The Little Felt Buck (Male Deer) is a sewing pattern for a felt male deer, also known as a buck. The finished buck is approximately 16 cm (6 1/4″) tall from the tips of its antlers to its hooves and 14 cm (5 1/2″) long from its nose end to its tail. Its mighty antlers are approximately 6 cm (2 1/2″) wide and 3.5 cm (1 1/2″) high.
This buck is designed to match the Little Felt Doe & Fawn, whose sewing patterns are also available from my online shop. You may purchase the Little Felt Buck sewing pattern and the Little Felt Deer (Doe & Fawn) sewing patterns separately, but there is also a more economical deer family set that includes all of them together.
While the construction of the Little Felt Buck is similar in many ways to that of the Little Felt Doe & Fawn, there is one big difference: the antlers. Did you know that deer antlers are considered the fastest-growing mammal bone? Apparently they can grow as much as 2.5 cm (1″) a day! And after all that growth, they are shed annually at the end of each breeding season!
As you can see in the above diagram, a deer buck evolves in shape and size as it ages. I based my Little Felt Buck on the one around 4.5 years of age. Its body is already massive but its back and belly are not yet sagging, and its legs appear proportionally long to the body size. Its antlers are not as large as those of an older buck, but they are already quite impressive.
Since the Little Felt Buck is a mature male deer, it can also be referred to as a stag!
For more information on deer in general, or the white-tailed deer in particular, please visit my blog page on the Little Felt Deer (Doe & Fawn).
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