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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Primitive Gingerbread Ornament or doll -- A PATTERN AND A HOW TO!!!

I love primitives.  I love gingerbread men.  So I decided to share a pattern and a tutorial with you. 

The following takes only slight sewing skill.  If you can hand sew a straight stitch or do a basic stitch on a sewing machine , you can make this craft.

What you'll need:

scrap of fabric(s)--I used scraps of cotton fabric in brown tones but you can use whatever color you wish
jute string
sewing machine and/or sewing needle and thread
small amount of polyfill stuffing
safety pins--rusty (find these at a craft store)
instant coffee and brush
ground cinnamon

1.  Copy the pattern below.  (I don't have it in a pdf file but you can copy and paste it to a Word file and then print.  Or freehand it).If the size is too big for you cut it down.  Make your ornament as big or little as you like. Cut out and trace onto fabric which has been folded in half with the right sides facing each other.  Trace using a thin sharpie on the wrong side of the fabric.

2.  Next, sew on tracing lines all the way around leaving NO openings.  Cut out around gingerbread man about 1/4 of an inch. Cut a slit in the back of the gingerbread man (doesn't really matter what side) in the middle of the man.  DO NOT CUT THROUGH BOTH FABRICS--ONLY ONE SIDE!  Then turn inside out.

3.  Stuff gingerbread man lightly with the polyfill.  Sew up the back by hand with a whip stitch.  (If you don't know what that is, look it up on google)!

4.  Tie a piece of jute string around the neck and knot.  Add 3 rusty safety pins .  On the back make a "hanger" using thread.

5.  Next put a small amount of instant coffee in a cup (a couple of teaspoons), mix with about a 1/4 cup hot water, and brush on gingerbread men so they are really dark.  Then sprinkle with ground cinnamon. 

6.  Air dry or bake in the oven on a cookie sheet at 150 degrees F for about and hour.  Your ornie or doll should be really stiff.  And you're done!!  Enjoy!!Wasn't that easy????


  1. The pattern is not there- it is a triangle with an exclamation mark in the middle of it