I had never made a doll house until it was a request in the Geezer Swap. I used a free online pattern as a loose basis for my idea. Since a little girl would be carrying it around, I wanted to make it lightweight yet as durable as possible. I used heavy weight template plastic to create the structure since it can stand up to a lot of abuse yet can be cut with scissors. A heavy weight sewing machine needle and slow speed also allowed it to be machine-stitched when necessary. I rounded the corners and padded the pieces with quilt batting to protect the fabric from any tears caused by the plastic.
It needed a handle that would be sturdy yet would be disquised so I covered a piece of nylon strap webbing with some of the roof fabric.
The original pattern used buttons and ponytail elastic as closures. Since elastic can sometimes quickly lose its stretch, I substituted side and roof flaps plus Velcro to keep it kid-friendly but make it last.
I thought a chimney would be appropriate, so I added one that would extend slightly above the roof line.