Sunday, 17 November 2013

Easy-Peasy Reindeer

This is my 200th Post - and by sheer coincidence I am taking part in Bugs and Fishes Blog link-up as part of it. Such fun! The link-up is all about Christmas and I am sharing my easy-peasy reindeer tutorial. Last year I created an easy-peasy robin for Pickle-Lily ( my crafty daughter ) and this year she asked for a reindeer to make and here he is.
Easy-Peasy Reindeer
You will need -

Two circles of medium brown felt - now these can be any size depending on how big you would like your reindeer to be.
A smaller circle of red glitter felt, or just red felt or even a red button for the nose.
Two black brads for eyes or appropriate sized buttons.
A length of ribbon to hang him from.
Some darker brown felt for the antlers.
A template for his antler - this I made by using the Kristen font in Word, enlarging it to the size I wanted, cutting it out and rounding it off to get what looks like this...

Or you could draw your own shape. The beauty is no two antlers look alike so you can make them as simple or as intricate as you like. Cut out two antlers from dark brown felt.

Place the nose where you like on one brown circle to be his face and stitch it on with running stitch.
At the same time - trap the folded piece of ribbon on the back of this circle.
Then ..
Place the two antlers in position and hold them in place with the eyes...
Now, put the other brown circle over the back and sew in place.
I use a cross between a running stitch and back stitch, this gives the effect of a simple running stitch on the front but is as strong as back stitch. To do this, sew as if it was back stitch making the top stitches shorter, so they don't touch each other and the under stitches longer.
The top stitching looks like this ..

The underside will look like this

You can add a little stuffing if you want to make him a little plumper.
If you prefer you could make him into a badge - leaving out the ribbon.
A tip for this is to add an extra little piece of felt onto the back of the back circle to strengthen your badge and to use double thread to sew it on. Sew the front and back together as before.

I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else is making and sharing their tutorials for! A big than-you to Laura for organising this.


Gill said...

So cute - my daughter would love these!!

Delia Ryder said...

Brilliant idea he will smashing on the xmas tree :-) dee x

Alessandra Poggiagliolmi said...

love that nose!!!!!
xxxx Ale

Sara M said...

Cute tutorial... thank you for sharing! I'm going to send the link to my niece... I think she'd like to have a reindeer on her tree :)
Sara x

Alex - Hydrangea Girl said...

Aww that little reindeer face. Who wouldn't want to make that little guy for their tree? I love the extra detail like the shiny felt for his nose :) Such a cute tutorial.

xx A