Posted 2nd Dec 2013
With the festive season almost here it's the perfect time to get crafting and add a homemade touch to Christmas. Simplicity (www.simplicitynewlook.com), the sewing pattern specialists, are here to offer you a helping hand, this week with their step-by-step guide to creating a quick and easy Christmas gingerbread house
To make the gingerbread house you will need:
Simplicity sewing pattern 2545
70cm of tan fleece
7.5 x 10cm piece of red fleece (door)
7.5cm square piece of white fleece (windows)
2.5m of 6mm wide decorative trim
50cm of 6mm wide flat lace trim
90cm of 7cm wide scalloped edge trim
55 x 76cm piece of cardboard
Candy cane and snowflake charms (optional)
Silver fabric paint
Scalpel or knife to cut cardboard, plus protective mat
Follow the Simplicity template for the House ‘H' and cut out the house base, roof and chimney from tan fleece. Cut out the door in red fleece and windows from the white fleece. Cut all pieces out of cardboard too.
TIP: When cutting the cardboard use a scalpel or single edge razor with a protective mat underneath.
Centre the cardboard on the back of the fleece and trim to 2cm all around each piece. Clip the corners and, using the glue gun, glue the cardboard in place. Wrap all edges of the fleece and glue to the inside of the cardboard.
Transfer the pattern markings to the cardboard using a pencil. Score along the fold lines, lightly running a knife along the line to pierce the surface. Bend the house base sides up along the fold lines and glue at the corners. Place the roof on top of the base and glue in place.
TIP: Fill the gingerbread house with tissue paper to help give structure.
Glue the straight edge of the scalloped edge trim along both sides of the roof. Glue a second row of scalloped edge trim below the first row.
Next, bend the chimney along the fold lines and on the inside tape in place. Glue the straight edge of the 6mm wide flat trim around the upper edge of the chimney, lapping the ends of the trim. Glue the chimney to the top of the roof.
To decorate, glue the fleece for the windows and door to the cardboard and cut out. Glue the 6mm wide decorative trim to the base, the roof line and lower edges.
Glue the door to the front of the gingerbread house, with the windows on either side. Then, glue the candy cane charm to the centre of the door and the snowflake charm above the door.
Finally, paint dots around the outer edges of the windows and glue the buttons to the roof and front of the gingerbread house.
For more Christmas focused sewing patterns, handy how-to videos and to pick up the pattern of the week, take a look at the Simplicity website www.simplicitynewlook.com.
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