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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Felt Gingerbread Man Ornament (tutorial + pics) on: December 17, 2010 04:31:23 PM
I made this gingerbread ornament for an exchange at a Christmas party I'm going to. The best part? I made it for under $5!  Grin

(My exposure's a little dark. The actual color of the gingerbread man can be seen below.)

Now for the tutorial... I've never made a tutorial to go along with my crafts, but here goes!

You'll need:

1 sheet of a brownish-colored felt (makes 2 ornaments)
1 bottle of 3D fabric paint or puff paint in white
1 spool of 1/4" thick ribbon in whatever color you'd like (organdy sheer was my first choice, plus, it was on sale hehe)
2 4x6" index cards
a needle and thread
a small tube of superglue

1. To begin, cut your felt sheet into fourths. You'll use 2 per ornament.

2. Next, draw the outline of a gingerbread man to use as a pattern on one of your index cards and cut it out.

3. Trace the pattern onto one of your sheets of felt.

4. Stacking 2 pieces of felt on one another, cut out your gingerbread shape.

5. Now take your index card pattern again and trace it onto the other card. Inside your traced lines, draw another outline about 1/4" in.

You'll have a skinnier gingerbread man outline. Cut on the lines for the skinny outline.

5. Begin sewing the 2 pieces together, but before you get too far, insert the skinny pattern in between the two felt pieces. This will make your ornament a bit more sturdy-feeling.

Continue to sew all the way around the gingerbread man, using big stitches. Pull the thread as you go so that it's slightly taut and the edges of the felt get a little bit wavy. Make sure you end on the same side you started on so both of your knots are on the same side.

6. When you're done, and tie off your thread you have an almost-done gingerbread man!

7. Next, use the fabric paint to put the "icing" on your gingerbread man. I covered the stitches and tie-off knots on the front side with the paint. Get creative and have fun!

8. After at least 4 hours (or overnight) of drying, you can add the ribbon. I sewed the hanger loop (about 6" of ribbon) to the top of the head. Then I sewed the tied bow (another 6" or so of ribbon) to the front and secured the hanger in the back.

I used a touch of superglue to keep the ends of the ribbon from fraying.
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