Gingerbread Draft Stopper and Shelf Sitter

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Winter is here and so is the cold. Do you have cold air that leaks under your door? We certainly do, so I decided I needed to create some draft stoppers. These gingerbread people are cute and functional. Just push them up against your door and their legs will stop that cold air from coming in.

I loved them so much, I wanted to create matching ones that I could put on a shelf in my living room. So I created one pattern, with different legs, that can be used to make the matching set.

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If you want a pattern that you can save on your computer and easily print, this pattern is available in my Ravelry shop for only $3.00. Or you can get my whole Christmas 2017 Collection for only $8.00. I love printing patterns and saving them in a binder to keep track of the ones I’ve done and the ones I still plan to do.

These patterns work best if you put a bit of weight in their bottoms. It will help them to sit up and stay put. I used polly pellets and some cheap nylons, and the weight on them ended up perfect.

Abbreviations:

ch: chain

sc: single crochet

sl st: slip stitch

inc: increase (2 single crochets in one loop)

dec: decrease (pull yarn through loop, pull yarn through second loop, yarn over and pull through all loops)

hdc: half double crochet

fphdc: front post half double crochet

bphdc: back post half double crochet

Materials needed (with affiliate links):

Loops and Threads Impeccable yarn in soft taupe and white. Soft rose for the cheeks, red hot and fern for the buttons and bows.

I (5.25mm) crochet hook

18mm safety eyes

Yarn needle

Poly-fil 

Polly pellets

Nylons

Making the weighted pouch

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I got the nylon stockings so they were already 2 individual pieces. By cutting them in half, I was able to make 4 bodies using 1 set of nylons.

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With the toe part, you just fill it and tie the end. With the other half, tie a knot at one end first. Fill each of them with 1/2-3/4 cup of polly pellets. Tie a knot in the top to close it.

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This extra bit of weight really does help them to sit up without making them too heavy. You can get quite a few of these made using 1 bag of polly pellets. I believe I made 7 or 8 of them with 1 bag.

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This pattern is worked “in-the-round”, and stitches are worked through both loops unless otherwise noted. 

Head:

With soft taupe, ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 10 sc inside of circle. (10 stitches)

Row 2: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 5: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 6: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 7: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Row 8: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * around. (45 stitches)

Row 9: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 8 stitches, repeat from * around. (50 stitches)

Switch to white.

Rows 10-11: Sc in each stitch around. (50 stitches)

Switch to soft taupe.

Rows 12-17: Sc in each stitch around. (50 stitches)

Row 18: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 8 stitches, repeat from * around. (45 stitches)

Row 19: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Row 20: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 21: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 22: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 23: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Tie off. Stuff with poly-fil. Position eyes onto head. Be sure you have them where you want them before putting the back on, because once it’s on they can’t be moved.

Body:

With soft taupe, ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 10 sc inside of circle. (10 stitches)

Row 2: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 5: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 6: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 7: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Row 8: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * around. (45 stitches)

Row 9: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 8 stitches, repeat from * around. (50 stitches)

Row 10: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 8 stitches, repeat from * around. (45 stitches)

Row 11 (for girl): In front loops only, sc in each stitch around. (45 stitches)

Row 11 (for boy): Sc in each stitch around. (45 stitches)

Row 12: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Row 13: Sc in each stitch around. (40 stitches)

Row 14: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 15: Sc in each stitch around. (35 stitches)

Row 16: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Rows 17-18: Sc in each stitch around. (30 stitches)

Row 19: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Rows 20-21: Sc in each stitch around. (25 stitches)

Row 22: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Rows 23-24: Sc in each stitch around. (20 stitches)

Tie off. Insert polly pellet weight. Stuff the rest of the way with poly-fil. Sew head onto body.

Skirt (for girl):

By crocheting in the front loops only on row 9 of the body, you should have created a line around it.

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With soft taupe, sl st and attach into this line.

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Ch 1 and sc in each stitch around.

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Switch to white. Work 3 sc’s in each stitch around.

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Tie off.

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Cheeks and Buttons:

Using soft rose, fern or red hot (depending on what you’re making), ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 10 sc inside of circle. (10 stitches)

Sl st to first sc. Tie off.

You can sew the cheeks and buttons on if you want, but I used hot glue.

Bow:

With red hot, ch. 5.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 1, turn. (4 stitches)

Rows 2-8: Sc in each stitch across, ch 1, turn. (4 stitches)

Tie off. Wrap yarn tight around the center and tie in the back. You can sew the bow on if you want, but I used hot glue.

Arms:

With soft taupe, ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 10 sc inside of circle. (10 stitches)

Row 2: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 5: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 6: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Switch to white.

Rows 7-8: Sc in each stitch around. (25 stitches)

Switch to soft taupe.

Row 9: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Rows 10-12: Sc in each stitch around. (20 stitches)

Row 13: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Rows 14-21: Sc in each stitch around. (15 stitches)

Tie off. Stuff halfway with poly-fil. Sew onto body.

Legs (for shelf sitter):

With soft taupe, ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 10 sc inside of circle. (10 stitches)

Row 2: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 5: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 6: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Rows 7-8: Sc in each stitch around. (25 stitches)

Row 9: Sc in first 7 stitches, dec in next 10 stitches (5 dec’s), sc in next 8 stitches. (20 stitches)

Row 10: Sc in first 5 stitches, dec in next 10 stitches (5 dec’s), sc in next 5 stitches. (15 stitches)

Rows 11-12: Sc in each stitch around. (15 stitches)

Switch to white.

Rows 13-14: Sc in each stitch around. (15 stitches)

Switch to soft taupe.

Rows 15-16: Sc in each stitch around. (15 stitches)

Stuff the foot with poly-fil.

Rows 17-41: Sc in each stitch around. (15 stitches)

Tie off. Stuff to just above the boot, leaving the rest of the leg unstuffed. Sew onto bottom of body.

Legs (for draft stopper):

With soft taupe, ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 10 sc inside of circle. (10 stitches)

Row 2: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 5: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 6: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 7: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Row 8: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Rows 9-11: Sc in each stitch around. (35 stitches)

Row 12: Sc in first 13 stitches, dec in next 10 stitches (5 dec’s), sc in next 12 stitches. (30 stitches)

Row 13: Sc in first 10 stitches, dec in next 10 stitches (5 dec’s), sc in next 10 stitches. (25 stitches)

Rows 14-16: Sc in each stitch around. (25 stitches)

Switch to white.

Rows 17-18: Sc in each stitch around. (25 stitches)

Switch to soft taupe.

Row 19: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Stuff the foot with poly-fil. Be sure to stuff it tight. You want the feet and legs to be really firm.

Rows 20-81: Sc in each stitch around. (20 stitches)

Every 10 rows or so, stuff more poly-fil into the leg, remembering to keep it stuffed firm. Leave the last 10-12 rows unstuffed.

Tie off. Sew onto bottom of body. Be sure to sew them sideways, so they go to the side of the body, and keep them both close to the middle.

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I hope you enjoy this pattern! You’re welcome to sell items that you make using my patterns, as long as you don’t post the pattern anywhere else, and link back to my page if you’d like to. If there are any mistakes, or something is unclear, please feel free to leave me a comment and let me know. Or message me on Facebook. If you create any gingerbread people of your own, be sure to post a photo on my Facebook page so I can see. I love seeing all of the things people are creating.

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