Free Christmas Pattern – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Ornament

free felt reindeer stocking pattern from Shiny Happy World

Deby at So Sew Easy has designed a cute felt tree especially for toddlers (nothing breakable!) and asked me and a bunch of other bloggers to design some fun felt ornaments for the felt tree.

You know I love working with felt and designing things for kids – so that was an easy yes! 🙂

I love Christmas tree ornaments that also hold gifts! This mini stocking is about 6 inches tall – perfect for holding a gift card, some candy, a small toy, some jewelry, or any other little gift. Fun! It’s easy to make too! It’s all hand-sewing, so it’s perfect for toting around with you to stitch a little bit at a time. And the whole thing uses just one easy stitch – whipstitch. Ready to make it?

What you’ll need. . .

  • 1/2 sheet wool-blend felt for the stocking. I used Babbling Brook green from my shop.
  • scraps of wool felt for the reindeer. I used Tahitian Sunset for the face and ears, Cobblestone for the antlers, and Barnyard Red for the nose.
  • embroidery thread to match the felt (I used DMC thread in 502, 3858, 3032, 816, plus black #310 for the eyes and mouth – also available in my shop)
  • freezer paper (optional, but recommended)
  • small bit of baker’s twine or other yarn for the hanging loop

Instructions

Download the pattern here. Print or trace the pieces onto freezer paper. Fuse them to your felt and cut out the pieces. Leave a little extra seam allowance wherever the line is dotted (the base of the ears and antlers). That extra bit will tuck under other pieces for a neat finish.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Ornament - a free mini felt stocking ornament pattern from Shiny Happy World

Arrange the reindeer pieces on one stocking piece. The antlers and the ears should tuck behind the head just a bit.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Ornament - a free mini felt stocking ornament pattern from Shiny Happy World

Whipstitch the antlers and ears in place with 2 strands of matching thread. (Here’s a video showing how.)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Ornament - a free mini felt stocking ornament pattern from Shiny Happy World

Whipstitch the face and nose in place with 2 strands of matching thread. Using 4 strands of black thread, embroider the eyes and backstitch the mouth.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Ornament - a free mini felt stocking ornament pattern from Shiny Happy World

Add the second stocking piece and whipstitch the two layers together all the way around the edge. leaving the top open for gifts.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Ornament - a free mini felt stocking ornament pattern from Shiny Happy World

Use the baker’s twine to make a hanging loop in one corner. Done!

Like all Shiny Happy World designs – you’re welcome to sell items you make with my patterns, but please don’t sell or distribute the patterns themselves.

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Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi
That's me!

7 COMMENTS

  1. This is absolutely adorable. You’ve captured him perfectly. There’s nothing that says Christmas more than red noses – Santa or his reindeers. Thank you so much for taking part in the Christmas sewing series.

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  3. Linda SAYS...

    So cute, going to make a few as gifts for Christmas

  4. Tricia SAYS...

    I love him! I just made my first one. This is an enjoyable project to stitch, thank you so much!