Let’s make some snowman pillow Christmas decorations for your home or as gifts to others! Making a snowman pillow is a great project for older kids as a club activity and the items could be donated to dress up a nursing home or firehouse for the Christmas Season! Or, you could make these and sell them on Etsy to fund your Christmas shopping budget!
You can make a snowman pillow with club members to donate to a nursing home or firehouse.
What You Will Need
- Old sweater, you could re-purpose or upcycle a favorite and beloved sweater that may have a stain, rip or hole in part of it. Be sure it is freshly laundered!
- Old orange clothing, same condition as above, can be tiny as it is for the nose
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue sticks
- White cotton flannel cloth
- Fabric Scissors
- Black buttons for eyes and mouth
- Pencil, chop stick or stuffing tool (these often come in your bag of Poly-Fil)
- Polyester Fiber Fill (you don’t need much for one – I show a big bag because I make a bunch of these to sell on Etsy)
Cut The Sweater Arm (if possible)
See if you can find an arm on the sweater with no stains, rips or holes. Cut it off so that it is a little longer than you want it as you will lose a little length when you fold each end inward and glue it.
Find Some Orange Material And Cut It Into A Carrot Nose
It’s okay if your piece of material is stained all over on one side! This sweatshirt has glitter paint on the outside. But that’s okay because I want my carrot nose to be fuzzy so I am going to use the inside of the shirt.
Cut a small rectangle out of the fabric. I know it doesn’t make sense cutting a rectangle to get a triangle shape, but stay with me.
Now cut from one corner diagonally over to the other to have the type of triangle we want to work with.
Now take one of those triangles and round out the large end of the triangle to make it look carrot shaped like this.
Prepare The Snowman Face
Cut your white cotton flannel cloth into the shape of a circle. You could turn a glass with about a 3 to 3.5 inch rim upside down and trace around it or just cut it to look like a rough circle. To create a hygge sort of feeling in your home, you don’t want it to be 100% perfect, you may want it to look comfortable, relaxed, like you can touch or squish it and have fun and be happy, not a sterile, perfect, afraid to touch it feeling.
Warm up your hot glue gun with a glue stick in it. Hot glue the eyes and mouth onto your snowman face similar to this.
Now add the carrot nose with the fuzzy side sticking up.
Get The Pillow Ready
Turn your sweater arm inside out and open one end of the arm and apply hot glue as shown, then close them together.
On the other end of the sweater arm, glue a line that leaves an open space in the middle to provide a space to turn the arm right side out and leave a hole for stuffing to go into.
After the glue has cooled, turn the sweater right side out. Take your stuffing tool, pencil or chop stick and poke the corners out as shown.
Push the Poly-Fil into the pillow with your hands or stuffing tool. Hold on to the end with the hole and give it a good slap or shake to get some of the stuffing in there farther or push it with your fingers or tool. You determine how thick you want it to be. The ones I make to sell on Etsy vary. Some are thicker than others.
Now, this is the hard part (have an adult do this part if this is a club activity) and you need to take care to not get burned. Push the stuffing down inside of your pillow and fold in the sides of the open hole. Put hot glue on it and push it down inward a bit with the nozzle of your hot glue gun (do not touch the glue with your fingers!) Then pinch the fabric together so hardly any glue shows on the outside. It is tricky, but again, this doesn’t have to be PERFECT, it is handmade and touchable.
It should end up looking roughly like this:
Add The Snowman Face
Now take your face and turn it upside down in your hand and add the hot glue, then turn it in the right direction and place it on your pllow where you want it, do not adjust it or you will have a mess! Do this quickly or it will start burning your hand through the fabric.
It should look like this:
This is your finished product! Isn’t it cute?
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