Looking for a gift that is just that little bit different. I am making this gorgeous gingerbread house gift box for many of my family and friends this year, and to make it extra special, filling it with homemade treats. The house is a gorgeous addition to anyone’s Christmas decorating, and can be used for many years to come.
- ½m Ginger coloured Felt
- 80x40cm lining fabric (I have used a Christmas print)
- 1 piece of thick cardboard (I used a 2mm thick boxboard – available from art
- supply stores)
- PVA glue
- Hot glue gun
- Embroidery threads
- Stanley Knife or Rotary cutter (for cardboard)
- 4 clothes pegs
- Embroidery Machine
- Sewing Machine with a three step zigzag
- Gingerbread House Design collection by Julie Hall Designs
- Take the felt and cut into 2 strips, wide enough to fit your embroidery hoop
- Layer stabiliser and felt and hoop up, and embroider all 7 designs to form the house.
- Using a pair of sharp dressmakers scissors, cut around each of the designs as close as possible without trimming the outline threads (Hint: I don’t suggest using rotary cutter for this step, as I constantly trimmed the threads trying to get close enough).
- Take the base and 4 sides, and join together with a three step zig zag (I used a width setting of 6 and a length of .3)
- Take the two roof sections, and join together in the same manner.
- Using the same 3 step zig zag stitch, join up the side panels to create the box. (Hint: One of the fabulous things about felt is the way it recovers itself after being distorted. Don’t worry too much about manipulating the fabric to join together, it will return to it’s former shape once steamed with an iron.)
- Using the templates provided, trace the outlines onto the cardboard, 3 base and square sides, 2 gabled sides, and two roof sections.
- Using a rotary cutter or Stanley knife, carefully cut out the cardboard. Take the PVA Glue, and place a fine film over each of the cardboard pieces, set aside until tacky.
- Take your lining fabric, and press with an iron.
- Lay the lining fabric out, and arrange the cardboard on (as per the picture), leaving a 2mm gap between each piece. Leave to dry.
- Trim around the cardboard layout leaving approximately 1 – 1.5cm around each edge.
- Take the PVA and run a bead around each of the top edges of the cardboard. Pull the fabric around to be adhered by the glue. Leave to dry.
- Take the roof section, run a bead of PVA around all edges, and pull fabric around to adhere. Leave to dry.
- Turn the cardboard and fabric over so that the fabric side is up., and there the two pieces of fabric will join to form the sides, run a bead of PVA glue. Pull all sides up to form the box, and secure to dry with the 4 pegs.
- Remove the pegs from the cardboard, and place the fabric covered box into the embroidered box.
- Take the roof section lining and embroidered roof, run a bead of glue around the lining, and join both sections together. Leave to dry.
- Take your PVA glue and run a bead of glue between the fabric box and the embroidered box. I take the iron out here and press all sides which assists in the glue drying, and gives a pressed, square look to the box.
- Take out the hot glue gun, and (working quickly), run a bead of hot glue around one side of the house (from roof top to roof top).
- Quickly place the roof onto the house, and hold down for 20 seconds to secure.
- You will now have one side of the house open to put your “gift” in, whilst the other side is secure and will not be lost.
I hope you enjoy this tutorial, and remember, for the next week, you can get this fantastic design for 50% off, using the code INJULY at checkout. Click HERE to find the design on our website.
Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day. Julie.