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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

by Helen on November 9, 2012

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Well, it is in my summerhouse anyway!!  I was trying to get some good pictures of my Christmas Garland from SewFlapdoodle on a very grey sort of day and thought I’d add my little reindeer head too.  

Don’t forget .. the draw for my reindeer head kit closes tonight – so you have about 10 hours left to enter if you haven’t already done so.  And I’ll be sending a free SewFlapdoodle Christmas pattern out to all my newsletter readers this weekend – so if you haven’t joined up, and you’d like the pattern – then just complete the form in the right hand sidebar to be added to my list.



Reindeer Kit/Quilt Book Giveaways to enter!

by Helen on November 3, 2012

I haven’t had a giveaway for a long time – and now I am having two at once!!  There is a chance to win a paperback copy of my “Around the Year Quilt Book” featuring Rosie and Bear and also a chance to win a kit to make your very own Reindeer Head – using exactly the same fabrics as I used to make mine.  Here’s what you have to do ……

 To enter the giveaway for a paperback copy of  my book …

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Just pop over to my Facebook Page where you’ll see how to enter.   If you can’t wait to get your hands on a copy, then it’s also available from Amazon and as a download from this site

For a chance to win the Fabric Reindeer Kit - including everything you need to make your reindeer apart from toy stuffing……..

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 Just leave a comment below – and for fun – please tell me what you think his name should be.  For both draws, the winner will be chosen by random selection and yes, I will post worldwide.  Good luck everyone!!

PS I still have one Reindeer kit for sale on Etsy.  And then there won’t be any more as I only had enough vintage fabric to put 3 kits together - and now it’s all gone. Sorry, now sold.

PPS  A couple of people have asked about the pattern – it’s available to purchase as an individual pattern here, or as part of this month’s ezine here Thanks so much for all your lovely comments – I am loving reading all your suggestions!


Christmas Designs – Fabric Deer Head

by Helen on October 11, 2012

Christmas is still some way off I know, but if you’re planning to sew decorations or gifts, then you do have to plan ahead a bit – at least that’s my excuse!  I love the festive season, especially as my birthday is just over a week before Christmas, so it has always been a special time of year for me.  

As well as adapting some of my existing patterns for Christmas (more on that in a future post), I have plenty of new designs for 2012.  In my October e-zine I included my Baby Owls Advent Calendar  as well as the  “I Saw Three Ships” Table Runner.  And now … I am (slightly) proud to present to you:

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My fabric reindeer head mounted on (of course!) an embroidery hoop.  I say “slightly” proud as I had hoped that he would be a noble beast but, like all my softies, he has turned out to be cute and whimsical instead!  He is very cheerful-looking though and I feel sure that he will enhance my Christmas decorating scheme this year, maybe with some tinsel or tiny fairy lights wrapped around his antlers.

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When designing my reindeer I referred – as I always do – to this wonderful book by Rudi de Sarigny published by Mills & Boon in 1971.  My copy was a hand-me-down, but if you’re interested in softie-making and you find a copy then I recommend you snap it up instantly!  It has lots of excellent advice on pattern cutting and technique – and I was delighted to discover in the section on adapting patterns that there is a whole paragraph on changing a horse head into a stag head!  What could be more useful?!!  


I did indeed note the placing of the antlers, ears and eyes.  It’s obvious when you think about it, but when I was trying to visualise my reindeer I couldn’t remember whether it was antlers in front of ears (given that they both had to be inserted in the seam) or the other way around!  But thanks to Rudi I got it right!  

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My reindeer is not at all hard to make if you’ve done any softie making before – his antlers are wired, but that’s all – some firm stuffing ensures that he sits firmly on his embroidery hoop base.   I did think I might try to make a video demonstration to go with the pattern – he is a bit fiddly in places and it’s often easier to show rather than to try and explain.  I need to make another one now to make sure all my pattern pieces really do fit together properly and this would be ideal for demonstrating too.  

Now all he needs is a name!!  I feel a competition for e-zine subscribers coming on ……..  Meanwhile his pattern (hopefully with video tutorial) will be in the November e-zine and available to purchase separately after then.