Make a best friend – for you best friend!
Try this easy stuffed animal friend to gift to a friend or add a bit of decoration to your home! Some basic sewing skills are required.
Here is what you will need:
1 yard of red fabric
2 pieces of scrap fabric (they can be the same or different)
Poly-fiber Microfill (stuffing)
Iron and Ironing Board
Needle and Thread
Project Time: in an afternoon
Project Difficulty: Moderate
Project budget: around $15
Draw the fox pattern on to the freezer paper, including the details, and cut it out. (top left) Place the waxy side down, and use the iron to temporarily adhere the pattern to the red fabric. (top right) Cut out around the pattern and remove the paper when done. Be sure to cut two of each (front and back).
Freezer paper is a great tool for crafting. It allows you to draw and cut out ANY shape you want and will temporarily adhere to most mediums. The best part is when the paper is removed, there is no mess or residue left behind!
Cut out the details from the fox pattern and repeat the steps above. (bottom left) Pin the details to the FRONT of the body and tail cut outs. (bottom right)
Sew the tail and body details on the front of each. Treat them like a patch that is sew right onto the fabric.
Take the two tails and with RIGHT sides together (top left) sew around the edge, leaving a half inch seam allowance. (top right) Leave the bottom edge open for stuffing. Turn it right side out.
Here is where it gets a little tricky. Take the body cut out with your patch detail and the tail (turned right side out) and line the tail up to the long edge, the tail detail and the body detail facing each other. Place the other body cut out on of the tail, lined up with it’s counterpart, and pin in place. (bottom left) Sew around the edge using a half inch seam allowance and leaving the bottom edge open for stuffing. Turn right out. (bottom right)
Take your stuffing and fill in the two halves. You can add as much or as little as you want. Once stuffed, use the invisible stitch to hand sew the openings closed. Add the face details with fabric paint and let dry overnight.
I usually don’t make stuffed animals for my friends and family because I know they won’t display them as much as I would. I made everyone different gifts for Valentine’s Day.
What about you? What did you make or get your friend’s or significant others for Valentine’s Day?