Thursday, December 8, 2011

Felt Gingerbread Ornament Tutorial

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To make one boy and one girl:
9" x 12" piece of felt, light brown
Matching embroidery floss
3-Dimensional Paint (white & black)
5 Buttons, green
2 - 12" pieces of 1/4" red ribbon
Small amount of fiberfill
Heavy thread for hanger
Craft glue or a hot glue gun

Misc items:
Scissors, needles, paper, pins 

1. Print out patterns. Be sure the printed line on the pattern piece measures 3" so that your ornament will be the proper size. Click on the images below. Make sure they are enlarged (do this by clicking on them), print out.

2. Cut out the boy and girl pattern pieces. Fold your felt in half, pin the patterns to the felt and cut out cutting through both layers of fabric. Remove the paper pattern and pin the two pieces of felt back together.

3. You will notice that your floss has six strands. Cut your floss into 18" pieces. Separate the strands so that you have 2 - 3 strand pieces. Beginning at the side of the head, stitch around the gingerbread person and stop (don't tie off) at the other side of the head. You will need to leave the top open for stuffing. I like to use a blanket stitch but you can use any stitch you are comfortable with. Small stitches look much nicer. Stuff very lightly and then stitch the top of the head closed. A pencil with the eraser end is a great tool for pushing your stuffing into the gingerbread person.

4. Apply the buttons to the front of the gingerbread guys (2 for the boy, 3 for the girl). Instead of sewing them on like you would a button, I like to run the thread down into the first hole, all the way through, then back up through the second hole. Tie a knot pulling slightly to form an indentation. Cut about 1/2" away from button then "scruff" up the floss by separating after the knot. This is a cute effect.

5. Thread your hanging thread through the top of the head and tie off leaving about 3" for hanging. Trim thread about 1/2" from knot.

6. Using the 3-Dimensional black paint, make two little eyes and a smile. Make the wavy icing on the head, hands, feet, and bottom of the girl's dress using the white 3-Dimensional paint. I love the way this paint looks like frosting!

7. Make bows from the 2 pieces of red ribbon, glue to neck and let ornaments dry.


  1. Popping over from Etsy Blog Team...what a completely adorable pair! Thanks for sharing your talents. Happy Holidays from Vancouver!

  2. Those are very cute!! TFS

  3. I love gingerbread men and women! They are so cute!


  4. oh what cute gingerbread ornaments!!!! thank you for the tutorial!!!!!

  5. These are really cute! All of your fun sweet treats ornaments makes me want to do a small table top tree just to make them!

  6. cute! great tutorial. thanks for sharing!

  7. I love anything with gingerbread people; they're just so cute! (I have gingerbread oven mitts I can't wait to get out from the box of Christmas stuff.)

    Thanks for the tutorial!

  8. So cute! And even I can make these...LOL :)

  9. Great tutorial! The ornaments are so cute! =)
    from Blogging Buddies

  10. Super cute and you make it look so easy! Thanks for sharing!

  11. I love this tutorial! Should be fun to create these dolls!

  12. How cute! Thanks for sharing. I am pinning this DIY for my daughter and for me!

  13. Oh, I am loving gingerbread decorations. Last year we bought one but it wasn't felt... hm now when I think of it I have forgotten what it was... I guess it's time to open the Christmas decoration box.. :)

  14. those are so cute. thanks for sharing your tutorial.

  15. =D What a great tutorial! Those are sooooo cute! Thanks for sharing =)

  16. what cute gingerbread people! Those would make a wonderful tree decoration, just all over the place! {:-D

  17. These are so cute, Sheryl--just like your digital images!

  18. Wonderful tutorial ~ they are adorable ~ love them ~thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey)

  19. What cuties! I like how you designed the girl, too.

    Artful Rising

  20. They are so adorable!! I love how you designed them, sweet! Thank you for sharing your tutorial, you make it look so easy!

  21. super cute! they almost look like you could bite into them :)

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