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December 11, 2012

Countdown to Kitschmas – Gingerbread Family!

This week I decided to dig into a vintage Bucilla kit I’ve been hoarding for awhile – this cute as a button family of Gingerbread dolls!

I love love love these vintage kits! Why don’t they make stuff like this anymore?
For some reason I had it in my head that since this was a kit, this would be a quick little thing to whip up. Hahahahahahahahahahahahah! No such luck for Betty. This project, while easy, was pretty time consuming. It took a few hours alone just to cut out all the many many pieces, some of which were tiny and fiddly. Then there was the hours of sewing, both by hand and machine. And the turning of the straps, good Lord. Turning straps is enough to turn even the most serene person into a mental patient. By the way – a little friendly advice from your old pal Betty. Do not google “turning tricks.” Make sure to put “sewing” and “straps” in there. You are welcome. (In my defense it was VERY late and I wasn’t thinking clearly!

After about 10 hours work, if you can believe it, I was looking at a surprisingly adorable family of gingerbread dolls! I kind of love them. Their crazy outfits crack me up.

And ultimately, all the little finishing details are worth it. I think they look like they took time to make and hopefully will be around for quite some time.

However, I do think the furry fabric the bodies are made from make them look a bit like the 1970s interspecies relatives of Mr. Snuffleupagus.



These dolls are destined to be the prize in a scavenger hunt that will begin in Little Betty’s advent calendar this week. I hope she likes them!

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13 Responses to Countdown to Kitschmas – Gingerbread Family!

  1. Tasha Reply

    December 11, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Okay seriously, those are about the cutest things ever! I think the cheeks and eyes are my favorite part. Or maybe the jaunty caps. Or the checked outfits. Too much cute!

    (I have a tube turner but I hate it, ugh! So I feel your pain.)

    • Betty Crafter Reply

      December 11, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      A tube tuner?? I need one of these! It’s gotta be better than what I went through last night. And yes, I agree. The caps are maybe the best part – especially the dad’s! Or the cheeks. Tough call.

  2. RetroRuth Reply

    December 11, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Cheeks! No wait…caps! You know, I can’t decide what’s cuter either!

    And I hope we get to see a pic of little Betty’s face when she gets these treasures. :)

    • Betty Crafter Reply

      December 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      Ruth, you know I won’t be able to resist blogging about the scavenger hunt :)

  3. Sara In AZ Reply

    December 11, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Those are freaking adorable Betty…..great job!!!

    • Betty Crafter Reply

      December 11, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      Thanks Sara! If she likes them it will be worth all the hours spent :)

  4. Andrea Reply

    December 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Awe, those are so cute! Do you have a loop turner?

    • Betty Crafter Reply

      December 12, 2012 at 10:59 am

      No Andrea, I don’t! Do you find it works?

  5. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    December 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Those guys are absolutely precious! Great job!

    • Betty Crafter Reply

      December 12, 2012 at 11:00 am

      Thanks Eartha! I actually thought of you when I made these – they looked to me like something you would buy at an estate sale :)

  6. Saskia (1=2) Reply

    December 11, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    These are divine. I think lederhosen, no top and a bow tie is the perfect gingerbread man outfit (my sister and I had similar matching outfits in the 70s, made by my mother).
    I LOVE the little cheeks. Well done!

    • Betty Crafter Reply

      December 12, 2012 at 11:01 am

      Thanks Saskia! And you’re right – all gingerbread men should be required to wear lederhosen and a bow tie!

  7. Susan D Reply

    December 12, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Sweet! Completely adorable!

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