löffels kitchen. I like it better that way.



Read you soon, I'm looking forward to your comments.

Yours Kyra

Kommentare:

  1. Very very cute sofa!! I'm fgoing to try this right away. Do you think I could do it with thin cardboard?

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    1. Thank you so much, happy you like it. You must show a picture of yours, when you're ready :-).
      Fore sure, this works also fine:-)

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    2. Okay thank you! I have just started measuring everything out :-)

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    3. My pleasure. I'm very curious how it'll looks like. Have fun! :-)

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    4. The picture is on my blog now :-) And I've put your blog on my Links page
      :-D Hope you don't mind :-)

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    5. I'll take a look. Oh thanks, that's great! :)

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  2. Very adorable and amazing sofa! I think it looks even better than the sofa in the country living room set. A month or so ago I made a sofa and armchair too! I'll post it on my blog.
    emily

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    1. :), aww, that's a great comment! Thank you very much! :). Great, I'm looking forward to see your post!

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  3. Fantastic, and it acutally looks like something I might be able to make!!!! Thank you!

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    1. My pleasure :). I was also surprised how fast I was done with it, after figuring it out.

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  4. Looks great, I might have a go with it in my summer break:)

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    1. Thank you :). If you're doing so, have fun with it :)

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  5. What a creative idea you got! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. My pleasure, thanks for your lovely comment :-)

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  6. Hi!
    I posted the pictures!
    They are at the bottom of
    A New House
    emily

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    1. :-D I love them! And commented already :-)

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  7. Woooooow!Yet again, you amaze me with your creativity! The Loffels look quite at home with their new sofa...lucky ducks!!!
    I am very keen to try this out, but nervous as to how it will end up... Ah well, it's worth a shot :D
    MW

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comment :-). The Löffels are totally in love with it, they're sitting the whole day on it :-D.
      It's simpler than it looks, don't worry. Have fun trying it :-)

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  8. Thank you for the tutorial! It looks simple enough but the result is amazing! I am really bad at crafting so this may work for me LOL Thanks so much for showing all the details! your sofa looks so nice with the rest of the furniture. It add so much to the décor!

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    1. :-D thank you so much :-). My pleasure, it would be very nice, if you'd rework it. It's really easy :).

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  9. Gut Tag! My husband is Dutch and speaks/writes German, I had one semester of the Language in HS.
    So, this darling family brings home the child in me, which my Arthur states if too much play. The whole idea of creating a play style around a child's favorite animals is terrific. We have cats and dogs we saved from abuse, so I make cats for kids at the public library, now this idea of yours on a actual house with furniture seems fun. I do not sell what I make yet, afraid probably, but we now have to find children through church missionaries.
    Where did this idea come from about your animal family?
    WINNIE THE POOH, FLOPSY MOPPSY AND PETER COTTONTAIL... Good ideas. Mrs. ATK

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    1. Guten Tag Anette :). Thank you very much for your lovely comment - glad you like my furniture.
      I'm sure you could sell the things you're making - I did also think about opening an etsy shop.
      I think my ideas indeed came from the Beatrix Potter books, I loved Peter Rabbit and Co :)

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