|Gingerbread man Christmas Garland|
Yesterday I listed this Gingerbread man Christmas wall Garland in my shop, ByElsieB. This has been something of a labour of love and I wanted to share with you here how I made it.
|Christmas tree appliqued to pendant|
I cut the Gingerbread mean out of brown felt and then embroidered French knots with black embroidery thread for the eyes and buttons on each. I then used red embroidery thread to stem-stitch the smile on each. The next step was cutting out the calico cotton for the pendants. I cut eight of these for the front and back of each pendant. I then machine appliqued each Gingerbread man onto a pendant using a straight stitch on the machine and red thread.
The next step was to make them all Christmassy. I found my stash of Christmas fabrics and looked over them for shapes I could cut out. I found a stocking, a Christmas tree, a present, a Santa hat and a candy cane. I machine appliqued these into place using straight stitch and red thread.
I then took a step back and thought each pendant was looking a bit plain. I experimented with the decorative stitches on my machine on scraps of fabric until I found the one I liked and put that around the edges of each pendant.
The next step was to sew the back pieces to each pendant so that the back looked smart. I sewed round three edges leaving the top edge open so I could turn them inside out. I turned them, then ironed them.
The final step was to attach them to the red bias binding which forms the hanging cord. I did this with a wide zig-zag stitch. I made little loops each end so that the garland is easy to hang from a drawing pin or a hook.
|The perfect length to hang over a doorway|
|Christmas gift appliqued onto the pendant|
|Santa hat appliqued to Gingerbread man|
|Christmas Stocking applique|
What do you think of my design? Where would you hang it in your home? If you make your own version I'd love to see it on instagram or twitter @ByElsieB. Please leave comments below.
Watch my shop for more Christmas décor, coming soon.