Felt Gingerbread House – Seasonal Sewing Series

I’m so excited to be here today! It’s so fun to sew for the holidays! My name is Heather and nickname Heather Feather. I blog about my creative “flights” over at Feathers Flights. I have a two year old son, a baby girl on the way, and am married to a man in law school .

I love sewing and decided to make a holiday activity for my son to give him something fun to do as I get busier with holidays. I came up with a felt gingerbread house that he can put felt candy on. It teaches him shapes, and I don’t have to worry about him eating tons of candy!

I set up the house to for pictures, and my son couldn’t wait to play with it! You can see his hand sneaking in!

Would you like to make your own?

Supplies:

Felt in multiple colors

Sewing Supplies

Sturdy interfacing

White ricrac

1. Cut out and assemble pieces of candy. I stuck to circles, squares, and a rectangle. I wanted simple shapes for my son, but you can make whatever shapes you want. I cut out stripes and sewed them onto each shape with a machine. Feel free to hand stitch if you love it!

2. Cut out the front and back of the house and two rectangles for the sides. My sides go up and become the roof also. Cut out pieces of interfacing in the same shapes and interface each piece.

3. Place the finished candy on the house pieces and trace the shapes.

4. Add any decorative lines you want.

5. Sew ricrac onto all the drawn lines. It is a little tricky to do corners, but the ricrac has some give to play with.

6. Assemble the house. The interfacing should make the house sturdy enough to stand on its own. Trim corners if needed.

Turn the house right side out and let your little ones enjoy it! My felt candy sticks pretty well to my house, but I might go back and add velcro just to lessen an frustration for my son. My son LOVES this house and placing the pieces on. I don’t even think he realizes its supposed to be candy!

 

Thanks so much for having me, Deby! I had so much fun making a fun holiday activity for my son! For more children’s Christmas ideas, check out Ugly Sweater One-Piece for Baby and Christmas Tree Stacker.


Heather

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Introducing Heather from Feathers Flights

I'm Heather *Feather* and I blog about my creative flights at Feathers Flights. I learned to sew while studying clothing construction in college and working at a tailor shop. I love sewing for my family, my husband, a two year old boy, and a little girl on the way. See more of what I do on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

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72 Responses to Felt Gingerbread House – Seasonal Sewing Series

  1. Joyce Mitchell says:

    I want to make some small animal toys that can double as Christmas ornaments – penguins, owls, etc. Thanks.

  2. Becky R says:

    I don’t have young kids to sew/create for but a felt Christmas tree would be fun!

  3. Jennifer says:

    I’ve always loved felt nativity scenes for kids so they can act out the Christmas story.

  4. mimiohs says:

    I have made some really cute ornaments out of felt when my daughter was small. That way she could put them on the tree as well as play with them and they wouldn’t get broken. :-D

  5. Katherine says:

    I make a bean bag with a clear window in it and put in items they have to find. like buttons in the shape of different things

  6. Diane Cullum says:

    Cute and much easier than the hot glue gun and graham crackers! Wish I’d had this tutorial when my chicklets were little!

  7. Catherine says:

    I’ve never really done much with felt, but I think a simple felt board where they can change the outfits on the elves would be cute.

  8. That gingerbread house is adorable

  9. I saw somewhere, a matching game for small children, made from felt and /or fabric squares. You could use Christmas / Winter shapes (trees, snowmen, santa, elf, etc) and make up a set for children to play with. Might be handy to have at home if you are entertaining guests, or could make cute stocking stuffers. I like this little gingerbread house too! So adorable!

  10. almost forgot to leave my comment LOL I love giveaways .. I love the idea of a felt gingerbread house .. I think this would be an ideal craft to do with the grandkids :)

  11. Pam says:

    My cats like holiday fun too, so I’ve made a couple felt mice with some catnip stuffing.

  12. Joanna says:

    Not toys, but I use my Sizzix die cutter to cut felt snowmen and trees for fabric postcards . I’m thinking about how I can use the felt and dies to make toys for my cat; she’d love them.

  13. Deana W. says:

    I have a felt tree that attaches to the wall and then my girls us felt ornaments we made together to decorate and redecorate it. Lots of fun.

  14. LauraK says:

    Cute idea! I like to make Christmas stockings out of felt and beads. Thinking some kind of board game (made of felt) would be a fun thing for the grandkids to play with…maybe use real gingerbread men for the game pieces!

  15. Linda Bragg says:

    I like to cross stitch on felt toy.

  16. Kathy says:

    I love working with felt. Working on a felt advent calendars this holiday season. Would love to win!

  17. Lisa Cowell says:

    I am also thinking ornaments, but if you are looking for a kid’s craft, how about ornaments for a small kid’s tree that they can decorate themselves. It would help save the larger tree from potential destruction.

