Here are TEN EASY STEPS to make a Gingerbread Man…and this one is guaranteed NOT to add anything to the waistline! All you need are two pieces of brown wool and some white yarn/embroidery floss…or whatever thread you have..or you could use buttons.
Step 1~ Draw a Gingerbread Man Shape onto a piece of Freezer Paper and cut it out.
Step 2~ Iron this shape (shiny side down) on to a piece of brown wool. Pin another piece of wool to the back of the wool…see how there are two layers of brown wool sandwiched under the template.
Step 4~ Machine Sew all around the paper shape being careful not to sew onto the paper. Leave a small opening…see his left leg..This picture shows the side without the paper as I wanted you to see the stitching…
Step 5~ Carefully cut the GBM out leaving a scant 1/4” from the stitching line. (see picture) Use the paper as a guide…
Step 6~ Do NOT trim the area around the opening as you will trim it after your GBM is stuffed.
Step 7~ Stuff your GBM.
I used this stuffing…super soft and easy to handle. I bought it at my new BFF’s, JoAnn’s!
Step 8~ Hand stitch the hole closed and then trim…you can’t even see where the hole was. Looks like he’s about to run away, doesn’t he?
Step 9~ Blanket Stitch (by hand) using wool thread or perle cotton right around your GBM…this will hide your machine stitching and will give your GBM a nice finished look…add the eyes and X for buttons…or use buttons (I didn’t have any…:( Remember to bury your knots.
Step 10~ Arrange your greenery, berries and GBM in your flour sieve or jar/Christmas tin.
DANG cute, don’t you think! And DANG easy!
Thanks Anne…for the idea and the inspiration!!
This morning we are hiking to Bob Hope’s house…too bad he’s no longer ‘with us’ or we would stop by for a cold drink and a visit…share a laugh or two..just for the memories…Guess what I will be singing all the way up…and all the way down…and probably for the rest of the day!
Have a terrific Tuesday and Happy Quilting!~P
And….Thanks for the Memories….