I have to admit that when I first found a tutorial to make these adorable fox plush dolls, I wondered if it would be too weird if I made a bunch to just hang out in different spots in our house. They’re just so cute and welcoming.
Unless you look a little too long at their doll eyes. Then they’re just weird. But I digress.
Instead of making them for myself, I decided to whip up a few foxy friends as Valentine’s Day presents for my two boy-o-boys. That’s a good cover, right? I’m making these for the kids.
By the way, I’m pretty sure that if you asked a fox what he really says these days, it wouldn’t be “hatee-hatee-hatee-ho!”** Instead, he’d reply with a sigh and an eye roll by saying, “please, isn’t there another woodland animal that is, like, so on trend now?” Yes, Mr. Fox, I’m sure there is. But I live on the edge of the Earth in Maine where trends arrive a year late thankyouverymuch, so you’re here to stay.
**in case this blog post stands the test of time and in the year 2025 someone is wondering what this “hatee-hatee-ho” business is all about, just Google “what does the fox say video.” If Google even exists then.
Using this well-written and photographed tutorial on A Beautiful Mess, I made these little lovies in less than two hours. I decided to go with a circle belly patch, plus some hearts, making them a bit unique. As for fabric, I opted for some soft red cotton and then comfy jersey material for the snout and hearts. That pretty blue is actually a super soft corduroy. It was just a matter of cutting a few pieces and stitching them together.
I even embellished the back, just a bit. The crooked zig-zag stiching adds some charm, don’t you think!?
Back to the creepy doll eyes for a quick sec. These were easy to find at my local fabric store and were just over a dollar for three sets of eyes. They have a snap/lock mechanism on the back, so you lock them on before you sew the front and back together. Once it’s stuffed, you can’t even tell there are doll eye screws and bolts in there, and then it’s super safe for the littles.
To get the eyes nice and symmetrical, I folded the front piece of fabric in half and cut a small slit through the two layers so that everything lined up nicely. A fox doll with crooked creepy doll eyes would be super weird.
While I’m talking about plush dolls for Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d show you the sweet little Valentine’s Day pillow that my mom made for me when I was une petite fille.
Sweet, right? I’m not sure my boys will hold the same sentimental value in their little fox dolls, but who knows! Even if they don’t keep them forever, I might…
Are you making any Valentine’s Day projects for
yourself your kids or someone special? And are you totally over the fox trend, or still hanging on like me? Even if you’re not into the fox look, I’m betting this tutorial could be super versatile and could be adapted to make a dog, cat or other animal. Hmmm…now I’m thinking the possibilities are endless…