Oh the trials and tribulations of putting together Home Sweet Home! I put together the lining for HSH a while back. I knew that the tray just barely fit in the lining. There are still many pieces of the tray yet to be covered with fabric and inserted.
So if the outside embroidered panels were too small (and they were), I would just have to make them bigger. So that is what I did. I took all of the outside pieces and unlaced them. I cut new boards just one-eighth on an inch bigger, measured them next to the lining to make sure they fit and then re-laced them on the slightly larger board. I drew around the original board then added 1/8th inch to the top and side.
It was kind of a trick to lace the embroidered panels together. I tried a curved needle. That needle was too hard to use. So I got out my trusty pliers to help me. Now the outside is all sewn together. I'm impressed, it looks good!
Now comes the fiddly stuff. I made some cording to go around the roof panels.
The pattern called for Armeniam knot stitch. Nope. I'm not doing that. I could mess that up royally. So I took all the roof thread I had left, cut it in two and made twisted cording. I think it will work. I have to sew it on.
I'm taking it slowly, a little bit at a time to put this all together. The next major part is to sew the lining to the outside embroidered panels all around the top.
This side is my favorite.