...you can't catch me I'm a gingerbread man!
This little festive make is speedy too and a perfect way to use up those tuffty little bits of wool you might have left from other needle-felting projects.
You will need:
Gingerbread man cutter
A small bundle of brown wool
A few whispy bits of coloured wool
A sponge to work on
A needle-felting needle
Take your cookie cutter and place it on a sponge. Scrunch up a small amount of brown wool and stuff it into your cookie cutter, it should fill the cutter. Start stabbing the wool all over, making sure you work the wool into the narrower arms and legs. Stab all around the sides too as this will knit the fibres together and help the felt take shape.
When the wool seems flattened down, carefully turn the cookie cutter over on the sponge and stab it back down the other way. Keep doing this until the wool inside seems firm and has felted.
Gently slip the wool out of the cutter to reveal your gingerbread man! Place it on your sponge and carefully stab around the edges to tidy up any fluffy edges.
Time to decorate your little person. This is the fun bit, all be it a little fiddly! You will only need tiny whisps of wool. Rub a few white fibres together between your fingers to make a thin strip and use to make the cuffs and roll tiny bits into balls to make the eyes and buttons. Try adding a diddy bow tie or maybe a little skirt? To hang him up tie a knot in a small piece of thread or ribbon and place the loop on the back. Lay a small piece of brown wool over the loop and felt in place to secure.
You can make all sorts of decorations using this technique. Have a look in your baking tin for different shapes you could use! They look great strung up as a garland too.
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