Grab your upper elementary and older kids and get started making a pile of felt reindeer ornaments to give away this Christmas!
DIY Felt Reindeer Ornament
List of Supplies:
- Felt fabric – light brown, dark brown, black, white, cream and red.
- Pencil or pen – to trace patterns on felt
- Needle and thread
- Ribbon – 1 cm wide and length of your choice.
Trace the patterns from the template on your felt fabric pieces. Trace and cut two pieces for each pattern piece except for the nose and the bottom part of the reindeer’s face.
Place the tan oval piece, which will be the bottom part of the reindeer face, on one of the brown circle pieces. Match the bottom ends of both pieces and stitch the pieces together.
After stitching the bottom face piece, stitch the nose (red round piece) onto the head.
Now add the eyes. Place the black round piece on the white round piece and then stitch them on their position, just above the nose.
Place the inner ear parts inside the outer ear parts. Fold the ribbon into half. This step shows the arrangement of the ears, horns and the hanging ribbon.
Take the front part of the head (prepared in step 2, 3 and 4) and place it on the top of the other circle head piece (the plain one). Start to stitch both pieces together along the sides.
Once you reach the ears’ position, take any one of the ears (with the inner and outer layers attached together) and slightly tuck a small amount of it between the 2 head parts. Stitch through the ear and both sides of the head. After stitching the ear, stitch the horn next to it.
Take the half folded ribbon. Make sure to match the open end of the ribbon.
Tuck about 2 cm of the ribbon’s ends between the 2 head parts.
Once again, stitch along the sides to attach all items together (the ribbon, ears, horns, front and back parts of the head).
Stop stitching after almost reaching the bottom side of the head. Keep a small opening for stuffing. Do not close the open end on the bottom side of the head after stuffing; keep it open.
Take the 2 body parts and place them together by matching all sides. Stitch along the sides to join both pieces together.
Keep a small opening for stuffing. I used left over felt fabrics for stuffing. Cut the left over felt fabrics into small pieces and use them for stuffing.
Close the open end of the body after stuffing. Insert about a cm of the neck inside the open end of the head.
Stitch the neck and the head together to complete the reindeer ornament.
Tie 2 or 3 tights knots and then cut off extra thread once you are done stitching.