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Are you a snowman collector? I don’t try to collect them but I do have a lot of ’em. Most are snowmen I’ve made but others were bought or given to me. One of my favorite things about decorating with snowmen is that you can leave them up way past Christmas. Their display season is fairly long. I don’t put mine away until March!
The little Smiling Snowmen Ornaments I’m sharing today don’t have to disappear after the holidays are over. They look adorable hanging on shelf pegs or tucked in greens all season long. Each snowman is unique because no two faces will be the same and because of that they appear to have their own personalities. There are lots of things to do with these adorable little guys but first, we have to make them!
The most complicated supply you’ll need for this project is a sewing machine. The rest of the items are easily found at your local craft store.
Supplies needed for your smiling snowman ornament:
- Sewing machine
- White or ecru thread
- White or ecru upholstery thread
- Basic sewing needle
- Stuffing (I use Fairfield Poly-Fil Premium Polyester Fiber Fill)
- Stuffing tool or pencil with the point broken off
- Ecru embroidery thread
- Embroidery needle
- Orange felt
- Dark brown paint and black paint
- Thin craft wire and wire cutters/needle nose pliers
Don’t let this list scare you. You probably already have some of the items and what you don’t have can be found at any craft store or even Walmart.
If you’ve seen my post on How to Make Festive Fabric Candy Canes you’ll notice I recommend coarse muslin for that project. The same goes for these snowmen. The coarser, heavier weave holds it’s shape better than the finer, soft muslin. And for those of you not familiar with muslin here is its definition…
muslin: is a cotton fabric of plain weave. It is made in a wide range of weights from delicate sheers to coarse sheeting.
Let’s get started!
Draw your face shapes on heavy paper or thin cardboard and cut them out. I’ve included the three shapes I use for my faces which you can access and print by clicking on the picture below.
Lay your muslin on a flat surface and fold it in half. We’re going to trace our face shapes onto the 2 ply muslin. Leave about a half-inch or more between faces. You’ll be sewing on the line but will need a 1/4″ allowance around each shape when cutting them out. Trace your shapes onto the muslin with a pencil.
Time to sew your faces! You will not be sewing a complete circle around each shape. You’ll need to leave an opening, approximately one-inch, somewhere on the line. I marked suggestions on my templates. Start sewing on the line and back sew to lock your stitches. Continue sewing following the line until you get about an inch away from where you started then back sew again. Do this for all of your faces.
Cut your snowmen’s faces out. Remember to leave a seam allowance of about 1/4″ or so around each face. Once your faces are cut out it’s time to turn them right side out. Take your stuffing tool and slide it into the opening you left in the seam. Bunch the fabric towards the end of the tool that’s inside the face. With the fabric still bunched, remove the tool and then push it into the fabric on the opposite side of the opening pushing the fabric through the hole. Continue pushing the wrong side through the opening until all of the fabric’s right side is exposed. Gently run the tool around the inside of the seam to smooth it out.
Use your stuffing tool to push the fiberfill into your faces. Your faces should be firm and full. When you’ve finished stuffing all of your faces grab your upholstery thread and needle and stitch the openings closed.
Using your embroidery thread and needle, sew small x’s around the seam of each snowman. The seam should look something like this… —–X——–X——-X——X——. This isn’t necessary but adds a cute touch.
Now we’re going to make the wire hanger which will be sewn onto the back of each face. Use your needle nose pliers to twist the end of the wire into a small loop. Cut approximately 5″ from the loop with your wire cutters. Twist the other end like the first. Bend the wire into a C shape. Use your embroidery thread and needle to attach the wire loops to the back top half of the face.
Take your orange felt and cut a small carrot-shaped nose out. Attach the nose by stitching it onto the front of your snowman’s face. I hide the ends under the nose itself.
Now it’s time to paint your snowman’s eyes and mouth. Use a pencil to mark your eye and mouth placements. Using a rounded brush and black paint, paint two eyes. These dots do not have to be perfect circles because they are supposed to be coal. Next, use your brown paint to make the dots for the mouth. Again, these do not have to be perfect circles. Allow the paint to dry.
Yay! Your snowman is finished! Hang your snowman face ornament from a shelf peg or save it to hang on your tree next year.