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11/6th couch/sofa tutorial Empty 1/6th couch/sofa tutorial on Thu Jun 20, 2019 3:38 am

I’ve been meaning to make Max and Juno a new living room sofa for months and the other night I had a sudden burst of inspiration and this was the result!

1/6th couch/sofa tutorial 48080534793_59256b9397_z1/6th scale sofa step-by-step guide. :3 by Christine Sutcliffe, on Flickr

I took photos as I went along to create a mini tutorial of sorts so I thought it might be of some use to you lot. :3

Supplies Needed:

Fabric
Felt/thick fleece/padding
Foam
Wood effect paper
Wooden beads
Mountboard/thick card
Glue gun
Fabric glue
Tacky Glue
Flat-headed pins
Wire
Leather (optional)

I will preface this by saying that despite having a three year modelmaking course under my belt I’m still incredibly bad at measurements and pretty much did this by eye based on what looked right next to a doll so I won’t be giving any size dimensions I’m afraid! Laughing

Ok, so to begin with I liberated this cardboard container from my box stash - I think it was once a drawer from a box of fancy shampoo my mum got or something - it’s literally just card though so it would be easy to make from scratch but it does speed the whole process up a lot!

1/6th couch/sofa tutorial 48080535898_b318e4b3e1_z1/6th scale sofa step-by-step guide. :3 by Christine Sutcliffe, on Flickr

I bought a foam kneeling pad from the £1 shop a while back for this very project but really anything would do for the arms, even wood tbh. I liked the foam as it was easy to work with and had a nice level of squish.

1/6th couch/sofa tutorial 48080549618_30459d6542_z1/6th scale sofa step-by-step guide. :3 by Christine Sutcliffe, on Flickr

1/6th couch/sofa tutorial 48080535778_09246146fa_z1/6th scale sofa step-by-step guide. :3 by Christine Sutcliffe, on Flickr

The drawers are of course optional on a project like this but I liked the idea of functional storage. Don’t forget to use a metal set square to keep your sides straight!

1/6th couch/sofa tutorial 48080549013_f89ec9eb5e_z1/6th scale sofa step-by-step guide. :3 by Christine Sutcliffe, on Flickr

1/6th couch/sofa tutorial 48080508396_59d4114bfa_z1/6th scale sofa step-by-step guide. :3 by Christine Sutcliffe, on Flickr

1/6th couch/sofa tutorial 48080535543_73769222db_z1/6th scale sofa step-by-step guide. :3 by Christine Sutcliffe, on Flickr

The box was pretty sturdy but I didn’t want the sides to buckle once the holes for the drawers were cut out so I glued in some wooden lolly sticks for a bit of support. As they were on the underside I didn’t even try to make it look tidy. Laughing

1/6th couch/sofa tutorial 48080521246_d00bc568e3_z1/6th scale sofa step-by-step guide. :3 by Christine Sutcliffe, on Flickr

I originally intended to cover the entire sofa with fabric but I literally only had enough for the seat, arms and back panel so I had to improvise!

I’m a big fan of free wallpaper samples for crafting needs and I ended up buying a full roll of this stuff on sale ages ago. Unfortunately it’s full pattern is of wooden crates rather than just wood texture so I don’t have much to work with but I love the wood grain.

1/6th couch/sofa tutorial 48080508236_6f201f53c7_z1/6th scale sofa step-by-step guide. :3 by Christine Sutcliffe, on Flickr

1/6th couch/sofa tutorial 48080520856_b826ac2685_z1/6th scale sofa step-by-step guide. :3 by Christine Sutcliffe, on Flickr

The back of the sofa was just a thick piece of card with multiple layers of fleece glued on for padding.

1/6th couch/sofa tutorial 48080549258_d73f4067b9_z1/6th scale sofa step-by-step guide. :3 by Christine Sutcliffe, on Flickr

I sewed some of this by hand and some with my machine for speed but it could just as easily be glued.

1/6th couch/sofa tutorial 48080536248_63bc8b8c97_z1/6th scale sofa step-by-step guide. :3 by Christine Sutcliffe, on Flickr

1/6th couch/sofa tutorial 48080604917_350f418838_z1/6th scale sofa step-by-step guide. :3 by Christine Sutcliffe, on Flickr

Once everything was fully covered, I started to glue things in place.

