This is a great project to try out with younger kids, and a handy way to use up your scraps of left over fabric. You can encourage your child to come up with their very own character and help them make it into a DIY pattern, by simply drawing it out on a piece of paper, adding the seam allowances, and cutting it out together.
Otherwise, you can also download our Mr. Fox Pattern below.
For our Mr Fox, we used 1/2 yard of IL019 APRICOT Midweight Linen and a small piece approximately 4″ square of IL019 KRISTA NATURAL Midweight Linen
You can access FS printable PDF pattern by following this link HERE. All seam allowances are included and are 1/4” (6 mm) unless otherwise specified.
Remember to transfer all the notches and markings onto your fabric.
- Fold the bottom end of the tail tip under 1/4″ and press. Place with the wrong side down, on top of the right side of one of the tail pieces. Pin in place.
- Topstitch in place with a backstitch or machine stitch 1/8″ from the edge. You can use the embroidery thread or matching sewing thread.
- Add the tail ‘hairs’ by hand sewing with a basic running stitch in the cream embroidery thread.
- To sew the tail together, place the tail pieces right sides together and sew a 1/4″ seam, leaving the short end open. Use a backstitch or running stitch with small stitches if working by hand, using matching sewing thread. Clip the seam allowances around the curves, making sure to not cut your line of sewing.
- Turn right side out and stuff. Do not close the end.
Begin embroidery on the main body. On the right side of one of the body pieces, use a running stitch and cream embroidery thread to sew on the hairs of the ears and belly. Using a satin stitch, embroider the eyes.
- Sew the body together. place the body pieces right sides together and pin. Sew a 1/4 seam leaving a gap between the notches. Use a backstitch or running stitch with small stitches if working by hand, using matching sewing thread.
- Clip the seam allowances around the curves, making sure to not cut your line of sewing. Turn right side out carefully. Fill with stuffing.
- Embroider the hands and feet with long stitches using the black embroidery thread, beginning in the ditch of the seam. Using a satin stitch, sew the nose, again starting in the seam ditch.
- Place the open end of the tail inside the opening of the body and pin in place, tucking the seam allowance of the body to the inside. Sew through all layers to close the gap using a neat running stitch in one direction, then back in the other direction sewing over the gaps. this will make your stitches look like a backstitch on both sides.