I made this taxidermy deer head for my son's bedroom with a wilderness theme. I created a stuffed animal head sewing pattern by using one of my son's stuffed deer animals then I uploaded the vectorized design into Cricut Design Space so others can easily create the same DIY plush deer head! I used my Cricut Maker Machine to cut the Deer Head stuffed animal taxidermy pattern and sewed the pieces together to make this Stuffed Deer Head DIY. Keep reading and watch the video tutorial to learn how to make a DIY Stuffed Deer Head Free SVG Cricut!
Gather Supplies. The fastest way to make this project is to access my Cricut Design Space Link. All of the work is done for you so there isn't any worry that your sizing is correct and you avoid the hassle of uploading a bunch of different images. However, I included the SVG in my library if you wish to download the SVG. Follow me in the Cricut Design Space Community so you can easily access all of my FREE Cricut projects!
Log into Cricut Design Space and open my Design Space Project with the Deer Head Template.
Cut all the pieces with your Cricut machine. Set your machine to cut felt for the felt pieces. I set my machine to cut medium fabrics like cotton to cut the canvas drop cloth. I used canvas drop cloth because I have plenty of scrap canvas drop cloth in my fabric bin. You can use whatever fabric you have on hand for the antlers (felt works too).
Sew the antlers first because (in my opinion) these are the most time-consuming. Sew each section of horns then stuff with stuffing. Don't sew the entire antler because stuffing the antler will prove to be difficult. Sew a section, stuff, then sew more, and stuff. Leave the bottom ends open.
Use a wooden dowel to push the stuffing into the horns if you need help stuffing (be careful not to push too hard and open seems).
Carefully stick a wooden dowel in each antler as far as they can go. This will help your antlers stick straight up.
Now it's time to sew the head together. Start with the face and one side of the head and stitch together.
You should have something that looks like this. Sew the other side of the head to the face. Make sure the rough ends are on the same side.
Sew the nose to the bottom of the face and the bottom of the sides of the head (or chin).
Sew the white chest to the bottom of the nose.
Sew the white chest piece to both the sides of the head to finish creating the deer head.
Stuff the deer head with pillow stuffing. I used pillows from Dollar Tree, cut open and used the stuffing inside.
Once the deer head is stuffed, you can add the nose, eyes, and ears. I used Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue to glue the nose, eyes, and ears to the deer head.
Now you can insert the antlers. I used my scissors to open the seam right behind the ear and inserted the antlers.
Remove the stuffing so you can attach the antlers inside the head. I stapled the dowels together with a staple gun, then glued the dowels to a paintstick. I used a glue gun and Aleene's tacky glue on top of that. You might need to cut your paint stick down to about 10 inches so it doesn't stick out of the bottom of the head.
Prepare an 11" x 12" piece of scrap wood to attach your dear head.
Restuff your deer so you can see the best place to attach the back of his head to the wood. Then unstuff the head so you can fit your staple gun inside and staple the back of the head fabric to the wood.
Check the head to make sure it's not drooping and staple higher if need be.
Fold the brown pieces in the front and staple down, then pull the white piece down and staple to the wood.
Glue a small piece of white felt over the staples so you don't see them. I used Aleene's tacky glue.
Now for the finishing touch... add a sawtooth hanger to the back of the wood.