Felt is one of our favorite cozy crafting materials for wintertime, so it is a natural fit for also making Christmas projects. In years past, we’ve created a series of adorable felt animal ornaments that can be great animal stuffies for kids—or unique gift toppers that last past the holidays. Because we always want to out-do ourselves with every holiday season, our illustrator and felt crafter extraordinaire Krista came up with this precious DIY felt reindeer, perfect for some yuletide cheer! Say hello to our new friends Juniper and Spruce.
Start this DIY felt reindeer project by printing the downloadable instructions below. Make sure to join our ever-growing craft community, if you’re not a member already! This PDF also includes a full list of tools and materials that you can use when you head to your local craft store.
You’ll also want to make sure you are getting a higher quality wool or wool blend felt for this DIY reindeer felt. A lower quality felt can rip while you are stitching.
Then, pick out some coordinating colors of embroidery floss and use a needle with a slightly larger eye for threading the floss. Feel free to get creative with your color palette. This is your DIY felt reindeer! For our reindeer, we used a slightly darker shade of brown for the back panel to create some variation.
Once you have your materials, print the PDF template as a guide for cutting your felt pieces. Then you can follow the step-by-step photo tutorial below as you craft. We added some detailing near the tail with some white embroidery floss, but this is totally optional. The white dots are just a scattering of tiny French knots, but they add that extra something to these DIY cuties!
If you want to give your reindeer a holiday makeover, our template also includes patterns to add the Christmas accessories. You can even make a little red felt nose for Rudolph! This DIY felt reindeer can be a great addition to your holiday home décor or an adorable stocking stuffer for kids.
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- Lia Griffith’s Wool Blend Felt — Doe Brown, Almond, Bark Brown, Juniper, and Cream
- Embroidery Floss – DMC Medium Mocha Beige (3863), Black (310), Ecru, and Ultra Dark Coffee Brown (938)
- Green Satin Ribbon
- 4 Black Beads or Craft Eyes – 6mm
- Small Jingle Bells
How to Make a DIY Felt Reindeer
- Gather your tools and materials. Then download the pattern at the end of this post.
- Cut felt according to the pattern, using your scissors or cutting machine.
- Sew the legs to the body underside piece using a whip stitch.
- Ensure that the legs are symmetrical and facing the same direction.
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For more Christmas ideas, find all of our Christmas DIYs, or head to our membership page to start downloading. We love getting you in on the creative process, so leave comments with projects you’d like to see next! Share your project photos on Instagram using #MadeWithLia so we can admire your crafting success. Happy holidays to all! ~ Lia and team