Saturday, August 6, 2016

Making A 1:12 Scale Bath Pouf

I'm making lots of accessories for the HBS Creatin' Contest build and one of the items I thought would be fun for each pig to have was his own shower pouf. I have some tulle in a few different colors, so I went in search of a real life tutorial. I found this one, and thus began some trial and error to adapt it to a 1:12 scale, doable project.

Supplies needed:

  • 3 strips of 6" x 1.25" tulle or netting with a small weave for the pouf
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • 1/4" x 1/4" basswood (or scrap wood of close measure) cut to 1.5" long for the handle
  • Sandpaper
  • 3/32" drill bit and/or pilot hole punch
  • Thin string or hemp rope 
  • Tacky Glue

For The Handle

1. Cut handle wood to 1.5" long. I am doing multiple at a time hoping that the odds will help get me a better result.

2. Using sandpaper or sanding block, round off edges to shape as a handle. Be as basic or as fancy as you like.

3. Drill a hole towards the end of the handle which is large enough for your string or hemp to pass through. Mine were about 1/16" from the end.

4. Paint and/or seal as you like. I experimented with different stains, but ended up liking a Folkart Honeycomb watered down a bit.

5. With your string, tie a hanging cord through the hole. I found that by coating the string in some tacky glue I could get the knot very small and it would not come undone. Cut off excess ends.

6. Set aside.

For The Pouf

1. Cut 3 strips of tulle 6" long x 1.25" wide

2. Fold each strip in half lengthwise. I found that I needed to set something heavy on top because it would not stay folded while I folded the other strips.

3. Stack all three folded pieces on top of one another with the folded edges on the same side. I used a clamp to hold them in place while I worked.

4. Using a matching thread color, run a basting stitch down the center of the entire length of the folded pieces.

5. Cut the open edges to make them straight if necessary.

6. Pull the thread to begin bunching the tulle.

7. Coat the end of the handle in a little Tacky Glue and then place the handle into the center of the bunch.

8. Cinch up the tulle wrapping it around the handle, then wrap the thread around the center of the bunch about three times to secure it to the handle. Tie off the thread and cut excess.

9. Leave to dry a bit before handling too much.

I made about five of them before I got the hang of it. It is a bit fiddly, and maybe one of my mini genius readers could suggest a better method. Please feel free to leave comments!

I am happy with the results and am happy that Bob, Joe and Sam don't have to share a bath pouf!

I am going to keep going with this marathon of little projects and postings until the minute I get pulled away to real work! This deadline thing is kinda working for me!

Enjoy your weekend!