Today I have a fun felt project to share with you using products from a company that was new to me this year. Poshta Designs creates amazing felt dies and project kits for the most adorable felt projects. Today I'm using the NEW Gingerbread Friends die set as well as the NEW Accessory Alphabet for a little personalization. To find out more information keep reading.
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About the products:
When it comes to Christmas baking, gingerbread tops the list for seasonal delights! This gingerbread pair brings a touch of sweet whimsy to your holiday crafting. With both lady and gent shapes, you’ll be able to create an ornament or garland for everyone on your list. There are even two styles of buttons and a little heart accessory included in the die, so you can customize your projects even further. Our handy shaped base plates make adding the piping details to these characters a breeze. You’ll have a baker’s dozen whipped up before the first flurries fly!
Retails for $50
This alphabet is perfect for the times you want to add personalization, but a bolder monogram just won’t quite fit the bill. These letters can be used to spell out names (4-5 characters fit on many of our past and present ornament shapes), add initials, or customize your projects with special messages. You can even pair the Accessory Alphabet with the Monogram Alphabet and Inline Monogram Alphabet for creations that are tailor-made for your friends and loved ones!
This alphabet includes all the letters of the alphabet with double vowels and “gameshow rules” for extra popular letters to make your creative time a breeze. You receive a total of 37 characters wired together.
Retails for $19.
My Gingerbread Family Ornaments:
To make my gingerbread family I first cut out three gingerbread people using both the male and female cookie representations from the Gingerbread Friends die set. You can choose any combination of family you would like. I'm only creating three of our six immediate family members (more to be created at a later date). These characters will represent me, my husband Tim, and my youngest son Dexter.
For the Mom and Dad gingerbread people I simple cut them out, added a bit of white DMC floss for the icing, and stitched them together using coordinating floss. I also added a heart, also provided in the kit, to each of their bodies.
I used both Walnut and Gingersnap felt color ways to create my people. I cut out two shapes per ornamament in order to create a back and a front. There is a die provided for each shape that cuts out the holes for the eyes and smile. You can't forget the smile. This die was only used on the front portion of the ornaments.
The back of the Mom and Dad ornaments were left plain. For the Dexter ornament I used the Accessory Alphabet dies also from Poshta Designs to personalize his with a D.
Once the icing and or embellishments were added to the fronts and/or backs of my ornaments, it was then time to stitch the back and fronts together. I used coordinating floss to do this. For the Dexter ornament, I used the darker Walnut color felt for the back. This way the D could stand out a bit more with a little bit of a contrasting stitch of the lighter brown thread.
Tips and Tricks:
I mad sure to hide all of all of my knots within the two layers of felt.
I used two strands of floss using the loop method (which makes four strands) to start my stitches and lock them in.
I use one strand looped (which makes two strands) to sew on beads.
Don't use long strands of floss. Use shorter strands to prevent knotting.
Save the unused portions of felt for smaller projects and accent pieces. The rest can be used for pin cushion stuffing (more on this another time).
I hope that I've inspired you to create something today. Don't forget to check out the Poshta Designs blog for more information. Thank you for visiting my blog.