A few weeks ago, the fabulous people at Martha Stewart Living held an event at Pins and Needles in NYC. I wasn’t able to be there in person, but I was able to Skype in – sometimes technology really comes in handy. The event was for children and their parents, and featured five crafts including a few from the new Handmade Holiday Crafts book – the book I’ve been crafting along with at The New Home Ec. Skyping in was fun, and I really wished I could have been there. Everyone was having such a great time!
Here’s one of the projects that was done at the crafting event – aren’t they cute? I love gingerbread men (my favorite symbol of the holiday), so this was definitely a favorite. Since the folks at MS are so nice, they are letting me share the instructions with you, as well as a few other projects (with instructions) from the event. Read on!
Tools and Materials
- Brown felt plus assorted colors for decorating the gingerbread
- Rick rack in assorted colors
- Needle and thread – optional if you want to sew any details onto the ornament
- Fabric glue
1. Start by cutting out the gingerbread shapes. We made our so they looked like they had small bites in them. You will need two pieces for the body. We also used white felt to make the eyes, but you could also use googly eyes.
2. Start decorating! Cut out felt pieces, use rick rack or other trim to decorate your gingerbread man or woman. Glue these pieces on to the brown felt pieces.
3. Cut a small piece of rick rack for the loop it will hang from. Place this at the top and glue or stitch to adhere to the inside of the brown felt pieces.
4. Finally glue the two brown pieces together so they act as a sandwich to the rick rack loop.
Here are some additional crafts and pictures from the day:
Awesomely decorated cookies – nom nom.
Button hair clips; find easy instructions here.
Cute set-up at Pins and Needles including the book Handmade Holiday Crafts.
The cute gingerbread people wearing colorful embellishments.
Rick-rack gift bags; find the instructions here.
I’m hoping I get to go to the next Martha event in person, because everyone had a blast making ornaments, and I want to be there! And next time I’m in NYC, I’m going to head to Pins and Needles because the shop looks beautiful (and I love to hoard pretty fabric).
Hope you enjoyed this peek into a holiday crafting event!
Special thanks to Jenn Andrlik, Crafts and Holidays Editor, MarthaStewart.com; Darcy Miller, Editorial Director of Martha Stewart Weddings; and Rachel Low, owner of Pins and Needles for letting me post about the event.
Photos by Mike Krautter. Courtesy of Martha Stewart’s “Living in the Family Room” blog.