Book Review

Not your Grandma’s Gingerbread Man Garland

Every year, without fail, the holiday season barrels through our lives like a hurricane of lights, ornaments, and festivities. Whether you’re someone who strives for a 100% handmade holiday or someone who sprinkles sewing creativity into a select number of decorations and gifts, it can be hard to meet self-imposed goals starting only a month out. I’m a notorious sewing procrastinator and, as a result, December becomes the month where I spend more time in front of my sewing machine than anywhere else.

This year at Urban Spools, we’ve decided to make planning Christmas early a reality. No more crazed sewing into the wee hours of Christmas morning. We’re hosting “Christmas in August” on August 12th to help jumpstart your Christmas creativity in the midst of the Summer heat.

Christmas in July

In the shop, we’re working on a series of samples to help you visualise different Christmas projects from decking the halls in your own home to handmade gifts for everyone on your list. We’ve got tons of fun Christmas Fabrics just waiting to be whipped up into a stocking, tree skirt, or adorable holiday outfit. Here are just a few of our favorites.


Dachshunds Christmas Darlings, Jingle Cats Red, Green and Red Ornaments, Nutcracker Sweet Red

Our first project for the holidays is an easy handwork project from the new book, Felt Christmas Decorations. This book offers adorable felt projects for crafters of all levels that add a festive touch to your mantel or christmas tree. They would even be adorable holiday hostess gifts.



Book: Felt Christmas Decorations

Wool: 4″ x 12″ piece for each gingerbread man (3 Green and 2 Pink)

Embroidery Floss: 1 skein each of Lime Green and Hot Pink

Buttons: 15 total for 5 Gingerbread men

Trims: Scraps of rick-rac for the body and a 36″ length of ribbon for the Garland

Filling: Sweet Dreams Cotton Stuffing


To put my own “Spoolie” touch on the project, I opted to use lime green and hot pink wools for the bodies of our gingerbread men to update the classic project. Combined with adorable orange buttons and bright rick-rac trims, I created a whimsical garland fit for a your christmas tree or crafting room.


This project is great for a couple reasons. It’s super simple nature makes it the perfect project for beginner sewers eager to bring their new skills into the holiday season, whether you own a sewing machine or not. The simple outline also makes it a great project idea for kids wanting to ramp up their skills before tackling sewing with a machine. For more advanced folks, this garland can be completed as a mindless evening project in front of the tv.


We hope you enjoy this project and come flip through the may others in Felt Christmas Decorations on August 12th at our “Christmas in August” event. We’d love to show you this project and our other Christmas samples over hot chocolate and holiday treats!

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Happy Sewing,



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