1/6th couch/sofa tutorial 48080618482_3cc14ed0ee_z1/6th scale sofa step-by-step guide. :3 by Christine Sutcliffe, on Flickr

I used some scrap mountboard and more of the wallpaper to make the front part of the arms. They’re a little wonkier than I intended but never mind.

1/6th couch/sofa tutorial 48080635776_0088ebd356_z1/6th scale sofa step-by-step guide by Christine Sutcliffe, on Flickr

1/6th couch/sofa tutorial 48080549313_d0c37d9688_z1/6th scale sofa step-by-step guide. :3 by Christine Sutcliffe, on Flickr

When I was gluing the arms to the back panel I was having trouble getting them to look truly attached from the front, so I improvised...

1/6th couch/sofa tutorial 48080605327_28ecc23b66_z1/6th scale sofa step-by-step guide. :3 by Christine Sutcliffe, on Flickr

1/6th couch/sofa tutorial 48080605237_91352d2663_z1/6th scale sofa step-by-step guide. :3 by Christine Sutcliffe, on Flickr

Aaaand that’s it! Hopefully you’ll see it in situ at some point soon - I started on more dio stuff so my desk isn’t clear to set up the living room right now. XD

Anyway, I hope this helps and if anyone makes anything similar with this guide I’d love to see it!

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21/6th couch/sofa tutorial Empty Re: 1/6th couch/sofa tutorial on Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:51 am

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Thank you for sharing it with us, Christine. It looks great and does serve as an excellent step-by-step guide as to how to construct this type of furniture in our hobby.


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31/6th couch/sofa tutorial Empty Re: 1/6th couch/sofa tutorial on Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:40 am

Great Work ! It looks so cozy. The wood effect wall paper is fantastic, i will swear it´s made out of wood. I love the Unicorn Pillow Very Happy

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Top-notch work. From the first couple photos, you can’t tell just how much work went into this. Fantastic. By the way, who’s the new girl?


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51/6th couch/sofa tutorial Empty Re: 1/6th couch/sofa tutorial on Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:01 am

Thanks a lot for sharing that step by step! That sofa looks so cool, and I love the "realism" you put in every detail, the funcioning drawers, the mattress structure, the drawers handles...

Amazing work and lovely result!

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61/6th couch/sofa tutorial Empty Re: 1/6th couch/sofa tutorial on Thu Jun 20, 2019 3:07 pm

That's really helpful! The right wood texture really does some tricks.

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71/6th couch/sofa tutorial Empty Re: 1/6th couch/sofa tutorial on Thu Jun 20, 2019 3:18 pm

Thanks for sharing! Great tutorial!

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81/6th couch/sofa tutorial Empty Re: 1/6th couch/sofa tutorial on Thu Jun 20, 2019 3:40 pm

Cheers guys! Very Happy I’m finally starting on a kitchen/dining room for them so you’ll hopefully see something of that nature soon!

Oh this is the wallpaper btw, as you can see it has lots of really nice textures, but the pattern does limit its usefulness somewhat.

https://www.ilovewallpaper.co.uk/wallpaper-c1/distinctive-wood-crates-wallpaper-brown-fd40943-p2898

The unicorn pillow started out as a pair of novelty socks! Laughing

Heh, the new girl isn’t new at all, she’s my generic scale checking/clothes fitting mannequin I use instead of risking my faves! I originally had her head as one of my fantasy characters until I upgraded to a kumik one, so she’s just become kind of a nobody I’m afraid! XD


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Well, she is a super cute nobody. And you have always been so innovative with wallpapers and other similar products. Nice to see them play a part in this more substantial build.


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101/6th couch/sofa tutorial Empty Re: 1/6th couch/sofa tutorial on Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:38 am

Awesome work and great tutorial! I'm probably way too lazy to make one from scratch [I prefer to expend my very limited energy on the figures themselves], but I still love seeing how to do it broken down so helpfully! Smile


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111/6th couch/sofa tutorial Empty Re: 1/6th couch/sofa tutorial on Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:10 am

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A NOBODY?! That’s a shame... Sad


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121/6th couch/sofa tutorial Empty Re: 1/6th couch/sofa tutorial on Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:12 am

I’m sure she’ll gain an identity eventually, lol, I’ve just got so many characters now I’d much rather get round to introducing!


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