This project is one I’ve been wanting to try for quite awhile and I’m thrilled to be joining in the 25 Days of Christmas blog hop. I’m going to show you all the step by step how to’s to make your very own fabric reindeer!
This awesome hop is hosted by the talented megan from C’mon Get Crafty . It’s where a bunch of bloggers team up and create a project or recipe based on a Christmas movie!
Let’s Meet The Hosts!
Megan ~ C’mon Get Crafty | Marie ~ The Inspiration Vault | Carmen ~ Gross to Grandiose
Christine ~ My Kitchen My Craft | Crissy~ First Day of Home | Emily ~ Domestic Deadline
Stephanie ~ The Tip Toe Fairy | Rebecca ~ The Moments at Home | Marianne ~ Songbird
Ashley ~ Attempts at Domestication | Sue ~ A Purdy Little House | Roseann ~ This Autoimmune Life
Kim ~ Kimspireddiy | Jaime ~ Love Jaime | Terri ~ Christmas Tree Lane | Lyne ~ The Paper Addict
Nicole ~ For the the Love of Food | Marie ~ DIY Adulation | Paula ~ Paula Tisch
Lara~ Love on a Plate | Becky ~ The Moments at Home | Jaclyn ~ The Dotted Nest
My movie is Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and while my Reindeer doesn’t have a red rose, I think they are just as cute.
I changed my whole Christmas colour scheme this year and for this project, I started with some leftover fabric to set the tone.
Using a cereal box, I drew a template for my reindeers.
Here is my deer template all cut out. I know it looks a bit like a rubber duck at this point. Lol
I traced the template onto my fabric and cut out 4 deer shapes. Then I put them together and pinned them in place so they wouldn’t wiggle around too much when I started sewing.
I sewed the sides together leaving a little space at the bottom to put the stuffing inside.
After it was all sewed together, I turned it inside out. Here’s what it looks like before any stuffing or details were added.
At this point I knew I needed to figure something out for the ears. I used some more cardboard and made a little ear template x4.
I cut them out and then sewed the bottom together to make the “ear” bend like a real deer ear.
Here’s my first deer after stuffing and getting the bottom sewed up.
Next, I glued some button eyes on him as well as the ears. I could’ve sewed both, but really, why bother. Hot gluing was a huge time saver.
I was planning on using real twigs for the antlers, but while rummaging through my Christmas stash, I found these dollar store picks intended to jazz up a Christmas planter. I figure they’d work perfectly for my antlers.
This step was awkward to photograph. I basically punched a tiny hole in each side of my deer’s head, put some hot glue inside the hole, and then stuck the antlers inside.
For the legs, I painted a 4 foot dowel in a dark brown. I wanted my deer to be different heights, so I had to get my 12 yr old to do some math for me. She told me I needed to cut four 5 inch pieces and four 7 inch pieces.
Again, this step was a bit awkward to photograph. I literally put a bunch of hot glue on the end and then stuck it in place and held it there until it stuck.
Ta da! All done. These cute little DIY fabric reindeer are so fun, right?
Their little faces are actually so sweet.
It sure beats paying $30 a pop at Pottery Barn, and I love that they can be customized to anyone’s decor. Merry Christmas all and please check out what all my blogging friends made to celebrate their Christmas movie.
Until next time my friends,
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