The holidays are everyone’s favorite season to craft and create handmade items. For the occasion, I wanted to create my very first “Cut and Sew” Project with adorable Christmas animals that can be used as dolls and/or ornaments.
Each animal measures approximately 8 inches or more. I create two collections, each including a fox, a raccoon, a bunny and a bear. One is inspired by winter flora, with a more modern and elegant look that both children and parents will fall in love with. The second bring classic Christmas details for a true Holiday feel.
Please visit my Spoonflower page to order the fabric. They are designed to fit two animals per fat quarter. Choose the pair(s) you prefer and order your fat quarters in the fabric of your choice. I recommend the Petal Signature Cotton (very easy to work with, doesn’t fray), or the Eco Canvas (heavier fabric but more importantly eco-friendly).
This DIY cut and sew project is accessible to beginner and only requires basic sewing skills.
List of materials:
- Fat Quarter of the fabric of your choice (Click here to Spoonflower shop)
- Fabric Scissors
- Sewing Machine
Let’s get started…
Step 1: Cut your front and back animal shapes. If you are making a bunny, you will also need to cut the four ear pieces and follow the Steps 1 through 5 to make both ears, then get back to Step 2 to sew the bunny.
Step 2: Place front and back pieces against each other with the right sides facing in. For the bunny, after the ears are made and stuffed, baste them between the bunny’s body.
Step 3: Sew the two animal shapes together, leaving a 2-inch opening on one side. For the ears, leave the bottom open.
Step 4: Cut the fabric edges with pinking shears to prevent fraying (especially if using the Eco Canvas fabric), and notch a few corner to allow the fabric to curve better.
Step 5: Turn your animal (or ears) right side out and stuff it through the opening. You may use a stuffing tool or a pointy (but not sharp) tool to push the fiberfill into corners. Stuff until the animals has a nice shape and no more wrinkles.
Step 6: Sew the opening closed with a ladder stitch.
Your Christmas animal is ready! It can be used as decoration in your Christmas tree, wreath, table, etc. or used as a toy.
I hope you had fun with this Cut and Sew project and will make more!
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