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Christmas Tree & Gingerbread Man Felt Pin Patterns

Guest Author - Tamara Bostwick

felt Christmas Tree pinI have put together a few more holiday themed felt projects just in time for Christmas. I love these little hand-stitched felt projects because they are quick and easy. They make great gifts because the materials are inexpensive and easy to find and they are so cute when they are done.
This time, I stitched them up into pins and ornaments, but they could also be sewn into napkin rings that would make a wonderful holiday table decoration.
As designed, the Christmas trees are about 4 inches tall and2 1/2 inches wide when finished. The Gingerbread Man is 4 1/4 inches tall and 3 1/4 inches wide. If you would like to make them larger or smaller, simply enlarge or reduce the image on a copier. My example is stitched using a blanket stitch, but if that is not your favorite stitch to do, you can also whip stitch around the edges.

Click the link to open the Christmas Tree and Gingerbread Man Templates (the file is a .pdf, you will need Acrobat to open the file). The templates will print on a standard 8 1/2" by 11" piece of paper. Hit "back" to return to this page.

Christmas Tree Supply List

  • Felt in the following colors: dark green, and/or medium green, and a small piece of gold.
  • Embroidery floss in ecru and orange or gold metallic.
  • Pin backs (you can find these in the beading section of your local sewing and craft store; make sure you purchase ones with holes in the bar for sewing on)
  • White or cream sewing thread
  • embroidery needle
  • Sequins and seed beads in assorted colors or small buttons (between 1/4 and 1/2 inch) for embellishing (if you use sequins, you will need a beading needle small enough to go through the hole on the seed beads)


  1. From green felt, cut out three trees and from gold felt, cut two stars.

  2. Hold two trees together and using needle and thread, embellish the tree as you wish using buttons or sequins. If you are new to using sequins, insert your needle from under the tree to the right side and pick up a sequin from the back and pick up a seed bead. Take your needle back down through the hole in the sequin and through the tree. Pull thread tight to seat the sequin and bead. Be sure to keep sequins and buttons about 1/4 an inch away from the edges to allow for the blanket stitching in the next step. You can have a lot of fun embellishing the trees. Other ideas are to embroider or bead a garland across the tree or use French knots to make a popcorn and cranberry garland.

  3. After the embellishing is finished, layer the third tree on the bottom to cover the embellishing stitches and using 3 strands of floss, blanket or whip stitch all the layers together.

  4. Layer the two stars together with the tree in between. Starting at the junction of star and tree, whip stitch the stars together around the edge. When you reach the junction of star and tree on the other side, continue whip stitching around the bottom edges of the star through only the top layer of tree back to where you started. Take the floss through to repeat this process on the back side to finish attaching the star to the tree. If you wish, you can embellish the star and add a sequin. Tie off floss securely when finished.

  5. To make a pin, sew a pin back securely on the back. To make an ornament, thread your embroidery needle with a 6 inch piece of floss (all six strands) and insert your needle in between the stars at the bottom of the top point and pull floss through and tie at top to make a loop.

Gingerbread Man Supply List

  • Felt in the following colors: copper and a small piece of gold
  • Embroidery floss in ecru (or white) and red
  • pin backs
  • White or cream sewing thread
  • embroidery needle
  • Sequins and seed beads in green or blue or small buttons (between 1/4 and 1/2 inch) for embellishing (if you use sequins, you will need a beading needle small enough to go through the hole on the seed beads)


  1. From copper felt, cut out three Gingerbread men and from gold felt, cut a small rectangle 1 1/4 by 1/2 inch (for bowtie).

  2. Hold two gingerbread men together and embellish as follows: Using embroidery needle with six strands of ecru or white embroidery floss, stitch zig-zag "frosting" squiggles on arms and legs. Stitch the smile with a back stitch and make the eyes with a triple-wrapped French knot. Make bow tie by wrapping sewing thread around the middle of the gold rectangle and knot off securely. Sew finished bow tie in place. Using needle and thread, add three sequins or small buttons along the center front (see above for instructions on applying sequins).

  3. Layer the last gingerbread man shape on the bottom so that it covers up the embellishment stitching and using three strands of red floss, blanket (or whip stitch) around the body of the gingerbread man.

  4. Finish as a pin or ornament as noted above.

I hope you enjoy this project! Happy sewing!

If you love to craft with felt, check out these books!

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