fairy chairs!

31 August, 2012 ·

Since Melbourne is currently incapable of providing more than an hour or two of sunshine that is not followed by COMPLETELY TORRENTIAL RAIN, my small and secret plan is kind of on hold. But I don’t mind, as it is giving me the opportunity to develop it a little bit more with things like…fairy chairs!

If you would like to make a fairy chair yourself, you will need:

-A biggish wooden button (mine are from the Friendship Tree)
-An acorn cap
-A big needle
-Some yarn
-A scrap of fabric that fairies like
-A tuft of wool roving
-A tiny piece of felt
-An ordinary needle and thread

The first thing to do is use your big needle to make a hole right in the middle of your acorn cap. Do to this you’ll need to break off the little stalk as low down as you can. The needle will go through easily when you’ve found the right spot.

Then thread your big needle with yarn and leaving the end dangling down, pass it through the hole in the acorn beginning on the inside, through a little piece of felt and through one of the holes in your button. (The little piece of felt helps the flat button to balance on the round acorn.)

Then bring it back down through the other hole in your button, back through the little piece of felt and back (what a squish!) through the hole in the acorn. When you pull the two ends of the yarn, this will bring all the pieces of your fairy chair together.

Then you can knot the two ends inside the acorn cap.

If you like you could leave your fairy chair like this. It will be very pretty. But if you want to make a little cushion for it I suspect the fairies will be grateful. Their bottoms are quite pointy.

Trace two circles onto your fabric that are bigger than the button-seats (sorry about the product placement!)…

…cut them out and lay them on top of each other, pretty sides out, and pin them together. Then, folding the edges inwards as you go, sew the two circles together using tiny stitches.

When you get near to where you started, tuck a tuft of wool roving inside as stuffing…

…and sew the cushion closed.

If you like, you can bring your needle up in the middle of the cushion and sew a little cross.

And there it is! A fairy chair!

Perfect for relaxing with a friend after a spot of fairy gardening…

…and ideal for a romantic fairy evening, dining out under the stars.

Bonus gumnut goblets? Why yes! Gumnuts tweaked into tiny wooden buttons.

Have a safe and lovely weekend x

[I have linked this tutorial at The Magic Onions ‘Friday’s Nature Table‘.]


  1. Julia Your craftiness never ceases to fascinate me. These are some darling fairy chairs!
    August 31, 2012 at 1:32 pm ·
  2. Jo Oh Anna. What can I say? The jam lid gingham table top is nothing short of genius. And the cushions! So thoughtful of fairy bums! Now what are they drinking, and why might they be celebrating???
    August 31, 2012 at 1:46 pm ·
  3. Line Oh, so sweet! I wish I could make myself tiny and go to that fairy garden party!
    August 31, 2012 at 9:01 pm · Reply
  4. Ginny I have no idea what a gumnut is, but that is so cute.
    September 1, 2012 at 7:00 am ·
  5. Marie So cool, cheers Marie
    September 1, 2012 at 7:12 am ·
  6. Danielle Sheridan These are gorgeous! Great ideas, I especially love the gumnut goblets, might have to give these a go for my daughter.
    September 1, 2012 at 10:56 pm · Reply
  7. Kelly Oh Anna, I'm amazed and inspired each time I visit - simply darling!!
    September 2, 2012 at 9:48 am · Reply
  8. Emily AMAZING, Anna, you are so beautifully creative! I don't recognise the gumnuts (Australian-only species?) but they have clearly evolved exactly for the purpose you've put them to :)
    September 2, 2012 at 7:22 pm ·
  9. Pam Carrie Love your fairy chairs. I, too, am a collector of miniatures and fairies.
    March 9, 2014 at 4:03 pm · Reply