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How to Make a Snow Child Toy

Natural Kids: How to Make a Snow Child Toy

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

How to Make a Snow Child Toy

Children look extra-adorable in the snow. Their eyes twinkle above their scarves, their noses and ears are as pink as seashells, their hats slide down over their eyebrows, and their bodies are encased in thick layers and heavy boots, which makes them walk like toddlers. When they are sledding, the air rings with their whoops and hollers, all that pent-up indoor energy set free!

Later, the children troop in for hot chocolate, and it is time to replay the fun on the rug in front of the fireplace using these little snow children toys and their little toy sled.

Here's a picture of my little boy playing with some snow children next to a hill made of a down comforter. He's smiling impishly because instead of sliding to the bottom of the hill, the toy sled went on a magical flight, the most remarkable sled run I have ever seen, and landed on top of the bedstead.

The other snow child watched in amazement.

To make a snow child you need a little wooden person, which you can get from the craft store. I used one which is two and a half inches tall. You can substitute a cork with a wooden bead or an acorn for a head if you can't get to a craft store.

Other Supplies:

paper scissors
wool felt
fabric scissors
needle and thread
tape measure
pipe cleaner

Make a paper pattern for the clothes. These clothes are made to fit the two and a half inch tall snow child I have. If your person is a different size, use your measuring tape to adapt the simple patterns. These patterns are for a hood, coat, and mittens.

If you trace the patterns onto felt, your young child can cut out the pieces. Be careful using the sharp fabric scissors, though!

Cut out the coat, the hood, and two thicknesses of mitten for each hand. The little strip of dark purple felt is for the "pants". You can cut it freehand. It has to wrap around the bottom of the body with a small overlap.

Tightly sew on the pants using matching thread.

Sew the coat together.

To give your snow child some arms, cut a piece of pipe cleaner, wrap it around the neck one time, and bend a loop on each end to form hands, as my son is demonstrating. Now slip on the coat.

Sew the front of the coat together, and sew the pants to the coat with a few tiny stitches.

Sew the edges of the mittens, put them on the hands, and stuff the cuffs inside the coat. Do a running stitch around the sleeve and gather. Sew the sleeve to the mittens.

I think an undefined face is fine. Your child can imagine every expression.

Sew the back seam of the hat.

I added a little fringe to the hat.

Now put on the hood and sew it to the collar.

My son got very interested in the project and started making his own snow child with a little help. This is the first time he had ever hand sewed. Here he is sewing the pants.

Here are the pieces for his snow child's clothes. I simplified the mitten shape since the thumbs didn't show much on the first person. He asked me to draw a hat like his own which he then cut out. I sewed his snow child's clothes together for him. If you are wondering why I sew everything, it's because I find glue doesn't work very well with felt. The felt absorbs the glue. Glue can also stiffen and stain the felt.

He decided to make a sled. As usual, he had great ideas for how to construct it. He cut out two colors of orange for the sled, which he lined with layers of aluminum foil to make it bendable. I sewed it together for him, he bent back the front, which I fastened in place with a few stitches, and he had a fine toboggan. Now it is time to play.

Here is a tiny friend discovering the snow children.

We made a little hill for the sled out of a three-ring binder.

"Weeeeeee!" he said.

Just like real children, the snow children sometimes spilled off the sled at the bottom of the hill!

Copyright 2010, Beth Curtin of


Anonymous The Magic Onions said...

Too sweet, Beth. I love his 'crazy hat' the most... bet he really identifies. K has also started sewing and loves the fact that she can actually make things. I love how she doesn't need to be perfect... she's still proud even with missed and skew stitches. There's a lesson for me in there :-).
Blessings and magic,

February 10, 2010 at 9:08 AM  
Blogger FairiesNest said...

Wonderful post!!

February 10, 2010 at 11:42 AM  
Blogger site admin said...

Your pictures really show how amazing and wonderfully simple (and yes, magical) it is to use natural materials to make such beautiful playthings! I love your sons' innovation in his construction of the sled. And I most love the precious first stitches on the pants. What a wonderful childhood you are providing for your children!
~debbie :)

February 10, 2010 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger Vilt à la Kim said...

I am gonna show my kids and hope they will start sewing them too! Thamk you very much. I loved reading this article!!!

February 10, 2010 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Thank you, friends! love, Beth

February 10, 2010 at 4:58 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Oh these are very, very sweet!

February 10, 2010 at 5:37 PM  
Blogger Prettydreamer said...

Beth, they are absolutely adorable ... lovely work!! Thank you so much for sharing all your lovely posts! ~Pamela

February 10, 2010 at 7:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

those are adorable. must make some, too as long as king winter still resides.

February 11, 2010 at 5:34 AM  
Blogger woolies said...

SO adorable!

February 11, 2010 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger christy said...

These are so cute. I need to go look for an acorn and make these with my boys! Thanks for posting.

February 11, 2010 at 2:26 PM  
Blogger BirchLeaf Designs said...

Such a lovely post! Thanks so much for sharing!

February 11, 2010 at 4:33 PM  
Anonymous Maple Shade Kids said...

Love it! Thanks for sharing

February 12, 2010 at 6:46 AM  
Blogger Polar Bear Creations said...

What a wonderful tutorial Beth!
Thank you for sharing! :0)

February 12, 2010 at 10:37 AM  
Blogger Raj said...

This is the single most wonderful tutorial I have seen in ages. Great photos and explanations, but also such a sense of JOY! I have linked to it from my blog. Your child is a lucky little guy to have such a creative parent.

Robin J

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