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Holiday Deer Napkin

It has again been a month since I have posted!  Sometimes I feel as though my life is just FULL of good intentions that have a hard time becoming reality — this blog is no exception.

But to cut to the chase, I have a new tutorial!  The Holiday Deer Napkin …

Around my home I have started working on projects for the holidays.  This was today’s!

I chose the “deer” design in an attempt to have a Thanksgiving & Christmas relevant napkin.   We will try to pass it as a buck, it is hunting season after all, during Thanksgiving and as a reindeer during the Christmas season.

If you want to make your own set, you will need to get your hands on some cloth napkins.  I happened to find mine at Target on sale ($1.75 per set of 4) a few months back!  They measure roughly 18in x 18in and I find them a great size!

You will also need some fabric for your deer appliques, beads, embroidery floss, no-sew iron on adhesive, needle and thread, a sewing machine (optional), a computer & printer (to print the pattern for the applique), and an iron.

I started off by washing, drying, ironing, and folding all my napkins so I could determine accurate placement of the deer.  If you want to fold you napkins like I did here is how …

Notice I made a point to hide the Room Essentials tag on the inside fold.

I then traced 12 deer profiles (I am making 12 napkins total) onto a no-sew iron-on adhesive.

Here is the pattern for the deer applique ( it is in the form of a word document):

Holiday Deer Napkin – Applique Pattern

Make sure when tracing your deer profiles you trace the mirror image!

Following the instructions for your no-sew iron-on adhesive, attach the adhesive to your fabric.

And then cut all your deer profiles out!

Again, following the directions for your you n0-sew iron-on adhesive, remove the paper backings from you deer profiles/appliques and iron them on to your napkins.

(On my first napkin, I centered the deer applique on the napkin.  But I realized it may be best to off-center the applique slightly left to account for the antlers that are added later.)

With my sewing machine set to–what I consider–standard top stitch settings…

I sewed a top stitch around the deer applique with grey thread.

You could also get a similar look embroidering a straight stitch around the applique, but using the machine was a time saving maneuver.

Next, I set out my beads and embroidery floss to get an idea of how to lay out the remaining embellishments.  And I took a picture! Once all the beads fall off the napkin and you have to sew them on, it is hard to mentally recall the visual!

And then I sewed on the antlers …

… alternating beads and straight stitch.

As you can see I used ordinary thread, and not embroidery floss, for the antlers.

Lastly, embroider the body design and nose on the deer using 3 strands of embroidery floss.

I used multiple straight stitches to create the nose.

And a split stitch to create the body design.  I copied the design from the book Doodle Stitching.

That’s it! One holiday napkin created!

I am playing with the idea of creating the body embroidery in grey and red as well…

What do you think?

(If you have any feedback or questions please let me know!  If you make some napkins yourself I would LOVE to see what you come up with!)


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