Friday, December 9, 2011

Gingerbread Utensil Holders

I made these for both my daughters school Christmas parties.  I just love little felt ornaments and have been sewing a lot this year to tie on presents.  Last year I made a whole felt Nativity as well.  I just think felt ornaments are so charming!

Here's what you need:
brown felt
small black buttons
red buttons
embroidery floss or thread
pillow stuffing
red ribbon

I made my gingerbread pattern, by tracing around a cookie cutter I had in my cabinet.  Pin or hold pattern against felt and cut out as many gingerbread boys as you need.  I find it just as easy to hold the pattern on than to spend time pinning it down.  I also fold the felt a few times and cut four out at once.  You will need two gingerbread boys cut out of felt for each utensil holder.  Also cut a little tab of brown for each.

Next thread your needle with two strands of embroidery floss.  On one gingerbread boy, sew on the eyes, mouth and buttons.  I just did a simple running stitch for the mouth.  On a second gingerbread boy, sew on the tab using a whip stitch on each side.

Blanket stitch the two gingerbread boys together, be sure to stitch the hanger in the top.  After the party, the children can take these home to hang on the tree.  After you get about 3/4 of the way around, put the stuffing inside the body and stitch it closed.

Put the silverware and a candy cane in the little tab on the back and you're all done! 


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