This contributor post is written by Susi of Lilla Luise
This is Susi from Lilla Luise again and today I want to show you how to make a Rudolph Reindeer bag – perfect last-minute gift or a very special gift wrapping 😉
– fabric for the outside ( a fancy placemat works well for this)
– fabric for the lining
– interfacing if necessary
– felt for Rudolph
– 2 black beads for the eyes
1. Start by cutting 2 rectangles of fabric from your outer fabric (in my case that was the glitter linen from the placemat), measuring 10.25″ x 8.5″. Cut out a 1″ square on the left and right side of the bottom of both pieces. We do that so we can box the corners later!
If your outer fabric is very thin you might want to interface it. I used heavy linen from a placemat so this step wasnt necessary for my bag.
3. Using your template cut out the following from felt or fabric:
– Rudolph´s head
– jumper ( I used a pieced quilt block and some fur)
First of all place your jumper fabric on top of the right side of one outside bag panel. Sew all the way around the jumper edges. Optionally stitch on a fur collar. Using your template place the antlers and ears onto the bag front piece and secure by stitching around the edges of your felt pieces. Place the head-piece on top and stitch around it. Last, stitch on the nose.
Pick out some black beads and stitch on the eyes by hand.
Repeat for the lining but don’t fully sew the bottom seam – leave a 3″ opening in the middle of the bottom seam for turning the bag right side out later.
5. For boxing the corners, align the corner edges on each corner and sew a seam across.
Repeat for the lining.
6. To make the strap take a 5″ strip of fabric in the desired length. With your hot iron press the strip in half lengthwise. Unfold again and press the edge towards the middle crease on both sides. Fold together and press again. Topstitch on both long edges. Set aside.
7. Turn the bag outside right side out and the bag lining right side in. Push the bag outside into the lining and match up the side seams. Sandwich your strap between the side seams of exterior bag piece and lining piece. Sew all the way around the top edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
8. Iron the top edge of the bag and topstitch.