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Super-Cute Felt Animals
Meet a family of friendly foxes: a mama fox and two baby
fox cubs. I used a bright orange felt for my foxes, but you
could use red felt if you prefer.

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  • Step 1

    Ccut out one head, one
    front body and one back body from orange felt,
    and one tail, one face and two eyes from white
    felt. Cut out two small circles for the pupils and
    an oval for the nose from black felt.

    Cutting out small shapes
    When cutting out very small shapes without a template, start by cutting out a small square of felt then cut out your shape out from the square. To cut small circles, cut into the felt in a spiral motion, turning the felt round slowly as you cut (using your thumb as a pivot) and gradually making the spiral smaller until you get the size of circle you want.

    I often cut two or three versions of a small shape before I get the one I’m happy with. Use leftover scraps of felt from other projects to practice cutting out the shape you want—fiddly jobs like this always get easier with practice!
    If you’re having difficulty cutting your small shapes accurately freehand, try drawing the shape you want onto a piece of paper, cutting it out and then using a piece of clear tape to hold it onto the felt (as above).

  • How to make a fox plushie. Fox And Cubs - Step 2
    Step 2

    Position the head on the front body piece using the back body piece as a guide to ensure the front and back of the fox will line up neatly when sewn together. Whipstitch the head onto the front body using matching orange sewing thread.

    Whipstitch
    To sew two layers of felt together along their
    edges, start stitching between the two layers, so
    the knot is hidden, passing the needle through to
    the front. Sew a stitch that overlaps the edge at a
    slight diagonal angle, passing the needle through
    the felt at the back, and sewing through both
    layers of felt at another slight angle through to the
    front, so the needle comes out a short distance
    along from where you started. Repeat this to sew
    up the whole edge.

  • How to make a fox plushie. Fox And Cubs - Step 3
    Step 3

    Whipstitch the tail and face in place using white sewing thread.

  • How to make a fox plushie. Fox And Cubs - Step 4
    Step 4

    Cut a length of white embroidery floss and separate half the strands (so for six-stranded floss, use three strands). Switch to a larger needle if necessary and backstitch a line inside each of the fox’s ears, then sew a series of small single stitches on the fox’s chest.

    Backstitch
    Start with one straight stitch, then pass the needle through the felt a stitch length away from the end of the stitch, as if you’re starting a second straight stitch. Instead of moving “forward” along the line
    you’re sewing, sew back towards the first stitch and pass the needle through the felt as close to the end of the first stitch as possible, so they form a continuous line. Repeat this, each time starting your stitches a stitch-length away from the previous stitch, and then sewing back to it.

  • How to make a fox plushie. Fox And Cubs - Step 5
    Step 5

    Whipstitch the eyes, pupils and nose to the head using matching
    sewing threads, then backstitch the fox’s smile using black sewing thread.

  • How to make a fox plushie. Fox And Cubs - Step 6
    Step 6

    Sew the front and back body pieces together at the tail using whipstitch in matching sewing threads, starting from where the tail meets the body and sewing down the bottom edge and back up along the top edge. Switch between orange and white sewing
    threads as required and stuff the tail gradually as you sew up the second side.

  • How to make a fox plushie. Fox And Cubs - Step 7
    Step 7

    Whipstitch around the legs using matching orange sewing thread, starting just below the fox’s head. Stuff the legs, then sew along the
    back and around the head, stuffing the fox gradually as you sew and switching to white sewing thread as you sew around the white
    section of the face.

    If liked, sew a line of running stitch flush around the edge of the fox’s head from bottom to top using orange sewing thread to improve the shape. Carefully sew through all the layers of felt and stuffing to pull the layers closer together. Turn the fox over and back again as you sew to ensure the stitching is neat on both
    sides and finish neatly at the back.

  • Step 8

    The Cubs

    Cut out one head, one front body and one back body from orange felt, and one face from white felt. Cut out a small oval for the nose from black felt.

  • How to make a fox plushie. Fox And Cubs - Step 9
    Step 9

    Position the head on the front body piece using the back body piece as a guide to ensure the front and back of the cub will line up neatly when sewn together. Whipstitch the head onto the front body
    using matching orange sewing thread.

  • How to make a fox plushie. Fox And Cubs - Step 10
    Step 10

    Whipstitch the face in place using white sewing thread.

  • How to make a fox plushie. Fox And Cubs - Step 11
    Step 11

    Cut a length of white embroidery floss and separate half the strands (so for six-stranded floss, use three strands). Switch to a larger
    needle if necessary and backstitch a line inside each ear, then sew
    a series of small single stitches onto the cub’s chest and tail.

  • How to make a fox plushie. Fox And Cubs - Step 12
    Step 12

    Whipstitch the nose to the face using black sewing thread. Sew on two black seed beads for the eyes with three or four stitches of
    black sewing thread, then backstitch the cub’s smile.

  • How to make a fox plushie. Fox And Cubs - Step 13
    Step 13

    Backstitch lines onto the cub’s body to mark out its legs, as pictured, using matching orange sewing thread.

  • How to make a fox plushie. Fox And Cubs - Step 14
    Step 14

    Sew the front and back of the cub together using
    whipstitch in matching orange sewing thread, starting by
    sewing around the tail and then stuffing it. Sew up the body and around the head, switching to white sewing thread as necessary
    and then back to orange for the final section.
    Stuff the cub gradually as you sew, until the final gap
    has been sewn up.

  • Step 15

    If liked, sew a line of running stitch around the bottom of
    the cub’s head using matching orange sewing thread, finishing neatly at the back.

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Norma L.
Norma L.
Sorry to be such a nit wit but I can't find this pattern. What am I missing Cry Sad Embarrassed
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