Gingerbread Christmas Decoration
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Permission is given for this Gingerbread Christmas Decoration to be mass produced only, for The Handmade with Love Project.
To find out how you can 'make & donate' a soft toy to a sick child at the Children's Hospital, click on the Heart image above.
Your Gingerbread Decoration donation will help brighten a child's hospital stay and aid in their recovery.
Download and Print off the Gingerbread Christmas Decoration Pattern.
(It is to scale.)
Gingerbread are a traditional biscuit often associated with celebrations like Christmas.
I have taken this old favorite and created a very simple Gingerbread Christmas Decoration for you to make for your friends and family this Christmas.
Making a beautiful handmade gift for loved one this Christmas will touch their hearts and make a lovely keepsake.
If you fancy cooking a batch of Gingerbread Biscuits here is a Recipie for you. Yummy!
Melted butter, to grease
125g butter, at room temperature
100g (1/2 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
125ml (1/2 cup) golden syrup
1 egg, separated
375g (2 1/2 cups) plain flour
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
Plain flour, to dust
150g (1 cup) pure icing sugar, sifted
8-10 drops red liquid food colouring
8-10 drops green liquid food colouring
Smarties, to decorate
Preheat oven to 180°C. Brush 2 baking trays with melted butter to lightly grease.
Use an electric beater to beat the butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add the golden syrup and egg yolk and beat until combined. Stir in the flour, ginger, mixed spice and bicarbonate of soda. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Press dough into a disc. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest.
Meanwhile, place egg white in a clean, dry bowl. Use an electric beater to beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add icing sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Divide icing among 3 bowls. Cover 1 bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge. Add red colouring to 1 bowl and stir until combined. Add green colouring to remaining bowl and stir until combined. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge.
Place the dough between 2 sheets of baking paper and roll out until about 4mm thick. Use a 9cm gingerbread man cutter to cut out shapes. Place on trays about 3cm apart. Repeat with any excess dough.
Bake in oven for 10 minutes or until brown. Remove from oven. Transfer to a rack to cool.
Place prepared icings in small plastic bags. Cut a small hole in a corner of each bag. Pipe icing over gingerbread men to decorate. Finish with Smarties.
Fabric Requirements for a Gingerbread Decoration
The Body of the Gingerbread can be made of the same fabric front and back, or mix it up and use Cotton fabric on the front and soft Minkiee fabric on the back. Use 100% Cotton Quilting Fabric or Minkiee Fabric. You will need two pieces of fabric, 8 inches X 9 inches.
A 6 1/2 inch piece of Woven Ribbon so the Gingerbread can be hung. Woven ribbons are much stronger to use, rather then 'satin' ribbons which tear easily.
Additional Supplies- A Lead Pencil, Tracing Paper or Baking Paper, Sewing Machine with a ¼ inch foot. Cotton thread for the Sewing Machine which matches the colour of the fabric chosen for the Body. Cotton Thread or DMC Embroidery Thread in a matching colour to your fabric. You will need Dress Making Scissors, an Embroidery Needle, a Stuffing Tool or a new Wooden Paint Brush with the bristles cut off for turning and stuffing. Polyester Fill for stuffing the Gingerbread.
Above: Front view of the Gingerbread Decorations, all made with cotton Christmas themed fabrics. Below: Back view of the Gingerbread Decorations, all made with Minkiee fabric on the back.
Making the GIngerbread Decoration
1. Trace the Gingerbread Body Pattern onto tracing paper using a lead pencil. Remember to mark the open-seam on the leg. Also mark the area on top of the head where the woven ribbon for hanging will be inserted and sewn into the body.
2. Take the fabric pieces for the front and back of the Body and place the pieces of fabric on top of each other with right-sides together.
3. Place the Gingerbread Body Pattern on top of the reverse-side of the layers of fabric and pin the Pattern through all the layers.
4. Choose one of the following:
You can choose to trace the Body Pattern directly onto the fabric using a lead pencil. Simply drawing around the outside edge of the Paper Pattern and mark the open-seam on the leg and area for the ribbon, remove the Paper Pattern and sew. OR Leave the Paper Pattern pinned to the fabric and machine sew around the outside edge of the Paper Pattern.
5. Before you sew, place the Woven Ribbon for hanging into the top of the head on the Gingerbread's Body. At the point where the ribbon will be sewn into the body cross the ribbons over each other and pin in place. Make sure the two raw edges of the ribbon are poking out the tiop of the Gingerbread's head area.
6. Using a small stitch on your sewing machine and a cotton thread in the machine which matches the fabric being sewn, sew around the Gingerbread Body Pattern. Beginning at the open-seam on the leg, sew slowly and carefully around the curves on the body. Remove the pins as you sew.
I always sew the seams on my Soft Toys twice. It will make for a stronger Soft Toy when it is stuffed firmly and the seams will not be weak and prone to ripping. Sew the seam just sewn on the machine, again.
7. Cut-out the Gingerbread 's Body a ¼ inch out from the seam sewn. Trim roughly ½ inch out from the open-seam area on the leg.
8. Now snip the seam all the way around the Body. Be careful not to cut your sewn seam and leave roughly ¼ inch between each snip. You may need to make your snips a little closer together around the tighter curved areas inside the legs, around the arms and neck areas.
9. Turn the Gingerbread Decoration to its right-side. Using a stuffing tool or the end of a new wooden paint brush (with the bristles cut off).
Stuffing the Gingerbread Decoration
10. Using Polyester Fibre Fill begin stuffing starting at the head area. Push the fill as far as you can into the head space using your fingers and a wooden paint brush to pack this area as much as possible.
When you feel that you can’t push any more fill into the head space, start filling the arms on the body. Use a combination of your fingers and the wooden paint brush to pack the stuffing in as firmly as possible.
With the head and arms stuffed, start filling the central section to the body with fill. Stuff down to the mid-section of the body and start filling the leg (without the open-seam on it). Finish stuffing into the body and work the fill into the final leg.
Sewing up the Body
10. Ladder Stitch the opening closed, using 2 strands of DMC cotton which matches the colour of your fabric being sewn and an embroidery needle. To finish off the thread take the needle, back through the last stitch a couple of time and pull the thread off to one side into the stuffing. Pull the needle out through the body and trim the thread at the base of the toy. The thread will disappear inside.
As you hand-sew the open-seam closed remember to add more fill into the Body using the Wooden Paint Brush
If you are planning on making the Gingerbread Decorations for yourself, family or friend, add a beautiful ribbon and maybe a bell and tie around the Gingerbread 's neck to finish him/her off.
NOTE: If the Gingerbread Decoration is intended for a young child, I advise you NOT to add a ribbon or bell as they could become a dangerous choking hazard for young children.
Your finished Gingerbread Decoration
If you are planing to 'make and donate' Gingerbread Decorations to the sick kids at the Children's Hospital as part of The Handmade with Love Project.
I look forward to recieving some Gingerbread Decorations. Please do not add ribbons or bells to the finished Gingerbreads. With strict health and safety regulations in place such items could become a choking hazard to the young children.