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!

Sunday, 16 November 2014

This years costume... Headless bride a little late.. Oh well.

This years costume has been on my radar for some while. I've seen variations of it on the internet but I've just not had enough time to prepare...
 Until now.
It started with finding the perfect dress and that is hard to do without bleeding yourself dry ( pun intended ) after many failed thrift stores I had found myself at the local value village calling Kahuna for a sound board over a $50 dollar dress.. Can't lie. It was awesome but I knew I had to out at least a other 20-30 dollars more in accessories and paints etc. We agreed I should keep trying.

I ended up scoring one at salvation army for $15!! However while taping up my best friend in a long sleeved with duct tape to get the body form... I had to cut it off her body and with doing that a 20 dollar bra got snipped off. Whooooops!!!!

That sucked don't drink and craft friends.....

After that I stuffed it with the grocery bags that seem to reproduce in my closet and made homemade paper mache and slapped that on.. Followed by a paint job and some gloves filled with polyester filling and pipe cleaners it all came together in about a week. Oh and I shoves PVC pipe up the torso and that was tapped into a backpack.

I was the only one at my office dressed up... Ugh..however I went out for lunch and got all kinds of great reactions downtown and of course the kids this year at our house lost it!! Some of them stopped walking because they couldn't quite figure out what they were seeing.

This was  totally one of my favorite's now I've already begun next years plans. 

Monday, 10 November 2014

Do you like sneaking in quickies?
I have a dirty secret I have kept my Kahuna this weekend… I had… a secret.. quickie. He went away this weekend for a hockey tournament and decided to indulge in my quickie about an hour before he came home… I just couldn’t help myself! I try to be good but sometimes… quickies gotta happen. Let me be less economical with the truth. I suffer from jumping craft to craft. There must be 6 ...8....10 projects on the go across the craft spectrum. Some are a long term commitment ( that pies and tarts quilt will ONE DAY be finished.. one year maybe is better term?) and others are shorter terms ( HST quilt ALMOST DONE!) and a sweater I have been working on.. but nothing has been finished in ages. There is like zero sense of accomplishment and it gets to the point when I walk into my craft room I just stare at the projects more than I work on them.. and then I avoid them.. because I am so far away.. I NEED TO FINISH something.

 I need to feel like “ Yes I can finish” “ Yes I am accomplishing stuff” “ why yes I have finished something recently.” So I needed a fix… another project.

 However whenever I have been found stroking a new pattern or ball of yarn in my room Kahuna will softly say “ do you need to start another? Maybe you should finish that quilt first??? I’m just saying..” I know he is right.. but he doesn’t understand..

Back to him being gone….

A co worker put out a call to sew together some doggie jackets for Dogs at risk on the street and since I’ve decided this is the “ Month of YES” I said YES!!! And then sneaked in a my quickie and I feel like I’m back in the saddle. Phew. And.. He still doesn’t know. Mwahahahahaha! Back to the HST quilt le sigh.