DIY Holiday sew-man
Holiday crafts needn't be complicated to be fun. With just a basic blanket stitch, some colorful felt and a handful of simple adornments, your little ones can create this fun holiday snowman.
It doesn't matter where you live, winter just isn't winter without snowmen. With just a handful of readily-available supplies and a child assistant, you can create these felt snowmen in about an hour. Not only do they make perfect decorations for the Christmas tree, but they're an adorable final touch on a beautifully wrapped holiday gift.
- 1 sheet of plain white paper
- White felt
- Brown felt
- Several cotton balls (or the equivalent amount of polyester fiberfill)
- Holiday ribbon
- Embroidery floss in a color that compliments your holiday ribbon
- Miniature pom-poms that coordinate with your holiday ribbon and embroidery floss
- Craft glue
- Black fabric marker
- Orange fabric marker
- A child assistant
Create the template
Have your child draw a snowman onto the white paper and then have him cut it out to create the template.
Cut out the snowman
Using the template, your child should trace two snowmen onto the white felt with a pencil and then cut the snowmen out.
Stitch the front and back together
With wrong sides of the felt placed together, have your child blanket stitch the front to the back, until you have just an inch-long opening along the top of the snowman.
Stuff the snowman
Ask your assistant to stretch out the cotton balls to create a batting for the inside of the snowman. (You can also use polyester fiberfill if you have it on hand. Since I didn't and I only needed a bit, I used cotton balls instead.) Stuff the snowman with the cotton balls.
Attach the ribbon
Insert the ribbon, creating a loop for hanging. Finish stitching the snowman up, securing the ribbon in place. Set snowman aside.
Make the scarf
Using the craft glue, have your child create a scarf by gluing the pom-poms together, end-to-end.
Add the face
Have your child use the black fabric marker to draw eyes and a mouth onto the snowman, and the orange fabric marker to draw on a nose. Once the glue on the scarf has dried, add a few spots of glue to attach the scarf around the snowman's neck. Allow the glue to dry completely before hanging.