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Tutorial: Hipster Gingerbread Man Felt Ornament

Hipster Gingerbread Man Felt ornament

Last year, after I made my little lobster ornament, I was revved up to come up with other felt ornament ideas. I adore gingerbread men, but what twist could I make on a traditional theme? OMG, I gotta make a hipster gingerbread man ornament!

In New York City (or any major U.S metropolitan area, I’d imagine), if you work in a creative field or venture to an of-the-moment restaurant or bar, you’ll invariably run into a subculture—that of the hipster.  For me, it’s easier to describe the fashion of a hipster guy than a hipster girl. Usually, the guys have large, black plastic glasses, bushy beards, slouchy knit hat, plaid flannel shirt and skinny dark jeans rolled at the ankle. It’s grunge for the 2010s.

What’s great about this project is that aside from the body and the beard, you can use whatever fabric scraps you have lying around. Also, if you have a small 2-foot tree like I do, the ornament doesn’t look too big—he’s only 6-1/2” inches tall.

Hipster Gingerbread Man Felt Ornament

Finished size: Approximately 4-3/4” x 6-1/2”

Supplies

  • Brown felt
  • Dark brown embroidery floss
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Fabric scraps for shirt and vest
  • Denim
  • Thread to match fabric
  • Curly doll hair (kind find this in craft stores)
  • Black cardstock
  • 5/8” hole punch
  • 3/8” hole punch
  • Piece of silk ribbon

Click on the link for the free PDF of the Hipster Gingerbread Felt Ornament pattern.

Directions

1. Print and cut out the hipster gingerbread ornament pattern. Fold brown felt in half and pin the gingerbread body pattern to felt. Cut fabric. Do the same for the shirt, vest and pants.

2. Pin the gingerbread body pieces together and using 2-ply of the dark brown embroidery floss, sew the edges together using a blanket stitch. Leave a small opening between the arms and legs and gently stuff the ornament with the fiberfill. Sew the hole closed.
3. Sew the side seams of the denim pants with right sides together. Turn the pants right side out and put on the gingerbread man. Cuff the pants.
4. Pin the two shirt pieces to the gingerbread ornament and hand-stitch the shirt together as close as possible. You will need the shirt to hug the gingerbread man so that it won’t appear bulky under the vest. Fold sleeves under.
5. With right sides together, sew each vest front to the vest back. Turn right side out and put it on the ornament.

6. For the beard, cut a small length of the curly doll hair. Bunch it together wrap a piece of thread around it to keep in contained. Then sew to the bottom of the gingerbread face.
7. Use the hole punches on the card stock to create the glasses. Cut out a small, narrow strip of paper for the bridge and attach to the glasses with either craft glue or tape. Attach the glasses to the gingerbread face with a small bead of craft glue.

Oh no, Mr Bill! That lobster is about to eat the hipster gingerbread man!

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Anthropologie-Inspired Felt Lobster Ornament

The Stitcherati lobster ornament

This year is the first year my husband and I have a Christmas tree for the holidays. Granted, it’s practically a little Charlie Brown tree, but it’s an upgrade from the Christmas poinsettia from last year. Can’t really decorate that!

Being the crafty sort, I wanted to make some ornaments. And not an ornament that looks like a pipe cleaner attached to a paper cup (ahem, little sister dear) either. So, while shopping in Anthropologie recently, I was inspired by the most adorable lobster ornament. A lobster! I could soooo make that!

Spangled Sea Lobster ornament from Anthropologie

Since then, I’ve been working on a pattern and mapping out the mechanics of putting it together. So, without further adieu, below are directions for you very own Christmas crustacean. Oh, and while you’re crafting your ‘lil lobster, might as well listen to the B52’s “Rock Lobster.”

‘Lil Rock Lobster Ornament

Finished size: Approximately 5″ x 9-1/2″ (body)

 Supplies

  • 9″ x 12″ felt
  • Sequins in various colors
  • Seed beads
  • Bead wire
  • Embroidery floss to match felt (I used red DMC 321)
  • Embroidery floss in various colors (I used blue DMC 995 and gold DMC S676)
  • Embroidery hoop and needle
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Scissors
  • Round nose pliers
  • Side cutter pliers
  • Piece of silk ribbon

Click on the link for the free PDF of the“Lil Rock Lobster Pattern.

Directions

1. Print and cut out the lobster ornament pattern. Fold the 9″ x 12″ felt in half and pin the pattern to the felt. Leaving about a 1/4″ clearance around the pattern, trace the pattern with a pen.

2. Unfold the felt and embellish away! I found it was much easier to embellish the ornament before I cut it out. That way, I could use an embroidery hoop to keep the felt taut. Also, I highly recommend Jenny Hart’s book, Embroidered Effects, for embroidery inspiration. For this project, I used 3-ply and used the herringbone, star, fern and running stitches. Also, while you are embroidering and sewing on sequins, be mindful to keep some clearance from the edge (see below).

