Felt Gingerbread House Ornament

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Do you have the holiday season on your mind already like I do? You almost have to when you are a crafter, as projects take time to complete.

A while back, I was asked by Nikki of Tikkido to contribute some felt ornaments to an upcoming Christmas e-zine feature. Her theme was very sweet and girly, so I jumped at the chance! Too many of my projects are for boys or gender-neutral. It’s nice to use pink every now and then! I’ve designed 5 hand-sewn felt ornament patterns and I’ll be sharing them with you over the next few days.

Today’s pattern is a sweet pink gingerbread house. I adore how it turn out! You could very easily change the colors and embellishments to customize this pattern for your tree.

What I used:

I started by laying the icicles in place on the house front under the roof and chimney top pieces. Then I sewed the roof and chimney top down, leaving the icicles hanging loose.

I normally use two strands of embroidery floss while sewing with felt, but I used four strands of white to make a back-stitched arch to form the door. I sewed down the two windows and again used 4 strands of white to back stitch the window panes.

I sewed down the two trees and the wreath next. I used four strands of red floss to make French knot berries on the wreath. You could also use seed beads. I took a little scrap of red ribbon and folded both ends in to the center to make a bow shape. I made a stitch to hold it together then flipped it over and placed it on the wreath. I sewed it down at the center while cinching the middle of the bow.

Using a beading needle and one strand of thread, I sewed on lines of seed beads (going twice through each bead for strength.)

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Once the front of the ornament was decorated, I cut out a matching back in red felt and started sewing the sides together. I added a loop of ribbon as I sewed across the top. When I was halfway around, I added some batting to the ornament to give it dimension. Once I sewed it closed, it was ready to hang! (For tips on sewing around felt edges, see my blanket stitch tutoral.)

Visit often this week to collect all five of my holiday felt ornament patterns! Which is your favorite?

{ This pattern is free for personal use only. If you would like to purchase a $25 license to sell the finished project in your shop, please email me. }
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9 thoughts on “Felt Gingerbread House Ornament

  1. Lorena

    ooh ooh those ballet sleppers I spy are gonna be my favorite! I can already see myself making a dozen of those to hang on my tree. You see I have NO ornaments, my 2 yo twins thought they were balls and proceeded to break every last ornament. SO this year (since I have none) I have decided to go with all felt ornament for them to “help” decorate the tree and enjoy (safely) thank you so much for the fun patterns! I look forward to the rest of the posts.
    Quick question, when you say you use 4 strands of embrouidery floss, do all four fit through a needle? what size needle?

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    1. Stephanie Post author

      I had to switch to unbreakable ornaments after we had Jax!

      I’m actually not sure what size needles I use. I get them out of multi-packs. I like sharp needles with fairly small eyes. The four strands fit fine for me, but I am good at threading needles. Just use a needle with a bigger eye if you have trouble.

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  2. Jess Trabulsie

    Hi! I LOVE this little house!!! What an amazing job you did on it!!! I am trying to make one and was wondering what color you used to attach the back? Thanks! Keep up the wonderful work!!!

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    1. Stephanie Post author

      Hi! You can do whatever you prefer, but I decided to use thread that matched the front of the ornament instead of the red back. So I used pink while sewing around the roof, brown around the house, etc… I had to change threads more, but I wanted it to look prefect from the front.

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  3. Suzanne

    Thank you so much for this pattern! I think the design is simply fabulous! I just discovered your blog today and I love it. I work predominately in felt, so I’m always looking for new projects to do. I already made one of the gingerbread houses. I’m quite proud of it: http://fav.me/d5kfccz
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  5. Rebecca J

    The felt gingerbread house is adorable. I made one this week for a teacher gift. I used a button for the wreath and front door window because I didn’t have any blue felt and because I’m crazy about buttons! I’m quite proud of it. Thanks for the idea and the detailed pattern/tutorial.

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7EaZmNj1FsU/UNN1YgWVJeI/AAAAAAAAAv0/3UH4O-S4jso/s1600/xmas+presents+handmade2.JPG

    Merry Christmas!
    Rebecca J recently posted..I’m Dreaming of a Cheap Christmas!

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