All the shapes for this issue’s makes. Unless otherwise stated, templates are shown at 100%.You can find the full-size templates ready to download from www.molliemakes.com
Erasable fabric marker Fabric glue
Cut out the deer shapes using the templates opposite.
Pin the head gusset to one body piece, matching the marked ends. Sew using whipstitch, starting at the nose, then repeat to add the second body piece to the other side of the head gusset.
Mark the leg darts on the underside. Fold one leg under, along the marked line, then sew along the leg dart, through the two layers to make the leg ‘stand’. Repeat for each deer leg.
Pin the underside to the body with wrong sides together, aligning the edges and markings. Whipstitch the underside and body together, then turn over and repeat on the other side.
Stuff firmly, using a knitting needle or similar, then close up the back seam using whipstitch.
Pair up the antler pieces and sew around the outside. Sew the antlers onto the head, as shown.
Glue the inner ears to the outer ears and leave to dry. Pinch at the base and sew in front the antlers. Sew on the tail.
Use satin stitch and three strands of black thread to add the nose, then add two black stitches for the mouth and small satin stitches for each eye.
Stitch eight V shapes onto the head, following the markings.
Cut four thin pieces of blue felt and pin them evenly along the pink felt. Cut two lengths of pom pom trim and sew along the short edges of the pink felt using gold thread. Use the stitch guide on page 92 to embroider on the of gold details as shown opposite. Sew the blanket to the reindeer.
Cut a thin piece of blue felt and sew around the reindeer’s neck using pink thread. Make a tassel using a length of turquoise thread, then sew the tassel onto the collar. Cut the looped ends to create a fringe. Repeat with the pink thread. Cut two pom poms from the trim, wind gold thread around the top, then sew in place on the collar.
Cut a length of gold thread to make a loop for hanging, then sew onto the blanket to finish.