So, Barbie’s in the market for a new sofa? The old couch just isn’t fashionable anymore or has suffered some horrible fate, like a torn covering? If you’ve got a brick lying around outside you’re well on your way to making a cool doll couch that’s functional as well. It will be a heavy couch, sure, but it can be made in a few minutes.
Clean the brick as best you can then add the padding. Cut a piece of thick batting (or two pieces of a thinner batting) to make the couch padding. Lay the batting out on a flat surface and position the short side of the brick against the side of the batting and the long side of the brick against the end of the batting facing you.
Draw along side the brick, turning the brick over again and again, until you’ve turned the brick four times. This will give you the length by which you need to cut the batting. If using two pieces of batting, stack them together, but if using one, leave the brick on the piece you’ve cut. Position the brick so that the corner of it is on the corner of the batting. Roll the batting around the brick to completely cover the four sides, gluing it down each time you roll the brick over. Cut two pieces of batting to pad the ends of the brick. These rectangles of batting can be simply glued to the end.
Wrap the chosen cloth around the brick, fixing the ends like a gift, and gluing them down. Where you begin and end the fabric, on one side of the brick, will become the bottom of the sofa. You’ll need to make a back and arms for the couch and there are a couple of different ways to do that.
One couch design is made with a back and no arms. Use a flat, wooden shape from a craft store and cover one side of it with batting. Wrap the entire thing with fabric securing the excess on the sides. Glue this piece to the back of the brick.
Make a couch with a back and arms by simply creating a roll. Roll a piece of fabric around a tubular shape of batting. Cut the batting so that it’s just long enough to reach across both short ends and one long side of the brick. Roll the fabric around then take a few stitches with needle and thread to close the ends. Glue the seam side down, all the way around the three sides of the brick.
Most people wouldn’t suspect a brick could become a beautiful couch, but after you finish the project, you’ll see that it can be! The brick sofa works for many dollhouses or just to display dolls or stuffed animals around a girl’s room.