Josh likes to hold on to clothes forever… including, thin, stretched, discolored socks. He gets very put out if I forget to check with him before discarding or repurposing his well worn things. I set a few particularly bad-off socks aside weeks ago when I saw this idea via pinterest: sock snowmen. In the weeks they were set aside, I forgot to go through the all important checking with Josh step, before I did this…
Step One: Cutting
Step Two: Binding the Base
Turn cuff inside out. Using a yarn needle and cotton worsted yarn run large running stitches about 1/2 inch form the cutting line, as depicted below.
Taking care to keep all the gathering on the wrong side of the sock, pull the stitches tight and tie them off.
Step Three: Stuffing & Shaping
Turn the cuff right-side-out. Add 1/2 cup rice to weight the base of the snowman.
Stuff the rest of the cuff with polyfil or scraps of quilt batting keeping in mind that the base ought to be plumper then the head of the snowman.
Bind the top of the cuff as in Step Two: Binding the Base. Add separation for the head and base with an overhand knotted scrap of cotton worsted yarn.
Not realizing I had forgotten to get permission to brutally murder Josh’s old socks, I happily skipped into the living room to show this silhouette of a snowman to him. “You can barely tell it is a sock. Isn’t it cute?” I happily inquired. “It’s cute baby,” he said only giving me half his attention. As I skip back to my craft room, the word “sock” must of hit home. “I really wish you wouldn’t throw away or cut up my clothes without asking me first,” I heard from around the corner. “I didn’t?” I asked, like a kid caught off guard. “I’m sorry, I must have forgotten.” In all the time I was planning this silly project I was sure I’d mentioned it, but apparently I didn’t! Wife fail!
Step Four: Adding Buttons
Step Five: Making & Attaching Hat
Using the other side of the sock, fold cut edge down 1/2 inch, then back on itself again another 1/2 inch, to create a rolled hem. Whip stitch in place with needle and thread.
Position the hat to disguise the gathering of the cuff at the top on the snowman and stitch securely into play with the whip stitch.
Step Six: Adding Facial Features
Using permanent or fabric markers, draw facial features as decided. I went for the traditional snowman features of stone eyes and a carrot nose.
Step Seven: Make & Secure Scarf
Cut scarf of desired length and width from a remnant of fleece. Cut fringes if desired.
Position scarf as desired and secure placement by tac stitching it in place.