Friday, 18 December 2009

The Crafter's Way 122 - Aussie Gingerbread Man

This is the last Messenger column for this year. "The Crafter's Way" will return mid January.

Gingerbread Decoration.

To make a Gingerbread Decoration you are going to need: 1 piece tan felt (this will make 2). Sewing needle, Stranded cotton, ribbon for hanging, small amount of stuffing (optional).If making the Aussie Gingerbread Man you will also need a small scrap of Christmas fabric.

Step 1: Trace off 2 each of template or draw your own shape.

Step 2: Transfer face markings to 1 felt shape; this will be the front. If small children are making these you might also like to make some small dots as stitching guides.

Step 3: Stitch eyes, mouth etc on front.

Step 4: Place 2 felt shapes together and start stitching using running stitch.

Step 5: When you get to the middle of the head, fold ribbon in half, insert ribbon and secure. Continue stitching. If you wish to stuff your gingerbread man leave a small opening. Gently insert stuffing then stitch opening close.

To make the Aussie Gingerbread Man Follow steps 1-3, Using template trace a pair of board shorts from the Christmas fabric. Place 2 felt shapes together with shorts on top and join together using blanket stitch. Continue with Step 5 as above.

Personalise your Gingerbread man by mixing and matching the above instructions for stitching. Replace face stitching with sequins or buttons. To make a brooch: reduce template by 50%.

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1 comment:

Pauline McArthur said...

Hey Trish!!! I just designed my own 3-D Gingerbread man to go with my Snowman (Slush & Ginger) but I LOVE your Aussie version!!! So cute - wish I'd thought of the boardies!!!! : )