Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Felt Gingerbread Men Tutorial

I went to the block watch meeting this week on my street. Someone asked where I lived. I responded the house with the Christmas Lights ( Kahuna puts them up November 11th in the afternoon EVERY year ) I immediately  got the nickname "Christmas Lights" when people were referring to me... Oh well its not like Christmas spirit is bad is it?

Back at my house away from the scowling neighbors I've been messing in the craft room and making these and boy are they piling up right now. Ever feel like something you've made has life or.. character? When I finish these I smile right back at them.

Want to make some? Of course you do!

Here is what you'll need.

- the template sheet at the bottom of this post
- brown felt, approx. 6 x 7 in (15 x 18 cm)
- red felt, approx. 1.5 x 1.5 in (4 x 4 cm)
- white felt, approx. 1 x 3 in (2.5 x 8 cm)
- Two black 5mm mini brads and ( optional ) two pink 5mm mini brads
- red, brown and white embroidery floss or sewing thread
- ribbon 10 inches ( 25 cm )
- stuffing and a chopstick, pencil or other small stuffing tool
- needle, pen and a pair of scissors

1.      For the Gingermen : Use the Templates provided below and cut out two Gingerbread bodies, two red buttons or small circles of red felt cut into button shapes. 
For the Gingerladies: Use the Template provided and cut out two Gingerbread bodies, one heart shape. OPTIONAL: You may prefer the look of felt stripes instead of ric-rac.

2.      Using a pencil or pen draw lightly the shape of the mouth and placement of the eyes and the cheeks. Taking three stands of embroidery floss sew along your mouth line in a back-stitch.

3.      Insert your eye brads and cheek brads (optional) brads. I like to take my big fat darning needle and poke it into the felt and wiggle it around making a little larger hole so I can get my brads through. Flare out the legs on the wrong side of the felt to keep it in place.

4.      Take 3 strands of red floss and sew on your Gingerbread persons buttons or heart using a running stitch or a stitch of your desire. Looking adorable already eh?

5.      Take 1 strand of white embroidery floss or sewing thread and sew on the ric-rac with running stitch in desired places. I make mine longer than I need to and then cut it down.

6.      Place the front and back Gingerbread body pieces together and sew around the edge with running stitch in 3 strands of brown sewing floss.
hide your stitch in between your layers

Pin your ribbon in the middle at the head where your ornament will hang by. Flip back and forth as you sew to ensure you are catching both sides of body to help keep your stitching neat on both sides.

Leave a gap large enough for your finger and stuff the Gingerbread Person with the stuffing. Then sew up the remaining gap with continued running stitch. I like to hide my finishing knot in between the two layers by wrapping a loop around a stitch between the layers of felt and creating the knot there.

TEMPLATE <-- clicky="">

This tutorial is for non commercial use only: You can use it to make as many Gingerbread people as you want for yourself or as gifts, but please don't make any for commercial sale. If you want to blog about this please remember to credit me and link back to the original source.

Oh and send me picks of your adorable gingerbread peoples.

AND if you are too lazy to make them you can buy them here

AAAaaaaand if you want to make one but don't have the supplies you can buy here

Well I should get back to my tree skirt!! I got a long ways to go!

Happy Crafting!

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