The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed that the Free Reindeer Cushion Pattern that I launched not long ago also had a second set of pattern pieces on the download. As a little bonus I have downsized the pattern so that you can make a felt decoration to hang on your tree!
REINDEER DECORATION INSTRUCTIONS
Finished size 3.5″ high x 2.75″ wide
:: Felt in the following colours:
– Light Brown
– Dark Brown
:: Coordinating embroidery thread
:: 5″ length of 1/4″ wide ribbon
:: Freezer Paper
:: Toy stuffing (optional)
:: Hand sewing needle
:: Small pair of sharp scissors
Download 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 (unless you’re not totally bothered if the decoration is a touch larger or smaller than it’s designed to be). 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 for the Reindeer Decoration are spread over the two pages.
Cut and Prepare Felt
:: Trace all of the pattern pieces onto the matt side of the freezer paper and roughly cut out.
:: Apply* freezer paper to the felt as follows
– Backing – Light Brown x2
– Head – Dark Brown x 1
– Nose – Red x 1
– Eyes – White x 2
:: Cut out all shapes along the design lines
*For further tips on cutting out freezer paper from felt check out this blog post
Sew the Facial Features
illustrations show stitching in contrast colours as guidance only
:: Using 2 strands of embroidery thread sew the Nose onto the Face, using a running stitch. Sew the Eyes onto the Face using a few short stitches around the edges.
:: Place the Face on one of the Backing pieces and stitch in place with a running stitch around the outside edges of the Face.
:: Position the completed front over the remaining Backing piece. Sew the layers together around the outside edges with a running stitch, catching a ribbon hanging loop at the top. If you want you could stuff the decoration a little to make him a bit fat and squidgy.
If you’ve made a decoration and are uploading pictures onto social media use #reindeerdecoration. 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!