Make a 3-D Snowman from Muslin Stuffed with Fiberfill

Make a roly-poly snowman from muslin that has been aged with diluted coffee, then stuffed with fiberfill.


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  • Tracing paper
  • 1 yard of muslin
  • 6x7-inch rectangle of black felt for hat
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Sand for weight
  • Plastic bag
  • Embroidery floss: ivory and black
  • Acrylic paints: white and flesh
  • Paintbrushes
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Instant coffee
  • Twig for nose
  • Crafts glue
  • 2 black nails with small heads
  • Powdered blush
  • Scruffy paintbrush
  • Kiwi wax shoe polish: brown
  • Cotton swab
  • Ground cinnamon
  • 2x35-inch strip of fabric for scarf
  • Matte-finish spray-on sealer
  • 22-gauge rusty crafts wire
  • Small tree branch
  • Ten 1/4-inch rusty liberty bells
  • Three 13-millimeter rusty jingle bells

Download the Dapper Snow Dandy Pattern.

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  1. Download and trace the patterns onto tracing paper; cut out the shapes. On muslin, trace the snowman's body shape four times and cut out. Trace the body bottom shape and cut out. On black felt, trace the hat pieces and cut out.
  2. Sew pieces together using 1/4-inch seam allowances. Sew two body shapes together, starting at the top and following the broken line, to make one side of the body. Repeat for the other side.
  3. With the right sides facing, sew the sides together along the center front/back. Turn right side out. Stuff the body firmly with fiberfill, leaving 2 inches at the bottom for adding the sand. Pour sand into the plastic bag and insert into the bottom of the snowman's body. Finish stuffing the body.
  4. Pin the bottom shape to the bottom of the body, fold in the raw edges under as you pin. Using ivory floss, sew the pieces together with a running stitch.
  5. Using the snowman in the photo as a guide for placement, draw an oval face on the front of the snowman. Base-coat the rest of the body with white. Base-coat the face with flesh. Use fine-grit sandpaper to slightly sand the body.
  6. Mix 1/2 cup instant coffee with 2 cups warm water. Paint the coffee mixture onto the snowman, using top-to-bottom strokes; let dry.
  7. Use black embroidery floss to cross-stitch the mouth. Use a needle to poke a small hole above the mouth. Dab the end of a small twig into crafts glue and insert that end into the hole for the nose.
  8. Insert two small nails into the head for eyes, securing with crafts glue as for the nose. Accent the cheeks with powdered blush.
  9. Use the scruffy paintbrush to shade around the outside of the face with shoe polish. Dip a cotton swab into ground cinnamon and lightly rub over the shoe-polish shading to blend. Use shoe polish to shade circles around the eyes, mouth stitches, and nose, then blend with ground cinnamon. Also shade around the bottom of the snowman along the seam line.
  10. Wrap the fabric strip around the neck and tack it in place.
  11. For the hat, roll the crown into a jellyroll shape, flaring the top end and making the bottom end narrow. Whipstitch the long edge of the roll together. Make two or three small slits in the center of the hat brim shape, insert the narrow end of the hat crown into the opening, and stitch to secure.
  12. Slightly bend the hat crown and spray with sealer; let dry. Sew the hat to the head.
  13. Cut five graduating lengths of rusty crafts wire. Start with the longest and twist the center of each wire length around the tree branch to make the tree. Secure each wire with a dot of crafts glue; let dry.
  14. Attach a rusty liberty bell to the end of each wire branch. Hand-sew the tree to the snowman's arm and body. Shade the stitching with brown shoe polish.
  15. Hand-sew three rusty jingle bells to the front of the snowman's body for buttons. Use brown shoe polish to shade around the jingle bell buttons. Brush ground cinnamon over the entire figure as desired.
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