Thursday, November 26, 2009

Holiday Craft Project - Mr. Sam E. Sicle Snowman Ornament

When it comes to decorating for the Christmas Holiday, I love decorating my home and my holiday tree with handmade items...especially with a lot of snowmen!

I designed this pattern last week because I wanted something a little different for my holiday tree. This ornament is a cross between a snowman and an icicle.

You can make this ornament out of Warm 'N Natural Batting or you can use regular or wool felt. If you don't want to do any hand stitched facial features, you could use black beads that you hand sew or glue on.

Mr. Sam E. Sicle Snowman Cotton Batting Ornament

Supplies Needed:

Warm 'N Natural Batting
Poly Fiber Fill Stuffing
Black Embroidery Floss
Fabric or Felt Scraps (hat and scarf)
1" Diameter Pom-Pom
Orange Sculpey Clay Carrot-Shaped Nose
Sewing Machine and Basic Sewing Supplies
Scissors and Tape Measure
Disappearing Ink Marker
All-Purpose Craft Glue

To Make The Pattern: Cut a sheet of paper into a rectangular shape measuring 6" by 3 1/2" wide. Free hand an icicle shape. The one I drew measures 6" long by 2 1/2" wide at its widest point. It doesn't need to be a perfect shape as icicles are never perfect.

Trace your pattern onto a piece of Warm 'N Natural Batting with a disappearing ink marker. Pin two pieces of batting together. Using your sewing machine, straight stitch on your pattern line all the way around your icicle but leaving the top edge open (un-sewn). Turn your icicle inside out.

Using three strands of black embroidery floss, embroidery two X's for his eyes and use a few straight stitches to make his mouth. Using some poly fiber fill, firmly stuff your icicle and hand sew the opening at the top shut with a few whip stitches. Glue an orange Sculpey Clay carrot-shaped nose to his face and let dry.

To Make The Hat: Measure around the circumference of your snowman's head and add on a 1/2" of an inch. This measurement will be the width that you need of fabric to make his hat. You can make it as long as you would like, I made mine 5" in length. Using a sewing machine, sew the long sides of your rectangle together with a straight stitch and turn right-sides out.

Using craft glue, glue the bottom of the hat to the top of his head. Using contrast fabric, cut a piece that measures 1/4" wide by the circumference of his head. You will glue this piece around his head to act as a cuff on his hat. Using a sewing needle and a small piece of thread, hand gather the end of his hat together and fasten off. Glue the gathered end to the side of his head along with a pom-pom. From the same color of contrasting fabric that you used on his hat, cut a 1/4" wide piece by approximately 6" long to use as his scarf and tie around his neckline.

Finish off your snow-icicle by threading a piece of gold metallic cording or embroidery floss through the top of his hat for hanging.

This craft project, photo and instructions are copyright 2009 by Shelly Hill, All Rights Reserved.

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