How to make… fox and raccoon felties
■ 7 x 9" tan and orange felt (one in each color) ■ Small scraps of white, red, and brown felt ■ Black and white embroidery floss ■ Embroidery needle ■ Soft toy stuffing ■ Matching threads
Our woodland creatures are utterly adorable. Raccoons and foxes are notoriously clever – so they’ll no doubt go on mischievous adventures together. They’re perfect as a gift for your sweetheart or to show your bestie you care. Plus there’s no hemming involved, as they’re made with super-simple felt. Use a sewing machine or stitch by hand. 01 Cut out all the templates on page 88. Stitch the tails onto their bodies – make sure you leave a
1 /5" space between the bottom of the tail and the bottom of the body. Do this for both woodland creatures.
Tails… and heads
02 Starting with your fox’s tail, stitch the tip of the tail with a straight stitch. Position both sides of the face with the bottom points touching closely, creating a heart shape. Once you have them both in the right position, pin and stitch. Join the face pieces at the nose with a few small stitches.
03 Moving on to your raccoon – arrange the tail pieces 1–4 as shown on the template, and stitch. Position his bandit mask pieces so they’re touching at the center of his face. Make sure you join them at the nose with some small stitches. Stitch the white nosepiece in the center, slightly lower than the eye pieces.
04 With three strands of white embroidery floss, make three
stitches in an arrow shape on the center of each ear – the center stitch should be a bit taller. Do this for both the raccoon and fox.
05 Find the center of your critter’s chest. Make a five-point arrow shape: a longer center stitch, with the stitches getting smaller as they fan out. Repeat for both critters. 06 With four strands of black embroidery floss, stitch a small triangle joining the face pieces at the bottom of your fox’s face (this is her nose). On your raccoon, make one long, vertical stitch down the center of the snout, then a small rectangle at the top, creating a “T” shape. 07 Find Foxy’s eye position, and make a small stitch where you’d like the center of the eye. Using four strands of black embroidery floss, make a small circle around that center stitch using a split stitch. When your eye shape is complete, fill in with straight stitch. Repeat on the fox’s other eye and on your raccoon. 08 Here’s where your plushies come to life. Using three strands of white floss, embroider a very small “X” on the top right side of each eye on both animals. What woodland critter doesn’t need a twinkle in their eye?
09 Cut a piece of 7 x 4½" in matching felt, and pin your animal in the center, with plenty of room all the way around. Starting at the left lower side of the tail, leaving
an allowance of 1 /16", machine or hand sew around the shape, stopping at the other end of the tail. Leave a 2" opening. 10 Carefully trim off the back excess fabric. You want it flush with the front fabric. Take your time, leaving the bottom uncut about 2½" away from the opening on both sides. You’ll trim this part after you stitch the opening closed. 11 Roll four small bits of soft toy stuffing about the size of a small berry. Carefully push into each ear using a chopstick, pencil, or knitting needle. Continue to stuff both your animals firmly. 12 Hand-stitch your woodland friends closed with a small straight stitch. Trim off the extra fabric so that it’s flush.
Making the heart
Use the template to cut your 13 heart from red felt and handstitch it to another piece of felt in the same way as you made the fox and raccoon. Use four strands of white floss, starting at the bottomright side. Stop when you have a ½" space left. Cut out the shape. Keep the thread uncut, and stuff your heart firmly. Stitch closed and trim off the excess.
14 Want to add an extra touch? Embroider an initial on your heart for your special someone! Use a fabric pen to write a letter on your heart. Take four strands of embroidery floss and use a split stitch from one end to the other.