Learn how to make the cutest fleece gingerbread with this free sewing pattern! Decorate with felt, ribbon and embroidery floss. A sweet holiday gift and a great beginner sewing project!
Hello! Today I’m excited to share my first holiday craft of the season! These sweet fleece gingerbread kids were so fun to make and decorate using felt, ribbon and embroidery floss. They are small enough to fit in stockings and would make a fun buddy for the holiday season.
These fleece gingerbreads would also make a fun beginner sewing project as they are fairly straight forward to put together and can be simplified and jazzed up as much as you want. You can grab the free sewing pattern at the end of this post to help you get started.
Next week, Monday November 9th, is the first day of my annual 12 Days of Holiday Crafts! This will be my 4th year of posting 12 straight holiday crafts including paper, sewing, Cricut and kid’s crafts! I hope you’ll check it out this year! You can read more under my Crafty Christmas post.
Fleece Gingerbread Sewing Pattern
- Free pattern – directions for how to download the free pattern are at the end of this post.
- Tan fleece
- Black felt and embroidery floss for eyes and mouth
- Felt scraps for buttons
- Ribbon and trim
- Red and white yarn for braids
- White and green fleece for winter hat
- Poly-Fil Stuffing
- Fabric Scissors
Step by Step Tutorial
Step One: Cut out the gingerbread.
Download, print and cut out the free gingerbread pattern. Lay out the tan fabric so there are two layers with right sides together. Trace the pattern on the wrong side of the tan fleece. Add 1/2″ seam allowance with a ruler or seam gauge around the entire pattern.
Cut out the gingerbread pieces. You should have two – a front and back piece. Below are my pieces for both the boy and girl gingerbread.
Step Two: Decorate the front of the gingerbread.
Decorate the front of the gingerbread with ribbon, felt and embroidery floss. To help with the placement of these, you can transfer the outline of the gingerbread from the wrong side of the fabric to the right side of the fabric by thread tracing.
Tread tracing is super easy – just trace the outline you drew on the wrong side of the fabric with thread using a running stitch. Start and end the running stitch by doing two stitches on top of each other. This will hold the thread in place but make it easy to pull out later on.
Now you will have a perfect outline of the gingerbread and can place the gingerbread face and trim easily. For the face, cut small black circles of felt and stitch them on using black embroidery floss. Lightly draw a smile in pencil to use as a guide. Use black embroidery floss and a backstitch to add the mouth.
Add cute buttons by cutting circles of felt and attaching them using embroidery floss. I attached mine with a fun star design.
Finally, use ribbon and trim to add details to each of the arms and legs. Stitch them on by hand or with a sewing machine.
Remove the thread tracing once you are finished decorating the front of the gingerbread.
Step Three: Sew and stuff the gingerbread.
Sew the gingerbread by placing the front and back pieces together, right sides facing each other. Stitch around the traced outline leaving a small opening on one of the legs.
Trim the seam allowance to 1/4″ and flip right side out.
Stuff with Polyfill stuffing. I kept my gingerbreads pretty soft and did not stuff them completely full to the point of firmness.
Stitch the opening closed with matching tan thread.
Step Four: Add the hair and hat!
This step is optional but a really cute addition!
Add a cute braid using red and white yarn. Create a long braid knotted on either end (I used six strands of yarn) and then stitch it to the seam line at the top of the gingerbread head.
Spiky Fleece Hair:
You can also add little hair spikes using green fleece. Cut tiny strips of fleece and hand stitch them to the top of the gingerbread head along the seam line. Bring them together at the top and stitch the two ends together so they stand up straight.
A winter hat is another fun option! This has a few more steps than the others and is more difficult. Use the free printable pattern to cut out the pieces of the hat from green and white fleece and follow the picture tutorial below.
Stitch the green hat pieces together around the top two sides with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Stitch the white fleece band into a loop stitching short end to short end. Place the white band inside the green hat, lining up the bottom edges. The right side of the white band will be next to the wrong side of the green hat. Stretch the fleece to make them fit. Stitch the two layers together at about 3/8″. Flip the white band to the outside of the hat. Roll the top edge to lay against the stitching line. Hand stitch the fleece band down. Finally add a white pom pom to the top!
The fleece gingerbreads are finished! They are so soft and cute and a fun holiday project for the season!
Don’t forget to check out the Creative Crafts Christmas Edition to see the other fun holiday projects!
How to Download the Free File!
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I’m sharing these sweet gingerbreads as part of the Creative Crafts Christmas Edition! You can check out all of the other fun holiday projects by clicking the image below.