I decided on a fox because well, they're cute. My husband is really much better at making cute animal things, so I had a little help with the face shape.
After I had some help on the face and head, I created a little body. I used my french curve to get the shape just right. I like the idea of the body being the same size as the head.
I decided on orange fleece for the main part of the fox and a grey sweatshirt material for the back to make it extra cuddly.
To make it extra cute, I cut out a heart shaped nose out of scrap denim I had lying around. And of course it needed a heart belly, which helped me use up some fabric from the Textile Discount Outlet. (This project is great for using up old scraps of fabric that we all have taking up space!)
After I had all the components cut out, I used hot glue to secure them. Which honestly, I'm not sure was the best idea. Be careful if you attempt this to only glue in the centers of the pieces you're attaching, because it's kind of hard/ impossible to get a needle through dried glue.
Then I blanket stitched all around the attached pieces. Because of the glue, it was kind of difficult in parts to create a even looking blanket stitch, but we'll just say it's okay because then it looks more handmade!
Another close up of the sewn on pieces. On the felt pieces, I just did a wide running stitch. For most of the hand sewing, I used silamide, which is great because it doesn't tangle. You can find it at Leonard Adler.
After this I attached the front piece to the back piece and began a blanket stitch around the whole thing, leaving a hole at the bottom to stuff with polyfil. After it was sufficiently stuffed, I closed the hole with the rest of the blanket stitch.
And there you have it! A completely adorable stuffed fox. Hopefully my nephew will love it as much as I loved making it for him.