The gingerbread house cookie confection made from flour, spices and honey or molasses is a timeless holiday classic. Sew a three dimensional one out of fabric, batting and trims to use as an ornament to decorate a tree, add to a gift basket or attach a pocket and insert a gift card to present as a gift. Make several along with some gingerbread people shapes to string as a holiday garland.
Gingerbread house templates can be found online or consider making your own paper pattern template:
For roof draw 1 shape 4 1/2” x 4” (cut 2 of fabric)
For house sides draw 1 rectangle, 3"x 4" (cut 4 of fabric)
For front and back of house draw a rectangle 3" x 4", and then re-draw one of the 4” ends into a triangle peak shape, beginning at the 3" mark on each side edge from what will be the base; peak would be centered at 4" from base (cut 4 of fabric)
For floor of house 3" x 4" (cut two of fabric)
For an optional chimney draw a rectangle 2" x 4" (will be folded to form a 1" x 4" shape, short ends stitched together to form chimney shape)
Cut out paper pattern templates and then place on brown or tan fabric, cutting out the necessary number of fabric pieces.
Cut out polyester batting: one piece from roof template, two pieces for house sides, two for the house front and back, one piece for house bottom and one piece 1" x 4" for optional chimney.
Layer two roof fabrics wrong-sides together with one batting piece on top. Stitch in a 1/8" seam around all sides leaving a small opening for turning. Trim corners and excess batting from seam allowance, turn right-side out, press and slip-stitch opening closed. Fold roof in half along 4" length and press; the pressed fold will become the roof peak.
Assemble each house front and back piece, each house side and the bottom of house in a similar manner. Add white baby rick-rack trim on house sides and front and back to form windows and doors. Add a button for a door knob. Add small holiday trims if desired to make a wreath or holly sprig. White felt can be used to add a snow-like look to the roof and an optional chimney can be hand stitched to the roof as well. Finally, hand-stitch all pieces together at finished edges to assemble house.
Add a pocket on one house side if making the gingerbread house as a gift card holder. Add a cord to middle of roof peak if hanging as an ornament. An alternative to the poufy gingerbread house look is to use thick wool felt, eliminating the fiber filling, cutting only one of each house part and assemble right sides together using a blanket stitch.
Note: To simplify, the house sides and bottom can be made as one piece. Cut out two fabric pieces 9" x 4" and one batting pieces the same size. Layer fabric pieces wrong-sides together with batting on top. Stitch, trim, turn, press and slip-stitch opening closed. Just top-stitch across the center width, approximately 3" from each short edge to allow the house to easily bend into a boxy U shape to form the side, bottom, and side of the house. Then just hand-stitch the finished edges of the front, back, and roof to this boxy shape to form the house.
History of the Gingerbread Man from Gingerbread House Heaven
Felt Gingerbread Houses as seen on Pinterest.com
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