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Easy Plaid Deer Pillow + Rustic Vignette

Well Hello City Farmhouse Friends!

It’s me, Emily from The Wicker House and I wanted to stop by today and share this cute and easy deer pillow that I made for our home this holiday season.

I know that this pillow has been done lots of times already by so many other bloggers, but I think it’s really fun and festive, therefore I wanted to make one of my own.  It fits into our home office so perfectly with the rest of the rustic holiday decor I’ve got going on in here.

To make the pillow, I first picked up this fleece dog blanket at Target in their dollar section. It turned out to be the perfect fit to cover a large throw pillow.

 Well actually, before I picked up the fleece blanket, I first bought a half of yard of this ‘mountain lodge’ red and black buffalo check fabric from Craft warehouse.  I bought the fabric months ago knowing I wanted to use red and black in my holiday decorating. Since then I have seen this pattern everywhere! I’m guessing I’m not going to be the only one using it this Christmas.

So the first step was to print out a deer stencil.  I found this one online. It took 3 tries to get the size just right, I found out I needed to crop the picture into four sections and print them out separately.

I cut out the silhouette and taped the pieces all together.

I used clear tape to attach the stencil onto my fabric. This is a new trick I came up with and it work incredibly well at holding everything in place while I cut out the silhouette.

Once I had my deer cut out on the fabric, I pinned Stitch Witchery to the back of it, cut it out, and then ironed it onto the center of the fleece blanket. Taking a needle and black thread I quickly stitched around the deer to give it a finished look.

 The last step was to fold the blanket around my throw pillow. I pulled the top sides in and sew them together.

 By leaving the under sides open, it creates pockets where I can remove the cover if needed.

This is what the backside looks like:

 I’m so pleased with how my pillow turned out.

 It mixes in so well with all of my other plaid pillows.

 I’m working on finishing up this room, and sharing it and the rest of my holiday decorating soon.

So be sure to stop by my blog for more to come.

Thank you, Jen for having me over today.

Like always, it’s been fun!


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  1. Not too long ago I bought a deer head/antlers stencil for just this purpose. Haven’t used it yet but plan to over weekend if not sooner. Want to make at least 2 or 3 new seasonal pillow covers for holidays, flannel or fleece will feel really nice. i have a light tan fleece throw in sewing room can use for one pillow cover anyway. Been wanting to get some plaid fabric for couple other, put some kind of image on both of them.
    Your deer pillow and others are perfect, love the checked fabric you used for deer. Altho so many have this kind of pillow want to make one for my house. Will be fun to have I think. All your plaid pillows look so cozy on your sofa. When I finish this comment need to go raid my fabric stash, see what I have.
    If i didn’t have the stencil would have been wishing you’d shared your deer head with us.
    Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  2. i just found your site and I love it!!! I am excited to see how you decorate for Christmas 2016

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