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DIY Stick Reindeer

Posted by  ·  November 20, 2015  ·  Last Updated: November 20, 2015

This DIY Stick Reindeer will provide hours of fun for kids this holiday season.  It is the perfect gift to make for children. Do you have someone who like yoga on your list?  Try making them a DIY Yoga Mat Sling.  Almost anyone on your list will love this DIY Flag Banner it is pretty easy to customize.

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Stick Reindeer titled -600

Hi guys!  I’m Amy From My 3 Monsters and I’m super excited to share a holiday sewing tutorial here at Skip To My Lou again this year!  My kids are teenagers now, but one of their favorite homemade gifts when they were little were the Stick Horses I made for them.  They rode those things all over the house for months!  I thought it would be fun this year to give that old favorite a Holiday Makeover and create Stick Reindeer.  These would make fun gifts for the kids on your list, or cute decorations for your holiday home.

You will Need:
¾ yd. fabric for head
¼ yd. felt or non-woven, stiff fabric (for antlers)
Scraps of black, red and green felt (for nose and holly)
2 buttons, approx. 1 ¼ “ (for eyes)
Wood dowel, at least 1” diameter, cut to desired length and painted {optional}
1 yard coordinating ribbon
1 bag poly-fil stuffing
Coordinating thread
Hot glue

Download and print pattern here. Assemble pattern by matching up the small letters in the corners of pattern pages and taping edges together.  It is not necessary to overlap edges of paper — simply tape pages side by side.

Cut pattern pieces out of fabric, adding ½ “ seam allowances on the pieces indicated. Do not cut the antler pieces out of fabric yet.

Stick Reindeer step 1-600
Fold antler fabric in half so you have a double thickness. Cut 2 pieces of antler fabric (each double thickness) large enough to fit antler pattern piece. Trace antler pattern onto fabric very lightly with pencil.

Stick Reindeer step 2-600

Stitch through both layers of fabric following the line you traced.

Stick Reindeer step 3-600

After stitching, cut out antlers very close to stitching. Stuff antlers by adding a small amount of stuffing at a time and using the eraser end of a pencil to push it way up into tips of antlers. Pack the stuffing in so antlers are firm – this will help them to stand better when the reindeer is assembled. Set aside.

Stick Reindeer step 4-600

Place 2 ear pieces right sides together and stitch around longer, slightly curved edges. Trim off point at top of ear and turn right side out.  Repeat for second ear.

Stick Reindeer step 5-600

Make a small pleat in the bottom (open end) of each ear and baste across bottom to hold in place.

Stick Reindeer step 6-600

Attach face front piece to head piece by lining up fabric notches, right sides together, and stitching between notches. Repeat for other side.  Sew head pieces together by lining up both head pieces, right sides together. Stitch from lower notch of face front to bottom of pattern piece. Then, stitch top of head piece from end to end. Trim and clip seam allowances.

Stick Reindeer step 7-600

Next we need to add the ears and antlers, and close up the hole at the top of the head. Insert ear and antler pieces into hole in head one at a time, making sure they are lined up how you want them to look when finished. {Pin in place across top of face front piece, then gently turn head right side out to check placement. Adjust accordingly.} With right sides of fabric together, pin top of face front to back of head, matching notch on face front to center seam at back of head. Stitch through all layers and turn right side out.

Stick Reindeer 4-600

Stuff head with poly-fil stuffing to desired firmness. {The antlers will be a little “floppy” at this point. Don’t worry! We’ll take care of that in a minute.}
Insert dowel into head through the stuffing. Gather fabric at base and attach to dowel using hot glue. Tie ribbon around to cover hot glue and give it a nice, finished look. {Attach ribbon with hot glue if desired.}

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Now take care of those floppy antlers! Pull each antler to the side slightly and tack the antler to the head at the base of the ear as shown. Then, to make the ear stand up a little, tack the center of the ear to the antler as shown. Repeat for other side. The antlers will still flop a little bit – that’s just the nature of the beast, I guess – but this helps greatly. I really didn’t want to add any wires or anything that might make this less kid-friendly!

Stick Reindeer finishing details 2-600

Add the finishing touches. Pin nose piece in place and sew on with needle and thread. Attach button eyes. Cut a few holly leaves and berries out of felt and hot glue near one ear, if desired.

I’m in love with how cute this little guy turned out!  I think I’m going to set mine up on a ledge in our house with a vintage red sled and some ice skates to create a sweet little winter vignette.

Stick Reindeer 3-600

How cute would this be in a baby’s nursery?!  You could even make it out of tan and white polka dot fabric and add a little flower crown around the antlers for a baby girl’s room.  The options are endless if you get creative.  Happy Holidays, friends!

Facebook profile photo 150Hello, I’m Amy! My 3 Monsters is my little online home where I write about the things I’m working on in my little real-life home.  I love crafts and baking. I sew a little and I’m kind-of an interior designer. I enjoy pretty things and my crazy family. You can find me on my blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

If you want more hand-made gift ideas, check out my Tied Handle Tote Bag, Pretty Little Potholders, and DIY Casserole Carrier.

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  1. Judy McLendonJ
    Friday, November 30th, 2018
    I am very disappointed that I couldn't download this cute reindeer. My two great nephews would have been ecstatic to receive them for Christmas.
  2. Yvonne Phillips
    Saturday, November 26th, 2016
    Hi Amy, I just love your tutorial for the stick reindeer! Could you please help me understand how to put it together. It seems very confusing to me and I can not figure it out. I know you said to match the letter in the corners, but I am having great difficulty. If you could make it a little clearer, or show a photo of how the pattern looks after it is put together, that would help.

    Thanks so much,