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Sizzix Tutorial | Foxy-Loxy Pillow by Hilary Kanwischer

Hey everyone, it's Hilary here today with a fun, quick and seriously sweet stitchery today.  How adorable are foxes?  Those little critters are found everywhere today it seems, from baby nurseries, to home decor, to scrapbooking supplies and everything in between.  My daughter even has a love for those furry red animals.  Well did you know that Sizzix has a Fox die? Yup, and I couldn't get to him fast enough.  For my project today, I created a little appliqué pillow using the Fox Sizzix Bigz die by Lynda Kanase, and my daughter has already claimed it for her room. I hope you enjoy!

Sizzix Tutorial | Foxy-Loxy Pillow by Hilary Kanwischer

This adorable pillow measures about 7 x 7 so it's the perfect size to display on child's bed or even in a crib.  I coffee-stained muslin and used some black check fabrics which I think works very well with the felted fox.

Sizzix Tutorial | Foxy-Loxy Pillow by Hilary Kanwischer

I applique'd the fox using coordinating DMC floss.

Sizzix Tutorial | Foxy-Loxy Pillow by Hilary Kanwischer

Stitching both a blanket stitch and a straight stitch.

Sizzix Tutorial | Foxy-Loxy Pillow by Hilary Kanwischer

The side of the pillow, shows the black check fabrics and the solid black fabric that I used for the back.

So let me show you how easy it is to create a pillow like this for yourself.

Sizzix Tutorial | Foxy-Loxy Pillow by Hilary Kanwischer

To get started first die cut your fox from orange, white and black felt.  Your cutting sandwich is as follows:

Cutting Pad, die, (cutting blades up), felt on top of the die, and finally another Cutting Pad on top.  Run this sandwich through your Big shot.

Sizzix Tutorial | Foxy-Loxy Pillow by Hilary Kanwischer

Once you have your pieces cut out, lay them in the configuration you like.

Sizzix Tutorial | Foxy-Loxy Pillow by Hilary Kanwischer

Next, using an iron-on adhesive, (such as Heat 'n Bond, by Therm O Web), which is great for appliquéing, die cut the pieces as well from the Fox Sizzix Bigz die.

Sizzix Tutorial | Foxy-Loxy Pillow by Hilary Kanwischer

Then using your iron, and following manufacturers directions, adhere the iron-on adhesive to the backs of the felt pieces.

Sizzix Tutorial | Foxy-Loxy Pillow by Hilary Kanwischer

Then pull the paper off the backs of the felt pieces and lay them down onto your muslin, and press the pieces together using your iron.  Again, follow the directions on the package of Heat 'n Bond.

Sizzix Tutorial | Foxy-Loxy Pillow by Hilary Kanwischer

When you have your main pieces adhered, cut a piece of quilters batting, lay it underneath the muslin, then put the piece into a hoop ring, and blanket stitch around the pieces using coordinating floss.

Sizzix Tutorial | Foxy-Loxy Pillow by Hilary Kanwischer

Once all your pieces are sewed onto the muslin, take it out of the hoop and press flat.  Trim the muslin to about a 6 1/4" square, (that was the measurement of mine).  Then it's time to cut your side strips.  I used the Strips, 1 1/2" Wide Bigz XL 25" die, to cut my strips.  If you use this die, you will need the Bigz XL 25" Cutting Pads that are made for these extra long dies.  The cutting sandwich for the strip die is the same as the sandwich described above. Once you have your strips cut, pin the side pieces on first, then using a 1/4" seam allowance, stitch the black check fabric to the muslin/batting square.  Continue with the opposite side, then press the sides open using your iron.

Sizzix Tutorial | Foxy-Loxy Pillow by Hilary Kanwischer

Then cut 2 more strips for the bottom, pin and sew, then press open with your iron.  Next you will want to cut a backing for your pillow.  I used a solid black fabric, and since my pillow front is small enough, I simply traced the pillow onto the black fabric and cut it out.  It will be a perfect fit.  Then you want to pin the backing to your piece, pinning RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER.  Sorry for the all-caps but really wanted to stress that.  When pinned, stitch using your sewing machine around the border, using the same 1/4" seam allowance, and being sure to leave an opening in the bottom for turning.

Sizzix Tutorial | Foxy-Loxy Pillow by Hilary Kanwischer

Flip the pillow right side out, and press the sides flat.

Sizzix Tutorial | Foxy-Loxy Pillow by Hilary Kanwischer

Stuff your pillow through the opening using a good poly-fiberfill, to the desired loft.

Sizzix Tutorial | Foxy-Loxy Pillow by Hilary Kanwischer

Then hand sew the bottom closed.

Sizzix Tutorial | Foxy-Loxy Pillow by Hilary Kanwischer

Finally, instead of sewing the eyes and nose on, since they are so teeny, I decided to use a fabric bond glue.  A small dab is all you need to adhere the little black felted pieces.

Sizzix Tutorial | Foxy-Loxy Pillow by Hilary Kanwischer

Your pillow is finished!  How sweet huh?  I adore this little Fox die, and this pillow is a favorite of my daughter's now.  I may have to make another for myself.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial today, and I hope this inspires you to create one of your own.

Hilary Kanwischer

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Other Supplies Used:

  • Wool felt in orange, white and black
  • assorted black fabrics
  • muslin
  • poly fiberfill
  • natural quilters batting
  • Fabri Tac glue
  • DMC floss in coordinating colors
  • sewing needle / black thread
  • iron
  • heat 'n bond, (Therm O Web)
  • sewing hoop

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