Gingerbread Garland

Just in time for Christmas, Bonnie’s little gingerbread man makes a great centerpiece for a holiday garland!

Once again, I’m using Bonnie’s Christmas Cookies designs, namely, the gingerbread boy. I stitched him in the freestanding applique technique on felt and you can see how it is done here.

I also used some felted wool shapes from (no affiliation). One was their Latte Felt Balls, size small, and the other was their red Felt Hearts. They pair perfectly with the felt gingerbread boy. 

Picture of machine embroidered applique gingerbread man from Sew Inspired by Bonnie

Start by stringing a length of thread and knotting it. Insert the needle on the back of the gingerbread boy, underneath the satin stitching of his arm.

Picture of latte felt beads attached to machine applique gingerbread man's arm to create garland.

Flip the boy over and string the needle through the center of one of the latte felt balls.

Slide the ball to the edge of the gingerbread boy’s arm and insert the needle through the middle of the heart. I really helps to have a longer needle than what I had. 

Picture of free-standing machine embroidered gingerbread man with latte felted heart and balls attached to arm.

Finish this side by adding another latte felt ball.

Picture of free-standing machine embroidered gingerbread man with latte felted heart and ball attached to both arms.

Do the same on the opposite side of the gingerbread boy.

You can add as many gingerbread people as you like, adding two felt balls and a felt heart between them. I glued a cutout wooden heart to the front of the gingerbread boy along with a heart jewel for the center. You can embellish as you like. 

Picture of free-standing machine applique gingerbread man with latte felt balls and hearts attached to make garland.

When you are done, stitch a piece of cording long enough for hanging to each end felt piece. You can display the garland on your tree, on a mantle, or across a wreath.

Wishing you all a week full of joy. Please take time to truly enjoy this holy season and all of the hard work you have lovingly put into making it merry!

Debbie Henry
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