Download these cute Santa and Elf patterns for free and sew these fun little stand up pillow dolls! They are perfect for holiday display and imaginative play.
Besides fabric and floss to stitch the patterns, you'll also need stuffing, white felt, enough extra fabric for the backing of each figure and a couple handfuls of dry rice, beans or synthetic beanbag pellets.
First, embroider each design. Leave about 2 inches of extra fabric around the edges. I stitched mine using the Split Stitch and Stem Stitch on the outlines and Back Stitches, Scallop Stitches and Satin Stitches on the interior details.
If you'd like to use my favorite Christmas candy color palette, here are my favorite floss colors from DMC:
red 321, pink 3716, green 702, light green 907, aqua 3811, light aqua 747, brown 436, dark brown 3031, peach 950.
Download the free Santa and Elves embroidery pattern right here.
Or you can find it in the Free Downloads Vault.
When you're done embroidering, cut out each figure leaving an inch all around the edge and making the bottom flat. Cut another piece of fabric the same shape for the back and pin the fabric pieces together front sides facing. Now sew them together around the edge, leaving the bottom open as well as a 2 inch hole on one side.
Cut a piece of white felt for the bottom. You'll need an oval shape about 2x2 1/2 inches for Santa and 2x3 inches for the two elves. Spread the bottom of the figure open into an oval shape, then pin and sew the base piece in place.
Trim and notch the edges (or use pinking shears) then turn each figure right side out.
Using a funnel, fill the bottom 1 inch with about 1/4 cup of dry beans or rice (I find lentils are perfect) and then firmly stuff the rest of the figure. Stitch up the side hole using the Hidden Stitch.
Now stand up your cuties and have fun with them! Mine live on my mantle during the Holidays in a candy land forest with my felt gingerbread house.
These patterns are from my book, The Christmas Collection Transfer Pack, it's one of my favorites! It's full of so many fun holiday patterns for all your crafty project needs.