This Gingerbread House Tissue Box Cover is a free crochet pattern by Nana’s Crafty Home!
Earlier this year I designed the Gnome Tissue Box Cover as a free crochet pattern and it was such a hit I wanted to add a new spin on that idea. The Gingerbread House Tissue cover works up so quickly and easily – the perfect way to add a touch of fun and whimsy to your Christmas Holiday home decor!
The Gingerbread House is basically the same as the Gnome pattern, I just added a fun roof edging, chimney and door to the main box cover. The chimney is centered over the tissue opening at the top of the house so that the tissue coming out looks like smoke. So cute!
I debated about crocheting up little embellishments to add to the house but I found some really cute foam sticker embellishments at Joann’s that were perfect. And, the best part is that you can completely customize your own gingerbread house any way you want! Want a snowman themed one? Hey, it’s your house! 😉
Or, even better, crochet the house and make a sticker kit for the little ones in your life and let them decorate their very own! You might be surprised at how much they would love a tissue box cover in their room. My grandson saw my Gnome tissue box cover and said, “Nana, I love him and I really need one of those in my room!” Needless to say, my gnome will be finding a new home soon. 😉
I used my favorite go-to economical yarn, Red Heart’s With Love yarn* which is a medium #4 weight acrylic. However, you could certainly substitute your favorite yarn in its place. Just make sure at various points of the pattern you make sure it will fit your tissue box – the top of the cover before starting the sides as well as making sure the length of the sides cover the whole tissue box.
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Gingerbread House Tissue Box Cover free crochet pattern
Pattern written in US crochet terminology
Size J (6.0 mm) crochet hook
(1) 1/4” white button for door handle
Coordinating embroidery thread for sewing button to door
Foam sticker embellishments for decoration
Approximate finished size: Fits standard cube size tissue box 5” tall x 4” wide.
Gauge: 16 sc rows x 15 sc st = 4” x 4”
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
st(s) = stitch(es)
sk = skip
sp = space
sl st = slip stitch
blo = back loop only
flo = front loop only
sk = skip
st = stitch
dc = double crochet
WS = wrong side
RS = right side
- Tissue box cover, chimney and door are crocheted separately and then assembled and sewn together at end.
- The top of the box cover is worked row by row. Remainder of cover is worked in seamless rounds.
- Ch 1 at beginning of row/round does not count as a stitch.
With Color A (white), ch 15
Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, and in each ch to end. Turn (14)
Row 2-8: ch 1, 1 sc in each st. Turn (14)
Row 9: ch 1, 1 sc in first st, 1 sc in next 2 st, ch 8, sk next 8 sts, 1 sc in last 3 st. Turn. (6 st + 8 ch)
Row 10: ch 1, 1 sc in first st, 1 sc in next 2 st, 8 sc in ch 8 sp, 1 sc in last 3 st. Turn. (14)
Row 11 – 16: ch 1, 1 sc in each st. Turn. (14)
Row 17: ch 1, (working along outside edge of square just made), 1 sc in next 13 st, 3 sc in last st, work 15 sc evenly along left side, 3 sc in corner, 13 sc along bottom edge, 3 sc in corner, 15 sc along right side, 3 sc in last corner. (68). Fasten off color A.
Now working in seamless rounds – place a stitch marker in the 1st st of each round – do not sl st join.
Switch to color B (brown)
Round 18: Working in blo, 1 sc in each st. (68) Note: working in the back loops only allows the sides of the cover to form.
Rounds 19 – 39: working in both loops, 1 sc in each st. (68). Note: Continue working rounds until your tissue box is completely covered. You may need to work more or fewer rounds to cover your tissue box.
At the end of round 39, sl st to first st.
Attach color A to any unused front loop from round 18 of cover with sl st, working in flo, sk next 2 st, *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next st, sk 2 st,* repeat between * * around, sl st to base of 1st st. Note: I worked a (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in each corner – you may need to skip fewer stitches to make that work).
Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Chimney sides (make 4)
With Color B, ch 8.
Row 1: (RS) 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch to end. Turn. (7)
Row 2: ch 1, 1 sc in each st. Turn. (7)
Row 3 – 4: repeat row 2.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing sides of chimney together.
With WS of two chimney sides together, using long tail left for sewing, sew sides together. Repeat on each side to form a square shape.
Attach Color A to top of chimney with sl st, sl st in each st around, sl st to 1st st.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.
With a long length of Color B, sew chimney to top of house centering chimney over the opening at top of cover (opening is row 9 of box cover).
With Color C, ch 6.
Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook & in each ch to end. Turn. (5)
Row 2: ch 1, 1 sc in each st. Turn. (5)
Row 3 – 5: repeat row 2.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Attach Color A to outside edge of door, sl st evenly around edge of door.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.
With embroidery thread, sew button to RS of door where desired.
With long tail left for sewing, sew door to bottom center of any side of the cover.
Add foam sticker embellishments to cover as desired!
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