I put a piece of Velcro on the back of the baby and the front of the hay, so the kids can have fun laying him in the manger.
Now I want to make a flannel board and a whole Nativity set like this, since they're so cute and I think the kids would love it. But, I don't think I'll have the time before Christmas--maybe next year??
What you need: I used felt for the front and an extra-heavy stabilizer for the back, so these shapes are pretty sturdy. Hopefully they can withstand a one- and two-year-old.
- Peltex sew-in ultra firm stabilizer
- scraps of felt
- embroidery floss
1. Cut out a manger shape, an oval, and a star from the peltex. Use these as templates to cut out shapes from the felt: yellow star, brown manger, yellow straw, and a white oval. Also, cut out a peach circle for the baby's face.
2. Pin or hold the peltex and felt together, then use embroidery floss to sew them together. I used a blanket stitch around the edges with 2 strands of embroidery floss, but you can use more strands if you'd like more noticeable stitches.
3. To attach the baby's face and the straw that overlaps the manger, I used a simple running stitch. Then I added half-circles for Jesus' closed eyes, and a few lines of blue backstiches to look like he's swaddled. Last, I attached the velcro to the manger and the back of the baby.
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