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How to make Reggie Reindeer WITHOUT button joints!

Posted underA day in my lifeBlogToy-making TIPS & TUTORIALS on2013-11-14 01:20:09

I think button-jointed toys are pretty cool as they can move their limbs and pose in different positions, BUT I know that some people don’t like making button-jointed toys so I’ve put together a quick photo tutorial to show you how easy it is to make Reggie without his joints! (If you like button-jointed toys too, you can check out my button-jointing tutorial here!)


you can make him WITHOUT joints

and the pattern is EXACTLY THE SAME!

HOW cool is that?

Reggie Reindeer sewing pattern


if you HAVE bought the
Reggie Reindeer Pattern already


* IF you HAVEN’T got the pattern, you can purchase it here ~>
Reggie Reindeer INSTANT DOWNLOAD Sewing Pattern.

Right. Let’s give it a go!!!


You will make the arms and legs for Reggie Reindeer EXACTLY as you would for the button-jointed version.

* Unfortunately, I didn’t have the fake fur for Reggie’s boots when I did this tutorial so I just left the FUR PIECE out and sewed theΒ  LEG PIECES to the BOOT PIECES. This made the legs about half an inch shorter, BUT he didn’t seem to mind? πŸ™‚

Reindeer arms and legs

The pattern instructions will tell you to stuff the arms and legs and sew the stuffing openings closed…


Well, don’t do it NOW. You will do this AFTER the reindeer is all sewn together!


Mark up the TUMMY PIECES with some pattern markings so you can see where to attach the arms and legs. This is so simple – all you need is a ruler and a fabric/permanent marker pen. Using this photo to guide you, draw the markings on the wrong side of the fabric.

  • Make 2 markings for the arms on each side – 1 inch (2.5cm) and 2 inches (5cm) down from the top edge.
  • Make 2 markings for the legs on each TUMMY PIECE – 1 inch in from the side and 1 inch in from the center.

Mark up the tummy pieces


Pin the tops of the arms to the TUMMY PIECES, between the 2 markings you drew. Make sure that the top of the arms stick out a little bit past the edge of the TUMMY PIECES. This will make sure that the arms are caught nicely in the seam as you sew.

Pin arms to tummy


Place the BODY PIECES on top of the TUMMY PIECES. Pin and sew them together with the arms in between.

reggie arm arrows


Sew the EAR, FACE and NECK PIECES together EXACTLY as you would for the button-jointed version. Here you can see Reggie’s head and body are all done, he’s waiting for some legs and a BASE PIECE, then he’s done!

Sew neck to body


TIP – Push the arms back inside the body. I push the hooves right up inside his head (it’s ok he is very flexible!)

Pin the tops of the legs to the TUMMY PIECES, between the pattern markings you drew, on each side. Make sure that the top of the legs stick out a little bit past the edge of the TUMMY PIECES , just like you did with the arms. Use the photo below to guide you – I LOVE this pic, it looks as if Reggie is sitting with his legs crossed!

* I have used bright green to highlight where the top of the arms are poking out past the edge of the TUMMY PIECES.

Pin legs to tummy


Push the legs inside the body so you can pin the BASE PIECE to the TUMMY and BACK PIECES with the legs inside them all.

* Again the bright green highlighted areas are the tops of the arms AND legs poking past the edges of the pieces.

Arms and legs - high-lighted


Pin the BASE PIECE to the TUMMY and BACK PIECES. Sew this in place just like you would for the button-jointed Reggie BUT with the legs in between.

Pin base to tummy and back pieces


Stuff Reggie’s body, arms and legs nice and FIRMLY then sew up all the stuffing openings with a ladder stitch.Β  Finish Reggie just like you would do with the button-jointed version… add his red nose and antlers, and a scarf if he’s COLD!

Woohoo! Let’s go play in the SNOW!!!!!!!!

Sew up arms and legs of reindeer

Your Reggie Reindeer

is ready to LOVE!!!!!


Please let me know which way you’d like to make him – buttoned or unbuttoned? Haha!!! πŸ˜€

Pauline McArthur - Funky Friends Factory. .

Till next time…

Happy Sewing,



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  1. Hi Pauline.
    I’m loving Reggie reindeer without the button joints. Is it possible to make calico bear in the same way do you think?

    Comment by Karen smith on November 15, 2013 at 7:23 am

  2. Thanks Karen… you should be able to, but you will need to work out exactly where to place the arms and legs like I did with Reggie so the arms and legs look nice, and the teddy can sit too! πŸ˜€

    Comment by Pauline on November 15, 2013 at 8:59 pm

  3. Thanks for the tutorial. I had your pattern for ages but was too scared of the button joints. I made it for my sister’s baby and she loves it! πŸ™‚

    Comment by Belinda on November 25, 2013 at 10:33 pm

  4. It’s a pleasure Belinda, nice to know you made him after all this time. It’s also safer for the baby without buttons!!! πŸ˜€

    Comment by Pauline - Funky Friends Factory on November 27, 2013 at 2:51 pm

  5. That’s so clever – I am going to try Reggie this way this Chrismas!

    Comment by Rita on December 4, 2013 at 8:04 am

  6. Thanks Pauline, I’m going to try it this way now for baby’s first Christmas toy!

    Comment by Tracy on December 4, 2013 at 6:58 pm

  7. Thanks Rita and Tracy – don’t forget to come and post a pic of your finished reindeer toys on my Facebook page!

    Comment by Pauline - Funky Friends Factory on December 5, 2013 at 11:39 pm

  8. I like your reindeer pattern both ways. I have to have the pattern now even though it’s not nearly Christmas!

    Comment by Paige on May 28, 2014 at 2:35 pm

  9. THANKS Paige! πŸ˜€ You’ll have lots of time to sew your reindeer toy/toys in time for Christmas!:)

    Comment by Pauline on May 28, 2014 at 8:44 pm

  10. Cool, just got the pattern, looks like fun!

    Comment by Dulcie on September 15, 2014 at 3:29 am

  11. thanks for share!

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  12. That’s so clever!

    Comment by Sarah on November 28, 2014 at 6:35 am

  13. I find button joints a pain so tihs option is great. Thank you:D

    Comment by Leonore on February 20, 2015 at 3:55 pm

  14. Glad I did this tutorial then, Leonore!!! ;D

    Comment by Pauline on February 21, 2015 at 2:08 am

  15. Your reindeer sewing pattern is so cute! I think it looks great with or with out button joints! πŸ˜€

    Comment by Hannah on May 17, 2015 at 12:21 am

  16. Thanks Hannah!

    Comment by Pauline on June 4, 2015 at 7:11 pm

  17. I love how you make tutorials so show beginners like me how to sew toys. Your toy patterns are always so easy to follow even for beginners like me your toys always turn out amazing!

    Comment by Billie on July 26, 2015 at 6:17 am

  18. Thank you Billie, the tutorials seem to take me F-O-R-E-V-E-R to make so it’s wonderful for me to know you appreciate them!!!!! πŸ˜€

    Comment by Pauline on July 29, 2015 at 12:18 am

  19. I love your reindeer sewing pattern. It’s been a great hit!

    Comment by Michaela on December 8, 2015 at 1:07 am

  20. Thanks Michaela! πŸ˜€

    Comment by Pauline on December 15, 2015 at 12:33 pm