Dream Houses- more how-to details

This is one of my favorite house views not seen in the magazine.

In this months Cloth Paper Scissors magazine you can find the directions for making my Dream Houses also referred to as the bird houses. There are a lot of steps to making these and in fairness to the other contributors of the magazine only so many pages could be devoted to my article and as a result the photos included in the article were fairly small. So I thought I would give you some nice big detailed photos to see the process.

In this first photo you can see I use a ball stylus to mark the metal. Light pressure will score a line through the paper, so it is easy to see for cutting.
I use firm pressure to score lines that I will be folding. The metal cuts easily with an x-acto knife. cut once with moderate pressure and wiggle the metal back and forth in your hands and the cut line will separate. After cutting the basic house shape the outside edge is trimmed with decorative craft scissors.
To fold a straight line fold the metal up against the edge of the ruler.
The ruler is about the same thickness as the Peltex used in making the house, so I fold the metal over the edge of the ruler on all four sides of the opening.
Then I gently straighten the edges up and fit it through the door hole cut in the house then fold the metal flaps flat against the inside wall of the house.
The metal sews easily, it is very soft. Lengthen your stitch length and sew slowly.
I use the ball stylus to draw on the metal, free form doodles. Scoring a line that echoes the decorative cut edge is always a good place to start. Then fill in with dots, lines and zigzags.
I sew all the house walls together working left to right, stitching over a fused strip of painted fabric to reinforce the hinge.
This is my high-tech way of using an iron for fusing a 3-dimensional piece. Find the right combination of paperbacks from the library to fill the space, so when you iron the top edge you don’t squish the structure.
Always put a press cloth over the painted surface before ironing, this is a cold iron for the photo.
I tape the metal strips in place on the roof and sew adding each metal strip just before I get to it.

After sewing the metal on the roof, I emboss it and fold the edges down to fit over the house.
Finished houses ready for roofs.
I always like to make sure there is something to catch your eye when you look through the door.

13 Responses to “Dream Houses- more how-to details”

  1. Cindy Ericsson says:

    I’ve really enjoyed reading about these Dream Houses, here and in CPS. Thank you for posting the larger photos!

  2. susan says:

    jeez lawheez! you are such a crafty gal! i like these houses but i am so skyed over the ornaments still.

  3. Carol Sloan says:

    Wow!This is a perfect example of why (not only) I love reading your blog! The step by step photos, the clear and concise text…all this adds up to Why We All Love Judy Perez! Beautiful!

  4. Martha says:

    Thank you Judy for the instructions, I can’t wait to start my own house. You are so creative and talented. I just love your work. I’m always telling my husband that when I grow up I want to be like you!! 🙂
    Thanks again for the post.

  5. Martha says:

    I forgot to ask, besides JoAnn’s, any other places to buy the “metal”? I only found pewter at JoAnn’s. I love the silvery color but a friend wants one with brass color.

  6. SewAmy says:

    OH joy. I love your blog. I will have to run out and get the magazine. I haven’t seen that issue. Love you colors you used.

  7. Martha, I use the medium weight Pewter. The brass is going to be a harder metal and may not sew as easily. I used the copper on a project and I definitely noticed a difference. It was harder and the machine skipped stitches a few times. You should try a small sample before going too far with the brass.

    Another option would be to punch holes in the metal with a thumbtack or needle and then hand sew the metal to the peltex.

    Years ago I sewed coke cans that I cut up and heated over a candle flame to anodize the metal then embossed. I punched holes with a thumbtack along the edges (over a piece of corrugated cardboard) and sewed the pieces to quilted fabric blocks in a 9 patch with wire and beads.

  8. Judy do you think the hole punches would work? The kind that you hold in your hand, that can punch different shape holes, or a small round one vs. the ‘binder paper size hole’ we all grew up with???

  9. Mai-Britt says:

    Great, I think I [sort of] got it from the magazine, but your pictures just made it all clear – thanks for sharing, yet again…… I hope you realize what a talent you are!

  10. I am so glad the extra photos help. It is so hard explaining how to do things in words so it makes sense. I like seeing lots of pictures with instructions myself.

    Vicky, all I can say about the hole punch is try it and let us all know how it works 😉

  11. Judy, thanks so much for the pictures and extra explanations! (I think a book should be next … ;^)

  12. martha says:

    Thank you Judy, I will follow your directions and let you know what worked.

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