12 Tags of Christmas, Essentials Challenge

12 Tags of Christmas Day Twelve – ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ with Ellen Hutson!

Welcome to the final day of 12 Tags of Christmas 2022! Thank you so much for following along with one of our favorite events of the year. We hope you were inspired by the fun and festive tags shared by our fabulously creative design team!

We’re so happy to be closing out the event with a little help from the one and only Ellen Hutson. Ellen was inspired by our new Sew Cute Deer die set and the jingle “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”. She’s here on the blog today to show us how she created her tag!

For more information on the 12 Tags of Christmas Challenge, click HERE.

A DIY Felt Christmas tag will do double duty – not only is it an adorable gift tag, but the recipient can then hang it on their tree each year! The Sew Cute Deer makes a very cute Rudolph to celebrate the holiday season!

There are many ways to add personality to the Sew Cute Deer! Try one or more of the following:

  • Add decorative stitching to personalize and create different personalities.
  • Create antlers that are “bendy”.
  • Create two toned ears, nose, or other facial characteristics. Simply cut the main shape out of paper and then draw pattern lines directly on your cut-out.
  • Instead of the included nose or eyes use items that will add personality or character to this adorable character such as the red felt ball used OR googly eyes.

If you aren’t a fan of stitching on the facial elements the perfect glue for felt is Fabric Fuse! The Sew Cute Deer does come with a separate die for adding holes that make stitching Sew Easy

Felt was from the Bear Cozy kit, but you could easily find colors that you like just as well.

To create Rudolph’s antlers two sets of antlers must be cut out. Cut a long wire that extends past the end of the antler that will be inserted into the interior of the cavity. Then add short lengths of the floral wire to form each tine of the antler. Glue the wire to one side and allow to dry, then add additional glue to adhere second layer of felt, enclosing the wire.

Add decorative stitching to the face and eyeballs before gluing additional felt pieces to the face. Add stitching to the ear cutouts to shape them before adhering and stitching in place. Attach the antlers to the back layer with glue as shown.,

Begin by putting your knot inside the two pieces of felt and stitch one direction as shown. Start stitching at the top as shown because it makes stuffing the ears far easier! Turn around and stitch back to completely fill the line of stitching. Don’t forget to insert a loop in the center of the deer on the way back across to easily be able to add other tag elements later.

Before continuing to stitch the lower portion of the head stuff the ears with polyster batting or something of that sort. I like using my tweezers to easily poke the filling up into the tops of the ears. As you can see the back or interior of the face felt piece isn’t pretty but it doesn’t matter since everything is hidden inside! Continue to stitch down on either side of the face until you reach the white nose area. Stitch AND glue the red felt nose in place – we don’t want Rudolph losing his bright red nose – haha!

Complete by stuffing the remainder of the interior of the head filling it enough to give it a nice puffy look, but not too much that stitching becomes difficult to complete. Complete stitching the remainder of the lower portion and you have not only a cute tag, but an adorable ornament!

I truly hope that each and everyone of you has an amazing holiday season – all the greetings to each of you! Merry Christmas from my team and family! I feel SO very fortunate to have my huge “family” together this year at Christmas time! I know we will eat too much and enjoy hours of laughter and story sharing. My heart is with each of you who do not have this good fortune – the holidays can be lonely for many. My hope is that you can find time to enjoy a creative outlet – I know that creating this cutie was so fun (and stressful since I was past my deadline yet again). Love to each and every one of you!



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  • Reply tsurutadesigns1 December 12, 2022 at 6:14 am

    YAY Ellen, this is so FUN!!!!

  • Reply Denise Bryant December 12, 2022 at 2:26 pm

    Love this cute Rudolph! Adorable ornament or tag!

  • Reply Andre M. December 16, 2022 at 5:37 pm

    The felt reindeer is darling, love that it does double duty!

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