Canal houses

April 9, 2012

A while ago my friend asked me if I could make something to go above her daughter’s bed.  She asked that it not be too girlie, pink, princess-related or too young… oh and she asked if I could sew a picture of her on there too.  Not too much of an ask then!  As they live in the Netherlands we decided on a canal house theme. I must admit I’m pleased with the result and the most important thing is my friend’s daughter loves it. I have to thank my dear friend Becky for finishing it off for me by doing the quilting part as I haven’t learned that skill yet. For my part I simply just cut out the canal houses and sewed them on then added on the other items (windows, curtains, trees etc) layer by layer and finished with the hand sewing. Now for my next project…

xo Steph


Comments (6)

April 10, 2012

wow! gorgeous! will you take commissions?

April 10, 2012

I wish I could take commissions but it was a one off for a friend. If only I had about 10 more hours in the day to fit everything in! :o)

April 10, 2012


April 10, 2012

looks great, do you have a pattern?

April 11, 2012

No sorry I don’t – I just made it up as I went along. I first started by drawing some canal houses then cutting them out of paper and fitting them to my backing material. Once I had all the sizes right I then cut them out of material. After that I added the windows and doors. Then when they were all sewn on I added the trees, boats and cafe furniture. The last thing I did was the hand sewing of the cat and bike etc and the buttons oh and my friends little girl in the window!

Esther in Amsterdam
April 11, 2012

So cute — we miss you at craft night!!! x

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