Make your own Christmas label

Well hello Mr Gingerbread Man!

© Stephanie Boon 2013, Gingerbread man label design

Want to make your own embroidered label for a quilt or Christmas gift, but need some ideas? Well have this one, for FREE!

© Stephanie Boon 2013, Gingerbread man label design

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A free pdf pattern Gingerbread man label!

The design’s based on this little embroidery (below) I made last week – he was very rough and ready (can you tell?)! I posted about him here, and because I’ve had such positive comments by everyone I’ve shown him to, I thought you might like him too!

© Stephanie Boon, www.DawnChorusStudio, 2013. Hand embroidered christmas labels for patchwork quilts.

The original wonky doodle version! (approximately 1.5″ tall)

I rather like the wonkiness of the original version, but I’ve been practicing drawing with Inkscape (a vector drawing programme) and I’ve made this free pdf version a little crisper, so I hope you’ll like him just as much. You can always ‘wonkify’ him by tracing him less than accurately if you prefer! (Which is exactly what I did 2nd time around.) The new embroidery design is about 2″ square (ish!).

You will need

  • The pdf: Gingerbread man label (click the link to download)
  • HB pencil
  • A piece of cotton fabric of your choice (large enough to fit into a small embroidery hoop)
  • Small embroidery hoop (I used a 4″ one)
  • Embroidery needle
  • Embroidery scissors/fabric scissors
  • Various colours of stranded cotton embroidery thread. I used some festive reds and greens with a gingery Sienna colour for the gingerbread man himself and an orangey colour for the ‘box’

How to

  • Transfer the design to your fabric in pencil, either with a light box or up at a window (although I managed to do it on the kitchen counter without any light behind it by drawing over the design in a darker pen first), making sure you have enough room around the design to centre it in the embroidery hoop
  • Place in the hoop and follow my suggestions in the pdf for which basic embroidery stitches to use. Instructions for embroidery  aren’t included, but I’m sure you’ll know how to do the basic ones anyway. If you don’t check out Jenny Hart’s Sublime Stitching embroidery tutorials – totally fab!
  • Once you’ve finished your embroidery remove it from the hoop and trim it down with scissors or a rotary cutter and mat, leaving 1/4″ around the design 1/4″ seam allowance (1/2″ total)
  • Pin the label in place on your project and stitch down using the needle-turn applique method.
  • Stand back, admire – and try not to eat the gingerbread man!

It took me about 45 minutes to stitch this little man, which is time well spent for finishing up a hand made project I think. It’s not a major undertaking and no special embroidery skills are required, so why not add a really personal touch to your work too and give it a go? If you do I’d love to hear from you – any feed back, good or bad, is most definitely welcome! Thanks guys 🙂

Happy labelling!

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