Monday, December 12, 2011

Gingerbread Man Rattle

Happy Monday, everyone!!
Today I'm sharing a fun Christmas project with you.  It's a perfect gift for a baby or any little person really!   

Here's my tutorial on how to make a Gingerbread Man Rattle.  
What you need:  
brown felt
scraps of red, green, white felt
scraps of red ribbon
2 black buttons
black embroidery thread
jingle bell
pieces of a plastic bag or packaging
sewing supplies

First of all, get yourself a drawing of the outline of a gingerbread man.  I sketched one out, but you can find one here to print off.  Then cut out your image.

Take a piece of brown felt and fold it in half widthwise.

 Pin your image onto the folded piece of felt and cut around the shape so that you'll have two gingerbread man  felt shapes.

Take a scrap piece of white felt and cut 4 wavy strips.  The only need to be as wide as the arms and legs of your gingerbread man.

Then cut out two green circles and a red smile shape.  Use a red scrap piece of ribbon for the belt and two black buttons for the eyes.

Pin on all your felt and ribbon pieces and sew them on with coordinating thread.

Trim your pieces.

Now sew on your button eyes with black embroidery thread.

Now sandwich the two gingerbread man shapes together, right sides facing in and pin together.

Sew around the edge, leaving a 2-3 inch gap for turning it right side out.

If the toy is for a young child, just stuff with poly-fill, otherwise place your jingle bell inside the head of the gingerbread man.

Then stuff the pieces of your plastic bag in each leg.

 Fill your gingerbread man with the poly-fill, then sew the opening shut using a ladder stitch.

And you're finished!  Give your guy a little jingle and crinkle his little legs.  Perfect for a learning baby.  Or cute for a child.

Enjoy!  Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

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Jill said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh such a cute little gingerbread man - love the plastic bags in the legs to make them crinkle!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Lisa said... Best Blogger Tips

This is adorable! I might try to make one for my son and my nephew if I have time next week. Also would be cute to hang on the tree!

Miss Pixie said... Best Blogger Tips

He is gorgeous! I must make some noisy toys.


Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jill Thanks, Jill!!

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@Lisa It would be a really cute ornament! Great idea!

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@Miss Pixie Thanks, Katy!

Etcetorize said... Best Blogger Tips

Sooooo super duper cute! You have so much patience to make those teeny tiny seams. Thanks for linking up at Etcetorize~

Katie said... Best Blogger Tips

That is such an awesome gift idea! Please stop by and link up with our Crafty Christmas Gifts

Becolorful said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute. A great gift all on its own or it would be darling to pair with a book about The Gingerbread Man .
Thanks for linking up your fun project to beColorful's Motivated Monday.

Lindsi B said... Best Blogger Tips

Aw he turned out so cute! What a fun idea! Would you please share this with my readers for Fun Stuff Fridays?

Pam said... Best Blogger Tips

So, so cute!!! I'm pinning this one...

Nikki@EverythingUndertheMoon said... Best Blogger Tips

I featured your gingerbread man as a favorite from last week's Bedazzle Me Monday!! Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button :)

Thanks so much for linking up! Hope to see you again this week.

Have a great week!!

Jenn "Rook No. 17" said... Best Blogger Tips

Your rattle is absolutely darling!

Thank you so much for linking-up to "A Little Birdie Told Me..."!

I've spotlighted your post on my Facebook page today.

Wishing you the happiest of holidays,

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Etcetorize Thank you! My patience tends to come and go.. lol! Guess it was there this time!

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@Katie Thanks so much for the invite, Katie!

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@Becolorful That would be so adorable! Thanks!

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@Lindsi B Thanks so much!!

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@Pam Yay! Thank you!

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@Nikki@EverythingUndertheMoon Thanks so much, Nikki!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jenn "Rook No. 17" Thanks again! Hope you had a Merry Christmas!