Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Witches Stitches – How to make Fabric Gingerbread Men

Run, run as fast as you can…you can’t catch me I am the Gingerbread Man.  I remember that story from my childhood. I love gingerbread it makes the house smell and look like the holidays.  I like to hang gingerbread ornaments on my tree, but as we all know hanging cookies on a tree for any length of time may not work. So I make fabric ones and paint them with an easy cinnamon mixture. These look just like the real thing.
1 – First make a fabric gingerbread man. You can stuff it or leave it flat. If you don’t know how to make a fabric doll check out my post about making a doll. This fabric gingerbread man can be a 6”, 9” doll or it can be a small ornament. If you need a pattern you can use your cookie cutter and trace around it. You can also go online to etsy or pattern mart and buy a pattern from one of the many talented pattern artists.

2 – After you have your fabric gingerbread man done. You are now ready to cover your doll or ornament with the cinnamon mixture.

3 – The cinnamon mixture is very easy to make. Mix a cup of instant tea or coffee with 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon. Now start to add drops of water slowly, just a few at a time until the mixture is like a thick cake batter. 

4 – Now use your mixture and paint it on your fabric doll or ornament. If it starts to get to thick dip your brush into water and continue.  Don’t put it on to thick because when it dries it will crack. A few thin coats are better than one thick one.  If you are using 3D eyes like rose hips or dried raisins, you can add them now.

5 – Cover one side completely. Place your item in your oven on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Set the oven at 200. You can do as many items as will fit on your sheet. When it is dry, if you feel there are some spots that need to be covered fix them and place back in the oven. When one side is done do the other.   
6 – You can make your gingerbread look even more prim by adding a light dusting of dry cinnamon. If you want the cinnamon to stick and not rub off on everything it touches, you can spray a light coating of clear acrylic spray.  . The winter months are coming and it gets cold!

7 – Make sure you give your gingerbread man a scar

I hope you enjoy making some gingerbread man that are guilt free. Have a great day and as always if you have any questions give me a shout.

Thanks, Faith

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