Last Advent I fell in love with the Maileg Pixy House. It was the Advent calendar of my dreams – but way out of my price range.
This year, I was determined to figure out a Maileg Pixy House Hack.
I think it tuned out okay.
You will need:
- Ikea Moppe Mini Chest of Drawers (42 x 18 x 32 cm)
- Hacksaw and blade
- Blackboard Paint
- Sandpaper and block
- Festive fabric (approx. 5 fat quarters)
- Wadding (approx. 1.5 x 1.5 metres)
- Pom pom trim (1/2 metre)
- Needle and thread
- Sewing machine (although you could do it all by hand)
- Yarn and crochet hook
- Maileg Mini Pixy
- Small decorations
I made 5 mattresses, but actually you only need 3, unless you want your Pixy’s nose to touch the roof!
For each mattress cut out:
- 2 pieces of festive fabric – 19 x 42 cm
- 3 pieces of wadding – 19 x 42 cm
In total you should have, 6 pieces of festive fabric and 9 pieces of wadding, all the same size.
To make up a mattress, stack on top of each other:
- 2 x wadding layers
- 2 x fabric layers (right sides touching)
- 1 x wadding layer
Line them all up, directly on top of each other, and pin together (I’ve staggered them in the photo to show the order).
Starting on a short end, about 13cm from the top, begin stitching around the edge, leaving a 1 cm seam allowance.
Stitch all the way around, remembering to leave at least a 6cm gap at the end, so you can turn the mattress out the right way.
Trim the seam allowance to about 1/2 cm, snipping the corners diagonally.
Through the small gap you left, reach between the two fabric layers, and gently turn the mattress the right side out. Use a chopstick to poke the corners out.
Hand stitch the opening closed.
Repeat for the two other mattresses.
Pillows and Cushions
For each pillow (make 2), cut out:
- 2 pieces of festive fabric – 18 x 12 cm
- 2 strips of pom-pom trim – 12 cm
For each cushion (make 3), cut out:
- 1 piece of festive fabric – 21 x 11.5 cm
Place one piece of pillow fabric on the table, right side up.
Lay the strips of pom-pom trim on each short end, pom-poms sticking inwards.
Carefully lay the second piece of pillow fabric, right side down, over the top, and pin into place.
Starting on a long edge, 13 cm from the top, begin stitching round the pillow edge, leaving a 1 cm seam allowance.
Be extra careful on the corners, and along the short edges, so as not to catch a pom-pom.
Stitch all the way around, leaving a 5 cm gap at the end.
Trim the edges, then turn the right way round.
Fill well with stuffing, and hand stitch closed.
Repeat for the second pillow.
For the cushions:
Fold each piece of fabric in half, right sides touching, to make an almost square.
Starting in one corner, next to the fold, stitch all the way around, leaving a 1 cm seam allowance.
Leave a 4 cm gap at the fold, to turn through.
Turn the right way, fill with stuffing, and hand stitch closed.
Repeat for 2 more cushions.
Crochet or knit a simple blanket that is approximately 20 x 20 cm.
I crocheted a plain granny stripe (because I’m awful at knitting).
If knitting or crochet aren’t your thing, then you could stitch a small quilt using 2 pieces of fabric and 1 layer of wadding.
This was me, half way through my Maileg Pixy House. See the ridiculous amount of mattresses!
Still, it was all coming together nicely.
Now to make a house for my little Pixy.
Remove all the drawers from the Moppe.
Lay it on it’s back, somewhere solid and well ventilated.
On one shelf, saw down, as close to the side as possible.
It can be quite tricky, and needs a bit of gentle blade bending, and readjusting, but it is possible.
Don’t worry about any marks or remaining shelf sticking out, as we will sand this away in the next step.
I decided to leave a small shelf on the other side, so measure approximately 6 cm from the edge, and saw through the shelf.
Sand all the rough edges and corners, until smooth. Tip out the sawdust and wipe with a damp cloth.
Paint inside the back with blackboard paint. I gave mine 2 coats.
Once dry, you can replace the drawers you want to use, and add your mattresses, pillows, cushions and Pixy.
Our Maileg Pixy House
We decided to use the 2 medium drawers, one to store the excess mattresses and cushions (!), and the other for gifts from the Pixy. If you have bigger gifts you could use the single large one, or for more children the three small ones. You can even change the configuration of your Maileg Pixy House as your family grows.
Our Pixy is most definitely NOT an ‘Elf on the Shelf’.
She isn’t ‘naughty’ – that word and concept doesn’t exist in our house. And she doesn’t check up on children, nor does she report to Santa.
Our Pixy simply comes to stay for Advent. She likes to sleep all day in her little house, and at night-time she wakes up. She writes a little message on her wall and leaves a small gift, book, tree decoration or idea for an activity in the drawer.
Some nights she might even have a little snack, if one is left out for her.
She especially likes gingerbread biscuits.
Let me know if you’re planning to make your own Maileg Pixy House, and I’d love to see photos if you do.
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