Skill Level: Beginner
Completion Time: 2-3 hours
Make a sweet gingerbread house ornament from felt. Kunin’s Corduroy felt is perfect as its textured lines make it look like a little log cabin. I used Sizzix’s House/Pocket Stitchlet die to create my house, but you can also draw a simple house shape and create small felt doors, windows and other embellishments. Just like baking a gingerbread house, the fun is in the decorating!
• 9” X 12” Kunin Corduroy Felt in Walnut
• 9” X 12” Craft Cut of Kunin Classic Felt for embellishments
• Sizzix’s House/Pocket Stitchlet die
• Basic sewing supplies
• Embroidery floss.
1. Use the die and and a die cut machine to cut out the house pieces. I used Kunin’s Cream colored felt for the “icing”, Red felt for the door & heart embellishments, and Olive for the trees.
2. The most important thing to remember when assembling a felt creation is the order you sew the pieces on. Try to do it in an order that will keep your stitches hidden in the finished piece. For this ornament, I cut one house shape (make sure your Corduroy design is horizontal in order to make it look like a log house) and then hand-stitched the door windows, trim, trees, and heart onto the piece.
3. Next cut a second house shape for the back of the ornament. Attach the two house shapes together, wrong sides together, on three sides with a blanket or whip stitch.
4. Fill the ornament with stuffing and use the blanket or whip stitch to close it.
5. Load an embroidery needle with embroidery floss and poke it through the top of the ornament. Leave a loop and knot. This will give you a way to hang your ornament.
Designer Note: You can also glue the embellishments onto the felt instead of sewing them. Just be sure to allow them to dry completely before stitching the front and back of the house shape together.
You can now find an expanded color line of Kunin® Classicfelt; Kunin® Premiumfelt and Corduroy non-wovens fabrics in cut by the yard at your local Walmart; please inquire as to what is available in your area.
About Designer Laura Bray
Laura Bray lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, their daughter, and a guinea pig named Oreo. She loves to create beautiful and functional projects with felt. To see more of her felt creations, visit her blog at www.laurabraydesigns.com. She also collects felt craft projects on her Pinterest board at https://www.pinterest.com/laurabraydesigns/felt-crafts/