Felt Gingerbread Men and No-Sew Mini Gift Bags – Christmas Crafts for Any Age

Welcome to Leisure Lane on this fabulous Tuesday, my friends. I hope you’re enjoying the day.

I’d like to share two easy-peasy craft ideas that are perfect to do with children or alone – felt gingerbread men and fabric pouches. Last night, while looking through my container of Christmas decorations, I came across these. I had made them with my son when he was a child, and took them out for nostalgia’s sake and to share with you. So, let’s get started.

Felt Gingerbread Men

The gingerbread men are so easy to make, you’ll whip up a batch in no time.

You’ll need:

small gingerbread man cookie cutter (you can also use a star, stocking, etc)
scissors
pencil
brown felt
craft acrylic paint (any colors of your choice)
small squeeze bottle(s) with pointed nozzles (to put the paint in for decorating the “cookies”)
decorative string (if you’re going to hang them)

Lay the felt out on a clean surface. Using the cookie cutter as a guide, place on felt and trace around the edges with a pencil. Repeat throughout the felt just like you were cutting out real cookies from dough. Cut out the designs with your scissors and decorate with paint as desired – just have fun with it. Once the paint is completely dry, if desired, you can thread a needle with some regular or decorative string and make a loop on the top of the cookies for hanging on the tree.

They also look yummy arranged on a cookie dish. But don’t leave any milk nearby, or Santa will think they’re for eating ;).

No-Sew Cotton Fabric Mini Gift Bags

These mini gift bags are even easier to make and so pretty. You’ll want to make extra for decorating your packages.

You’ll need:

Cotton fabric of your choice
Ribbon (narrow works best)
Pinking shears
Ruler
Fabric glue (or any craft glue that works well on fabric)
Piece of cardboard, paper, or anything that can be used as a pattern

With your ruler and paper, mark out a size that you would like. My mini bags are approx. 2 3/4″ h x 3 1/4″ l. Cut out pattern and place on cotton fabric. Using pinking shears cut out fabric shapes. You will need two pieces for each bag (front and back). On wrong side of fabric, glue along sides and bottom. Place wrong sides together and adhere gently with fingers to ensure all sides are secure. You will be leaving an opening at the top. While glue is drying, you can cut out strips of ribbon approx. 4 1/2″ long. These will be for the handle and bow on each bag.


Once glue is completely dry, take a piece of ribbon and glue the ends inside and to the back of the bag, as shown above. These will be perfect for hanging on the tree or attaching to a package. With another piece of ribbon, make a bow and glue to outside front of bag. Let glue completely dry before using the bags.


Your mini gift bags are now ready…


You can stuff them with money, candy, or any little surprise. If you make the bags slightly larger than a gift card, you can add one of those, as well. Have fun, and if you make any of these projects, please share…I’d love to see. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Well, that’s all for now, my precious friends. I hope you enjoyed these Christmas crafts. Have a joyful and healthy Christmas, and take some time to breathe and reflect on the true reason for the season.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

 

 

 

 

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