A soft wonderful weasel, great gift and fuun to make!
I've made a whole bunch of those, and named them after my neighbor's. 3 were already sold on Etsy, and this is my latest addition.
I used beautiful wool felt, which I love, but it was 12.50$ a piece (I used about a third of it for this) if you want to make this cheaper, you can use acrylic felt or a blend which will make this a "practically cost nothing" project.
Please only use this to make stuff for yourself and for gifts, I'll be really pissed off to see someone else making those weasels on Etsy or other sites.
materials that you need - wool felt, floss in 2 colors, one matching the felt and one not, filling, needle, scissors and some trimming or ribbons.
Also, an image you want to work from, in this case I chose a vintage print of a weasel. You can of course use this tutorial to make other animals.
I just look at the image I'm working from and put it into stitches, but if you don't feel like doing that, you can copy the image with transfer paper or draw it with a white crayon on the felt.
Separate the embroidery floss and use only 2 threads, to get a nice thin line
Using back stitch, stitch the outline of the weasel:
I used French knot for the inside of the eye:
Now, split another floss into just one thread to do the fine details. I used it to make the fur, if you are doing a furry animal, try to match the direction of the stitches to the directions of the real fur in the image, it'll make your weasel look more realistic.
use straight stitch for the fur, to get a more loose feel:
Then do the same on the tail.
Split the embroidery floss of the same color as the felt and use 2 threads thick to attach the 2 sides of the tail using a blanket stitch:
Because this doll is small, stuffing it once it's done would be really hard, so, just put the stuffing in as you go along.