Abby Glassenberg, author of the new book Stuffed Animals: from Concept to Construction and the blogger behind While She Naps, designed this charming tutorial using our Flannel Foxes and Sketch! Read on for full instructions to make this cute & cuddly creation. What a perfect gift for the little ones as the chilly Fall weather sets in!
Fat quarter of Mini Foxes Flannel
Fat quarter of Fox Flannel
Fat quarter of Sketch Flannel in Coffee
56″ of 3/8″-wide decorative ribbon in white
Wool-blend felt scraps in brown, orange, white, and black
Perle cotton in white, 24″
Poly-Fil stuffing, 1 oz
Fox Template (Turn off “page scaling” or “fit to page” in your print dialog box to ensure that the templates print at actual size. Or, make sure “page scaling” is set to 100%.)
Small scissors for cutting the felt shapes
Disappearing fabric pen or chalk
Stuffing tool such as a chopstick
To make the felt fox:
Download Fox Template and print using the instructions noted in the materials list above. From brown felt, cut one back, one head, one right ear and one left ear. From white felt, cut one tail tip, one belly, one left eye and one right eye. From black felt, cut one nose, one left leg, one right leg and two eyes. From orange felt cut one body.
Use a glue stick to baste the felt pieces in place before stitching. Choose coordinating thread to stitch each part and make very small, neat stitches.
Whipstitch a black circle eye to the white left and right eyes where indicated, then whipstitch the white eyes to the head. Whipstitch the ears to the top of the head. Embroider the white lines on the fox’s head with several long straight stitches made with a length of white Perle cotton.
Whipstitch the belly to the body, then whipstitch the feet onto the belly (note that the feet extend off the body slightly).
Place the head on the body so that the head overlaps the body by 1/8 inch. Whipstitch the head to the body at the neck. Whipstitch the nose in place.
Place the tail tip on the tail and whipstitch in place along the dotted lines. Embroider the white lines on the fox’s tail with several long straight stitches made with a length of white Perle cotton.
Position the tail on the body as marked and whipstitch in place.
Place the front of the fox’s body on the back and whip stitch them together around the entire outline, changing colors as needed to coordinate with the body colors. Pause to push small bits of stuffing into the tail, head, and body before closing the body up.
To make the blankie:
From the Sketch flannel cut one 6-inch x 4-inch piece for the pocket and one 6-inch x 12-inch strip for the center stripe of the blanket. From Mini Foxes flannel cut one 5-inch x 12-inch strip for the left side of the front of the blanket, and one 6.5-inch x 12-inch strip for the right side of the front of the blanket. From Fox flannel cut one 12.5-inch x 15.5-inch rectangle for the back of the blanket. Cut 14 4-inch lengths of white 3/8 inch ribbon.
Fold the top edge of the pocket piece down 1/4 inch toward the wrong side. Press. Fold down another 1/4 inch toward the wrong side and press again. Stitch across the top of the pocket. Align the pocket with the bottom edge of the brown strip and baste in place.
To piece the skinny Mini Foxes strip to the left side of the brown strip place it on the brown strip, right sides together, and stitch along the edge using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Note that the left edge of the pocket will also be stitched in this seam. Press the seam allowance to one side.
To piece the wide Mini Foxes strip to the right side of the brown strip place it on the brown strip, right sides together, and stitch along the edge using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Note that the right edge of the pocket will also be stitched in this seam. Press the seam allowance to one side. Remove the basting stitches from the pocket.
Fold each 4-inch length of white ribbon in half. Make a mark with a disappearing fabric marker or chalk every three inches all the way around the front of the blanket. Place a length of ribbon at each mark so that the raw edges of the ribbon are aligned with the raw edge of the fabric. Pin each ribbon in place so that the head of the pin extends off of the edge of the fabric.
Place the back of the blanket on the front, right sides together. Pin. Begin stitching 2 1/2 inches in from one side and stitch all the way around the blanket, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Finish stitching on the same side where you began, leaving a 1 1/2 inch opening. Clip the seam allowances a the corners to reduce bulk, then turn the blanket right side out through the opening.
Fold the raw edges at the opening inward a 1/4 inch and press. Press the entire blankie. Topstitch around the blankie close to the edge, closing up the opening in the process.
Slip the fox into the pocket and enjoy your cuddly new friend and blankie!
About Abby Glassenberg
Abby Glassenberg creates unique patterns for stuffed animals from her home studio in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Since 2005 she has shared her creations and her ideas on design, technique and the online culture of craft through her blog, While She Naps. Abby has a master’s degree in education from Harvard and taught middle school social studies in Mississippi and Massachusetts before becoming a textile artist and the mother of three girls. Today she enjoys teaching people to sew and opening their eyes to the joy of designing their own stuffed animals.
Abby’s new book, Stuffed Animals: From Concept to Construction, has just been published by Lark Crafts. Her first book, The Artful Bird: Feathered Friends To Make and Sew, was an ALA Booklist top ten craft book of 2011. Abby has also licensed toy designs to Simplicity.