Party Fox Softie
Be sly as a fox with the Kid Giddy Fox and Doll shapes, which are interchangeable for more design possibilities.
Theme: Quilting & Patchwork
|Fat 1/4||Dark orange print||Cut (2) back head pieces |
Cut (1) forehead piece
Cut (4) body, arm and leg pieces
Cut (2) ears
Cut (2) tails
|Fat 1/8||White print||Cut (2) cheek pieces |
Cut (2) ears
|3" x 4"||Mint print||Cut (2) party hats|
|Scraps||Wool blend felt||Cut (4) pairs of balloons|
|1 package||Polyester fiberfill|
|1||Washable glue with fine tip|
- Finished Size: 8 1/4" x 15 1/8" x 4 1/2"
- All seam allowances are 1/4" unless noted.
- Fat 1/8 = approximately 9" x 22"
- Fat 1/4 = approximately 18" x 21"
Piecing the Project:
- Lay desired fabrics (matching stretch direction Fig. 15) onto the Party Fox die and roll through the machine - except for the tail. (All arms, legs, back of head, forehead, cheek and body pieces need to stretch sideways, not lengthwise.)
- Sew a small piece of the lighter color fabric (approx. 2" x 2") for the tip of the tail to the Fox-colored fabric (approx. 2" x 6") right sides together. Press seam allowance to darker color, lay front and back tail pieces onto the Party Fox die (matching seam edges) and roll through the machine (see Fig. 1). Topstitch the darker side of seam if desired.
- Sew the tail (Fig. 1) and ears (Fig. 2) by placing two like pieces of each right sides together, sewing from one end around to the other end and leaving the flat edges open for turning. Be sure to lock the stitch at the beginning and the end to prevent it from coming undone while turning.
- Notch all outward curves and clip inward curves (Fig. 2). Be careful not to cut the seams.
- Using turning tools, turn all of these pieces right side out (do not stuff) and set aside.
- Cut out the paw sets and place them on the curved ends of the fox arms, leaving room for seam allowance (Fig. 3). Glue baste these pieces to prevent shifting while sewing a topstitch. (Tip: Place the felt "accessories" on the right side of the fabric using washable glue and lightly press with an iron. If you are using felt or other materials for the accessory pieces, glue pieces right side up to the right side of fabric, flip the entire piece over and press on the wrong side that is only cotton to prevent scorching or other issues.)
- Sew the paw pieces in place (Fig. 3). (Tip: If your machine offers an eyelet stitch or circle, this works great on the three tiny circles.)
- Place two arm pieces right sides together (one with the paw and one without) and sew along the edge all the way around, locking in the stitches at the beginning and end. Repeat for the other arm (Fig. 3).
- Notch all outward curves and clip inward curves (Fig. 3). Be careful not to cut the seams.
- Repeat steps 6 through 9 for the legs.
- Turn all arms and legs right side out using a turning tube set and gently stuff them to desired firmness and set aside.
- Sew both back head pieces right sides together from the top to the bottom along the edge without the notches (Fig. 4).
- Place a side cheek piece right side up and place the center head piece right side down, lining up the edges. Sew the face seam together (Fig. 5a).
- Open these two pieces (Fig. 5b) and sew the other side cheek piece to the opposite side of the center piece (Fig. 5c).
- Fold the face in half right sides together and sew the bottom center of the neck together from the two cheek ends up to the nose (Fig. 5d).
- There will be a tiny hole in the tip of the nose that needs to be closed. Flatten the underneath of the nose seam and sew straight across the nose tip (Fig. 6).
- Flip over the face of the fox and pin the raw edge of the ears along the top raw edge of the face. Place the ears centered to each forehead seam (Fig. 7).
- Pin the front face of the fox to the back head piece, right sides together, by lining up the corners for the neck, the notches on the sides of the head and the center of the forehead to the back center seam (Fig. 8).
- Sew the fox head from one corner of the neck, up and around the head, to the other corner, leaving the bottom open to attach to the body. Lock in your stitches for turning and stuffing (Fig. 8).
- Clip and notch (as shown in Fig. 3) around the fox head and face accordingly and turn right side out.
- Pin and sew the arms to the sides of the neck on the head (Fig. 9 inset). This will make it easier to attach the head to the body. (Tip: If you turn the head right side out and have the face right side up, place the arms so the paws are visible.)
- Pin the tail in place on one of the body pieces, approx. 1 3/4" up from the bottom (Fig. 10) on the edge without notches. (Tip: It may be helpful to use a safety pin and pin the tail together to keep it out of the way while sewing the body.)
- Place the other back body piece right side down on top and sew the back spine together (edge without notches) about 1" down from the top and 2" from the bottom up, leaving a 1 3/4" opening in the center for turning and stuffing (Fig. 11).
- Place the other two body pieces right sides together and sew the edge without notches from the top to the bottom. This is the center belly seam (Fig. 11).
- Place the front and back body pieces right sides together and sew both sides 2" to 3" from the top to the center of the sides (Fig. 12). Leave the neck open, as well as the lower half of the body.
- Insert the head/arms into the body so the face is upright, as is the belly (Fig. 12).
- Line up all neckline seams on the head to the neckline seams on the body, baste stitch and then sew all the way around. Push the head and arms through the neck to create room for the legs (Fig. 13).
- Insert the legs into the body from the bottom. The only way they will fit is to stick the toes out through the opening in the back. (Tip: The legs curve inward. Place the body so the front is facing up and place the legs so they crisscross each other and curve across to the opposite side (Fig. 13). If you added paws to the legs also, they should be facing down).
- Pin the legs along the raw edge of the bottom, approx. 3/4" away from the center seams (Fig. 13).
- Pin the front and back of the body together, lining up the bottom center seam.
- Sew from one side where the seam ends down around the bottom to the other side. The only opening should be in the back.
- Clip all inward curves and notch all outward curves (see Fig. 3 for example).
- Gently stuff the nose first, the head and then the body.
- Once the Fox is sufficiently stuffed, close the back with a ladder stitch.
- Use embroidery floss knots for eyes.
- To make the reversible party hat, cut out two hat pieces.
- Add a star to the hat, by following steps 6 and 7 for glue basting and topstitching. (Add a small piece of elastic to the hat as shown in Fig. 14a as desired.)
- Place two hat pieces right sides together and sew the curved seam on the bottom (Fig. 14b).
- Open the two pieces and fold them in half lengthwise. Sew from the top down 1/2" to 3/4". Leave an opening and then sew the remaining edge (Fig. 14c) (Tip: The half on top with the opening should be the fabric you prefer to see less often.)
- Fold the bottom half up behind the top half and sew only the 1/2" to 3/4" seam at the top (Fig. 14d), which will keep the tip of the hat together when reversing.
- Turn the hat right side out through the small opening and try to flatten the bulky seam in the back.
- Sew the opening closed with a ladder stitch (Fig. 14e) and topstitch the bottom edge (Fig. 14f).
- Reverse the hat so the star is outward.
- To make balloons, topstitch two balloons together, leaving the very bottom of the balloon open (Fig. 14g). Stick a piece of flexible wire into the balloon and group three or five together. Sew a piece of ribbon between the two balloon pieces so it hangs out of the bottom of the balloon for a mobile or greeting card.
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