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Topic: Felt Gingerbread Man Ornament (tutorial + pics)  (Read 5209 times)
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jenihana
« 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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« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2010 05:07:46 PM »

What a cute project! Thanks for the tutorial! This looks like a great project to make with my nephews!
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« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2010 05:28:08 PM »

What a great gift and inexpensive, too!
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« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2010 07:13:14 PM »

What a cute project! Thanks for the tutorial! This looks like a great project to make with my nephews!

Thank you! Have fun! Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2010 07:16:28 PM »

What a great gift and inexpensive, too!

Yeah! Thank you! Being a college student = appreciating inexpensive and DIY. Tongue
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« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2010 03:04:44 AM »

Awww so cute!!  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2010 08:37:02 AM »

Adorable. Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2010 09:42:32 AM »

These are so cute! I made some last year for gifts and everyone loved them! I really like your idea of putting the smaller pattern inside to give it some strength. Mine were kind of floppy. Yours are awesome!
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« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2010 10:13:31 PM »

These are so cute! I made some last year for gifts and everyone loved them! I really like your idea of putting the smaller pattern inside to give it some strength. Mine were kind of floppy. Yours are awesome!

Thank you! I was going to try stuffing them with a little bit of batting (well, cotton balls, hehe), but decided the limbs were too thin and that it probably wasn't worth the trouble.
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« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2010 10:15:13 PM »

Adorable. Thanks for sharing!

Thank you! Cheesy
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