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Some of you may have seen my last post when I was busily creating my version of seasonal greetings cards, some of which included cards with Felt Gingerbread Guys on. Since then I seem to have caught some kind of gingerbread craze and needed to get this out of my system so I could move on with other creating both for my Etsy shop and the upcoming craft event I will be doing – Santa’s Christmas Cracker at the Greenmount United Reformed Church on the 30th November. So, to achieve this, I decided to make a handmade patchwork bag and applique on a couple of gingerbread guys to use the last of my felt of that colour and that would be that ….I thought!
But no…….decisions, decisions….Hmmmm… I couldn’t make up my mind which background cotton to use for the bag! After cutting out the little guys ready to sew on the centre panel I did a few ”dry runs” with different fabrics until I narrowed it down to two contenders, a navy print and a light brown/beige print. But still I couldn’t quite decide. So off I went rummaging in the felt box and lo and behold (because I had promised myself I will not go and buy any more felt in this colour until after Christmas – as that would make this gingerbread craze continue I am sure) I found a slightly different shade that would still pass for some more of the little guys….so there I was cutting out even more… the final decisions was made I would make two bags/totes, one of each colour.
After sewing the felt shapes to the cream cotton centre panel I added little beads for eyes and little buttons to decorate them, as always I love to use and recycle old buttons so also decided to hand sew a grass border beneath their feet with more colourful buttons to give the impression of flowers between them. After much constructing I was then ready to hand quilt around the little guys to ‘raise their profile’ a little and then also over the entire bag/tote. Inside I added one of my multi-pockets,one with a zip, and then a magnetic clasp on the centre flap. There finished……..bag/tote number one!
I took a deep breath…. ;-D …….
set about bag/tote number two repeating the same process all over again. They might have the same idea but they are equally very different…AND I am pleased to confess – my gingerbread guy craze is definitely over now … for this years at least!
Below are a couple more pictures of the finished bags/totes
And then the second one…….
That really was the very last pieces of felt I had in those colours so as not to waste it I made one very very very last gingerbread guy and sewed it onto the last pocket! then I ironed the cream cotton and connected the fabrics to finish 🙂
Now I can finally move on!