How to make the hanging heart
Use the templates on page 100 to cut out two large hearts from red gingham fabric and one small heart from hessian.
Lie the small heart onto a large heart and pin in place. Sew 1cm (¼in) from the edge using a small zig-zag stitch; leave a small opening for turning through. Snip the seam all the way around to ease the seam.
Turn the heart through, stuff with wadding and hand sew the gap closed. Sew a metre loop of the ribbon to the top of the heart for hanging.
How to make the garland Use the templates on page 100 to cut six gingerbread man shapes from hessian and eight small hearts from gingham.
Pair the shapes, pin with right sides together, then machine stitch with a 1cm (¼in) seam allowance around each pair of shapes, leaving a gap for turning through. Use a straight stitch for the gingerbread men, then strengthen the seam by zig-zagging around the outside edge to prevent fraying. Turn each shape through, stuff with wadding and sew up the gap by hand.
Embroider cross stitch eyes, a backstitch smile and chain stitch in a tight circle for buttons onto the gingerbread men, using the photograph as a guide.
To make the bow ties, cut 4 x 10cm (2 x 4in) strips of gingham, fold and wind thread around the centre. Stitch one onto each gingerbread man’s neck.
Line up the gingerbread men and hearts in a row, alternating each shape. Stitch together to make a garland. Cut a 1.5 metre ribbon in half and sew one piece to each end of the garland, to finish.
How to make the stocking Use the templates on page 100 to cut two stockings and a small rectangle from hessian and two stocking tops from red
Sew the rectangle of hessian onto one gingham stocking top using a small zig-zag stitch. Pin the stocking tops right sides together and sew up each side, leaving the top and bottom open. Hem the bottom edge, then slide onto the top of the hessian stocking, fold the two fabrics together and pin. Sew together to make a neat hemmed edge, then press the seams flat.
Use a chain stitch to stitch a name onto the hessian rectangle, to finish.