Friday, November 04, 2011

Fennec Fox Face (or sewing tiny felt bits)

I maintain that the word "face" is tied in first place with "pickle bucket" for funniest word in the English language.

For a demonstration of the funniness of the word "face" you can watch the trailer for movie The Good Girl (start at 20 seconds and watch until 30 seconds).  "It's called Cirque du Face, which means circus of the face.  It's all the rage with the Frenchies." Ha!  I love that I have something to say when we see someone covered in ridiculous makeup walking down the street.

Anyway ... fennec fox stuffies.  That's why you're here, right?

To design the face, I started with a sketch.  I tried to pick out the main shapes that make up a fennec fox face.  Then I cut out shapes in colored felt.

Sewing those shapes on is not easy.  You want them to be in exactly the right place, but it's hard to do if you try sewing on one piece at a time.  And, with such tiny bits, using pins to hold down your parts can cause bunching and skewing that would leave your fox looking wonky-eyed.

My tip is to baste the shapes into place with one or two long, loose stitches.  Once you have everything where you want it and you like what you see, you can start sewing everything permanently into place.

Ta da!

p.s. I totally forgot "fingertube".  Looks like I have a three-way tie at the top!
19 Comments (comments are disabled)

Seanna Lea said ...
Fingertube is definitely a funny word. Especially if you write it a lot of times. My inner 12 year old thinks that pianist is a funny word too.
11/4/2011 8:27 AM

DCL said ...
I totally didn't think the word FACE was funny until I met you. When you say it, it's hilarious.
11/4/2011 11:24 AM

DCL said ...
Also, "pickle bucket" should be disqualified from this contest for being TWO words.
11/4/2011 11:27 AM

DCL said ...
(the fox is adorable too).
11/4/2011 11:27 AM

futuregirl replied ...
DCL ... It's great to hear from you! :) You totally fell in my "pickle bucket" trap ... again. ;)
11/16/2011 1:18 AM

Lynne Donovan said ...
fudgesicle, fudgesicle, fudgesicle...

cute fox and GREAT tip!
11/4/2011 11:55 AM

Kelly Black said ...
Love the fox face... great job!
11/4/2011 12:35 PM

LeeAnn said ...
I'm thinking that you should be thinking of the Stampington & Company's Feb 15 deadline for the biannual publication Stuffed. This little guys is so cute! I could sew up a whole forest collection!

11/4/2011 1:05 PM

futuregirl replied ...
LeeAnn ... Thanks for the heads up! Not sure if I would be willing to send him out into the world, but it's something to consider. :)
11/20/2011 4:29 AM

Alexis said ...
I LOVE the movie the Good Girl, in a large part because of that quote! Thanks for the tip!
11/4/2011 2:28 PM

Amanda said ...
Hi Alice I just came across your blog and thought I would say hello. I love using felt for softies faces too and your post is definitely helpful!
11/5/2011 3:05 AM

Kelley said ...
Hi! I just stumbled in from CRAFT, and I love the fox, and I hate making stuffies so all tips are fabulous. And I think fingertube is a giggle worthy word.
11/5/2011 5:57 AM

pam said ...
I don't know where to start!

Cirque du face! That one will be with me the rest of my life. Still giggling over that.

And I love how beautifully you have shared the steps to creating a perfect little face. Basting! THAT would make things a whole lot easier! I tend to have an allergic reaction to basting but in this case I can see it is worth the agony.

Great job so far! Can't wait to follow your journey.
11/5/2011 11:47 AM

vicki said ...
Such a cute fox!1 And thank you for the great free downloads!!
11/6/2011 6:46 AM

ann van gampelaere said ...
oh that little fox is going to be soooo cute!

11/6/2011 11:16 AM

Thea said ...
hahaha. I hadn't heard the term pickle bucket before (I don't get around much).
Cute little fox face!
11/7/2011 4:10 AM

Kavitha said ...
Love everything about your fox. I love the basted version too. :D
11/7/2011 10:09 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Kavitha ... I think of the basted version as "ghost fox."
11/16/2011 1:19 AM
futuregirl replied ...
Kavitha ... D'oh, I thought you were talking about the white fox I made as a prototype. But I just realized it's not even in this post. Ha! There's my attention to detail ...
11/16/2011 1:20 AM