Fabric

Snowman Centerpiece and Favors

By  Mary Ayres 

sizes: centerpiece, 14" tall; favors, 6-1/2" tall

Materials

  • Clay pots: 4” rose; 2-1/2” standard, two
  • Americana Acrylic Paints: Buttermilk; Mississippi Mud; Uniform Blue (DecoArt)
  • Weathered Wood Crackling Medium (DecoArt)
  • White socks: adult-sized tube; child-sized anklets, two
  • Wool felt: dark rose; light blue
  • Homespun fabrics, 1/8 yd. each: light blue; sage green; gold
  • Notions: fiberfill stuffing; ivory lace trim; vintage pearl-finish buttons, 7/16”, seven
  • White pom-pom, 1”
  • Round black beads: 6mm, two; 6/0 seed, four
  • Antique gold-finish metal items: small heart charm; jingle bells, one 5/8” and two 1/2”
  • Wooden dowel, 1/4”
  • Cinnamon sticks, two
  • Vintage paper images, three
  • Black eyelets, 3/16”, three

Tools

  • Black pearl cotton embroidery thread
  • Sewing machine and black thread
  • Fine hemp cord
  • Eyelet-setting tools, including 3/16” hole punch
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Small hand saw
  • Strong brewed tea and small bowl
  • Powdered blush

Pattern - Snowman Centerpiece and Favors

  • 1. Paint sides, bottom, and top edges of pots Buttermilk, leaving inside unpainted; let dry. Follow manufacturer's instructions to apply one coat of crackle medium over painted areas; let dry. Paint over Buttermilk with one coat Uniform Blue; cracks will appear as paint dries. When dry, dry brush pot edges Mississippi Mud.
  • 2. Lightly brush jingle bells and charm with water-thinned brown paint for antique effect; dab lightly with paper towel to remove some color. Let dry.
  • 3. Tea dye socks and pom-pom by soaking items in strong tea until desired shade is achieved; air dry items to give more aged look.
  • 4. For centerpiece snowman, stuff tube sock with fiberfill up to 11" from toe. Tie sock with hemp cord 2" from toe for head; tie again 2-1/2" below head for body. Add additional stuffing to bottom of body for plump look. Glue sock end and bottom of body into large pot. Sew buttons to body as shown.
  • 5. For favor snowmen, cut each sock at heel. Stuff socks with fiberfill. Tie socks with hemp cord 1-1/2" from toes for heads. Glue cut ends of socks and bottoms of bodies into smaller pots. Sew buttons to bodies as shown.
  • 6. To create facial features, sharpen one end of dowel and cut with saw to create carrot nose; large snowman's nose is 1-1/2" long and smaller snowmen's noses are 1" long. Use scissors to make tiny cut in center of each face; dab flat end of nose with glue and insert into hole. Sew eyes to faces as shown, using larger beads for large snowman. Blush cheeks.
  • 7. Print and cut out pattern. Cut four mittens from rose felt for large snowman; use running stitch to sew mittens together in pairs, leaving bottom edges open. Use scissors to make small cut in each side of middle body section; glue ends of cinnamon sticks into holes for arms. Glue mittens onto arms. Use hemp cord to tie large jingle bell to snowman's arm.
  • 8. For large snowman's hat, cut 2-1/4"x8" rectangle from blue felt; use running stitch to sew short ends together, creating a tube. Sew running stitch around bottom edge of tube for decorative effect. Sew basting stitch around top edge of tube and pull tightly to gather; glue pom-pom to gathered end. Fold up bottom edge for brim and glue to head.
  • 9. For scarves, tear a 2"-wide strip from fabric for large snowman and two 1-1/2"-wide strips for small snowmen. Wrap scarves around necks and tie at right side. Fringe ends by pulling threads loose with straight pin.
  • 10. For each tag, machine straight stitch around edge of vintage image. Punch hole in center top or corner of tag and attach eyelet. Insert lace through eyelet, wrap around pot rim, and tie in bow at front. Use black pearl cotton to tie heart charm to large snowman's tag; tie jingle bells to small snowmen's tags.