I’ve been getting in the Christmas mood early, with a couple fun Christmas crafts! One of them, is this adorable little reindeer softie, the Tilda Reindeer, by Corinne Bradd. This free pattern is available on the Crafts Beautiful website (you’ll need to create an account to download the pattern and instructions). The reindeer is about 12″ tall and can stand because of the weights in his feet.
Softie Reindeer Project Tips:
This project is a great stash-buster! I chose to use 2 coordinating quilting cotton fabrics (instead of 3). I did find the instructions for this project to be a little lacking. The instructions say you need 3 – 20x30cm squares of fabric. If you’re purchasing fabric, you’ll need 2-3 coordinating prints, about 1/4 yard each. One of the pages you will print out includes a heart-shaped pattern piece. This is NOT for the reindeer softie, it is for a different project in the series.
The pattern pieces for this project do not include a seam allowance. It is done this way so that when you trace your pattern onto the wrong side of the fabric, that is your stitching line. You then cut outside of that for the seam allowance. I highly recommend using a Frixion heat erase highlighter to trace your pattern pieces so that when you are done sewing, a simple press with the iron will make the highlighter disappear.
Trimming and clipping the seam allowances is really important, especially on the body of the reindeer. I trimmed extra near the point of the nose and the tail. This really comes in handy when I went back to embroider the nose at the end of the project. You want to choose a needle with a small eye so that it will go through the fabric easily. It needs to be small enough that you can push it through 4 layers of fabric at once, but sturdy enough not to bend in the process.
This project took me longer than I’d like to admit to finish (probably 4-5 hours). But, if you read the instructions carefully and avoid making some of my mistakes, you could make yours much faster.
If you are new to hand embroidery (or you need to brush up on it) take a look at these easy how-to videos from YouTube:
RUNNING STITCH (for embroidering the antlers) I used 2 strands of embroidery thread.
WHIP STITCH (for closing up your softie seams) I used 1 strand of sewing machine thread.
SATIN STITCH (for embroidering the nose — skip to 2:43) I used 2 strands of embroidery thread. This was the most difficult to embroider because of all of the bulk from the seam allowances.