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Free Pattern :: Reindeer Applique Cushion

Thanks for stopping by! In this post I bring you a FREE pattern and tutorial for a Reindeer Cushion, perfect for decorating your home at Christmas.Reindeer Cushion free pattern

How far do you go with decorating your home for Christmas? Are you a tree and that’s it kind of person or do you go the whole hog and essentially light up the neighbourhood with all of the lights adorning your home? Me, I’m somewhere comfortably in the middle. We have two trees (unusual house layout means that we have two living rooms), but I also have lots of other bits and pieces around the house. I even decorate the spare room for any festive visitors.

I also like to add a few home furnishings when I’m decorating the house. This is where the inspiration for this cushion came from.Reindeer Cushion

This Reindeer Applique cushion is bound to become a favourite year after year, just check out that nose!

I have made this version from wool and acrylic felt, but you could just as easily make it from quilting cottons in solids or with a small subtle print, the choice as ever is yours!

Reindeer Cushion on a sofa



This pattern has been designed to fit a 16″ square cushion/pillow insert.

Materials Required:
:: Felt in the following colours
– 0.5m of at least 90cm/35″ wide Green for cushion/pillow cover
– 11″ x 13″ Brown for Reindeer Head
– 5″ x 4″ Red for Reindeer Nose
– 2″ x 2″ White for Reindeer Eyes
:: Double sided interfacing such as Bondaweb or Steam-a-Seam
:: 12″ co-ordinating zip
:: Co-ordinating sewing machine thread

Tools Required:
:: Paper scissors and tape or glue (to assemble your paper pattern)
:: Sewing Scissors
:: Pressing Cloth
:: Open/clear/embroidery foot for your sewing machine
:: Zipper foot for your sewing machine

Download and Assemble the Pattern
Download your Reindeer Cushion Tiled Pattern Pieces. When you print out your pattern pieces make sure that you print them actual size and don’t scale or fit to page. There is a test square on page 1 if you are not sure and want to check before printing the second page. The pattern pages are designed to be printed out on either A4 or US letter.

The pattern pieces will look a little like this once you have stuck them together….

Reindeer Cushion Tiles Pattern Pieces

Cut and Prepare Felt

:: Cut out the Cushion Pieces as follows from the Green Felt
17″ x 17″ – Cushion Front
6 1/8″ x 17″ – Cushion Upper Back
12 1/8″ x 17″ – Cushion Lower Back

:: Trace the Reindeer Head, Nose and Eye pieces onto double sided interfacing and apply to the brown, red and white felt and cut out.

Appliqué Front of Cushion

:: Remove the backing paper and position the Reindeer Head, Nose and Eye pieces on the cushion front. Fix in place following manufacturer instructions for the double sided interfacing, using a pressing cloth if required.

Arranging the Reindeer Head

:: Sew around all of the raw edges of the Reindeer Head, Nose and Eyes. You could use a zig-zag, satin, blanket or blind hem stitch.

Applique Reindeer Head in place

Insert Zip

Right Side Wrong Side




:: Take the Cushion Upper and Lower Back pieces and place right sides together. Position the zip in the middle. Mark on the fabric each end of the zip and insert a pin at each end.

Mark position of zip

:: Using a 5/8” seam allowance, sew from the outside edge to the first pin and make a couple of back stitches. Sew between the pins with a long basting stitch. At the second pin start sewing on a normal length stitch and make a couple of back stitches then sew to the end of the seam.

Baste zip opening:: Turn back the seam allowance of the (smaller) Upper Back section. Open the zip and place the zip face down on the seam allowance of the (larger) Lower Back section between the two pins that you inserted in the previous step. Baste in place along the outer edge of the zipper tape through the Lower Back seam allowance.

Baste half of zip

:: Turn the Upper Back seam allowance back on itself to create a little fold under the zipper teeth (this will flip the zipper back to the right side uppermost). Sew along the little fold, backstitching at each end.

Turn back upper seam allowance

:: Remove positioning pins and turn Back of Cushion Cover over so the right side is uppermost.

:: Pin the second half of the zipper tape in place from the right side, checking that your pins are catching the zipper tape on the reverse.

pin the second half of the zip

:: Top stitch the second zipper tape in place, effectively three sides of a rectangle, checking that you have caught the zipper tape with your stitching.

Top stitch zip from right side

:: Remove basting stitches that you made in step one to expose the zipper puller

remove basting stitches

Construct Cushion

:: Open the zip and place the Cushion Front and Backs with right sides together

:: Sew together around the outside edges with a 1/2” seam allowance

Construct the Cushion

:: Turn Cushion Cover through to right side pushing out the corners

:: Insert your cushion/pillow pad and you’re done!

Happy Sewing!

If you’ve made a cushion and are uploading pictures onto social media use #reindeercushion. You’re also more than welcome to join in at Little Black Duck: In the Sewing Room on facebook, we love to see your makes.

By the way, this project originally appeared in issue 8 of Love Sewing. If you would like to buy a copy have a look on the More Mags website or download a digital copy from their app. Here are some of the other great projects from issue 8.

Love Sewing Issue 8 Whats Inside

Some other Christmas Patterns

If you are in the mood for some Christmas sewing then here are some other Christmas patterns available to download from the shop

  • Santa and Mrs Claus FPP Cushions


    Christmas is such a wonderful time of year and is a fabulous opportunity to flex your sewing skills. There’s nothing nicer than a few home made decorations that become firm family favourites. The Santa and Mrs Claus cushions are bound to have a special place in your home at Christmas for many years to come!

    The Santa and Mrs Claus Cushion pattern is available as either a pdf or printed paper pattern. Each version of the pattern includes full sizes pattern pieces for the central block plus step-by-step instructions for turning the blocks into cushions, perfect for decorating your home for many Christmas seasons to come.

    See full description below for details on the differences between the pdf and the paper pattern, please check before purchase.


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