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Tutorial: Gingerbread House Purse

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by E'Claire Makery

 

Today is the day, friends! My Christmas collection is officially here! Each weekday this week I’ll be releasing a new crochet pattern for FREE so that you can crochet some wonderful Christmas decorations. I am so excited about each of the designs that I’ve created, and can’t wait to share them with you! The pattern for the day is one of my favorites from my collection: my Gingerbread House Purse! Making gingerbread houses was one of my favorite memories with my family as a kid, and I always loved getting to make a house made of cookies and candy. This pattern turned out better than I could have hoped for, and I’m in love with it! It’s perfect for Christmas parties, holding presents, and one of the best ways to spread Christmas cheer! 

Gingerbread House Purse: FREE Crochet Pattern by E'Claire MakeryNot only is this year my first Christmas being married, but it’s my first year making crochet decorations! Now that I’ve gotten back into designing, I knew that I wanted to create some fun Christmas decorations to remember this Christmas season by. What better type of decorations to make than crocheted ones! After my 31 Days of Candy event, Premier Yarns contacted me to make a crochet Christmas collection similar to my 31 Days of Candy. I couldn’t believe it. A yarn company wanted me to create a collection of patterns that would showcase their yarn, and at the same time help promote me! One of my dreams was to be able to work with a yarn company, and here I am checking that off of my list.

They provided their amazing Premier® Everyday® Yarn, which instantly helped inspire me to create my collection! Not only is it extremely soft, squishy, and wonderful, but it also comes in a lovely range of colors. As a special treat for my readers/followers, Premier Yarns is offering 10% of all yarn purchases on their website if you use the code: EM10%. What a great way to be able to make my whole Christmas collection!

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(The rest of the post may be sponsored or contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link. See my full affiliate disclosure here.)

Supplies:

  • Gingerbread House: Premier Yarns Everyday Yarn in Caramel
  • Candy Accents: Premier Yarns Everyday Yarn in Really Red, Pine Green, Spa, and Baby Pink, White 
  • I/9 5.5 mm crochet hook (Click here to get some of my favorite hooks!)
  • scissors

Stitches Used:

  • st = stitch
  • sc = single crochet (UK double crochet)
  • dc = double crochet (UK treble crochet)
  • Rnd = Round
  • R = Row
  • Ch = chain

     

    Gingerbread House: Using Caramel Yarn

    R 1: Ch 32, starting in 3rd ch from hook, dc 30 across

    R 2-28: dc 30

    Fasten off and weave in ends

    To create the pointed roof:

    R 1:Sl st in last st, ch 2, dc dec in same st, dc 22 along top edge, dc dec 1, ch 2, turn

    R 2: Dc dec 1, dc 9, dc dec 1, dc 9, dc dec 1, ch 2 turn

    R 3: dc dec 1, dc 8, dc dec 1, dc 7, dc dec 1, ch 2, turn

    R 4: dc dec 1, dc 6, dc dec 1, dc 6, dc dec 1, ch 2, turn

    R 5: dc dec 1, dc 5, dc dec 1, dc 4, dc dec 1, ch 2, turn

    R 6: dc dec 1, dc 3, dc dec 1, dc 3, dc dec 1, ch 2, turn

    R 7: dc dec 1, dc 2, dc dec 1, dc 1, dc dec 1, ch 2, turn

    R 8: dc dec 3

     

    Door: Using Really Red Yarn

    R 1: Ch 12, starting in second ch from hook, dc 10

    R 2-7: Ch 2, turn, dc 10

    R 8: ch 1, sc 1, sk 1, dc 5 in next st, sk 1, sc 1, sk 1, dc 5, sk 1, sc 2

     

    Candy Cane Door Frame: Using Really Red and White

    Make 2 (1 in red and 1 in white) ch 50, fasten off and leave a tail for sewing to the purse

     

    Candy Cane Posts: Using Really Red and White

    Make 2 (1 in red and 1 in white) ch 40, fasten off and leave a tail for sewing to the purse.

     

    Gumdrop: make 5 (using candy accent yarn colors)

    Rnd 1: sc 5 in magic circle

    Rnd 2: sc 2 in each sc around

    Rnd 3: sc 10

     

    Candy Candy Braided Strap (Using Really Red and White)

    ch 160, fasten off and weave in ends. Make two in red and one in white.

    Once all three are done, braid them together to make the strap.

     

    Candy Swirl: (Using Candy Accent Colors)

    In 4 different colors, Ch 40, fasten off, leave a tail for sewing on one of the chains

    Then line up 4 chains in the color order you’d like, and cut off the yarn ends of 3 of the chains. Then twist them together. Roll the twisted chains up into a swirl, and taking one of the long strands of yarn you left on the chain, sew the chains together in their swirl.

    I’ve also created a video tutorial for how to make this candy swirl! You can check it out on my Youtube channel below:

     

    Frosting Scalloped edge (Using White)

    1. sl st into the first stitch along the edge of the roof                  

     2. ch 1 

    3. sc 1 in same st 

    3. Sk 1, dc 1 in the next st

    4. dc 4 in that same st   

    5. sk 1, sc 1

     Repeat steps 3-5 all the way along the rest of the edge of the roof.

     

    Assembly:

    Gingerbread House Purse: FREE Crochet Pattern

    Once all of your pieces are done, it’s time to put them all together!

    1. Position the Candy Swirl as pictured until it is completely

    2. Sew on the Candy Swirl until it is completely secure

     

    3. Position 4 of the gumdrops as pictured            

    4. Sew on each gumdrop until they’re completely secure

     

    Gingerbread House Purse: FREE Crochet Pattern

    5. Take the last gumdrop, and sew it onto the door   

    6. Then position the door as pictured   

     7. Sew the door on till it’s completely secure

    Candy Cane Photo Tutorial

    8. For the candy cane doorframe and the candy cane posts, first take the chain strands you made.

     

    Candy Cane Photo Tutorial

    9. Then begin twisting them together.

     

    Candy Cane Photo Tutorial

    10. Twist them together till they’re as tight as you want them.

    11. Position the candy cane frame around the door

    12. Sew candy cane frame onto the purse

    13. Take candy cane posts, and sew them on as pictured

     

    14. To sew the purse together, fold the purse in half right sides together as pictured. Then sew along the edges as the arrows indicate.

     

    15. The last step is to the sew the ends of the strap onto the purse on the inside edges. Once that is completed, then you’re all done!

    Congrats on finishing your new gingerbread house purse! Now you have a wonderful accessory to carry around with you throughout the whole holiday season. I can’t wait to take this purse to all of the Christmas parties I’m going to! I’d love to see your finished purse! Tag me in your photos using the hashtag #eclairemakery and tagging my account @eclairemakery. Can’t wait to see your creations! Stay tuned tomorrow for the next part of my Christmas collection!

    Happy stitching!

    ~Claire

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