Hey. Rudolph! One of the most beloved symbols of the season should have a place in everyone’s home. And, this year, Rudolph can be homemade – times four!

Image from UpcraftClub.com

Image from UpcraftClub.com

Rudolph the Fabric Deer Head

Rudolph can light up any holiday occasion as he looks on from the wall and enjoys the party. This handmade Rudolph is adorable, unique and fun to make! Choose a wooly tweed, herringbone or plaid to give Rudy a warm, wintery style. You’ll need felt for his perky ears, buttons for his eyes and a “shiny” red pom-pom for his nose. Designed by Elisa of the Charming Doodle blog and shared on Upcraft Club, Rudolph is cozily stuffed with poly fiber-fil and sports wire supported antlers. As Elisa suggests, be sure to double check his antler placement before the final stitching. You’ll want to make sure he doesn’t look like he’s going backwards! Click here for the Fabric Deer Head tutorial on the Up Craft blog.

Image from CraftPassion.com

Image from CraftPassion.com

Rudolph the Cozy Sock Toy

When it’s time for Reindeer Games, this cuddly sock Rudolph is just what a child will need. And, if you’ve never made a Sock Toy before, you’re going to be hooked! This little guy requires two socks, button eyes, felt and stuffing – things you may have on hand or can easily buy. You’ll stitch him together on your sewing machine so even with his charming details, this handmade Rudolph will be a quick project. Be sure to choose socks that are thick enough to be stretched while stuffing and follow Joanne’s hints for making the stuffing process go smoothly. This is a merry upcycle that would make delightful gifts! Click here for the tutorial and PDF pattern on the Craft Passion blog.

Rudolph the Festive Tote – Clover and Violet blog

The handmade Rudolph tote designed by guest contributor Susi for the Clover and Violet blog will light your way brightly through a foggy night. Perfect as a gift tote, it will also work well for an overnight to Grandma’s house around holiday time. Susi has a super-great method for “boxing” the corners of your tote as you sew. Be sure to check it out and file it for future reference! I suggest topstitching the tote top with a double needle for a professional style finish that will help to secure your straps.

The red print nose on Susi’s tote is darling! A shiny red nose would be an appropriate finishing touch, too. Click here for the Rudolph Tote tutorial.

Rudolph the Mini- Stocking

Over on the Shiny, Happy World blog, I found a sweet handmade Rudolph stocking ornament that will make you shout with glee. Designed by guest designer Deby, the stocking is the perfect size for a gift card or other small present. Deby hand stitched her mini-stocking and she includes an informative video link to make your stitching easier. In my house, I machine sew as much as I can so, using Coats Dual Duty Button and Craft Thread, I’ll be dashing through my stitching by machine. If you do hand stitch, I suggest you take a look at Coats’ fabulous Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Thread. The colors are wonderful and the smooth finish will be terrific for the whip stitching you’ll use around the stocking edge. Click here for the Rudolph Mini-Stocking tutorial.

Rudolph the Handmade Reindeer, had a very puffy nose. And once you’ve stitched up Rudolph, he will shine with love that glows. And, you’ll go down in history!

About the Author

Annette Millard began sewing at the age of three, made her first dress at ten and is always happiest with needle, fabric and thread in her hands. Annette feels very privileged to have spent most of her work life in the sewing industry and loves teaching, making her own handmade wardrobe and writing about sewing. She spent over ten years as the newsletter and web site content writer for the Pacific Northwest's largest locally-owned family of fabric stores and is now thrilled to have the opportunity to share her passion for sewing with the Sewing Secrets community. Follow Annette and more of her sewing adventures on her own blog, www.sewfullife.com.

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