Our cute reindeers by Louise Nichols are certain to become your favourite stitchy project this festive season! Made from two pieces of fabric, coordinating ribbon, a bell and bead, these simple toys are both quick and simple to sew.
- Patterned fabric, 25cm square, two
- Black embroidery thread
- Crewel needle
- Toy filling
- Ribbon, 50cm
- Wooden bead, 4mm
- Coordinating thread
- 22cm x 24cm
- Use a 5mm seam allowance throughout, unless otherwise stated.
sew a reindeer
1 Download and print the templates. Cut a 25cm square from two fabrics. With right sides together, lay the reindeer template on top, pin and cut out.
2 Mark the positioning of the eyes using the template. Thread your needle with double thickness black embroidery thread and wrap it around the needle a couple of times to create a French knot. Repeat on the other side of the reindeer.
3 With right sides facing, pin the two reindeer pieces together and machine stitch around the edge, leaving a gap on the back leg for turning through. Snip the corners, turn through and press.
4 Beginning with the antlers, stuff your reindeer. When it’s close to being full, start slipstitching the gap closed. Continue stuffing the leg and sew closed.
5 Tie a 50cm length of ribbon into a bow around the reindeer’s neck. Trim the ends and sew a bell onto the centre of the bow. Sew on a wooden bead for the nose. If you are making the reindeer for a small child however, omit the beaded nose and bell charm.