This month’s DIY animal stuffie is an adorable felt deer that Krista designed. Using our pattern below, you can make both a female deer and a male deer — just add antlers! Along with the antlers, Krista also used slightly different felt colors and added satin stitched spots to the female deer to create some more variation between them.
Similar to our other standing animals, this felt deer is an intermediate project. If you’re a beginner, make sure to check out our course on how to create any stuffie!
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Our felt deer would look super cute on a woodland-themed shelf or mantel. Or you can always craft it as a toy for kids. You can also make them some other forest friends, like our felt bear, fox, moose, and wolf.
Skill level: Intermediate. If you’re a beginner, check out our course: 8 Easy Steps to Create Any Felt Stuffie.
Crafting tip: Using our metal stuffing tool (or something like it) will help get fluff down the skinny deer legs.
Embroidery stitches used: Blanket, whip, and satin stitch. Need more guidance on these stitches? Check out our free embroidery guide.
Other DIY crafts shown: Paper string of pearls plant
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How to Make a Felt Deer
- Gather your tools and supplies. Then download the pattern below.
- Cut out felt according to template using a cutting machine with a rotary blade (optional) or scissors. The photo tutorial shows how to make the stag deer, but it is the same instructions to make the doe, just swap the almond felt for white.
- Sew the legs to the underside piece using 2 strands of the beige or white embroidery floss (whichever matches) and a whip stitch, working from what will be the inside of the legs. Match and follow the curve of the leg openings, and ensure that the legs are facing the right way.
- Repeat for all of the legs.
Full tutorial available for members to download below.
- Cricut Maker or Silhouette Cameo 4 (optional)
- Detail Scissors
- Embroidery Needles
- Clover Applique Sewing Pins
- Stuffing Tool or Chopstick
- Needle Threader (optional)
- Lia Griffith’s Wool Blend Felt — Hazelnut, Almond, Chocolate, White, and Black
- Embroidery Floss — DMC Light Brown (434), Light Mocha Beige (3864), Ultra Dark Coffee Brown (938), and Snow White (B5200)
- Polyester Fiber Fill — Lia Griffith Stuffie Puff
- Craft Eyes – 5mm
- Tacky Glue
- Fabric Pen — Dritz Disappearing Ink
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