Gingerbread Man Applique Block

Pixie and Fairy wanted to sew some Christmas ornaments for gifts. They had been busy making German Stars, but they love hand sewing so I made this gingerbread man for them. I decided to make it one of our 6" x 6" applique blocks, and use the pattern to make ornaments. Although the pattern can be enlarged or reduced to meet your needs, we will probably make ornaments this size. If you wish to make ornaments, just cut 2 of the bodies, applique the front piece using the directions below, then sew the front and back together, using a running stitch. Leave a opening and lightly stuff the ornament, then finish sewing up the side. Simply add a loop at the top, using 6 strands of floss, and it will be ready to hang on a tree!

BTW... use our "clothing" as a suggestion. You can easily change his outfit or add different embroidery stitches. Just think of this as a starting point :)

The pattern for the Gingerbread Man Applique Block can be found HERE.

The tutorial on How to Enlarge and Reduce can be found HERE.

The tutorial on How to Cut Out Felt can be found HERE.

The Stitching Glossary can be found HERE.

Directions:
Refer to pattern and photo for applique placements and cutting instructions.

Make a copy of the pattern.

Cut out felt using material list above and pattern. Transfer any embroidery markings.

Using a running stitch, sew cookie to block using 2 strands floss

Using a blanket stitch, sew icing to cookie using 3 strands floss.

Using a running stitch, sew vest to icing at shoulders, arms and sides using 2 strands floss.

Using a blanket stitch, sew vest neckline and bottom edge to icing using 6 strands floss.

Using a stem stitch, embroider a line up the middle of the vest using 6 strands floss.

Using straight stitches, add detail to vest using 6 strands floss.

Using a running stitch, sew bow tie to icing using 2 strands floss.

Using a straight stitch, add detail to bow tie using 6 strands floss.

Using a stem stitch, add detail to arms and legs using 6 strands floss.

Using a back stitch, add mouth using 3 strands floss.

Using a woven spider wheel, add eyes using 6 strands floss.
 

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