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Sock Snowman Decorations

Concerning Christmas!

You know how I love to browse Pinterest?  Oh, you don’t?  Well, I do.  And the other day I saw something that I thought was just one of the most awesomest, easiest, “I can actually do that” crafts.

Follow the link below to find the original tutorial or keep reading to see how I did it!

DIY sock snowman

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I took lots of pictures so if you want to do it my way you should be able to follow along!  For anyone who’s wondering, I got the full-size socks at a dollar store ($1.25/3pack) and the kid and baby socks I got at Wal-Mart, because they cost way more at the dollar store.

To Start:

First you’re going to want to cut a sock in half, from the bottom of the heel up diagonally to the bend in the sock.  There is probably half a line there, from the knit changing direction and/or a fold line from being in the sock package.  I swear I took a picture but then my device lost it.  I used Hubby’s phone (Galaxy S6 Edge) to take the remaining pictures, and they’re beautiful!

The foot of the sock is going to be your snowman’s body and head while the calf of the sock will be his hat.  So you can use two different socks so that his hat is a different colour or pattern if you’re using solid-coloured socks.

To Make the Body:

Now you want to put a scoop of rice in the bottom of the sock-foot.  I used probably 1/4 cup.  The rice is so that once the snowman is stuffed, he will (hopefully) stand up on his own.

sock snowman's rice-filled body

Now stuff the rest of his body with some kind of filling!  I get lots of accent pillows (you know, the in-the-way kind that are always on the corners of couches) for free and I just cut them open and save the stuffing for projects just like this one.

sock snowman filled body

Now you need to tie the end of the sock closed.  I found the easiest way was to wrap (colour-coordinating) thread around multiple times and then tie a double knot.  I just couldn’t hold the end closed and the threads tight while tying a knot but wrapping it around a few times made it possible.

sock snowman with body end tied

Now your snowman needs some “coal” buttons!  I picked mine to try to match the blue that will be on his hat but you can choose your buttons however you like.  And since I’m using dollar store socks, I tied a quintuplet knot on the end.

sock snowman "coal" buttons

Sewing on the buttons:

Pick where your top button will be and start the needle going so the knot and exit of the thread will be behind the button.sock snowman's buttons

sock snowman sewing on the buttons

I found this part easier if I didn’t pull the thread tight right away.  Once you’re got the button threaded once, put the thread through again and go through the snowman again where you started sewing.

sock snowman sewing on the buttons

Pull the thread tight (I didn’t so that I could show you what I did) and go through the button as many times as you like and when you’re ready to start the second button poke the needle into the snowman’s body behind the first button and have it come out again where the second button will be.

sock snowman sewing on the buttons

And sew on the second (and third, if you want) button the same way.  To finish the last button, I tied a double knot around the back of it:

sock snowman sewing the buttons finish

Then to hide the end of the thread I put the needle into the snowman behind the button and out somewhere far away.  Make sure you’ve got the needle tip before pushing the butt all the way in!

sock snowman hiding the thread end

Now pull the thread so there’s no slack and then pull it a little tighter, so that the sock is indented.  You can also push on the side to make it indent, rather than pull the thread.

sock snowman ending the thread

Now cut the thread and the end will magically disappear for all time into the innards of the snowman.  No more thread end.  No worries.

Now sew the eyes on using the same technique.  I used white buttons and a coloured thread (again, coordinating with the hat).

sock snowman button eyes

Nose Options:

Now for the nose:  I embroidered the nose on using orange thread, but you can also sew on a triangle of orange felt, or really do whatever you want.  But this is the nose I chose.

sock snowman carrot nose

Here’s my snowman so far:

sock snowman without hat

The Snowman’s Hat:

(In Canada, we call this a toque!)

For the hat you just tie the cut end closed in the same way you closed the snowman.  You can decide for yourself how long you want his hat to be.  I snipped the cut end down to the thread in strips, which curled delightfully and made a nice pom pom.

sock snowman's hat with pompom

If you’re not sure if you want to have the pompom curling like that, here’s a side by side comparison of one that I snipped and one I did not snip.  The left is snipped, the right is not.

snowmen's hats pompoms

If you have children that will be playing with the snowman, you may want to sew his hat on.

Done!

Either way, here is the finished snowman!  Hubby says the way I did his eyes make him look “unsure.”

sock snowman finished product

Do you want to know the best part?  Now this guy is about 15cm (6″) tall (at the bend in his hat).  And not that he’s heavy, but he does have rice in his bottom.  So what if you don’t have room for this little guy?

You can make smaller snowmen using baby socks!  And if you don’t use rice and you put a thread loop coming out of his hat, he’s a:

Tree Ornament!!

miniature sock snowman

What do you think of my happy snowman family?

sock snowmen, snowman family

 

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12 Comments

  • Reply Backyard Photographer Blog November 26, 2016 at 12:51

    This is a really fun and neat idea! I’m adding this to my list of holiday activities 😊

  • Reply Dawn November 27, 2016 at 14:43

    Those are really cute and looks easy. Even I can do that!!!

  • Reply brett November 27, 2016 at 20:18

    thats great jac, those eyes are kind of sinister ! don’t you think?

    • Reply Jaclyn November 28, 2016 at 18:08

      Well, what with little Doll wanting to play with them I didn’t want to use pins for the eyes, like the original tutorial suggested (although it was super cute). I think it’s more of a stunned look.

  • Reply Anne November 28, 2016 at 08:57

    This is so cute! My mum loves to make adorable things like these, I’ll be sure to send this post to her!

  • Reply karlapitzen November 28, 2016 at 17:27

    My kids would really enjoy this activity – especially making a little family of snowmen, like the one pictured. Very cute.

  • Reply Brittany Ferrell December 3, 2016 at 10:53

    This is seriously the perfect craft for my Olaf obsessed toddler! I even think she could help with some of the steps! Plus I could find a use for all of those random single socks…Such a cute idea!

  • Reply Debbie L Proulx December 4, 2016 at 02:15

    So cute and fairly simple. I’ll for sure give it a go.

  • Reply Shell maria December 5, 2016 at 07:21

    Such a cute idea!!

  • Reply Yarn Ball Christmas Puffs – Jaclyn Bree December 10, 2016 at 04:44

    […] year I’ve been doing my best to remedy that.  You can find my previous posts about making a Sock Snowman and a Christmas or Winter Scene in a basket.  Great for a tabletop display!  Also great for kids […]

  • Reply Lisa December 19, 2016 at 21:04

    These are really cute Jaclyn, I collect snowmen in my Christmas decorations. I should make a family of these⛄️

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