SEWING - Fox Plush
Years ago I bought a burnt-orange, wool sweater from a thrift store. I loved it and I wore it through most of college. That is, I wore it until I accidentally tossed it in the dryer and it shrunk. I still tried to squeeze into it though. Something about that rust color spoke to me and I could not bring myself to throw it out. It ended up hanging in my closet, waiting. One day I had an idea. I wanted to make a plush fox out of the felted wool. I had another sweater in my don't-wear pile, it was off-white and cabled and would be perfect for the fox's tummy. With this plan for my old sweaters, I tossed them in my WIP stash and they hung out there for a few years. That is typical for my projects that are "great ideas" but I have no clue what to do next and I would rather work on another project.
This last summer I felt motivated and went for it. I tried sketching a few shapes for the fox, but in the end I found a free template online. I followed the tutorial making a few modifications of my own. First modification, I converted the front side template to be one solid piece. No separate pieces for the head, body and tail, thank you. Second modification, I did not stitch the little white lines. I just didn't want to. Third modification, I continued the white section on the tail onto the back so that it continues all the way around the tail. That would be it. I do not necessarily think my modifications make it better, they just make the fox my style and what I had imagined.
I love my fox. I have only a few stuffed animals that I keep for myself and this is one.
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!