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Holiday Craft: Felt Gingerbread House

Felt Gingerbread House

I have been seeing a lot of cute felt applique projects on Pinterest lately: ornaments, houses, decorations, etc. so I thought I’d try my hand at a gingerbread house for my kitchen. 

I started out by cutting a house shape (approximately 6″W X 9″H) from two pieces of heavy felt.  For the front I used an oatmeal color; it has a nice mottled look instead of being one solid color. 

Felt Gingerbread House

For the roof, I glued on strips of the chenille ribbon and offset each row so that it would resemble the tiles on a roof.  Below the roofline, I added a strip of pretty looped ribbon trim

To the front of the house, I cut two windows from turquoise felt (1.5″ X 1.5″) and stitched them in place using a blanket stitch.  Next, I added window panes by hand-stitching a simple cross design with white thread.  The door measures 1.75″ X 3″).

Felt Gingerbread House

Before adding the back piece of felt, I glued on a border of red pom pom trim around the edge.  I glued the back of the house on, leaving a small opening at the top for a stuffing of poly batting.  For extra design, I machine stitched around the edge of the house in red.

In finishing, I cut a small heart from the red/white gingham ribbon and glued it to the center of the door.  And I love the pop of green from the holly leaves and the whimsy of the polka dot bow!  Lastly, I sprinkled an iridescent glitter over the front of the house and chimney.

By Shellye McDaniel


  1. Ruth G

    Your house is so wonderful! I adore the roof and the great blanket stitching and looped ribbon trim! The background is perfect (love that mottling) and the heart is super special! Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Mendi Yoshikawa

    This is too cute for words! I love every inch of it! The chenille ribbon for the roof is pure genius and I love the red pom-pom trim! 🙂

  3. Michele (by belle)



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