A DIY Christmas Outtake | May 07, 2010

Now, I'm no seamstress. Far from it, in fact. I do, however, have a thing for fabrics. I'm amassing a collection that will soon take over the world.

Last Christmas, I created these super-simple gingerbread-men-shaped softies. An invention shamelessly intended to provide me with an excuse to purchase even more lovely varieties of fabric.

Even for a self-confessed, 'sewing challenged' citizen such as myself, these were a cinch. A simple shape with a blanket stitch around the edges, stuffed with hobby fill.

I played around with all manner of styles- miniature ones with different fabrics on each side, white felt ones with red heart-shaped buttons and my personal favourite- a larger denim version with sewn crosses for eyes. This project provided me the opportunity to satisfy my crafty yearnings for collecting kitschy and colourful fabrics and buttons.

Although I had a lot of fun experimenting, I never actually ended up using any of the finished products!

Since they're not strictly for Christmas and can be created with all kinds of different fabrics to satisfy your own taste, perhaps you'll enjoy some experimenting of your own.

Serving suggestions: Use as a cute decoration atop gift packages or transform into hanging ornaments by attaching string.

Download the template in two sizes here. Trace outline onto your chosen fabric, cut out and start sewing away.

{ all photos by amy moss }

posted under: Christmas, Do It Yourself, Free Stuff, Gift Ideas, Kids


  1. I love the green gingerbread man! I better get a move on before Christmas gets here :)
  2. Ooh, a little Voo-doo love could do us all good. <3
  3. would love a garland or little trees of these adorable gingerbread men-maybe even a few girls with little bows on their head!
  4. Amanda | May 10, 2010
    How lovely! I also have far too many glorious fabrics. You could also add some dried lavender to the filling, for a super sweet scent.
  5. I love this! I think I might try it with my little sister.

    I'm wondering though, where did you get that red and white string? Thanks!
  6. JuneP | Aug 18, 2010
    i stumbled into your blog one morning, and its now afternoon, i'm still here :)

    gorgeous stuff. i love these little gingy men, i might make some with my kids. i'm wondering, where do i get the stripey red string? please share :)

  7. I purchased the red and white string locally from http://www.estaustralia.com

    You can also purchase the same string but in various different colours here:
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  9. I just found this post of yours and I love it! I'm a total sewing amateur but I think I could do this..thanks :)
  10. Absolutely gorgeous! I too am hopeless with a sewing machine so this looks perfect for me!
  11. a friend | Dec 28, 2010
    I've found Heaven! Beautiful site here. Many thanks.
  12. mas | Apr 8, 2012
    i just cannot stop downloading for amazing projects! love them :)
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