Thursday 10 December 2020

Sew a 2020 Christmas Ornament: Masked Gingerbread Man Tutorial

Yesterday I shared a tutorial for making fun felt Santa-in-a-Facemask ornaments and today I'm sharing how to make another very 2020 decoration... cute little gingerbread men wearing facemasks!


I based this ornament on the gingerbread man tutorial I posted a couple of Christmases ago - click here for the template and tutorial.  


To make the masked 2020 version, follow steps one, two, and four (skip step three!).

Then cut a rectangle of pale blue felt for the mask (white would also work if you don't have any pale blue!), approx 16 x 11 mm. 

Position it on the gingerbread man and sew it in place with lines of backstitch in matching sewing thread. Sew along the outside edges first, then sew two more horizontal lines to represent the folds of the mask.


For the Father Christmas ornament, I made the mask curved at the top and bottom to create a 3D effect but gingerbread men are flat so their masks would stay looking like a rectangle!

(It's very important to make your mask-wearing gingerbread men look realistic, hahaha).

Adding the elastic straps/loops is a little fiddly so take your time: sew a stitch of white embroidery thread out from one corner of the mask and over the edge of the gingerbread shape. Secure it with a few stitches on the back. Then repeat this process to add three more lines of "elastic".

Because these ornaments are smaller than the Santas, I used fewer strands of embroidery thread (three of the six strands in my thread). 

Then follow five and six of the original tutorial to add the ribbon loop and finish the ornament. 

And, ta-da! One cute ornament for Christmas 2020!

This tutorial is for non commercial use only: you can use it to stitch as many ornaments as you want for yourself or as gifts, but please don't make any for sale. You may borrow a couple of photos if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to this page on my blog, and do not reproduce my entire  post on your site. Thanks!

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