Weighted Snowman Lap Pad DIY
Hiya friends and happy winter!! It’s actually still late fall but it will be winter official before you know it and that’s why I’m getting in the chilly weather spirit with my weighted snowman lap pad DIY! Lap pads are perfect for providing comfort during long car rides which is pretty common during the holidays! Read ahead for all the details on the DIY you need to create your own frozen friend.
You will need:
- My SNOWMAN PATTERN
- 1 yard light or white fabric for the body (I used flannel)
- 2 pieces black felt, 1 orange scrap of felt, 3 pieces colored felt of two different colors
- Other felt pieces for accessories
- 3 buttons
- Fabric glue
- Needle and thread
- Sewing machine
- White or clear smooth Quality Plastic Pellets (5% of recipient’s body weight)
Assemble Your Snowman
First and foremost, cut out all of your pieces! Here’s the rundown of my colors, but you can do it however you’d like:
- Body – white flannel
- Arms – white felt
- Mittens 1 & 2 – light blue
- Mittens 3 & 4 (cut 2 each), Scarf 1 & 2 – dark blue
- Hat, eyes, and mouth – black
- Nose – orange
After cutting out all your pieces, use the fabric glue to paste in place your snowman’s face!
Next, let’s whip out our sewing machine and stitch up some mittens! Take your Mittens 3 and 4 pieces and place the coordinating sides back to back. Pin one cuff piece, Mittens 1 & 2, to the front of your mitten at the bottom. Stitch up your mitten around the sides, leaving the bottom open. Next, hand stitch a 6 inch section of ribbon to the inside of each mitten. You’ll use this to attach your mittens to the body later on.
Next, let’s stitch up the hat! Fold one piece of the felt wide-wise and inside out. Stitch up the sides. Now stitch up your brim piece inside out, leaving a small section open to flip right side out. Attach the brim piece to the bottom of the larger piece by stitching it to the inside of the larger piece.
Fold down your brim piece and you’re hat is ready for embellishments! I used a scrap piece of red felt for a fun hat band and green for holly leaves.
Now let’s attach the scarf. Pin the two ends of the scarf in the middle of the snowman, at the point where the head meets the body. Stitch these into place.
And now we’re ready to start on the body! Before we begin, you’ll want to pin the arms in place. Attach these to the “shoulder” area. Pin both sides of the body inside out (make sure the arms and scarf are on the “inside” here), and stitch closed, leaving the top of the head open.
Filling and Finished
Now’s the fun part! Once your snowman is flipped to right side out, you’ll pour 1/3rd of your plastic pellets inside.
Now stitch a slightly curved line across your snowman’s lower belly to keep these pellets in place. Do the same to the next section of snowman, and then end with filling the head.
Next, use the ladder stitch to close the top of the head and then attach the hat to the top of the head.
It’s all in the DIY Details
Now for some finishing touches. You can fold a bit of the “hand” over onto the ribbon to stitch your mittens on. Stitch on your three buttons to the center of the body.
How did you like this frozen friend DIY? I hope the fun felt distracts fidgeting fingers while sitting. Be sure to post your finished project on my Facebook page.