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!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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!
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.
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).
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.
Here’s my snowman so far:
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.
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.
If you have children that will be playing with the snowman, you may want to sew his hat on.
Either way, here is the finished snowman! Hubby says the way I did his eyes make him look “unsure.”
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:
What do you think of my happy snowman family?