Smocking Tutorial: Cute Picture Smocked Snowmen


Snowbuddies smocked Christmas dress

I love seeing little ones wearing sweet picture smocked garments! This time of year there are so many cute seasonal designs you can smock: Christmas trees, reindeer, gingerbread men and of course snowmen! I have a free smocking plate to share with you today as a little pre-Christmas treat – this adorable “Snowbuddies” graph designed by Linda Richards was featured in our Nov/Dec ’05 issue of Sew Beautiful. These two snowmen are perfect for smocking a girl or boy’s outfit, or you could even narrow the insert and smock a single snowman for baby. The adorable dress shown here was made from the “Lee” pattern from Children’s Corner in cotton microcheck. Follow the graph and Linda’s instructions below to smock this sweet “Snowbuddies” design for your little one:

snowman smo

Snowbuddies by Linda Richards

What You’ll Need:
• DMC Six-Strand Cotton Embroidery Floss (white, #310-black, #321-red and #608-orange)
• Five small black beads
• Three medium beads or small black buttons

Smocking Instructions:
• Pleat 12 rows
• Snowmen require 44 pleats each.
• Thread needle with four strands of floss for stacked cables, three strands for borders.
• Backsmock Rows 2-1/2, 3-1/2, 4-1/2, 5-1/2, 6-1/2, 7-1/2 and 8-1/2 with two strands of floss.

• Rows 1- 1-1/2: Begin with white floss and an up cable on Row 1; stitch halfspace baby wave down to Row 1-1/2. Complete row.
• Row 10 – 9-1/2: Begin with a down cable on Row 10; stitch half-space baby wave up to Row 9-1/2. Complete row.

(Each snowman is positioned on the tenth pleat to left or right of center pleat.)
• Begin on Row 6-1/2 on black cable shown, and work bottom half of right snowman; turn fabric over and finish top half of snowman. Do the reverse for left snowman.
• Follow graph for number of cables in each row. Notice that there are halfcables on some rows.

• Make a carrot nose with a 30- to 35-wrap bullion stitch in orange using two strands of floss.
• Add beads for eyes and mouth and beads or buttons for buttons down snowmen’s fronts.
• Use freehand backstitches according to graph to outline hands.

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We pray for the men and women serving our nation in harm’s way, and for all of you.

Much Love to You All & May God Bless,
Kathy McMakin

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One thought on “Smocking Tutorial: Cute Picture Smocked Snowmen

  1. Beatrice B Burnett

    All little girls thinks they are well dressed and fashionable when wearing this design.


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