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Easy Christmas Crafts: Snowman of Craft Yo Yos


Scraps of white fabric along with some padding and cardboard for stability make most of this Easy Christmas Crafts Snowman of Craft Yo Yos. Embellish with beads for the coal and a small piece of black for his hat and a scrap for his scarf adds character to the little snowman.

Take a look at Mr. Snowman without any cold.

Easy Christmas Crafts Snowman finished and hanging as an ornament

This Easy Christmas Crafts Snowman of Craft Yo Yos is fun and easy to make. He can decorate a tree, hang in an office or kitchen and even be a small gift for holiday guests to take home as a keepsake.

Easy Christmas Crafts: Snowman of Craft Yo Yos Materials and Tools:

  • Easy Christmas Crafts Snowman pattern (click to open PDF file)
  • Scraps of fabric - white, black and plaid
  • Seven seed beads and four slightly larger beads (optional - can also use French knots)
  • Thread  - black and white
  • Needle
  • Pins 
  • Poly fiberfill (can also use cotton balls)
  • Cardboard or chip board
  • Ribbon (1/4 inch by 8 inches) 
  • Scissors  

Take a look at the simple materials and tools shown here.  If you don't have scraps of fabric from other projects, you can use clothing that is being discarded. 

But, I did try an old white cotton t-shirt thinking it would be perfect. It wasn't, too stretchy. 

You could also use fabric quarters from the craft store or find inexpensive clothing or material at a thrift store. 

Easy Christmas Crafts Snowman materials and tools

The Steps for How to Make the Easy Christmas Crafts: Snowman of Craft Yo Yos:

Print the Easy Christmas Crafts Snowman pattern.

Cut out each of the pattern pieces.

The three circles showing the snowman shape should be cut separately.

Also, cut along the lines of the three circles that are one inside another. The center circle will be solid and the two outer circles will have holes in their middles.

Easy Christmas Crafts Snowman step 1 print and cut pattern pieces

Cut three white fabric circles using each of the three concentric circle pattern pieces.

Cut two of the hat shape from black fabric

Use the snowman shape circles as pattern pieces for the cardboard (or chip board). Cut one of each sized circle.

Cut one of the plaid fabric using the long rectangular pattern. You could also use a scrap piece of felt for the scarf and snip the ends for fringe.

If you prefer, follow the lines in the fabric's design to determine the length and width of the scarf. Use the pattern as a general guide for width and length. 

Easy Christmas Crafts Snowman step 2 cut fabric pieces

Thread the needle. Make small running stitches near the edge of the circle. (Our free e-book of How to Sew Stitches helps with basic stitches.)  

Leave a 2-inch tail of thread at the beginning of the stitches. This will be used to gather the resulting yo yo.

I suggest using a double thickness of thread. I thought my thread was strong enough, but it broke when I pulled to close the yo yo.

Easy Christmas Crafts Snowman step 3 sew around circle

Continue the small stitches around the outer perimeter of the circle.

Hold the beginning end of the thread and pull the needle and thread to begin gathering the edge of the fabric circle.  

Insert a small amount of fiberfill inside the circle.

Place the corresponding cardboard circle on top of the fiberfill.

Easy Christmas Crafts Snowman step 4 insert fill and cardboard

Hold the cardboard inside the circle and pull the threads to gather the fabric over the cardboard circle. 

Easy Christmas Crafts Snowman step 5 pull thread firmly to gather

Pull the threads as tightly as you can without breaking them.

Holding the thread ends firmly, tie the two ends together in a square knot.

Trim the ends of the thread roughly two inches from the knot.  

Easy Christmas Crafts Snowman step 6 tie thread and cut ends

Use the tips of the scissors to push and hide the thread tails inside the gathered fabric. 

Easy Christmas Crafts Snowman step 7 tuck thread ends inside

Complete the middle and top circles using the same steps. 

Easy Christmas Crafts Snowman step 8 finish other two circles

Overlap the middle circle 3/8 to 1/2 inch over the large bottom circle.

Pin to hold in place. 

Easy Christmas Crafts Snowman step 9 overlap middle over bottom

Use a hidden stitch (see How to Sew Stitches for more details) to sew the middle circle to the bottom circle on the front of the snowman shape.

Easy Christmas Crafts Snowman step 10 sew front

Do the same stitch across the back to hold the two shapes together. 

Easy Christmas Crafts Snowman step 11 sew back

Add the small circle over the middle circle in the same way. 

Position the top circle over the middle circle directly above where the middle overlaps the bottom.

Use the snowman circles to identify where the beads should be positioned. (Or use French knots instead - see the How to Sew Stitches e-book for details.)

Use pins to mark where the beads should be placed. 

Easy Christmas Crafts Snowman step 12 add head prepare for beads

Add the beads to the Easy Christmas Crafts Snowman's face and tummy. 

Easy Christmas Crafts Snowman step 13 add beads

Thread needle with black thread for sewing the hat. 

Easy Christmas Crafts Snowman step 14 prepare to sew hat

Begin sewing the hat near the edge roughly 3/8 inch from one side.

The bottom of the hat should remain open for adding filling and for attaching to the snowman's head. 

Easy Christmas Crafts Snowman step 15 begin sewing hat

When the stitches get to the top of the hat, trim the ribbon to the length desired - roughly 8 inches. 

Easy Christmas Crafts Snowman step 16 trim ribbon

Insert the cut ends of the ribbon into the top of the hat.

Sew across the top of the hat making sure to sew stitches through the ribbon.

Easy Christmas Crafts Snowman step 17 sew ribbon inside top of hat

At the bottom of the hat, gently stuff a small amount of fiberfill into the hat shape. 

A toothpick or wooden skewer can help get a tiny amount of filling into the sides of the hat. 

Easy Christmas Crafts Snowman step 18 add fiberfill to hat

Sandwich the hat around the top of the snowman's head.

Pin the edge of the hat in place and sew to the top of the snowman's head. 

Easy Christmas Crafts Snowman step 19 pin and sew hat front to snowman's head

Pin and sew the back of the hat to the back of the small circle. 

Easy Christmas Crafts Snowman step 20 pin and sew hat back to snowman's head

Prepare the snowman's scarf.

I cut this piece of plaid fabric using the lines on the plaid as a guide along with the pattern piece for general sizing.

I cut the plaid fabric slightly larger and pulled several threads from each side and each end forming a "fringed" scarf. 

Easy Christmas Crafts Snowman step 21 prepare scarf

Fold the center portion of the scarf to make it easier to form around the snowman's neck.

Tie the scarf loosely on one side.

Sew it in place with a few hidden stitches. 

Easy Christmas Crafts Snowman step 22 attach scarf

Just look at the finished Easy Christmas Crafts Snowman of Craft Yo Yos. Isn't he a cutie? 

Easy Christmas Crafts Snowman step 23 finished snowman ornament

This little snowman hangs from his bright red ribbon showing off his black top hat, his plaid scarf and his beaded smile. 

Easy Christmas Crafts Snowman finished ornament hanging from ribbon

A few materials, basic tools and simple steps makes this Easy Christmas Crafts Snowman of Craft Yo Yos a fun and easy project.

One can be completed relatively quickly. Make several with different hats, scarves and beads to decorate your home or office.

Have fun!

The inexpensive and Easy Christmas Crafts Snowman of Craft Yo Yos can also be a great group project for a family, a craft party, a community center or an office party.


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