Friday, December 13, 2013

Free Crochet Pattern...Gingerbread House Throw Pillow!


This sweet little throw pillow is super easy to crochet and makes a fun addition to your holiday decor.  The real fun comes with the decorating...add crochet "gumdrops" button "candies" ribbon, ric-rac, beads, or whatever you have on hand!

Gingerbread House Throw Pillow
By Jennifer Dickerson



Materials:

  • J (6.0 mm) Crochet Hook
  • 1 skein of light brown worsted weight yarn (look for a good cookie color, I used Red Heart Super Saver in the "Warm Brown" colorway)
  • Several yards of worsted weight white yarn for "icing"
  • Yarn scraps in different colors for multicolored "gumdrops," heart applique, embroidery, etc.
  • Other embellishments (buttons, beads, ribbon, ric rac, etc)
  • Pillow Stuffing (you can use Poly Fill, yarn scraps, fabric scraps, cotton balls, etc )
  • Tapestry Needle

Sizing:

  • 7 inches wide
  • 9 inches tall


Instructions for House Body (Make 2):

Ch 18
In the second ch from the hook, work a sc.  Work a sc in each ch across to end.
Row 1: Ch 1 and turn.  In the first st and each st across row, work a sc.
Repeat row 1 until height is equal to the width, making a square.

Decrease for roof:

Row 1: Ch 1 and turn.  Skip first st and work a sc in the next st.  Work a sc in each st across until 2 sts remain.  Skip second to last st and sc in last st.
Repeat row 1 until 3 sts remain on the row.  Skip first st and work a sc in each of the two remaining sts.
Next row: ch 1 and turn.  Skip first st, work a sc in next st and fasten off.  Weave in any ends that remain.



Decorate the Gingerbread House:

Choose one of the house shapes as the front, decorate using the gumdrop instructions below, or add any of the embellishments that you'd like.



Instructions for Gumdrops:

Note: I made mine in red and green, but you can make yours in a rainbow of colors, just like real candy.

Chain 4 and join with a slip stitch to form a ring.  Work 12 sc into center of ring.  Join to close the gumdrop and fasten off.  Be sure to pull the tail on the back from the middle tightly to close up center hole and trim.  Weave in all ends.



Click here for one round heart pattern...

You can either sew buttons, etc or glue buttons, ric-rac, etc with hot glue.



Instructions for Snowy Window:

Ch 6
Row 1: In each st across work a sc.
Ch 1 and turn.  Repeat row 1 for a total of 4 rows.  Fasten off and weave in ends.
Tie on white yarn and work a sc in each st around the window, and 3 sc in each corner.  Fasten off and weave in ends.
If you like, take a small piece of yarn and stitch window panes as shown with a tapestry needle.  Sew or hot glue window to house.



Instructions for Front Door:

Ch 6
Row 1: In each st across work a sc.
Ch 1 and turn.  Repeat row 1 for a total of 6 rows.  Fasten off and weave in ends.
To decorate the door, I just stitched a red and green edge and topped it off with a few "dallops" of icing by making french knots.  A button makes a nice doorknob.  Sew or hot glue everything to house.

Click here to learn how to make a french knot...



Assembly and Finishing of House:

After house is fully decorated, sandwich house together (right sides facing out) and seam by single crocheting them together (using brown yarn), leaving an opening at the bottom for stuffing.  Stuff pillow with poly-fill or stuffing of your choice, try not to over stuff.  Close opening by continuing to work the sc around pillow.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

Scalloped Icing Edging:

Note: Corner scallops have 5 dc and side scallops have 3 dc.

Tie on white yarn in one of the corners.  Ch 3 (counts as first dc) and work 4 more dc in same st.  Work a slip st in next st and then skip the next st.  Continue by working 3 dc in the next st, then a sl st into the next, then skip the next st.  Continue in this manner all the way around (3 dc for side scallops 5 dc for corner scallops).  Fasten off and weave in ends.

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