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Made by Me Monday – Fabric Deer Head (pattern review)

2013 December 3

I had so much fun making this week’s project last night. And if you follow on Instagram you got a sneak peek! I’ve been wanting to make a Christmas project for a few weeks now – so what better way to start December than to make a Rudolph? I admit, it’s a bit creepy if you think about it – having Rudolph’s head on our wall… but if you don’t think too much it’s ok!

I ran into Elisa’s (Charming Doodle) Deer head tutorial and knew I would have to give it a try. The instructions are really simple – and it is a lot easier to make than I expected. I love Elisa’s flowered version, but knew it would not stay on my wall long if I gave it a try. My husband and I co-make our decor decisions and it would not have made the cut! Thankfully I found some stashed fabric that is perfect, and still gives the same effect. (I think it was destined for a tote bag and there is still some left!) The fabric is burlap-ish with a brown velvet floral design printed on it. If I remember correctly it was an end that I picked up for $2 or $3 in the ends bin at Fabricland.

The antlers are gold dupioni silk. Ridiculous you say? Yes, maybe – but it was the perfect colour! I bought the silk in a hurry a few years (and a lot of sewing experience) ago and made a disastrous shirt project. It’s still sitting in my sewing pile upstairs! Meanwhile I used a few scraps to make these antlers and they match so well. I love the texture the irregularities in the silk gives to the antlers.

Amazingly, I only did two things differently than the original tutorial (hee hee!). When I turned the antlers right side out the first time I did not clip my curves. Because the silk has almost no stretch the tight corners in the antlers were puckered, so I had to turn them wrong side out again and clip my curves.  Other than that the instructions are great and very easy to understand. I was a tad fooled by their simplicity, though. Simple does not mean quick for this tutorial! For example, I didn’t realize that the direction, “Turn the deer head right side out and stuff the antlers tightly with fiberfill”, would take me about an hour! The antlers proved to be trickier to fill than I expected – especially since I could not find my chopstick and had to use the end of a pen. The second thing I changed is to make the ears from fabric instead of felt – so I cut them a tad larger and sewed the two (interfaced) pieces together and turned them before sewing them on.

I love how “John” turned out! My husband has named him and I think it fits! He also suggested the faux evergreen wreath around him, which adds lots of character. Now John is ready to greet everyone who comes in our door. And his nose is remove-able so he’s a year-round deer too! If you want to make a tiny deer tree decoration Elisa has posted instructions on how to re-size the pattern – how cute would that be!

What do you think? Are you going to try it or is it too strange or daunting?!

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  1. December 3, 2013

    I LOVE your deer! Those silk antlers are amazing and I love the fabric ears! WOW!
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    • December 3, 2013

      Thanks Elisa. :) I’m so glad you posted the tutorial – it turned out amazing! I had fun this morning checking out some of the other deer on your FB page too. Love the floral fabrics. I can’t believe you actually turned and stuffed the little deer head antlers. My patience is not so great for stuffed items – Love it!

  2. Laura permalink
    December 3, 2013

    Love it! And the choice of fabrics is great, as usual!

  3. Janette permalink
    December 3, 2013

    This is amazing! And the fabric makes it not creepy at all! Very cute!

    • December 4, 2013

      Hey Janette, I’m glad you like it :) It’s the thought of it that makes it weird for me – but I think I’m thinking too much!

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