Olaf Build-a-Snowman Plush




Introduction: Olaf Build-a-Snowman Plush

About: Journalism and English student with a penchant for crafting. You can probably find me locked in my room, making something.

Even though the film has been out for over a year now, Frozen is still as popular as ever. This cute Olaf plush is made with velcro pieces that allow you to take him apart and put him back together, just like he's always falling apart in the movie - so, do you want to build a snowman? Watch the video for more detailed instructions!

This little guy makes a great gift, and will be loads of fun for kids to play with! Be sure to vote for him in the Handmade Gifts Contest if you like him. :)

Step 1: Cutting the Pattern

Pieces to cut:

From white fleece:

  • 4 torso pieces
  • 4 bottom pieces
  • 1 base piece
  • 4 foot pieces

From black felt:

  • 3 coal pieces

From brown fleece:

  • 4 arm pieces

From brown felt:

  • 1 hair piece
  • 2 eyebrow pieces

From white felt:

  • 2 eye pieces
  • 1 tooth piece

From light blue felt:

  • 1 mouth piece (not on pattern)

From velcro:

  • 2 large circles
  • 2 arm pieces
  • 1 nose piece

Step 2: The Middle: Additions to the Pieces

I started with the middle, because it is the part with the most velcro, and therefore the most complicated. Once your four middle pieces are cut, you will need to make additions to three of the pieces.

First, glue or stitch the coal piece onto one of the middle pieces. This will be the front of the middle.

Next, cut out two velcro circles. This will attach the arms to the middle.

Cut circular holes in two of the middle pieces slightly smaller than the velcro circles, and stitch the velcro behind these circles, with the velcro facing up. I used the rougher side of the velcro for this part, as using the softer part for the arms makes turning the arms easier later in the project.

Step 3: The Middle: Sewing It Together

Sew the middle pieces together, ensuring that the coal piece has a velcro piece on either side of it. When sewing the seam between one of the velcro pieces and the plain piece, leave a small gap through which you can turn and stuff the piece.

Cut two larger circles of velcro. Sew pieces to the top and bottom of the middle piece. Set aside the corresponding pieces for later.

Turn and stuff the middle section, and then stitch it closed.

Step 4: The Bottom

Add the two pieces of coal as you did on your middle piece. Once again, this piece will be the front/middle of the bottom.

Sew the bottom pieces together in the same way you did the middle pieces, again leaving a gap in the back seam through which the piece can be turned and stuffed.

Pin and stitch your base piece onto the bottom section, and then sew the velcro piece that co-ordinates with the bottom of the middle piece onto the top of the bottom section.

Turn bottom section and stuff it, then stitch stuffing hole closed.

Next, stitch the foot pieces together. Turn them right side out, then stuff and close them, then attach them to the bottom of the body.

Step 5: The Arms

Pin your arm pieces together and sew them (arm seam allowance is 0.5cm). On one side of each arm, leave a gap in the seam through which you can turn and stuff it.

Next, pin and sew on the velcro circle that matches the one attached to the middle seciton of the body.

Turn and stuff the arms and stitch them closed.

Step 6: The Head

Start by sewing the front top pieces together and the back head pieces together, and then sew the two bottom face pieces together.

Next, sew the middle face piece to the top face piece.

Sew the bottom face piece to the middle face piece completing the face. At this point, it is probably a good idea to attach the velcro for the nose, but I only did that later, so read the instructions later in the tutorial and then just replace them here if you want to do it that way.

Pin the face piece and back head piece together, with the felt hair piece between the two layers and sew them, leaving the bottom area open. Leave a gap in the seam for turning and stuffing.

Step 7: The Head: Velcro and Finishing

Cut a hole in the face for the nose velcro. Sew the velcro behind the circle.

Next, sew the velcro that matches the top of the middle piece to the bottom of the head.

Turn the head right side out and add stuffing, and then stitch the stuffing hole closed.

Step 8: The Face: Nose

Sew the two nose pieces together, leaving a gap in the seam for turning and stuffing. Cut down the seam allowance, then attach the velcro circle that matches the velcro on the face.

Stuff the nose and then stitch it closed.

Step 9: The Face: Other Details

Next, create the eyes by stitching the black pupil onto the white eye, then stitch the white eye onto the blue backing. Repeat on the other eye.

Stitch the eyes onto the face, and then stitch Olaf's big tooth onto his face.

Finally, stick the eyebrow pieces and a thin strip of blue felt onto the face to finish it off.

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    Question 2 months ago on Introduction

    Great idea! But I can't figure out the dimensions. Could you give me some info on the diameter of the bases and the overall height of your Olaf? Thanks in advance!


    Answer 2 months ago

    Hello! So the pattern pieces can be printed on A4 or Letter size paper. I think he was about 40cm in total, but honestly this was so long ago that I don't remember! I hope that helps. :)


    This is so sweet!

    Do you wanna build a snowman?

    Come on lets go and play
    I never see you anymore
    Come out the door
    It's like you've gone away-
    We used to be best buddies
    And now we're not
    I wish you would tell me why!-
    Do you wanna build a snowman?
    It doesn't have to be a snowman.

    This would be great for an Instructables s̶i̶n̶g̶-̶a̶-l̶o̶n̶g̶ build night.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Glad you like it! It would be great for a movie-turned-crafting night!

    Aidan P
    Aidan P

    7 years ago

    Maybe magnets could be used instead of velcro.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    This was my original thought, but I scrapped it in favour of velcro as it's more like the fabric, and I don't have much experience with magnets, and I figured magnets would be FAR more expensive than velcro, which I only bought half a meter of, of which I used half, and the half-meter cost me R10 (under $1). :)


    7 years ago on Introduction

    cracking up right now... looked at this and thought it was a normal plush and thought hay i could make a velcro olaf that you build yourself then i looked at the vid and relizied that was exactly what this was hehehe


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Beat you to it, then. ;) Glad it was what you wanted! Post a pic if you make your own! :)