Quite a while ago, I saw a fun gift idea of an indoor snowball fight. Little brother had outgrown a bunch of white socks and they were a little too stretched out to want to save them for the baby. I thought I'd try making an indoor snowball fight out of them. Plus it was looking like we might not get any real snow this year...and then we did just in time for a little photo op.
Here's the original that I pinned to my Gift Ideas Board (image via Pinterest since the listing for where they were sold is no longer active.)
After I'd made mine, I saw tutorial for some fluffier looking handmade snowballs from Kayln on And I Thought I Love You Then.
Mine aren't quite as fluffy and cheery as my inspiration...but I do kinda like these quirky little faces.
Although there are one or two that look like they've seen better days...
I figured if nothing else my sister could throw them for her 2-year-old to retrieve...or the 2-year-old could throw them at Mommy while Mommy rests on the sofa...and then retrieve them for herself.
Firecracker was actually pretty disappointed to see these leave our house, so I might have to make some more for us to keep.
The doctor has been telling me that I should take it a little easier...so these were the perfect thing to work on while watching videos with Firecracker.
First you'll need to gather your supplies...a bag o'scraps or other stuffing material, old socks, some thread or yarn, and a needle. I also used fabric pens to make the faces.
You can also tell the difference between the snowballs I stuffed with white colored scraps and those I stuffed with brighter scraps, but I figured my niece would have fun throwing them around whether or not you could see some little bits of color peaking through.
You start by stuffing your sock. It's really amazing how much they stretch and how much you can fit in there.
Once you've sewn all the way around, you'll need to pull the thread up tight. If there's just a little of the top left, just tuck it inside as you're pulling the threads. If there's a lot of sock left, you'll need to trim it to 1/4-1/2 inch from your stitching and tuck it in as you pull it tight.
Then tie several knots to make sure it doesn't come undone.
Then I pulled the end through the stuffed sock so that the ends wouldn't be hanging out. Then trim.
And that's it...unless you want to draw some cute faces, in which case you'll need to get creative with a fabric pen or sharpie.
I also sewed up a little drawstring bag for them to go in. The bag ended up a little on the small side and kind of a funny shape...but that was literally all the white fleece I had left in my stash. I wrote "Snowball Fight in a Bag" on it with a paint pen...which was a mistake. I should have gone with a sharpie or fabric pen. (I had to wipe paint off my table because I didn't realize it would smear.)
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And because there was still room in the box, I threw in some fun little ribbons and trim for my sister to do something crafty with. I figured you can't go wrong with some comfort food from Mom's cookbook...and it turned out the package got to her just about the time she started feeling well enough to be able to eat some of it.
Who can you think of who needs a pick-me-up?
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