Snowman Wire Hanger With Mittens

Turn a wire snowman shape into a dazzling door hanger you can keep up well after the holidays!

As soon as I saw this showman hanger at Hobby Lobby, I knew what I wanted to do with him. He’s no longer available online, but I did find some more at our nearest Hobby Lobby store.

Bonnie’s mittens from the Christmas Cookies set are a perfect addition. I stitched a set of mittens as freestanding appliques, skipping everything but the placement, tack-down, and satin stitching. No fill stitches or decorative stitches were used. You can see the freestanding applique technique in more detail here

Picture of outline of machine applique mitten stitched

Hoop two layers of heat-away stabilizer. Stitch the placement stitches for the mittens which shows the size and orientation of the design. Use tape or a temporary adhesive to secure wool felt to the front and back of the hoop, covering the placement stitches. I chose a hand-dyed wool for a more vintage feel. 

Picture of machine applique'd mitten stitched and trimmed in hoop.

Run tack-down stitches to secure felt pieces together and trim away excess felt to the placement lines on both front and back.

Picture of machine applique mitten with fuzzy cuff attached

For the cuff, I used a curly textured poly fabric. It makes a tremendous mess when cutting, but it is so perfect for furry cuffs. Secure it in place on both front and back. Run the tack-down stitches.

Picture of machine applique mitten with fuzzy cuff trimmed by Sew Inspired by Bonnie

Trim really well to the stitching line and cover the material with two layers of heat-away stabilizer as a topper.

Machine applique mitten with two layers of heat away stabilizer on top for clean satin stitching at Sew Inspired by Bonnie

That will not only hold down the curls, it will also help to keep your embroidery foot from getting tangled in the curls and will hold down the fluff and makes the satin-stitched edge nice and clean. 

Picture of two free-standing machine applique mittens side by side.

When stitching is done, pull away the topper and fluff up the cuff. 

Picture of completed wire snow man with two free-standing machine applique mittens attached.

Position the mittens where you like and secure them in place. Sew cute!

Make sure to clean your bobbin area after stitching--the fuzz goes everywhere!

Debbie Henry
Sew Inspired by Bonnie

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  • Debbie henry - December 18, 2023

    Thank you for reading, Mary!

  • Mary - December 13, 2023

    Thank you

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