How to Make Miniature Chairs and Sofas

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How to Make Miniature Chairs and Sofas
You can make dollhouse sofas and chairs using cardboard. (cardboard box image by MAXFX from Fotolia.com)

If you have a treasured dollhouse or are starting one for the first time, furniture is a necessity. It helps the house look and feel like a real home. Unfortunately, dollhouse accessories and furniture are expensive to purchase. Luckily, you can make your own furniture for a fraction of the cost of buying it from a hobby shop. If you want to make your own sofa and chair for your dollhouse, you can do so with cardboard and a little bit of fabric.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Cardboard
  • Craft foam
  • Spray adhesive
  • 1/4-inch diameter dowel rod
  • Cotton fabric
  • Hot glue gun
  • Straight pins
  • Beads

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Use a measuring tape to measure the sofa in your living room. This will allow you to make the sofa in

    1-inch scale to your own furniture. You need the measurements of the back of your sofa, the arms and the base.

  2. 2

    Cut your cardboard to match your measurements from Step 1. You will need four layers of cardboard for the base, two layers for each of the arms and the back. You will need two layers for both the back cushion and the seat cushion. Also cut out one layer of craft foam for your back cushion and your seat cushion.

  3. 3

    Use spray adhesive to attach the layers of cardboard together. Use spray adhesive to attach the craft foam to the cardboard for your back and seat cushions. Allow the glue to dry.

  4. 4

    Cut a 1/4-inch diameter dowel rod into two pieces. Each piece should be as long as the arm pieces for your sofa.

  5. 5

    Cut out your chosen cotton fabric for your sofa. You will need two pieces for the arms and one piece each for the seat cushion, back cushion, back and base. To determine the amount of fabric you need for each piece, take the measurement of the cardboard pieces, multiple that by 2 and add 1 inch to the length and width. This will allow for seam allowance. For the dowel rods, you need enough fabric to wrap around the dowels one and a half times.

  6. 6

    Fold the edges of your fabric pieces over 1/4 inch for all the pieces of fabric. Use your iron to crease the seams.

  7. 7

    Insert the base into the centre of the matching piece of fabric. Make sure the corners of the cardboard are inside the creased hems that you pressed in the previous steps. Use a hot glue gun to attach the fabric to the cardboard where the fabric folds over at the hem. To hold the fabric in place while the glue dries, you can insert straight pins through the fabric and into the cardboard, if needed. Remove the pins once the glue is dry. Fold over the remaining fabric to finish covering the base. Glue it in place. Pin if necessary.

  8. 8

    Repeat Step 7 with the seat cushion, back cushion and base.

  9. 9

    Wrap the fabric around the dowels and glue it in place.

  10. 10

    Apply hot glue to the side of the dowel rod and press it against the long edge of the arm cardboard. Hold it for a few seconds while it dries. The glue will not show so do not worry about where the glue ends up. Repeat this with the second arm and dowel. Apply a line of glue under the dowel, where the dowel and the cardboard meet. Press the edge of fabric for the arm into the glue. Do this with the second arm as well. Wrap the fabric around and glue it under the edge of the dowel rod, on both arms.

  11. 11

    Make a template from cardboard that is the size and shape of the front of both of your sofa arms. Cut out a piece of fabric using the template, plus a 1/4 inch all around. Wrap the fabric around the template and glue it in place. Use glue to attach the covered templates to the front of the arms.

  12. 12

    Place the back of the sofa and the base of the sofa together at a 90-degree angle. Use hot glue to attach the two pieces together. Attach one arm to each side of the sofa and glue them in place.

  13. 13

    Place the seat cushion and back cushion on the sofa. If you want to add feet to your sofa, glue one bead to the each of the corners of the bottom of the base.

Tips and warnings

  • You can use this same method to make chairs.

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