Old World Santa

By  Rebekah Meier 

size: 11"

  • Old World Santa


  • Muslin, 1/8 yd.
  • Wool felt: red, 1/4 yd.; black, 2-1/2”x4”
  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Ball, 1-1/2”
  • Tea-dyed cotton batting, scraps
  • Polyform Sculpey III Tan Oven-Bake Clay
  • Curly wool roving, small amount
  • Dried lentil beans, 1/4 cup
  • Polyester fiberfill stuffing
  • Jute twine, 12” length
  • Wooden dowel, 1/4” diameter, 6” length
  • Button thread
  • Natural wooden sticks, small amount


  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Ranger Stickles Diamond Glitter Glue
  • Acrylic paints: black, white
  • Jones Tones Fine Glitter
  • Pink powdered blush
  • Disappearing fabric marker
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven
  • Beacon Adhesives: Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive, Stiffen Stuff Super Quick Fabric Stiffening Spray

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, ruler, paintbrush, sewing needle, pencil

Pattern - Old World Santa

  • 1. Print out pattern. Trace body pattern onto double layer of muslin. Machine-sew on traced line, leaving open where indicated. Trim seam allowance. At bottom of body, match side and bottom seams creating triangle. Machine-sew 1/2" from point. Repeat on other side of body. Turn body right side out.
  • 2. Fill body with lentils. Stuff remainder of body firmly with fiberfill.
  • 3. Trace arm pattern onto double layer of black felt. Machine-sew on traced line, leaving open where indicated. Repeat with other arm. Turn each inside out. Trace collar onto red felt; cut out on traced line. Trace hood pattern onto fold of double layer of red felt; cut out on traced line. Refer to pattern to machine-sew 1/8" from edge. Turn right side out. Trace coat pattern on fold of double layer of red felt. With right sides together, beginning at cuff, machine-sew down to underarm and continue to bottom edge of coat. Clip underarms. Clip neck opening and cut down center front of coat.
  • 4. For face, remove one bar of Tan clay from package and condition in hands until soft and pliable. Gently press thumb into clay, creating concave shape. Press two indentations on concave side of clay for eyes. For nose, knead small ball of clay and press on face between eyes. Blend nose into face. For mouth, use pencil point to make hole 1/8" down from nose. Use pencil point to form lips by gently moving clay to open mouth. Follow manufacturer's instructions to bake clay on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven. Let cool.
  • 5. Paint eyebrows on face white. Let dry. Dot eyes black using eraser end of pencil. Highlight dot eyes white using toothpick. Let dry. Apply pink powdered blush on cheeks.
  • 6. Insert dowel into foam ball; remove and spot glue end. Reposition into foam ball. Gently flatten one side of ball on work surface. Center face onto flat side of ball and adhere in place. Let dry.
  • 7. Insert dowel end of ball with Santa face into opening on coat; adhere. Hand-sew neck opening closed around dowel using needle with button thread. Knot ends.
  • 8. Insert one arm into each sleeve of coat. Wrap button thread around each wrist; tie knots. Place coat on body; adhere to secure.
  • 9. Cut 1/2" strips of batting and adhere down center front of coat, on each arm, and around bottom edge of coat. Cut 3/4" strip of batting and fold in half; center hood between batting and adhere in place. Position hood on head and adhere. Adhere collar around shoulders of coat. Tie jute around waist.
  • 10. Stuff wool roving inside hood around face. Twist strand of roving and tie extra piece around center. Adhere twisted strand directly below nose for mustache. Adhere roving below chin (for beard) and wisps onto hood trim (for hair).
  • 11. Apply Diamond glitter glue on cuffs, center front of coat, hood trim, and along bottom edge of coat. Let dry. Adhere sticks under arm. Lightly spray Stiffen Stuff on beard and coat; while still wet, sprinkle with glitter. Let dry.