DIY Vintage Reindeer Toy Plush

DIY Vintage Reindeer Toy Plush

PicMonkey CollageDSC_5715Hi guys! Today I am super excited to share one of my new favorite Christmas DIY’s with you, a hand sewn Reindeer toy! I have been wanting to make this reindeer stuffie for a few years now. I snagged a vintage 1961 November Issue of Woman’s Day Magazine a couple of years ago and as soon as I saw this reindeer in the handmade gifts to make section I knew I had to make one for myself! He is just so darn cute!

What You Need:



*Embroidery Floss and Sewing Needle

*Fiber Fill Stuffing

*Fabric Glue

Here is the original:

reindeer 1


reindeer 4 reindeer 5

I followed the original instructions. Basically you cut out all the pattern pieces and then use the pattern to cut your felt pieces for the reindeer and antlers. You sew the bottom of the body to each side of the body with a blanket stitch between the marked areas. Stuff as you go. Stitch around the rest of the body and head back to where you started stuffing as you go. Tack the ears on the side of the head. Tack the tail on the rear end. Stitch the antlers together with a whipstitch adding a little stuffing as you go. This is a bit messy. If I make another one, I will probably make my antlers unstuffed. Tack your antlers to the top of the reindeer head. Glue the eyes on the head with fabric glue. Satin stitch a red nose on the tip of the nose if you want.

DSC_5583 DSC_5575 DSC_5584 DSC_5581 DSC_5576I absolutely adore my reindeer! I gave him a red nose like Rudolph. He is a great size for displaying on a shelf. I have him perched on my christmas books on my sideboard in the living room. He is sturdy enough to be a keepsake toy for a little one too! This project is pretty easy and would be good for a beginner with a little experience. I had such a blast making my reindeer! I hope you will make one of your own, you’ll love it too! I’ll be back soon with more DIY fun. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

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3 Responses

  1. As Rudolph says, “Cuuute!” Love all the vintage crafts..keep ’em coming.

  2. That is totally adorable! However, I am always completely flummoxed by those grid patterns in vintage craft books? How the heck do those with limited drawing abilities translate them into full sized patterns?

    • Oh my goodness it is really hard. What I do is scan them in and then enlarge the image and drag it into a new blank file in photoshop. then I can see the scale and print the pages I need to assemble the pattern for cutting