Sew a Felt Gingerbread House

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 atย 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?


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.


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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 onย Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

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73 Responses to Sew a Felt Gingerbread House

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. May says:

    Felt ornaments are great for the tree and doorknobs!

  4. Tabitha Klucking says:

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

  5. Wendi says:

    fun play food that looks real

  6. michelle tremblett says:

    We would make little felt animals to put around the felt house ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Peggy Gibbs says:

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

  8. 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!

  9. Wendy R. says:

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

  10. Chris says:

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

  11. Steph N says:

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

  12. Mama Lusco says:

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

  13. Brenda Sutton says:

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

  14. Jennifer says:

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

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

  16. maggielou says:

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

  17. Sallie says:

    Make reindeer for Santa’s sleigh.

  18. fayzer says:

    I am making felt angels with silk ribbon embroidery.

  19. Melissa says:

    Felt ornaments for the tree.

  20. Diane H says:

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

  21. Carol P. says:

    Adorable gingerbread house!

  22. Gemia Carroll says:

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

  23. kbo says:

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

  24. 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.

  25. Kathy says:

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

  26. Linda Bragg says:

    I like to cross stitch on felt toy.

  27. 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!

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. Pam says:

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

  31. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. violetgypsie says:

    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!

  33. Judith Gale says:

    That gingerbread house is adorable

  34. 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.

  35. 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!

  36. 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

  37. 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. ๐Ÿ˜€

  38. Jennifer says:

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

  39. Becky R says:

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

  40. Joyce Mitchell says:

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

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