new tutorial : make a mini foot stool

There’s a lot to talk about in  the tiny rag doll’s world including the roaring fires upstairs and down in the cardboard house. Pretty luxurious. Jump down to the end of the post for more on that. Let’s start with how to make the sweetest, tiniest, heirloomiest footstool ever.

A note on the house – there is no pattern but you’ll find the measurements and tips for building below.

a sneak peek at miss thistle’s house and tips for building with cardboard

The footstool is super quick and easy. You can make it plain or do some faux needlepoint. I can’t stop making them and have all sorts of plans for the imagery.

Let’s make it – it helps to read through the directions before your start.

download the template

  • the template – download above
  • felt – wool is best
  • embroidery thread
  • glue – i love -ALEENES CLEAR GEL TACKY
  • cardboard
  • stuffing
  • small wood beads
  • craft paint and brushes
  • a basic sewing kit

make a dollhouse foot stool

1.  Pin the template to felt and cut out.  Trace the rectangle onto cardboard and cut 2. Round the corners of your cardboard rectangles.

2.  Optional – embroider the center of the felt  – I made some super simple flowers and leaves.

3.  We are going to fold the felt at this notch.

4. Match up the edges and whip stitch them together (whip stitch means stitch over the edge). Use small tight stitches. Stitch the notch and then continue along the side – stop about 1/2 inch from the point – shown in yellow above. Repeat this at the the three notches.

tiny rag doll sewing pattern

Get the tiny rag doll sewing pattern

She’s just 5 inches tall and fits in the palm of your hand. Perfect for a doll house or somebody’s pocket. And she has a tiny wardrobe: dress, reversible pinafore apron, bloomers and camisole – all included in the pattern.



5. With all four sides stitched your piece should look like this.

6. Turn it right side out – use a chopstick or similar to gently push the corners all the way out.

7. Add a little stuffing.

8. Optional – add a penny- the little bit of weight gives it stability.

9. Insert one of your cardboard pieces.

10. Stitch the edges of  triangle flaps together to close the back.

the finished back and front


11. Paint your wood beads and the edges and one side of your cardboard.

12.  Apply glue to the entire surface of the unpainted cardboard.

13. Glue the cardboard to the back. Press it firmly and place something on top while it dries.

14. Add a drop of glue in each corner and place the beads. Let them dry completely.

Finished! It’s so dear.

make a miniature fire

flames cut from coffee filters and painted orange and yellow - cardboard wood stove in background

The fires are mini led string lights and painted coffee filters. The lights are fed up behind the fireplace and into the wood stove – it was awkward. Also – I cut 3 sides of the wood stove door to make it open and painted the inside black. I so wish I had a flameless flickering votive on hand. It’s on my list… The coffee filters are painted with watercolor in bright yellow and orange on both sides. After they dry, trim them to flamey points and bunch them up a little. Arrange them in front of the lights and you’ve got a miniature fire.

So cozy on a March morning to come home after your tiny chores to sit by the fire with your tiny feet up. Do you need a mini footstool and  roaring fire?! Let us know in the comments and happy spring!


  1. Make braided rugs by braiding yarn (doubling it to make it the right thickness) and stitching it into rounds or ovals. I did it for my dolls when I was a little girl in the 40’s! For larger dolls I’ve torn very narrow strips of fabric to make them. Your miniatures are so creative – thank you for all the great ideas and how-tos.

  2. Jane Miller

    Once again, you have outdone yourself with clever and cute. Love the footstool and of course, the entire house. Thanks so much!

  3. Ronda D Pochopin

    I get such warm fuzzies just looking at your work.

  4. Thank you, Ann!!
    I love seeing how the little house lives through the seasons… and this is the perfect restful project for early Spring 🙂

    • Sue (Bonta, changed from Banta) Munn

      A Banta! Are you a descendant of Epke Jacobse? He was my 10th great-grandfather-if so, we are genetic cousins!

  5. So sweet! It is such a pleasure to follow along with your makings, all of them, but I do love watching this little home come to life. Thank you, Ann, for sharing all you do. I cannot afford a retreat with you, but this blog becomes a retreat for me. So thank you ❤️ and happy making on all levels! Best, Lynne

  6. Dana Lippert

    Absolutely delightful! Brings out the joy of childhood days nd memories of paper dolls. Once I am done with my tiny felt booklets I am going to do your projects. They are so special. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Mary Park

    I am so envious of Miss Thistle, what a cozy, warm house she has, so creative, could you use the fake maple leaves for the fire, I thought that was what they were until I read that they were painted coffee filters

  8. Working on mine now! Thank you so much for sharing. This footstool is so sweet and just perfect for tiny feet. I love it!!!

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