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Free Felt Reindeer Ornament or Softie Pattern

Sew up this felt reindeer ornament for the holidays - it is a great beginner sewing pattern that you can do all by hand!

I’m joing in with the Sew a Softie for Christmas  crew, led by Trixi from Coloured Buttons. Trixi is always inspiring people to learn how to sew and posting fun softie stuff – last spring I sewed my free sheep softie along with Sew A Softie Day as well!

This go around, I’m sharing a cute little leaping reindeer. I sewed it as an ornament, as this tutorial is also written, but it would be an adorable applique or blown up into a  bigger softie as well. The pom pom nose is just irresistible, and you could add additional embroidery on the body if you were so inclined. I’m thinking of making a few in white and letting my kids color them, to gift!


Little hands would be perfect to get around those curves, this pattern is entirely sewn by hand. A running or back stitch would work easily, as well, for younger sewists. Trixi has a fun e-book about teaching kids how to sew, I reviewed it in this post.

Maybe you could sew a whole herd of them, dancing up your tree? They would make a cute garland, too! If you’re ready to make your own, keep reading.


  • 1 sheet of wool blend tan felt
  • 1 red pom pom
  • Coordinating embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Pattern
  • Pattern tracing method – I used freezer paper!
  • Small amount of stuffing
  • Hemostats* or other stuffing tool like a chopstick



1- Cut out two body pieces. I use freezer paper – you can see more detail pictures of using it in this post, but you iron the shiny side down and then cut around.


2- Start stitching around the edge – I used a blanket stitch but a running stitch would work just fine. Pause in between sections and insert a small amount of stuffing before continuing to stitch. Finish stitching all the way around.


3- Sew your pom pom nose on, and then loop a small length of floss through and knot to form a hanger!

I think it took longer to write this blog post than it did to sew the reindeer, this is a fun and easy diy ornament! Be sure to check out all the other softies shared this weeek, over at Sew a Softie for Christmas.

Sew up this felt reindeer ornament for the holidays - it is a great beginner sewing pattern that you can do all by hand!

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  1. Love your reindeer with his pom pom nose! I’ve finally got myself some freezer paper and will be trying it out soon!! Thanks for being part of the Sew a Softie crew 🙂

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