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Make a Cheerful Snowman Pillow for Christmas

Sew this cheery felt snowman pillow to use as a festive Christmas decoration

What You Need:

  • Felt: 1/2 yard each of blue and white, 1/4 yard each of black and red, and scraps of green and orange
  • Pinking shears
  • Tracing paper
  • Matching sewing threads
  • Fabrics glue
  • Embroidery thread: blue and pearl (We used DMC embroidery thread: Jewel Effects #E825 Blue and Pearlescent Effects #E3747 White.)
  • Embroidery needle
  • Polyester fiberfill

Download snowman pattern

How to Make It:

  1. Use pinking shears to cut two 18-inch blue felt squares for the pillow front and back and one 18-inch white felt square.
  2. Cut away a 13-inch square from the center of the white square, creating a 2-1/2-inch-wide border frame.
  3. Trace the patterns from the pattern pack onto tracing paper; cut out the shapes.
  4. Use the patterns to cut the pieces needed from the indicated color of felt. Refer to the photograph to position the felt pieces and as a guide for embroidery.
  5. Sew the felt pieces to the pillow front about 1/8 inch from the edges using matching thread, unless otherwise indicated. Pin the white frame on one blue square for the pillow front.
  6. Position and sew the head on the pillow front. Arrange the black hat top, green hatband, and black hat brim on the pillow front.
  7. When you're pleased with the positioning, remove the brim and band and sew the hat top in place. Reposition and sew the band, followed by the brim.
  8. Position the red scarf, scarf knot, mitten, and cuff on the pillow front, tucking the bottom edges under the white frame as needed. Sew the pieces in place.
  9. For the scarf, stop sewing the long edges about 1/2 inch beyond the inner edge of the white frame. Sew the nose on the face; glue on eyes and mouth shapes.
  10. Using an embroidery needle, embroider blue snowflakes on the white frame and white snowflakes on the blue background.
  11. Center the appliqued pillow front on the pillow back.
  12. Sew the pillow front to the back 1/2 inch from the inside edges of the white frame, changing the thread color as needed and leaving a 7-inch opening at the bottom.
  13. Stuff the pillow with fiberfill and sew opening closed.
  14. To finish pillow, cut slits 3/8 inch apart, starting at the end of scarf and ending 1/2 inch from stitching. Position and glue the letters on the pillow front as shown with fabrics glue.
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