pattern for a half eaten gingerbread man

December 19th, 2007

Only six days until christmas and amazingly there is no furious sewing in this house. Just one more gift to make and then we’re off to Grandma’s house. There are always a couple people I forget and they are always the ones ready with a gift for me. So I thought I’d make a few ornaments to keep in my bag for those awful, awkward moments. I’m sure there are people like that in your life too: the weird cousin, the super smiley coworker. I thought I’d pass on a pattern for a gingerbread man ornament that can be whipped up quickly just in case you forgot someone. Click here to download the gingerbread man pattern and instructions. I included some pictures with the instructions below as well. If you make one let me know!

brown or tan wool felt
a tiny bit of white felt too
some stuffing (polyfil, etc.)
red, white, and black embroidery thread
white mini rickrack
fray check
two red buttons
glue stick


1. cut out template and pin to felt. Cut out one gingerbread man out of felt.

2. for the eyes cut two small circles out of the white felt and attach them to the gingerbread man with one black french knot each. With a backstitch, sew a small circle for the mouth. Sew buttons on with white embroidery thread–to make them look like candies, sew from the button holes to the outside edge of the button. Cut pieces of mini rickrack for trim on two arms and the leg, dab all the ends with fray check, and use the glue stick to tack them down.

3. cut a rectangle as big as your gingerbread man out of felt. Pin your decorated man to this rectangle. Make a loop of rickrack and tuck it in between the layers on your gingerbread man’s head (to hang him from later). Stitch by machine or by hand from A to B (the long way) 1/8inch from the edge. Be sure to catch all the rickrack as you stitch.

4. cut off the extra felt.

5. stuff the little man lightly and sew up the opening.

6. hang him up or give him away!

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  3. Ruth Robinson says:

    wonderful and oh so cute!

  4. Margaret says:

    Thank you for sharing such a cute pattern! I loved making these as gifts for our neighbours this Christmas.

  5. Aderi says:

    Un encanto!!!

    Gracias por el tutorial, el año que viene no faltaran en mi casa.

    Un beso, Aderi.

  6. April says:

    This is a great pattern! I made 10 of them this year for my kiddos and their cousins. I have two left that I need to finish. I used small googly eyes instead of white felt and black embroidery thread. Turned out great!

  7. Julie says:

    I ordered the felt and bought all the supplies at Hobby Lobby. I made 10 of them!! It was a job but worth it for little Christmas gifts for next Christmas. These are just SO CUTE!! Thanks so much for sharing – great instructions!!

  8. Sherry says:

    Great Idea!! I have the felt and trims. I am going to start making some soon so I will have them for next year.

  9. Julie says:

    I decided to make a bunch of these since I was going to do the project. I made 13! They are the cutest!! Thank you for the great tutorial and for sharing your adorable creation!