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How to make a Felt Gingerbread Garland

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Who doesn’t love a whimsical garland? Why pay high prices in-store when you can make your own? This easy-to-make felt gingerbread garland is super cute. Hang it on your mantle or make multiples and wrap them around the tree.

picture of felt gingerbread garland on pine bough
Easy DIY Felt Gingerbread Garland

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How to make a Felt Gingerbread Garland – The Video

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Helpful Tips and FAQs

Making the Felt Gingerbread garland without a cutting machine

You can easily make this DIY felt gingerbread garland by using our printable pattern. The downside of using the printable pattern is that adjusting the pattern for size is a little more difficult.

To easily resize a printable pattern you can use Canva. if you don’t have an account, you could open a free account and follow their helpful tips on making a design. You can resize the pattern and make duplicates easily in Canva.

Cut two felt gingerbreads out at a time. This makes sure that when cutting, if there are any not-so-perfect cuts, you won’t have to trim the felt gingerbreads up during the assembly of the garland.

Make sure you are using sharp scissors. This will help in getting those clean cuts.

Using a rotary cutter – If using a rotary cutter, use a smaller size one that will allow for smooth cuts around the curves of the gingerbread.

How to transfer the Gingerbread pattern onto the felt (super easy)

For easy transfer of the pattern onto the felt, you will need a heat transfer pen and a regular home iron. If you have never used a heat transfer pen, you are going to love how easy and versatile these pens are,

Simply print out the Printable DIY Felt Gingerbread Pattern.

Trace around the design with a heat transfer pen.

Place the design with the ink side down onto the fabric and iron, following the heat instructions that came with the pen,

Repeat for as many gingerbread men as you are cutting.

NOTE ** – I recommend you place the drawn side of the felt on the inside of the gingerbread pieces of the garland to prevent any lines from showing.

Heat Transfer Pens are available in many colours. A contrasting colour is recommended.

Using Alternative Types of Glue

Some glues are unsuitable for use with felt and other fabrics. Avoid glue, like Elmer’s All Purpose school glue or similar school type glue. They tend to seep through the fabric leaving marks and may become crusty.

Hot Glue is an option. Use a low-temperature glue and do not use large amounts.

Connecting Multiple Garland Sections

Plan the length that you want your garland to be before assembling. It is easy to make an extra long garland or a short garland. Just multiply the number of gingerbread men you need and the extra pom poms.

Storing your felt Gingerbread Garland

Store your DIY Felt Gingerbread Garland flat. Stack the gingerbread pieces on top of one another and place them in a small box for storage. Stacking them in a box helps to maintain their shape for the next use.

picture pf gingerbread garland made of felt hangig on a fireplace mantle

Instructions for making a felt Gingerbread Garland

Download the free Gingerbread pattern from our Free resource library

Make the eyes

I am using an air-dry clay for the eyes. You can use a baking style of clay or even small beads if you’d rather.

Take a tiny piece of clay and roll it into a ball. Set the ball on a flat surface and press down with your finger. make multiples,(enough for all your gingerbread) and allow to dry according to package instructions

picture of small clay discs being made for a gingerbread garland

For Cricut Users

Upload the design into Cricut Design Space.

Choose the Cut file option and load the design onto the Design Space canvas.

Resize to your Gingerbread man size. It is important to resize before you ungreoup the design, to keep the mouth in proportion.

“Ungroup” the design

Duplicate to make the desired number of gingerbread for your garland. Each Gingerbread will require

  • two pieces (a front and a back)
  • one mouth section.
images of cricut design space canvas and instructions for using criout to make gingerbread men

Continue to “Preparing each Gingerbread”

For Printable pattern Users

The printable pattern – is for a 4.5-inch wide and 5.5-inch tall gingerbread. Resizing is easy if you are using Canva, photoshop or another editing program.

Download and print the printable gingerbread pattern. – Using cardstock will make a sturdier pattern, making cutting multiples easier.

Cut 2 layers of felt at a time. This ensures that each gingerbread is the same and there is less trimming required in the end.

If you find it difficult to cut the small mouth piece, consider using a piece of yarn, dimensional fabric paint or a small button in place of the mouth.

Continue to “Preparing each Gingerbread Man

Preparing the Gingerbread Man

Each gingerbread on the garland will have a front and a back. The garland twine will be sandwiched between the two layers. This means your garland looks finished on both sides.

Attach the following

  • Eyes – Using tacky glue secure eyes onto the felt gingerbread man while laying on a flat surface.
  • Mouth – Using tacky glue or Fabric glue, add the mouth. Tweezers are helpful when placing the mouth onto the face.
  • Run a bead of glue on the Rick Rack and place one on each arm and one on each leg. Tweezers are helpful when handling the rick rack.
  • Buttons – Attach the belly buttons to the gingerbread man, using tacky glue.

Allow the gingerbread men to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

NOTE – When applying the rickrack, put the glue on the rickrack and not on the felt. The felt tends to absorb the glue making it difficult to get it to stick.

picture of felt gingerbread man being made

Assembling the Felt Gingerbread Garland

Using a darning needle and the twine, thread the twine through each pom pom.

Lay the twine with the pom poms out in a line on a flat surface.

Move the PomPoms along the twine making sure they are spaced evenly across the length of the twine, leaving space for the gingerbread men.

Place the Gingerbread back under the twine spacing evenly along the length of the garland. (if you are making a long garland, you may need to work in sections.)

picture of assembly of gingerbread garland

Attach the twine.

Glue the twine to the back of the gingerbread piece, using tacky glue.

Add more tacky glue to the back of the gingerbread man and place the top body piece onto the back.

Press around the edges to make sure the glue is touching both the front piece and the back piece together.

Allow everything to dry fully before hanging.

Display and enjoy your homemade felt Gingerbread Garland on a mantle, Christmas tree, doorway or window ledge.

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