Gingerbread Chef Tea Towel

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Letting you know that “Happiness is Homemade”, this little guy is sure to give your home a warm, inviting feeling this Christmas season.


  • Rust check dishtowel
  • Cotton fabric scraps: medium brown, off-white, tan
  • Black pearl cotton floss, size 8, one skein
  • Embroidery floss: black, white


  • Embroidery needle
  • Iron and pressing surface
  • Therm O Web HeatnBond Iron-on Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil



10″ tall

Gingerbread Chef

1. Print and cut out pattern. Trace pattern outlines onto paper side of iron-on adhesive. Trace sections separately: one hat, one upper body (head and arms), and so on. Include dashed-line areas for upper and lower body. Cut out adhesive patterns, leaving a narrow border around pattern edges.

2. Following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse adhesive to wrong sides of fabrics as follows: body to medium brown, hat and apron to off-white, spoon to tan. Cut out shapes. Remove paper backing.

3. Using pattern as placement guide, position shapes on center front of dish towel. Bottom of legs should be 1-7/8” from bottom edge of towel. Hat should overlap head, spoon overlaps arm, and apron overlaps upper and lower body. Fuse shapes to towel.

4. Transfer details to gingerbread chef. Use one strand pearl cotton to blanket stitch around outside edges of all pieces. Use two strands black floss to stem stitch eyes, mouth, and apron straps. Use one strand black floss to stem stitch lettering. Use white floss to make French knots in cheeks. Use three strands white floss to stem stitch icing lines.

Other Options

  • Make a cute kitchen companion. Cut out two solid bodies. Sew together with wrong sides facing, leaving small section open. Turn right side out and stuff with cinnamon-sprinkled fiberfill or spicy gingerbread potpourri; stitch opening closed. Add a mini wooden spoon and chef’s outfit.
  • Applique this little gourmet onto an apron for yourself or a friend.

by Mary Ayres

One thought on “Gingerbread Chef Tea Towel

  1. This is just too cute and I think there is time to make some for christmas gifts. It would also look cute on an apron. Reduce it’s size and put it on a pot holder. A whole set would make a nice gift.
    Thanks for the pattern and instructions.

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