 3. Using the side cutter, cut two lengths of bead wire, about 6″ each. These will be for the antennae. Also, I realized after I made it, the lobster ornament is not anatomically correct. You’ll need to cut out 8 legs, not 4– oops! Each leg should be about 3″.

4. Then, using the round nose pliers, grip one end of the wire for the antenna and create a small loop with the wire. This will keep the seed beads from falling off the wire. Do this for the other antenna and the legs. Then, string on the beads and when finished, use the round nose pliers to make another small loop at the other end.

5. Fold the felt in half again and pin together. Then cut out the lobster pattern along the pen lines. Also cut out two tails. Keep the two body pieces pinned (wrong sides together) and sandwich the lobster tail in between. To secure the tail to the body, hand sew the tail to the back body piece so the stitching won’t appear in the front. Then, map out where to place the beads for the eyes, antennae and legs. Also, cut out a small piece of silk ribbon for the loop of the ornament. Then, like the tail, sew and secure the bead wire and loop to the inside of the back body piece. For the beads for the eyes, sew to the front body piece.

6. Once everything is attached, hand sew the front and back body pieces together. I used 2-ply of red embroidery floss that matched the felt and used a decorative blanket stitch to attach the body pieces together. After the claws has been sewn together, lightly start to stuff with the polyester fiberfill. Before the lobster is completely sewn together, leave about a 1″ opening and stuff the rest of the ornament. Then sew the gap together.

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Handmade Holiday Ideas

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Image via Flickr.

Is anyone else completely surprised that next week is Thanksgiving? I don’t know where my head as been, but I had falsely thought that it was two weeks away. Nope. That means that starting now, there are just 6 weeks left in the holiday season. I am so not prepared…

If you’re like me, and have not really given thought to any holiday-related projects, below is a roundup of some crafty ideas for some holiday inspiration.

1. These felt ornaments remind of spending Christmas in Arizona and decorating the tree with vintage Mexican tin ornaments. The McCall’s pattern is currently on sale for $2.99 on their website.

 

2. Serve dinner party guests with these double knitted pot holders from Heather Zoppetti. She has a free download pattern on Ravelry.

 

4. Of course you can’t go wrong with Martha for holiday inspiration! Try her tutorial for this gorgeous wood flower wreath.

3. Planning a holiday party? Why not make these festive gold caviar coasters from Whimseybox for your guests to rest their glasses.

 

5.  Keep your teapot warm with this adorable knitted sheep carousel tea cozy — brought to you by Kate Davies of the owl sweater fame.

 

6. While you’re knitting your tea cozy, why not make a cup of this mouth-watering Nutella Hot Chocolate from The Hungry Housewife? Yum!

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Star Wars Gingerbread Cookies

Star Wars gingerbread cutters and cookies

The other day I was seriously jonesing for some gingerbread cookies. I was so excited that I had all the ingredients already, but all I was missing was a gingerbread man cookie cutter. Surprisingly the baking aisle at my local supermarket didn’t have a single cookie cutter of any shape. Weird. So I checked out Williams-Sonoma yesterday and they have something even better than a gingerbread man cookie cutter…..they have Star Wars themed cookie cutters. Awesome!!

Here’s the thing…My husband is probably the freakiest die-hard Star Wars fan on the planet. I love the movies too (only the original three), but he takes it to a whole other level. The quotes…the stats…the theory that chapters 1,2 and 3 are better than 4, 5, and 6 (blasphemy!).

So let’s just say that the cookies were a huge hit. Today, I made another batch to bring to our extended family for Christmas Day.

Also, the recipe was so easy and yummy. I used this gingerbread cookie recipe that I found on the Joy of Baking blog, skipping the frosting:

Star Wars Gingerbread Cookies

Makes 3 dozen Star Wars cookies

  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup unsulphured molasses

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda and spices.Separately, with an electric stand mixer combine butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Next add the egg and then the molasses. (Tip from Joy of Baking: spray the measuring cup with non-stick cooking spray to prevent the molasses from sticking to the cup.) Then, slowly in 1/2 cup increments, add the flour mixture.

Divide the dough in half and wrap each half in plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place rack in the center of the oven. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Lightly flour your work surface and rolling-pin. Roll out the dough to about a 1/4″ thickness and firmly press the edges of the Star Wars cookie cutter into the dough. Then press the spring-loaded stamp into the dough to carve out the details.

Using a spatula, transfer the cookies to the cookie sheets.

Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove cookies from the oven when the cookies are firm. Keep cookies on cookie sheet for 1 minute before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. You can also ice the cookies with a recipe that is included with the cookie cutters, but I found that the cookies looked great without icing.

Weight Watchers PointPlus Value: 5 points (serving size: 2 cookies)

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Holiday Baking: Gingerbread Brownstone

I was looking up some new blogs today and came across Kitchentable Scraps. First of all, wow. The blog is just so beautifully designed. It’s simple and uncluttered and lets the photography really shine. But this particular post about building a gingerbread brownstone really knocked my socks off. Continue reading

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