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Monday, December 5, 2011

Day 7 - Twelve Days of Christmas Share-a-thon

Wow gals, you have overwhelmed me with all your comments about the projects and recipes I have shared so far.  I want to say a personal thank you to each one of you...there have been so many comments that I just can't response to them all, so please know that I have read them and do appreciate you taking the time to visit my humble blog each day!  I am truly blessed by all of you.

Day 7 - Gingerbread Men Ornies or Bowl Fillers

You will need the following for each gingerbread man:

12" x 12" piece of muslin or osnaburg
coffee staining mixture (recipe can be found in my Prim How-to tab above)
3 small black buttons
two black  peppercorns for eyes
strip of torn holiday homespun for tie
blush for cheeks
Rusty bell

Cut out the pattern below and lay it on your doubled over fabric.  Feel free to adjust the size to fit what you want.

Trace the pattern on to the fabric with a pencil, then sew all the way around the tracing line.  Cut out gingerbread man and clip all curves.  Next you will need to make a small slit in the neck of one side of your gingerbread man.  Be careful not to cut through both layers.  Turn right side out and stuff firmly.  Whip stitch opening closed.   Now, stain with a strong coffee mixture and let dry (you can also use your oven on LOW but watch that your ornie doesn't burn and turn often.

When your man is finished drying, it is time to add his peppercorn eyes with a dot of hot glue.  Sew on his buttons using carpet thread, tie on his homespun scarf (making certain to cover your slit and stitching done earlier) .  Sew a rusty bell onto his scarf and then add a touch of blush to his cheeks.  You may chose to add a hanger at the back or just tuck him into some greens...it's up to you.  A few of these happy fellows would look great in a wreath too!

See you tomorrow!


  1. Wonderful and so realistic!!!

  2. Oh I love this simple ginger Wendy!Thank you for sharing another great project.
    Happy Holidays,

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome pattern with us! I just love your gingerbread men! Have a great holiday!

  4. I got yards and yards of muslin at an estate sale this past summer...guess what I am going to be doing with some of it!? Thanks again for sharing. Kendra

  5. Wendy how did you know I just love the GINGERBREAD MAN! ANd yours are super cute. Thanks again for sharing.
    CHristmas JOY ,


  6. They are adorable Wendy, who but you would of thought of using peppercorns for their eyes, that is brilliant! Thanks for the tutorial and for your continuing generosity, you're the best!! Deb

  7. These are so very sweet - and perhaps even easy enough for this ol' crow to handle! Thanks Wendy!!! Hope your week is off to a great start! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  8. I love these little fellows, thanks for sharing.
    Hugs, Angela.

  9. They are adorable. Thanks for sharing.


  10. The gingerbread men are great Wendy!!! Thank you for sharing these lovelies. :0)


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