Monday, November 13

It's a Stitch Up!

Hello Monday, my friends! We have a new challenge for you this week - It's a Stitch Up! and we are all about adding stitching into your project for the challenge - real or faux. I went for the real deal and pulled out my sewing machine to create a sweet little snowman. I think the cooler temperatures inspired me to make this little fella.

I started out by roaming through Pinterest for some inspiration, and then sketched out my idea.

Next, I cut out the pattern pieces, and added about a 1/4 inch to them when I cut the fabric, for the seams.  There are lots of patterns out there if you don't want to make your own

Remember to put the printed sides facing each other when you sew, then turn them inside out.

Time for the stuffing! A skewer or pencil is helpful to push the filling into the corners. 

I stitched the hat right to his head, added the pin and star, then painted his face. I didn't like what I did at first, so smudged out some areas and redid it - not too visible.

I tore a strip of the red and white fabric for the scarf, found some florist type covered wire to make the arms, and added tiny jingle bells to tiny safety pins for decoration.

Here's the back - to make the arms stable, I wrapped the wire around the neck and brought it down.

When I showed him to my hubby, he said it looked like it came from Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas - I'll take that! I think it's the skinny head, LOL!

I haven't done much sewing lately, so this was a lot of fun to design and stitch up! Now it's your turn to do some stitching and share your project with us - you just might win the $50 voucher our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp offer each week! 


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Simon is on Instagram, use #sssmchallenge.

Bet the design team is Stitching Up a storm! Let's head on over and check it out!


  1. This is the sweetest and most beautiful snowman I've ever seen!

  2. ADORABLE!! what a cute snowman! I love his little face and the pins with the jingle bells is a brilliant idea!! I LOVE this Maura!! :-)

    Lols x x x

  3. I'm in love! This snowman is AWESOME, Maura and at Christmas time my house is filled with them. I try to get a new one each year, which is really difficult because I love them all. His face turned out perfectly and I love the addition of the little jingle bells and pins as buttons. He is so adorable!!

    Cathie ♥

  4. Oh my! I really love him! What an amazing piece of art! And that you made it from scratch! The hat is just stunning and all th details like buttins, scarf and hand, too. So lovely and so unique! Hugs, Marzena

  5. This is pretty your fabulous snowman!

  6. Awesome sewn snowman, did you stamp on the fabric or did it have that print?

    1. Lagene, it's a printed fabric from Tim Holtz, but I can also picture stamping on plain fabric too!

  7. Maura, this is absolutely adorable! I love this little snowman decor! Neat touch to add his buttons with safety pins! I really like this! : )

    Simon Says Stamp!

  8. What can I say about this adorable snowman but....I LOVE it! He is just the cutest ever and hands down, this is my favourite project you've ever created...STUNNING! :) <3

  9. wow this is such a fabulous project Maura, you are a clever cookie and I adore your adorable snowman...hugs kath xxx

  10. Maura! You little genius of a seamstress! I adore that you hand-sketched this guy and brought him to life. He has so many clever details like the pins on his torso. He is both grungy-cool and totally adorable. He can come grace my front yard anytime! Really remarkable work!

  11. Wow... this is such a fun and fabulous creation, Maura. Love the beautiful stitching and details on the snowman. Fantastic! :)

  12. OMG I WANT ONE! I WANT ONE!!!!!! So so so fantastic!!!

  13. This is so cute and so cool, Maura! What a fabulous idea to make this pretty snowman! It's absolutely darling! Hugs, Sandra

  14. I think that your snowman is absolutely adorable! love your way to interpret this challenge! fantastic! barbara


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