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build a snowman...

A few months ago, my friend Stephanie suggested that I make a snowman pattern. One that could have different things to add onto it...you know...make it modular. (I think I like that word.) And so I sketched it up in my book, thinking it would make a great embroidery pattern for winter. Well...it sat in my book, but thankfully, the idea didn't melt. Instead, it became something a little different. And so I present to you...

snowman longing for the snow...

Steph's Snowman! (He's longing to go and play outside...)

This is a pattern that you can use for sewing, applique, embroidery or even cutting and pasting. Or a combination of those. So, download the pattern, and get started!

To make a stuffed Snowman (or Snowmam) here's what you'll need:

Steph's Snowman Pattern PDF
Felt: 2 sheets of white, and small amounts of other colors
Embroidery Floss

YIP2010 - 004

Cut out 2 body pieces from white felt. From one of those, cut out a face opening. (This is optional, but is so cute, 'cause it looks like a kid dressed up as a snowman!)

snowman face

Cut out a face (from the second page) and stitch or applique on some features. Using a running stitch, sew the face behind the opening in your front body piece.

snowman buttons

To your body pieces, add on any other details. I went with simple buttons, which I stitched around first, then attached with the french knots. The button, heart, bow, flower, coal or necklace are good items for adding on at this point. For these, just cut around the outside of the shape, and add stitched details. Or you can simply embroider them on, and skip the extra felt pieces.

Once you've attached these things, sew the two pieces together, leaving an opening. Fill with stuffing, and then stitch closed. Of course, I forgot to take a picture of this process. I was just too excited to finish him up!

snowman scarf

Now, make some removable accessories. I stitched two scarf pieces together, and fringed the ends.

snowman hat

And I attached a hatband to one hat piece, then sewed around the two hat pieces. You can sort of see where I stopped here to leave an opening for my snowman's head.


And he's done! He is very much like the Costume Kids that I've made in the past...but those illustrations only show the face part. This is the whole thing, and the real deal! (I told my sister, I hope I don't seem vain, but I love this little snowman!)

You can also make an apron that has real ties to hold it on. Just cut out the outer apron shape, add some details if you like, and stitch some yarn through the top of the apron, leaving long ties. Or you could tack on some ribbon.

Of course, there are lots of other things that you could add...that's the best part about something modular!

To use this as an embroidery pattern, just shrink it down. Or if you have little ones who like to cut and paste, print out some pieces and let them go to town like my sister did!

Have fun, and if you make one (or a whole snow village) of Steph's Snowman, please add your picture to the Wild Olive Flickr group!


  1. Anonymous9:50 AM

    What an adorable snowman :)
    He looks quite happy inside looking out if you ask me! lol...

  2. Oh, he is so cute. I'm sure, someday I'll use your pattern. :)

  3. oh my he's ADORABLE!! i'm in love :)

  4. This is so cute, I bookmarked the pattern! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Anonymous1:17 PM

    Me gusta pero creo que quedarĂ­a mas gracioso si los botones fueran botones de verdad .


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