Two Christmas Deer Pillow Case Tutorials

Christmas Deer Pillow Case Cover Tutorials at Rae Gun Ramblings #sewing #cricut #vinyl

When the new Cricut Tools Basic Set and a shinny roll of gold glitter iron on vinyl arrived in the mail from Cricut I knew I wanted to make something Christmasy.  I have been loving the wood grain and deer trends going on right now. So after a quick search on Cricut Craft Room to make sure I could find some good deer images I settled on two different Christmas deer pillow case tutorials to share.

Simple Christmas reindeer pillow case tutorials at Rae Gun Ramblings

I’m slowly but surely accumulating more and more pillow cases. I used my simple envelope pillow case tutorial to make a few basic cases since I only had 2 Christmas appropriate ones in my stash. One from the original batch which is a green damask and then my red big bow pillow case. I kind of love the variety of them all together. The other thing is that these are so simple to make that even if I’m not feeling the wood grain or deer thing in a couple years I can retire them without feeling like I invested too much time and energy.

Deer head Christmas pillow case tutorial at Rae Gun Ramblings #craft #cricut #sewing

To make the deer head pillow case you’ll need:

  1. If you’ve never made a pillow case before it’s a GREAT project for those who are just starting to sew. This literally has 3 seams. Yup you just sew 3 straight lines and you’re done. Check out my step by step tutorial here.
  2. Now that you have your pillow case. Cut out your deer head. I used the “deer” image from the Teresa Collins Holiday Silhouettes Cricut collection. I did not bother to invert the image since I didn’t care what direction it faced. Then I placed the vinyl plastic side down and scrape with the square flat Cricut tool (my all time favorite tool, not sure how I survived without one) and cut my image. If you’ve never used vinyl before I wrote up a super detailed picture-full how to use iron-on vinyl tutorial that will help you get started.
  3. Use the tools in the Cricut tool kit to help remove the image. I love the little spatula for this job. And you want to be extra careful with the glitter vinyl since it’s easy to tear it. That’s why I highly recommend using the tools and not just trying to pull it off. If you do tear it you can easily piece it together and the glitter nature of the vinyl should hide the seam as long as you line it up.
  4. Position the vinyl glitter side up on your pillow case and iron down until affixed.
  5. Tie a bow out of your ribbon scrap. Flame the ends to keep it from unraveling  and then stitch onto your deer’s neck.
  6. Stuff a pillow form in and you’re good to go!

Running Reindeer Christmas Pillow Case tutorial at Rae Gun Ramblings #cricut #vinyl #christmas

I’m just going to be honest, this design come about from a mistake. I had only planned to have one reindeer in the center but in my attempt to save on vinyl I used a scrap and then loaded it into my Cricut wrong so it only cut part of the reindeer (there piece of vinyl ended by his butt). But he was so cute I didn’t want to waist him so I cute another piece  and another partial piece. If you want to do it intentionally I have an easier way for you to arrive at the same outcome though.

To make the running reindeer pillow case you’ll need:

  • Fabric for the pillow case
  • Iron on gold glitter vinyl
  1. Make up your pillow case (more directions here).
  2. Cut out TWO deer images. I used the Buck from the ‘Tis the Season Cricut Cartridge but there were a few other deer images I was trying to decide between.
  3. Then cut one of the deer images of them in half.
  4. Position the front half at the bottom right of your pillow case. The full bodied deer at the middle and then the tush left over in the upper left hand corner. Iron down and you’re ready to stuff your pillow form in!

Two easy Christmas pillow case tutorials at Rae Gun Ramblings #cricut #christmas #deer

And if you’re interested in the Tool Set or the Vinyl it looks like everything is on sale over at Cricut and it’s a really good deal. I use this stuff a lot so I know I’ll be stocking up.
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  1. I’ve been wanting to try the glitter iron on vinyl! These all look AMAZING!

  2. These are so cute! I LOVE the glitter! What a fun added touch.

  3. How cow! I am inlove with these pillows! The faux wood is amazing and the glittery deer just completes it! Thanks for sharing!

  4. These are really cute! You’re so creative! Thanks for sharing these!

  5. Wood grain fabric and a glittered deer head! Squeeal!! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later today that links to your tutorial:

  6. Oh my gosh, now I really want a cricut, these are so cute! And I love ironing on!

  7. Love this Marissa – so cute!

  8. I adore this!!! Amazing!!

  9. Love your pillows.. So cute! Thanks for linking up.

  10. Your pillows are adorable! Thanks for sharing your holiday craftiness with us this week on the Monday Funday Party! XO


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