Divan and tray

by brae  

I had no idea what a divan was, but when I saw one in Dolls' House Furniture: Easy-to-make projects in 1/12 scale by Freida Gray I knew I had to have one.  :D

I opted for the same fabric that I used for the entryway chair.  I used the instructions in the book as a starting point but ended up making my divan a different size and height.  I also changed the way it was put together compared to the book's construction.

I eyeballed the size I wanted and cut the top and base from 1/2" balsa.  I added a frame of 1/4" balsa to the base to make it thicker.

I used 1/2" wood blocks for the feet, painting them Bittersweet Chocolate by Americana.

I hemmed a strip of fabric and wrapped it around the base, leaving just a tiny bit of the legs exposed.

This project was made much easier by using Peel-n-Stick Fabric Fuse.  It's an adhesive on a paper backing that you stick on, peel away the backing to expose the other side of the adhesive and then press in place.  It comes in different widths; I bought a 5/8" wide roll.  I tacked the excess fabric on top of the base with tacky glue and set it aside.

I put a thin layer of batting on the top piece.

I have a vintage Tot 50 stapler by Swingline, and this is the first time I've used it in years.  :]  It made it very easy to upholster the top and get a taught surface over the batting.

I glued the top to the base with tacky glue and set the assembly aside.

In order to create the band to cover the seam between the top and bottom pieces, I used a strip of crinoline covered by fabric.  Crinoline is a stiff fabric that makes it very easy to get a crisp band of fabric with no wrinkles.

I used the Peel-n-Stick fabric fuse to attach the band.  There is a seam for both the bottom fabric and the band, but you would have that on a real life upholstered piece as well.

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I love it!  :]  It now serves as the coffee table for the study.

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The green of the divan fabric brings out the green in the Bespaq plaid furniture in the room.

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The tray is a replica inspired by the shabby chic trays made by Pei Li, an artisan who makes some absolutely beautiful 1:12 scale miniatures.

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Comment from: Angie Martin Hall [Visitor]
Wow! Awesomeness again! I love this divan, and I didn't know that that's what you called this things, either. Learn something every day.
01/12/12 @ 07:10
Comment from: Alicia [Visitor]
I borrowed this book from the library and LOVE it! I keep eyeing that divan but wasn't sure how I'd use it in my house, now I might make one just to!
11/10/12 @ 21:40
Comment from: brae [Member]
It is a wonderful book, indeed! I'd be eager to see what you make! :D
11/13/12 @ 07:50

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