Virginia at Gingercake recently asked me if I'd like to try out her re-released Max the Owl pattern which now includes Philomena the Fox! I knew this was my opportunity to contribute to the fox fad!
Disclosure: I was provided this pattern and fabric for free in exchange for my honest review. As always, all opinions in this post are my own.
For my version of Philomena Fox, I decided to print the pattern out at 50% of its original size to make a mini-pillow. Like me, my children love things in miniature, plus I knew I had enough of this Anna Griffin Maisie by Maude Asbury fabric left over from another project to make a tiny version.
First, I cut out the front and back pillow pieces using the Ma Maisie Stitch Grape, the face and pocket pieces in Ma Maisie Pearl Watermelon, and the eyes and nose in Ma Maisie Clover Grape.
I just love the colors used in this line of Anna Griffin fabric. All three colorways are so bright and cheerful and make me want Spring to be here right now!
Instead of cutting out two more main pieces to make a lining, I decided to use some light weight Pellon 44F Fusible Apparel Interfacing to give the fabric a little more structure. I also used Heat-n-Bond Lite to secure the face, eyes, and nose in place before stitching.
The pattern has simple and clear instructions and lots of tips on how to play around with the construction of the pattern to make it a unique item. Plus, since the pattern has just been re-released, it now includes instructions for making both Max the Owl and Philomena the Fox!
For my mini-pillow, I found some tiny vintage baby ric rac in my trim drawer and sewed it to the edges of the face. I love the little extra detail and texture that the ric rac adds.
And instead of sewing buttons on top of the eye pieces, I used the print from the fabric as the iris and highlighted the piece by zigzag stitching around it multiple times.
I chose to add the pocket to the back because I thought it could be used for two different things:
1. to put cute little notes in it for my son and daughter as a game of "what does the fox say?"
2. to use it as a tooth fairy pillow (my daughter is now old enough to start loosing teeth)
I also thought about just keeping it for myself and using it as a pin cushion to match another project that I recently finished. Here's a sneak peak of it. But as you can tell, I already made a pin cushion (actually 2) to use with that yet to be blogged about project!
So, if you are looking for a fun, fast (took me only an hour to make this cute mini-pillow), well-written project, then I highly recommend you try out the Gingercake Max the Owl and Philomena Fox pdf sewing pattern.
Have fun sewing!