As an artist and homeowner, Donna enjoys creating unique decorative items and holiday ornaments to welcome all to her artistic abode.
These sock snowmen are fun and easy to make for decorating during Christmas and the winter season. These cozy figures can be used as Christmas decorations, tree ornaments, or as a great gift. This tutorial includes directions for making three different sock snowmen projects: a set of three standing snow figures, a cheerful snowman peeking out of a gift bag, and a row of snowmen heads. I've also included instructions for all their clothes and accessories. I've knit some of the accessories for these snowmen, but you can find the free knitting patterns on my blog.
You can use most types of plain white socks to make these figures. You may want to tea dye your socks to give them a slightly beige or antique look. You can find directions for tea dyeing your socks under the Gift Bag Sock Snowman tutorial.
Basic Materials for Making a Sock Snowman
Each of these projects using a slightly different set of materials, but the basic list of supplies are:
- a white crew sock, preferably with a white toe and heel though these elements can be cut off
- fiber fill or cotton balls for filling your snowman's body
- rubber bands or thin thread for tying off your snowman head
- scraps of fabric, ribbon, and yarn to dress your snowman
- buttons, beads, or embroidery floss to sew on eyes
- glitter glue for adding facial features
- wooden skewer or clay for making a snowman nose
- hot glue and white craft glue
- scissors and ruler
Additional Supplies for Making a Sock Snowman Family
- uncooked, dry rice for the base of each figure
- a small plastic cup from laundry detergent or a liquid cold remedy bottle to use as a form for a top hat
- winter decorations like small snowflakes and berries to accessorize each figure
Part I: Making the Sock Snowman Father Figure
1. The first step in making the largest sock snowman father figure is to cut the ankle/calf section off of a tube sock. I used a woman's crew sock which made a figure that is about 8 inches tall (including his top hat). Cut your sock right above the turn from the heel to the ankle as pictured above. Put aside the foot section for later.
2. Turn the calf section of your sock inside out and use a rubber band to gather and close the top (calf) section of your sock.
3. With your sock still inside out, use hot glue to seal the center area of your gathered sock. I also put a strip of hot glue over my rubber band so it would not break and come undone.
4. When your glue is dry, turn your sock section right side out again.
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5. With the closed end of your sock sitting on your work surface, fill the base of your snowman with uncooked, dry rice. I put in about two inches of rice, enough for my sock to stand on its own.
6. Fill the rest of your sock section with fiber fill or cotton balls. Pack your fill in tightly to make your snowman rounded, but leave about two inches at the top of your sock unfilled so you can close it off.
7. Use another rubber band or some string to gather and tie off the top of your snowman. Seal the center of the top of your snowman's head with some hot glue. Again, I also ran some hot glue over my rubber band to secure it.
8. Now use another rubber band or some thin string or thread to tie off a section of the body to form a head. Play around with your stuffing on both the lower body and head to make them rounded.
9. You can leave the excess sock material at the top of your snowman's head. It will be covered by a hat later.
10. Now to dress your figure: I dressed each figure differently and you can pick and choose your clothing items from all these projects' clothes and accessories.
11. For the father figure, I took a strip of scrap fabric and wrapped it around his body, overlapping my ends in the front. I hot glued this fabric on my figure along the back spine and in front where my fabric met. I cut the edges of my fabric on a slant to make a waist coat. I planned to add a knit scarf so any gaps in the fabric around the neck would be covered.
12. Then I used some contrasting felt fabric and cut little pieces to make lapels for his coat. I glued these on with white craft glue. I also added a button to his coat where the fabric overlapped.
13. To create the face on my sock snowman, I glued on two buttons for eyes with white craft glue. I then used a red pastel pencil to add some rosy cheeks to my snowman's face. You could also use a soft make-up pencil like lip liner or eyeliner. Test your pencil first on some scrap sock material before using it on your snowman.
14. I used black glitter glue to make his dotted mouth, but you could also used a Sharpie or other fine permanent marker.
15. I made my snowman's nose from polymer clay, but you could also use the tip of a wooden skewer painted orange, or the tip of a crayon. Use hot glue to put your snowman's nose on place.
16. For the top hat, I covered the small plastic cup from my laundry detergent with black felt. I cut a small circle of felt to cover the bottom of my cup and a larger circle to be the brim of the hat. I cut a small circle out of my larger felt circle so the hat would sit on my snowman's head and cover the top section of sock.
I then glued the felt-covered cup to the brim of my hat. When that was dry, I added a small strip of contrasting fabric for a decorative band on my hat. When the hat was complete, I hot glued it to the head of my snowman.
17. I knit a scarf for my snowman, but you could also use a scrap of fabric or ribbon for this accessory.
18. I also knit a wreath to decorate my snowman figure. However, you can buy small wreaths or other winter accessories at most craft stores. I used hot glue to attach this wreath to my figure. Both of these knitting patterns are available on my knitting blog.