This is one of those ideas that I happened to find on Pinterest, and I couldn't rest until I'd made one myself. It's true. I'm compulsive when it comes to crafting. This felt dress up fox is originally from Sierra's beautiful blog, and I think it might be one of the most darling ideas I've ever seen.
If you're like me, you have about a hundred special little girls in your life who would adore this. The younger ones might not appreciate it quite yet, but I have a feeling it would be a treasured piece that they could grow into. I mean... I like it so much I'm tempted to make one for Liam. (Shawn says no.)
Looking at Sierra's original photos, I freehanded the fox, cut it out of felt, sewed the tiny eyes and nose with needle and thread, and then sewed the entire thing onto a linen-like fabric with my sewing machine. The top left image is of Miss Fox in her underwear... that's how she starts out each time. The clothes can all be mixed and matched, then stored in the pocket underneath her. I cut the clothes out of fabric scraps I already had, and I sewed them onto felt backing. That way, when they're placed on the fox - even if she's upright - they stay on. I also made one headband, and if I'd had more time, I could've made shoes, hats, and bags to carry. I'd also love to make a bear, a deer, and maybe even a girl. The possibilities! The entire thing is wrapped and glued to a 10" x 20" canvas. Next time I'd be sure to create one in a more standard size, probably 11" x 14" so that I could fit it into a standard frame.
And with that, I feel like I've spoiled my future birthday and Christmas gifts for lots of little girls in my life. I plan on making several more. Too adorable (and fun) not to!