Hello again my friends!! It's Karrie here from Freckled Whimsy and I am so excited to show you this tutorial!! The weather is beginning to cool down, fall is approaching and that always makes me think of deer in the woods.
When I saw this Reindeer Bigz Die I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. Mostly because it was so cute but also because it's a project that has very minimal waste!! I don't know about you, but I like to use up as much of my fabric as I can! This project does exactly that.
Let's start playing, shall we?
To begin, you will need fabrics that will contrast with each other. I used solids, but you most certainly could use prints as well. You just want to make sure you can see those adorable deer!
I chose to use 9 different solids in fat eighths. From these fabrics, or your stash, you need to cut 24 squares that measure 5.5" x 5.5". You will also need to cut 8 squares of the same size from an adhesive material like Heat N Bond Lite. I chose to use the lightweight so I can sew through it. You can use whatever you are used to. Just double check the packaging and use what will suit your needs.
Pick 8 of your 24 squares and using the manufactures instructions, adhere the adhesive squares to the wrong side of each piece. Don't peel off the paper backing yet!!!!
Time to run these through the Big Shot!! Lay down a cutting pad, the Reindeer Bigz Die blade side facing up, a 5.5" x 5.5" square with adhesive right side up and centered, and then another cutting pad. Now run it through the Big Shot machine. The result is two pieces. The Reindeer and it's negative image in the square.
With the remaining 16 uncut squares, lay them out in a 4 x 4 grid.
Begin placing the reindeer cut outs in every other uncut square. Then, taking the negative space squares, place them in the remaining empty spots. Once you have them arranged as you like, begin with one unit at a time. Remove the paper backing from the adhesive and again following the manufacturers instructions, adhere the pieces to the uncut squares.
It is important to make sure you place these as every other due to bulk with the squares using the negative spaced pieces. This will help even out the thicknesses so it won't look bulky in some spots.
Now sew each of the squares into rows and press to the pieces with just the Reindeer die cut. Then sew the rows together. Press very well. These seams are a bit thick so they need to be pressed well to keep them manageable.
All you have to do now is layer a backing piece, batting and the pillow top and quilt as desired. Cut two pieces for the back of the pillow measuring 20.5" x 16.5". Then you can follow my same instructions from my previous pillow tutorial if you need help making an envelope enclosure for the back.
Other Supplies Used:
- 24 squares of fabric that are 5.5" x 5.5"
- 8 squares of Heat n Bond Lite that are 5.5" x 5.5"
- 2 backing pieces 20.5" x 16.5"