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ITH Snowman Softie Ornaments

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  • ½ yard of white fleece
  • Poly Stuffing
  • Spool of 3/8” light blue grosgrain ribbon with white dots
  • 4” x 4” embroidery hoop
  • Poly-mesh or Weblon stabilizer
  • Embroidery or scotch tape

  • Designs used in this project

  • Final Product: What You Will Create

    It is easy to see that each of these heads will come out a different shape though all of the designs are digitized in the round. The different shapes are generated by how the fleece squares are placed in the hoop; how much embroidery stabilizes the stretch of the fleece and in how much you stuff each one. I definitely feel that the various shapes give even more character to each one, so have fun making these up without worrying that each should be perfectly round. Each ornament only takes 15 to 20 minutes from start to finish depending on how much embroidery is in the face.

    Step 1:
    20 4 1/2” squares of white fleece
    10 pieces of poly-mesh stabilizer
    10 7” sections of blue ribbon

    Step 2:
    Hoop poly-mesh stabilizer in your 4” x 4” embroidery hoop; load one of the designs in your embroidery machine and stitch the first CS (color stop) in white for a placement lines.

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    Step 3:
    Place a square of fleece over the outlines so that at least ¼” of fleece extends beyond the placement line in all directions; run CS 2 in white to tack down the fleece.

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    Step 4:
    Follow the color chart for the face you are making through the next to last CS to complete the embroidery of the face.

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    Step 5:
    Fold the ribbon in half, position over the center top of the snowman face and tape in place; be sure to position the tape above the face outline.

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    Step 6:
    Lay a second piece of fleece over the ribbon and face; run the final CS in white to stitch the back to the front.

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    Step 7:
    Remove the project from the hoop; remove the tape; cut all around the circle with a ¼” seam allowance.

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    Step 8:
    Turn the snowman ornament right side out through the opening.

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    Step 9:
    Stuff the ornament through the opening using small amounts of stuffing at a time.

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    Step 10:
    Fold in the opening seam allowance and whip stitch the opening shut.

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    Step 11:
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    Congratulations you have already finished your 1st Snowman Softie Ornament.

    Step 12:
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    Now stitch up the rest following the same steps for each one.

    For the love of embroidery,
    Pat Williams

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    Meet The Author: Pat Williams
    Award winning Digitizer, Embroidery Educator, Author and a Consultant to the Industry, Pat Williams has 20 years of experience in the embroidery industry. Pat has won multiple awards for her digitizing expertise including the 2007 Impressions Awards Grand Championship, Best of Show as well as the 1st and 2nd Place Awards.. Pat’s love of digitizing has afforded her the opportunity to write many articles for Impressions magazine in the United States and Images Magazine in Europe. She also has authored her own digitizing training CD series, “Digitizing Steps to Success.” In 2001 Pat was named “Embroidery Educator of the Year.” For many years Pat lead digitizing seminars at the ISS Shows in Long Beach, CA and for Compucon software. Pat retired from the commercial embroidery arena in 2010. She now resides in Sierra Vista, AZ. She can be reached at

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    Sandie W Dec 12, 2015
    Are these patterns available in a set rather than individual? Thanks.
    Pat W May 19, 2016
    The designs are available as a pack. The management is setting up a link to that pack now and you will be able to see if scrolling on the left of this page - just click on it when it appears.

    kathy h Jan 04, 2016
    These snowmen look soooo cute. I would like to make some for next Xmas. They would be nice on a present instead of a bow.

    kathy h Jan 04, 2016
    Hi, by chance can one purchase the faces in a set? If so how much for the set. Thank you, Kathy.
    Pat W May 19, 2016
    The pack is being set up now. You will see it scrolling on the left of this page - just click on it when it appears.

    Judith S May 19, 2016
    Soooo cute, sews out great, made 3 sets for gifts.

    Linda O Jul 15, 2017
    These designs are fabulous! I can't wait to make more. Everyone I show them to wants one! They stitch out great! I used a white fleece that had more of a 'pile' to it and used a topper so the stitches didn't get buried - worked great.
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