Need a really quick and cute project to make before Christmas Day? We have just the thing for you then. This little stuffed reindeer can be made in just a few hours, and you probably already have everything you need on hand. Is he not the cutest thing?! And at about 6-1/2″ tall he’s small enough to fit into a little a little basket or on the branches of your tree.
As with most projects I do using someone’s pattern, I don’t follow it to the letter. In this case, rather than using freezer paper to make my template I just made a copy of the pattern and cut the reindeer out on the outside edge of the black line. I placed my fabric with right sides together (or print sides together for those who know there is no wrong side to any piece of fabric as both can be used equally well by those who are willing to do so) and pinned the pattern to my fabric. I then sewed along the edge of the paper pattern, cut away the excess fabric ¼” from the stitching, and snipped the curves so it would lay well once turned inside out. There were a couple of places where I stitched through the pattern, but I was able to pull the edge of the pattern out from under those stitches and can use it again to make more reindeer if I so desire.
I gave my little reindeer button eyes and a ribbon that was a bit narrower than the one specified by the designer. The designer by the way is none other than Miss Anne of Bunny Hill Designs. The little snowman in the mitten that I shared in a previous post is also from Bunny Hill Designs. Yes, you might say we like her designs quite well and have lots of her patterns in the shop. Not all have been made into samples mind, but we do love her work.
While I was stitching my little reindeer by machine, Miss Martha was stitching a candle mat in wool felt by hand. It turned out quite nicely, but I’m not sure I want to hide the snowman’s face in the middle by actually putting a candle on it. It might just have to lie around and decorate instead of making itself useful being what it’s supposed to be. I mean, look at him, would you want to cover up that cute, cute, cute smiling face? This mat is a nice size, around 11″ give or take. It still needs three little buttons going down the front of the center snowman according to the pattern by Penny Lane Primitives… or does it? Our wool felt is the good kind and comes from National Nonwovens. We love this product so well that we have close to 50 different colors on the bolt.
We will be making kits for the snowman candle mat and could easily put one together for the reindeer as well if you need it. Patterns at present are limited, so let me know if you want one, or both. Since you’re coming down to the wire where making handmade gifts is concerned, a kit will make it much quicker to accomplish your goal of giving nothing store boughten, as the old folks around here use to say.