This adorable reindeer design is a great way to upcycle two old jumpers – or give some old clothes a new lease of life. Reindeer jumpers also make wonderful Christmas gifts for friends and family.
It’s a relatively easy project, so it’s an ideal make if you’re new to sewing. Read on to find out how to make your own reindeer jumper at home.
The same tutorial can be used for other animal– motif jumpers, such as a polar bear, penguin, or even a cat or dog to wear all year round.
Looking for more festive patterns to sew? Try making this adorable reindeer pattern designed by Lucy Ward.
You Will Need
- Jumpers (2)
- Black stranded cotton
- Sequin trim
- Embroidery hoop
- Merino wool
- Felting needle and mat
- Circle cookie cutter
- Matching thread
- Basic sewing kit
Joining the jumpers
Take your two jumpers and decide which one will be the top and which one will be the bottom piece. Calculate where you would like the seam to be and then mark a line across the width of the jumper.
Cut the jumper 1cm (3⁄8in) below the line and repeat for the other jumper to cut the bottom piece, this time cutting 1cm (3⁄8in) above the marked line. Be careful when handling the cut jumper pieces as knitted fabric will unravel easily. Try not to stretch the cut edges or pull at any loose threads as this could create a ladder in the fabric.
Turn both jumper pieces inside out. With wrong sides (WS) facing, pin the cut edges together and then sew in place. Finish the seam using an overlocker or zigzag stitch on your sewing machine.
Embroidering the ears
Place the jumper right side (RS) out on your work surface and draw the placement and shape for the ears with tailor’s chalk.
Attach an embroidery hoop to the drawn shape.
Thread your needle with two strands of black stranded cotton and neatly embroider the chalk line in a small satin stitch.
Repeat to embroider the other ear.
Embroidering the eyes
Mark and draw the eyes with tailor’s chalk on the bottom part of the jumper.
Using an embroidery hoop, embroider the eyes with two strands of black stranded cotton with a satin stitch.
Adding the nose
The nose is created with needle felting. To do this, first place a felting mat inside the jumper, slightly underneath the eyes, in the centre of the bottom part of the jumper.
Place the circle cookie cutter in the centre of the mat on top of the jumper. Peel off a tuft of fibres from the merino wool and place them inside the cookie cutter.
With a felting needle, start punching the wool into the jumper. Punch the wool until it is all attached to the jumper and the circle cookie cutter is filled.
Stitching the antlers
Pin sequin trim onto the jumper by inserting the pin through the hole of one of the sequins and into the jumper.
Pin three pieces of trim on each side of the top of the jumper to create the antlers.
When you’re happy with the placement of the antlers, stitch the trim into place by hand to secure.
You’ve finished! Now you’re all set for your next festive gathering.