What’s more refreshing than a snowman in frosty, creamsicle colors? How about an entire frosty family clad in pastel accessories? This Frosty Snowman Family is another creation by Debra Quartermain, and the happy group is made with fleece and Debra’s no-sew style. You’ll sew a few embellishment stitches, but it’s mostly glue & go. A summer-easy snowman craft? Yes!
To make a Frosty Snowman Family, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- Balls, one each: 2-1/2″; 2″; 1-1/2″
- Eggs, one each: 5″ and 3”
- Polar fleece, ¼ yd. in white
- Felt, 9″ x 12″ sheets, one white and two light pink
- Pompoms: one 1/2″ white; one ¼” pink; and two 1/8” pink
- Embroidery floss, 1 yd. in pink
- Buttons, two each large, medium and small in pink
- Beads or brads in black, two each: 8mm; 6mm; 5mm
- Snowflake brads, three
- Powdered blush
- Thick white craft glue
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; scallop edge scissors; serrated knife; candle stub or bar of soap; pencil; ruler; wood toothpicks; embroidery needle
To make a Frosty Snowman Family:
1. Wax the serrated knife with the candle stub or bar of soap for easier cutting. Cut the 3” foam egg into two lengthwise and **unequal** sections. The larger section should be two thirds of the egg, and the smaller section about one-third of egg.
2. Press the tops and bottoms of the 3” egg sections and the 5” egg on a tabletop to flatten them.
3. Cut out the following from felt and fleece:
- Mother’s cape using the pattern and scallop-edge scissors.
- 8-1/2″ x 9-1/2″ (Dad)
- 7-1/2″ x 8″ (Mom)
- 6″ x 7″ (Baby)
- 1-1/2″ x 12″ (Dad)
- 1″ x 10″ (Mom)
- 1″ x 9″ (Baby)
- Cut 1/2″ fringe into ends of each strip for scarves
3. Build the bodies, using toothpicks and glue for assembly:
- Dad: 5” egg and 2-1/2” ball
- Mom: larger slice of 3” egg and 2” ball
- Baby: smaller slice of 3” egg and 1-1/2” ball
4. Place the front or rounded side of each body on the corresponding piece of fleece (Cut in Step 3.). Wrap the fleece around the head and body, overlapping and gluing fabric edges in back. Wrap the fabric around the top and bottom, too, making it as smooth as possible. Glue fleece ends to top and bottom of each snowman.
5. Tie and glue scarves around the Dad and Baby snowmen. Add a snowflake brad to Baby’s scarf.
6. Glue buttons onto each snowman.
7. Sew a gathering stitch with embroidery floss along the long edge of Mom’s cape. Pull threads and gather rightly. Tie cape around Mom’s neck, overlapping at front; clip threads. Tie and glue scarf around Mom’s neck.
8. Poke eye holes into each face, and glue the corresponding beads into the holes.
9. Lightly blush cheeks with powdered blush.
10. Glue pink, pompom noses to faces. Dad’s nose is the 1/4” pompom, and Mom and Baby have the 1/8” pompoms.
11. Add the mouths. Thread needle with three strands of embroidery floss; knot ends. Insert needle through back of one head, coming out at the center of the face, below the nose. Make a small, angled straight stitch, bringing needle out again at back of head. Repeat, stitching the other side.
12. Dad’s hat:
- Cut a 2″ and a 4″ circle from white felt.
- Cut out a 1″ circle from the center of the 4″ circle (hat brim).
- Cut and roll up a 1-1/2″ x 5″ strip of white felt (hat crown).
- Glue hat crown to the hat brim.
- Glue the 2” felt circle to the top of the hat.
- Cut 1/2″ x 6″ strip from pink felt for hat band, and add a snowflake brad.
- Wrap and glue hat band around the hat.
- Glue hat to head.
13. Mom’s hat:
- Cut a 5” circle from pink felt.
- Cut away 1/3 of the circle. You’ll use the larger, 2/3 portion for the hat.
- Place the straight edge at the back bottom of Mom’s head.
- Turn up the curved front edge and glue hat to head.
- Insert a snowflake brad along the hat brim.
14. Baby’s hat:
- Cut 4″ x 6″ piece from pink felt.
- Overlap and glue 4″ ends, forming a tube.
- Sew gathering stitch around one end of tube using embroidery floss.
- Pull threads tightly to gather; knot off thread.
- Glue white pompom to top of hat.
- Turn up brim 3/4″ and glue hat to head.
The Summertime Snowman Series isn’t over yet! I’ve loved every single Summertime Snowman, and hope you have, too. See you Friday with the next little woodland critter from Debra. (And if you’ve never visited Debra’s blog, you should stop in, say “hello”, and be inspired!)