Reindeer Treat Bag

by - December 19, 2016

It's the most wonderful time of the year.. to figure out gifts (if you haven't already)! Real Talk: Gifting is very stressful for me. I always want to please the person on the other end. I might like it, but will they? Is it practical? Is it useful? What will their reaction be? You could say social anxiety is a big part of my life. Well, this time around I'm telling myself - it's the thought that counts! And isn't that the truth? I am always appreciative of a gift, no matter what it is! Because it tells me that I was thought of, and that they cared enough to pick something out for me.






This year, like most years, I'm making 80% of gifts to give away. Christmas just came way too early this year for me, and unfortunately my two hands can't mass produce as quickly as I'd like them to, so I had to think of something small and simple. For one of my gifts, I came up with an adorable little reindeer that I can put goodies and treats in! I think he's super cute and functional!




I know Christmas is this Sunday, but if you have a few hours you can surely whip one up and put in some goodies! Candy, nail polish, chapsticks/lip balms, hand sanitizers, lotions, small toys, etc! 


Here's what you'll need to make this guy:

Worsted weight yarn in the following colors: brown, tan, white, black, and red
H hook
G hook
tapestry needle
scissors
small amount of poly-fil (can also be substituted with cotton balls or yarn scraps)
6mm safety eyes

Instructions:

First, we will start by making the pouch then we will make the features to stitch on at the end.

Pouch - Use H hook and brown yarn
Row 1: Magic circle, chain 2 and make 10 HDC in the circle. Slip stitch to first HDC
Row 2: Chain 2, 2 HDC in each stitch around, slip stitch into first HDC 
Row 3: Chain 2, *1 HDC in first stitch, 2 HDC in second stitch, repeat from * until you get to the last stitch in the round, slip stitch to first HDC 
Row 4 -17: Chain 2, 1 HDC in each stitch around, slip stitch to first HDC
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Nose - Use G hook and red yarn
Row 1: Magic circle, chain 1, and make 8 SC inside circle and slip stitch to first SC
Row 2: Chain 1, SC into next two stitches, 2 HDC into next two stitches, SC in next two stitches, 2 HDC in next 2 stitches, slip stitch to first SC. Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Eyes  - Use G hook and white yarn
Row 1: Magic circle, chain 1, and make 10 SC in magic circle, slip stitch to first SC
Row 2: Chain 1, *1 SC, 2 SC, repeat from * until you reach the end of the round. Slip stitch into first SC, fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.
Make two eyes.

Ears - Use G hook and brown yarn
Row 1: Magic circle, chain 1, and make 4 SC in the circle. Slip stitch to first SC
Row 2: Chain 1, 2 SC in first stitch, 1 SC in second, repeat around. Slip stitch to first SC.
Row 3: Chain 1, 2 SC in first stitch, 1 SC in next two stitches, repeat around. Slip stitch to first SC.
Row 4 - 6: Chain 1, 1 SC in each stitch around. Slip stitch to first SC. 
Fasten off, and leave long tail for sewing.
Make two ears.

Antlers - Use G hook and tan yarn
These antlers are made up of two parts, there is a long piece as well as a shorter piece that will be sewn on to the larger piece. Make two long pieces and make two short pieces.

Longer piece
Row 1: Magic circle, chain 1, and 8 SC into the circle. Slip stitch to first SC.
Row 2 - 11: Chain 1, 1 SC in each around, slip stitch to first SC.
Fasten off, and leave long tail for sewing.

Shorter piece
Row 1: Magic circle, chain 1, and 6 SC in the circle. Slip stitch to first SC.
Row 2 - 5: Chain 1, 1 SC in each stitch around. Slip stitch to first SC.
Fasten off, and leave tail for sewing.

Nowww to assemble! [[By the way, You don't have to wait until the end to assemble. When I made this pouch, I sewed on each piece as I went. It's a personal choice, I find sewing on all the pieces at once a bit tedious.]]




First, you will want to assemble your antlers so they look like..  well, antlers. Stuff each piece with a small amount of poly-fil (or cotton balls or scrap yarn, what ever you have available). Sew the smaller piece onto the larger piece. As you can see, I sewed the little guy about 3 rows down on the longer piece.

Leave the very top row of the pouch free from sewing, sew the antlers one row down.

Skip another row and sew on the ears.

Take your 6mm safety eyes and place them in the center of the crocheted eye. Go ahead and attach them to the pouch. If you're counting from the top of the pouch, I sewed mine between rows 5 and 8. After they are secured, and they look even, sew the eyes onto the pouch.

Skip a row down from the eyes, and sew on the nose.

There, now you have your reindeer face! 



Last but not least, you want to make a draw string for the top of your pouch so you are able to open and close.

Using brown, white, and tan, cut a 22" piece of yarn of each color and braid. Knot at each end, leave a few inches after the knot at one end so you are able to thread it through a needle. 

Weave back and forth through the HDCs at the top of the pouch. Once you've done that, you can cut the ends and pull tight to close the pouch. 


What do you think?! What will you put in your pouch? Would love to hear from you! Comment below!

Don't forget to Pin this little project!

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