Monday 20 May 2013

Little Craft Cottage: Inside

This little craft cottage is my first miniature project and it features a creative space for an artisan working with yarn and textiles in 1:12th scale.

Miniature sewing box

The rustic style cottage room decorated in shades of blue and grey is fitted into a cardboard shoe box, which was exactly the right size. Some furniture pieces and tiny accessories are commercial, paper and textile stuff is completely homemade.

Miniature craft cottage

There is a sketching in progress on the desk and a cork inspiration board on the wall to help with idea generation. Newspaper is waiting to be read and some correspondence to take care of over lunch break.

Miniature desk with sketchbook and inspiration board

Toothpicks are so perfect for pencils. Found the idea in the zakka life blog, there is a great tutorial for making these as well.

Miniature pencils and apple

The chest of drawers is made of matchboxes cut in half, legs and pulls are just metallic spacer beads. The stool is made of matches glued together as other small wood material is really hard to find. The stone flooring was quite easy: teared pieces of cardboard glued and painted.

Miniature matchbox chest of drawers and match stool

For the shelf unit, I found a box where the 'shelves' were already there. It's not very strong, but enough to hold the sewing machine and all the supplies, books and notions quite well.

Miniature craft room shelves

The fabrics are folded over pieces of cardboard and fixed with glue. Same with thread and ribbon on printable cards.

Miniature sewing room fabric stash

All the yarn in the stash is real wool in cobweb and lace weights. The chunky knitting basket is crocheted of medium weight cotton.

Miniature knitting basket and yarn stash

As for books and magazines - I just diminished the ones from my own collection...

Miniature books and magazines

When there is work in progress, coffee must be available at all times, why not serve with style on a silver tray.

Miniature coffee set

For after dark hours and burning the midnight oil, the hanging ceiling light can be switched on. It's a battery LED light, no electricity and wiring needed.

Miniature light

For the size comparison, here's an oversized apple from the big world.

Miniature craft cottage


  1. It's so beautiful. I love your idea.
    Have a good day.

  2. this is amazing! how long does it take to built this room? gorgeous!!!!

    1. Thank you so much. It's hard to say how long it takes. I think I started 6 months ago, but only worked (played!) with it every now and then, when the next idea to make something came.

  3. This is utterly charming and delightful!

    1. Thank you! Now it only needs to be increased 12 times...

  4. Absolutely amazing! Love all the details :)