This is Part 2 of the Christmas Village series. If you missed the software instructions, click here. If there’s one thing you take away from the series it should be this: You are permitted to break the rules. Experiment. Try. Learn. Succeed!
Refer to the original instructions with the collection to familiarize yourself with the overall process. Don’t stop at one house – make multiple houses for an entire village.
First Hooping: Wall with Door
Here’s an overview of the stitching process for the wall with the new door. The first 2 thread colors are the same process as the traditional house. The images show the red felt trimmed away.
The Christmas tree, star and placement stitch for the door are stitched. Then green felt was placed on top of the placement stitch for the door. Next, I stitched the tackdown (bean stitch) for the door. *Note in the software instructions I have you stitch the candy cane before any of the door elements. This is for ease. Either method is acceptable.
I trimmed the felt for the door and stitched the next thread color—the outline for the window.
Very carefully, I cut away the green felt from the window. I chose to leave the white felt. But you could cut through both layers of fabric to “peek” through the door.
The candy cane was then stitched. (Your design will have the candy cane stitch before the door elements.)
Second Hooping: Dog Door Converted to Window
The image shows the first two thread colors stitched.
The felt is carefully trimmed as shown. I did not trim the original dog door at this point. Leave it untrimmed.
Stitch the remaining elements: the ribbon and present. Remove from the hoop and trim the walls as shown.
The last step is trimming the dog door so that it resembles a window shutter. I trimmed up the center. Then trimmed along the top arch. Then I trimmed the bottom. The key to success: I didn’t trim the sides. See two photos below.
You can sew the shutters down with decorative buttons or use scrapbooking brads as shown. I used brads for the signs that were attached to the house as well.
Trees: The free standing trees are stitched on felt.
Trees are trimmed then a wooden bead with a flat bottom was glued to the back of the tree stump providing stability.
Roof & Lights
The roof was stitched and trimmed. I used Duck Tape to attach mini Christmas lights to the underside of the roof. The battery pack fit perfectly inside the base of the house. If yours does not, conceal it behind the house with additional felt and snow.
The base of the house was stitched on decorative tan felt.
I assembled the house and sign post following the original instructions included with the Stitch Swag Cozy Dog Suites. Embellish and have fun!
The Stitch Swag Cozy Dog Suites are available for purchase through an Inspirations Dealer. Use the dealer locator to find a dealer near you.