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It’s the most wonderful time of the year.. to figure out gifts (if you haven’t already)! Real Talk: Gifting is very stressful for me. I always want to please the person on the other end. I might like it, but will they? Is it practical? Is it useful? What will their reaction be? You could say social anxiety is a big part of my life. Well, this time around I’m telling myself – it’s the thought that counts! And isn’t that the truth? I am always appreciative of a gift, no matter what it is! Because it tells me that I was thought of, and that they cared enough to pick something out for me.
This year, like most years, I’m making 80% of gifts to give away. Christmas just came way too early this year for me, and unfortunately my two hands can’t mass produce as quickly as I’d like them to, so I had to think of something small and simple. For one of my gifts, I came up with an adorable little reindeer that I can put goodies and treats in! I think he’s super cute and functional!
If you have a few hours you can surely whip one up and put in some goodies! Candy, nail polish, chapsticks/lip balms, hand sanitizers, lotions, small toys, etc!
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Worsted weight yarn in the following colors: brown, tan, white, and red
small amount of poly-fil
(2) 6mm safety eyes
The pouch will be made first then all the little parts will be made before assembly.
Pouch – Use H hook and brown yarn
Row 1: Magic circle, chain 2 and make 10 HDC in the circle. Slip stitch to first HDC
Row 2: Chain 2, 2 HDC in each stitch around, slip stitch into first HDC
Row 3: Chain 2, *1 HDC in first stitch, 2 HDC in second stitch, repeat from * until you get to the last stitch in the round, slip stitch to first HDC
Row 4 -17: Chain 2, 1 HDC in each stitch around, slip stitch to first HDC
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Nose – Use G hook and red yarn
Row 1: Magic circle, chain 1, and make 8 SC inside circle and slip stitch to first SC
Row 2: Chain 1, SC into next two stitches, 2 HDC into next two stitches, SC in next two stitches, 2 HDC in next 2 stitches, slip stitch to first SC. Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.
Eyes – Use G hook and white yarn
Row 1: Magic circle, chain 1, and make 10 SC in magic circle, slip stitch to first SC
Row 2: Chain 1, *1 SC, 2 SC, repeat from * until you reach the end of the round. Slip stitch into first SC, fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.
Make two eyes.
Ears – Use G hook and brown yarn
Row 1: Magic circle, chain 1, and make 4 SC in the circle. Slip stitch to first SC
Row 2: Chain 1, 2 SC in first stitch, 1 SC in second, repeat around. Slip stitch to first SC.
Row 3: Chain 1, 2 SC in first stitch, 1 SC in next two stitches, repeat around. Slip stitch to first SC.
Row 4 – 6: Chain 1, 1 SC in each stitch around. Slip stitch to first SC.
Fasten off, and leave long tail for sewing.
Make two ears.
Antlers – Use G hook and tan yarn
These antlers are made up of two parts, there is a long piece as well as a shorter piece that will be sewn on to the larger piece. Make two long pieces and make two short pieces.
Row 1: Magic circle, chain 1, and 8 SC into the circle. Slip stitch to first SC.
Row 2 – 11: Chain 1, 1 SC in each around, slip stitch to first SC.
Fasten off, and leave long tail for sewing.
Row 1: Magic circle, chain 1, and 6 SC in the circle. Slip stitch to first SC.
Row 2 – 5: Chain 1, 1 SC in each stitch around. Slip stitch to first SC.
Fasten off, and leave tail for sewing.
Stuff each antler (small and large piece with a small amount of poly-fil (or cotton balls or scrap yarn, what ever you have available). Sew the smaller piece onto the larger piece (about 3 rows down from the tip of the larger piece).
Sew the antlers onto the pouch 1 row down from the top.
Sew on the ears, leaving 1 row between the antlers and ears.
Take your 6mm safety eyes and place them in the center of the white crocheted eye. Attach eyes between rows 5&8 (counting from the top of the pouch down).
Skip a row down from the eyes, and sew on the nose.
Using brown, white, and tan, cut a 22″ piece of yarn of each color and braid. Knot at each end, leave a few inches after the knot at one end so you are able to thread it through a needle.
Weave back and forth through the HDCs at the top of the pouch. Once you’ve done that, you can cut the ends evenly. Pull tight to close the pouch.
What do you think?! What will you put in your pouch? Would love to hear from you!