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!

84 Responses to pattern for a half eaten gingerbread man

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  3. Angela Pea says:

    He is just TOO FUNNY! Thanks for the tutorial!

  4. Gep says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your half eaten gingerbread boy! thanks for positing instructions. I want to make one right now! I decorate my entire kitchen in a gingerbread theme at Christmas. Just perfect for me.

  5. Sheri says:

    So clever!! I’ll be posting a link on Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Laura Bray says:

    I just posted a link to this on my blog:

    This was a great tutorial. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Janet says:

    I’ve just made four of these great gingerbread men. They were a lot of fun. Thank you so much for the tutorial and I’ve linked back to you on my blog.

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  11. Dawn says:

    Love it.. Thanks

  12. Amanda says:

    That is way too cute for words! I love it!

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  14. ter says:

    how cute are these thank you soo much for sharing
    i know i will be making a few to put a smile on someones face and a happy spirit into the holiday going to a cookie exchange what a cute thank you this is going to be

  15. Debbe says:

    love the whimsical gingerbread man, thanks for sharing and your tutorial is very informative and well thought out.

  16. Kathleen S says:

    Thank you so much for this pattern! Got a bad case of the giggles when I first saw it. I’m planning on whipping a couple up for my xmas gingerbread tree today!

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  18. Andrea says:

    My troubles are over. I’ve been searching for an ornament that my 9yo could make for our family ornament exchange and this is it! She loves to sew, so this is perfect. She was delighted when she saw it and has been nagging me to help her start ever since. Thank you!

  19. Rebeca says:

    I bought a 1 foot (1/3 of a year) piece of brown/tan felt for this project and was able to make 16 gingerbread men! Everyone loves them!

  20. Geraldine says:

    I made 3 in no time at all. Perfect little gifts for my sewing group.

  21. Cathy says:

    Merci beaucoup, c’est sympa et rigolo, je vais en faire et l’ajouter au gâteau du sapin de Noël! Merci j’adore !

  22. Jeanette R. Buchanan says:

    Wonderful tutorial. Hope you are enjoying this “wintery weather.! Tomorrow we have an appointment with the accountant so Allan is going to take me to guess who (Yup JoAnn Fabric) as I need some fleece for my embroidery projects. I now have run out of what I had.
    Enjoy the Holidays. Jeanette

  23. Lucy says:

    This is so adorable – is there a pattern available to download?

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  25. Shasta says:

    This is a wonderful tutorial, and such a great idea. I made this with my nephew and he was quite tickled with it. A picture is on my blog.