  18. kbo says:

    Felt horses, because many children likes them for pretend play.

  19. I adore this! I told myself I would not make anything new during the Holidays, but aren’t rules made to be broken!?!

  20. Carol P. says:

    Adorable gingerbread house!

  21. Diane H says:

    I have a great pattern for felt mittens that I’ve made many times for gift giving.

  22. Melissa says:

    Felt ornaments for the tree.

  23. fayzer says:

    I am making felt angels with silk ribbon embroidery.

  24. Sallie says:

    Make reindeer for Santa’s sleigh.

  25. maggielou says:

    We made a felt tree and put it on the wall and the kids decorated it with felt ornaments

  26. I like to use the felt animals as tree ornaments.

  27. Jennifer says:

    I dont know about festive but I’m working on a magnetic fishing set for my 18month old for christmas!

  28. Brenda Sutton says:

    I like to make small ornaments and do embroidery on them.

  29. Mama Lusco says:

    I haven’t made felt toys, but like using felt for ornaments. Cut & sew, no fraying!

  30. Steph N says:

    I love felt finger puppets for kids to play with. You can make their favourite holiday characters.

  31. Chris says:

    The house is adorable. I made ABC books for my grandchildren and we use felt boards at church to teach Bible stories.

  32. Wendy R. says:

    I’d love to make a really cute banner out of felt.

  33. rothj258 says:

    Saying Hi from Fluster Buster’s party! This idea is too cute! I love the ease of crafting with felt, especially for my 2 year old. This is a great idea!

  34. I have some patterns to make some felt silly monsters, but I haven’t done it yet. Thanks for a nice giveaway.

  35. michelle tremblett says:

    We would make little felt animals to put around the felt house :)

  36. Wendi says:

    fun play food that looks real

  37. Tabitha Klucking says:

    I really like the play sets for cooking. Felt sushi, cookies, cakes….

  38. May says:

    Felt ornaments are great for the tree and doorknobs!

  39. cathy says:

    I still have felt ornaments that my kids got when they small and they all now have kids of the their own…our favorite was a white mouse with google eyes

  40. nicolthepickle says:

    We made super cute little felt mice with candycane tails. It was a pinterest idea. I can’t claim it, but they’re super cute.

  41. mona c says:

    I love crafts but Ive never really have done felt but I love that gingerbread house alot.

  42. I have made felt vegetables so that my grandson can play shop keeper. I love the gingerbread house and some of the other ideas on the comments are great

  43. I’m thinking felt cat toys for all the pet owners.

  44. Shawn J says:

    You could make gingerbread people too!
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  45. Maria says:

    How adorable!!!! Your gingerbread house looks great!!!! This would be such a cute Christmas tea cozy too!!! Very cute!!!

  46. Such a clever idea, I love it!!

  47. This is such a cute idea!! Way better than the messy real ones!!

  48. Oh my goodness, this is so precious. My kids would LOVE playing with a felt gingerbread house (and I would LOVE the clean up compared to the real deal!)

  49. Alana says:

    That is so cute and such a great idea!

  50. I like the idea of felt play makeup – it’s soft on the skin and doesn’t actually leave your daughter looking like a clown :)

  51. pinparent says:

    This I just adore. I love working with felt. I make a lot of projects for my daughter & this would be a great one. She could have fun decorating it herself.

  52. Chris Wilson says:

    Cat toys stuffed with catnip.

  53. Love the felt Gingerbread House!

  54. Diane baum says:

    I want to try to make some doll clothes or stuffed animals

  55. I have cats – so I would make a double thick “ball” or “box” out of felt in xmassy colors – and put a single bell in each one! The kitties would bat it around for hours!

  56. Daniel M says:

    my sis used to make the cutest little elves

  57. BobbiJo Pentney says:

    elves.

  58. I made my daughter a felt quiet book – Counting. removable kites, butterflies, apples, etc. Merry Christmas. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  59. Vicki H says:

    I haven’t worked with felt, but I would make cute animal ornaments.

  60. Chelle Chapman says:

    I LOVE to make Owls w/ felt. They are soft, small enough to hang on the tree and/or for “little hands” to play w/ & hang on to!

  61. Sue says:

    I enjoy working with felt. Not so much with sewing but with just crafty stuff.

  62. meme says:

    Santa and snowman puppets

  63. Carol Barringer says:

    Felt is so easy to work with! I like making puppets.

  64. Jennie says:

    I like advent calendars.

  65. laurie says:

    I really like this will try it

  66. Cathy Kennedy says:

    The felt gingerbread house is such a cute idea. I wish I had something like this when my children were small. Thanks for sharing!

  67. Felt Christmas tree ornaments and gingerbread boys and girls.

  68. Candie L says:

    I am not as crafty as I would like to be. I want to do more. Thank you

  69. I think a felt nativity would be precious!

What do you think?