Crochet Candy Cottage Gingerbread House Tutorial Part 1

Candy Cottage Gingerbread House free tutorials on pinkmambo.com

OMG I’m having cuteness overload here! How sweet is this little crochet pink and white trimmed gingerbread house? I loved designing and making it. In contrast to my previous gingerbread house designs, I’ve chosen a yummy pink and white color scheme for the frosting and candy. The whole thing is mostly single crocheted and chains, and crocodile stitch for the roof. We’ll talk more about those pieces in Part 2. Today’s post is the first of three. Here is the posting schedule:

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Posting schedule

Thursday November 19: Part 1: This post. Gathering materials and making the chipboard support structure

Monday, November 23: Part 2: Crocheting and affixing the gingerbread parts

Thursday, November 26: Part 3: Frosting and candy decorations

Tutorial Part 1: Gathering materials and making the chipboard support structure

Finished house size

9″ tall x 10″ wide x 8″ deep

Materials

For chipboard support structure

  • 6 pieces of 8.5 x 11 inch chipboard or cereal box sides
  • Hot glue gun w/glue sticks
  • Utility knife
  • Ruler or straight edge
  • Pen or pencil

For crochet pieces

Worsted/aran weight yarn (I used I Love This Yarn by Hobby Lobby in Toasted Almond, White, Pink and Soft Pink

  • 425 yds/389m tan
  • 100 yds/92m white
  • 40 yds/37m light pink
  • 25 yds/23m pink

Size G/6/4.00m crochet hook

Tapestry needle

151102_Candy_Cottage_ Step 6 photoInstructions for Chipboard Support Structure

Note: Save or print your pdf with pattern pieces for Chipboard Support Structure here.

Candy Cottage Gingerbread House chipboard support structure materialsStep 1:

Print the pdf template pages and temporarily tape each to a piece of chipboard.

Cut out the outlined patterns.


Crochet Candy Cottage Gingerbread House cut out chipboard pieces

Step 2:

Lightly score the fold lines with ruler and utility knife. Only scratch the surface, do not cut.

Turn the chipboard over, score side down, and bend each fold up 90 degrees.

151102_Candy_Cottage Step 2 photo

Step 3:

Glue the side walls to the front and back walls.

151102_Candy_Cottage Step 3 photo

151102_Candy_Cottage Step 4 photo

Glue the two roof pieces together along the roof peak (not shown).

Step 4:

To center the roof, make evenly spaced reference marks on the inside of the roof, using the base of the front or back wall as a guide.

151102_Candy_Cottage Step 5 photo

 

Step 5:

Glue the curved roof one tab at a time to the front and back walls.

151102_Candy_Cottage_ Step 6 photo

I hope you will enjoy getting your materials together and making this little chipboard house to adorn with crochet gingerbread, frosting and candies! I’ll see you Monday with part 2 of the tutorials!

PS I have news! I’m sending out my first regular Carolyn Christmas Designs newsletter to newsletter subscribers on Saturday. So make sure you’re signed up! If you’re already signed up, it will tell you. If you subscribe to the blog posts by email, this is not the same thing. You’ll need to also sign up for the newsletter because that’s an entirely different thing coming to your inbox! For this week’s newsletter, I’ve planned a little Thanksgiving-related gift for you that will be exclusive to newsletter subscribers. It’s just a taste of the wonderful things I have planned for newsletter subscribers for 2016!

xo Carolyn

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