Monday, November 23, 2015

Winter Snowballs and a Snowman-Countdown to Christmas 2015

Written by Linda Chaney, mother and Laura Chaney, daughter


Snowballs and Snowman


Today's  Countdown to Christmas post can be made as individual snowballs, or stack them together to make your very own snowman! You'll need a copy of Contain It! English Paper-Pieced Accessories for all of the templates and the full directions.

Supplies needed: 

In addition to using the templates from Contain It! to make these snowballs, the book will also serve as the full set of instructions for prepping the materials and the basics for constructing the snowballs. These can be a little tricky to make, so be sure to also read the below directions carefully. 

Directions:

1.Gather the supplies listed above and review the basic container instructions in Contain It! starting on page 9. 

2. Make your templates and cut the following pieces. As always, be sure to label everything!

NOTE:  If you truly want to build a snowman, just use one set of templates from each size, cut out 12 peltex and 12 fabric pieces for each size, sew just as we described and add the additional base to close off the open space. I suggest using Pattern Pieces #44 (largest), #62 (medium), and #75 (small). Embellish as desired!

Pattern Pieces for Stabilizer and Fabric Templates:

     Small - Template #74 - Inner Pentagon
                  Template #75 - Outer Pentagon

     Medium - Template #62 - Inner Pentagon
                     Template #63 - Outer Pentagon

     Large - Template #44 - Outer Pentagon
                  Template #45 Inner Pentagon

Peltex: 

     Small - 7" x 20" - Cut 11 Inner Pentagons
                                 Cut 11 Outer Pentagons
     Medium -  13" x 20" - Cut 11 Inner Pentagons
                                       Cut 11 Outer Pentagons
     Large -  15" x 20 - Cut 11 Inner Pentagons
                                   Cut 11 Outer Pentagons

Fabric:  

     Small - 2 fat quarters - Cut 11 Inner Pentagons
                                          Cut 11 Outer Pentagons
     Medium - 2 fat quarters - Cut 11 Inner Pentagons
                                              Cut 11 Outer Pentagons
     Large - 2 fat quarters OR 22 charm squares
                           Cut 11 Inner Pentagons
                           Cut 11 Outer Pentagons

3. Follow the directions for cube construction that begin on page 35; remember that all of the 3-D containers are constructed in the same way with these basic steps:
  • Make the templates
  • Cut the stabilizer pieces
  • Cut the fabric pieces
  • Fuse the fabric and stabilizer pieces together
  • Assemble the Octopus
  • Sew the Octopus (hand or machine-see pages 13-15)
  • Complete the container with the outside base

Although the Snowball container may look complex to create, it is a simple structure to sew together. The key lies in getting the Snowball Octopus laid out correctly and constantly returning to the Octopus as one sews.

Examine the One Arm on Inner Base diagram. The sewn side, where the two arrows point towards each other, is the starting point for numbering the sides of each pentagon (1,2,3).

Snowball Arm


An Inner Side (IS) is laid next to the Inner Base (IB).  The next Inner Side is laid along Side 2 of the first Inner Side.  An Outer Side (OS) is laid along Side 3 of the second Inner Side . The joining of the Outer Side to the Inner Side will form the top of the Snowball container. The last Outer Side is laid along Side 3 of the first Outer Side.

Snowball Octopus


This is done for EACH arm of the Octopus - all 5 arms - and should form a Snowball Octopus as shown in the Snowball Octopus diagram.

Snowball octopus in fabric


After the Octopus is laid out, start to sew the arms together. Remember, the first Outer Side is centered on the second Inner Side, forming the top of the Snowball.

Snowball Sew arms together



When all the arms are attached, check to be sure the correct sides have been sewn together.

Snowballs and Snowmen Prairie Sewn Studios


Formation of the 3D Snowball can now be started. Refer to the color bars and arrows connecting sides at the top of the Snowball Octopus.  Start at the Inner Base and sew two adjacent Inner Sides together. These are the GREEN lines in the Octopus Diagram right below.

 Snowball Octopus

Be sure to take a double stitch at the beginning and end of each side seam segment. Continue to the next segment, joining the side seams marked in RED in the Octopus Diagram above.

Snowballs and Snowmen Prairie Sewn Studios

Note that the first photo shows the red Wonderclip on one side seam pointing to the adjacent side seam to be joined; the second photo shows the two seams held together, ready to be sewn). Continue to the next segment, joining the side seams marked in BLUE in the Octopus Diagram Above.

Snowballs and Snowmen Prairie Sewn Studios


Thus far, only Inner Sides have been joined. The Outer Sides have been reached; two Outer sides will be joined with the PURPLE lines in the Octopus Diagram above.

Snowballs and Snowmen Prairie Sewn Studios


Be sure to take the extra stitches in the lip!


Snowballs and Snowmen Prairie Sewn Studios

Continue to the next segment, joining the seams marked by two BLACK lines in the Octopus Diagram above.

Snowballs and Snowmen Prairie Sewn Studios


The last Outer Sides to join together are marked by the DOTTED GREEN lines in the Octopus Diagram above.

Snowballs and Snowmen Prairie Sewn Studios


One side seam has been sewn.

Snowballs and Snowmen Prairie Sewn Studios


Repeat this process, sewing one segment of the side seam at a time, until all sides have been sewn. Squishing will be necessary as more sides are completed!!



It's time to turn The Snowball inside out.

Snowballs and Snowmen Prairie Sewn Studios


SQUISHING is mandatory!

Snowballs and Snowmen Prairie Sewn Studios


Add the Outer Base to the bottom of the snowball (or is it a Space Ball!)

Snowballs and Snowmen Prairie Sewn Studios


Enjoy!




Either way, be sure to post your pictures on the Prairie Sewn Studios Facebook Page or email them to us at contact@PrairieSewnStudios.com.

Next up:


We'll see you next week on November 30 for the next project from our Countdown to Christmas with instructions to make the Stuffed Ornaments!


Countdown to Christmas


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