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27/09/2014

Craft Project - Handmade Mr Chillz Felt Snowman Ornament



Several years ago while attending a local craft show, I spotted an adorable snowman ornament and debated on whether or not to purchase him. I ended up walking away and after I got home, I decided to make my own version of the ornament I spotted that day.

The one I saw was mounted on a wooden star. I chose to mount mine onto a pre-purchased felt star that already came stiffened in the package. (I found them in the felt supply section of my craft store).

Materials Needed

scraps of cotton batting or white felt
black and orange embroidery floss
stiffened pre-cut felt stars
4" piece of pipe cleaner
2 pom-poms
small amount of fiberfill for stuffing
all-purpose quick-drying craft glue
scissors
sewing needle (for embroidery)
white thread
4" piece gold metallic cord

Circle Pattern: Trace around the bottom of a 4" diameter drinking glass onto your cotton batting or felt. You will need 2 circles from batting to make one snowman.

Step 1: Using 3 strands of orange embroidery floss, satin stitch an orange carrot shaped nose to the center of your circle. Using 3 strands of black embroidery floss, use french knots for the mouth and then hand stitch on faux button eyes. (see photo for placement).

Step 2: Place your 2 circles right sides together and hand sew around the outer edges with a running stitch. (you can use a sewing machine if desired). Turn your circles so that the backside is facing up (the one with no embroidery stitching) and cut a small slit in the center and flip the circle inside out. Your front side with the embroidery work should be facing out. Lightly stuff the head with fiber fill and hand sew the opening closed with white thread.

Step 3: Cut a 4" piece from your chenille stem and use craft glue to secure it to the top 1/3 of the head. Glue one pom-pom onto each end so that your snowman has some ear muffs.

Step 4: Glue the head onto pre-purchased stiffened shapes, I chose to glue mine onto stars. Let them dry for 15 minutes and then attach a gold metallic cord for hanging.

Variations: If you are not fond of hand embroidery, you can purchase 4 mm round black beads and some black seed beads and glue them on to your snowman for eyes and a mouth. Instead of stitching a nose, you can break a wooden toothpick so that it measures 1 1/2" long and paint it orange and then glue it in the nose position.

 



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