DIY Hand Stamped Fox Pillow

Foxes have always been one of my favorite animals. One of the reasons it was love at first sight when I first saw Krammer curled up at the SPCA was because he reminded me so much of a little fox! That was even my nickname for him. Now that he's gone, whenever I see little fox themed things I think of him! So naturally, I was head over heels for this cute little pillow.

I decided for my version to hand-stamp fabric and use it to make a little pillow case for one we already had, but you could stamp a pre-made pillow case if you don't sew or just would rather. My pillow was a little travel size one and I think it ended up being the perfect size for an "accent pillow."

Supplies // A pillow case, or fabric to make one. Fabric paint (I used Martha Stewart AP craft paint in Acorn) . A home-made stamp

If you've never made a stamp before, it's really not hard! Here's my stamp making tutorial. If you'd like to do the exact same stamp as me, here's my "pattern". You can use tracing paper to transfer it to your lino. I do suggest putting a backing on your stamp just to help keep things clean and a lot easier to handle. I know some people use plain foam for stamping, but I've honestly never had great luck with it.

If you don't want to make your own stamp you could buy a pre-made one or have one made (there's several great stamp makers on etsy). The original pillow is over $100 so even if you had a custom one made you'd still be way cheaper then the original! You just want to make sure your design doesn't have too much detail. I've found that it's a lot harder to get small details to come out when printing on fabric.

Once you have your stamp all ready to go, you can use just a regular paint brush to load your stamp up with paint. I just sort of dab it on real heavy and clean up the edges. Use some scrap fabric to try out your stamp a couple times before you start on your pillow case. Make sure you apply pressure to the whole stamp. I usually press down real hard on the whole thing and then go back and apply pressure to each individual area of the stamp.

I juse eye'd how far to spread each one apart, but if you don't trust yourself, or just want it to be real precise, then you can just take a pencil and ruler and mark how far apart you'd like each one. Make sure to have scrap paper under your fabric or pillow case so you can have "run offs."

For those of you who want to make your own pillow case, this is a great turial and the same type I made.

I kind of love how you can actually tell it's hand-printed. When I took a printing class my teacher always said that it's good to see that something hand-made - it makes it more unique and one of a kind!

I actually made this for my mom who is re-doing one of the bedrooms in their house, but now I am already planning on making a few or our house too! It'd be fun to do different ones with different animals or different colors to make it interesting.

This is part of my INSPIRED BY // ANTHROPOLOGIE series, you can find out more about that here.

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Project Quilt // Progress

I finally got all my triangles cut out! I ended up ordering two fun fabrics from StashFabric to add some print to the monochromatic theme. And I couldn't resist the gold foxes! I had been thinking I wanted to do one really fun color to break up all the black,white, and grey and didn't know what until I came across it and just couldn't say no. After I got everything cut out I layed out my plan for the quilt on the floor. I did everything in "random" order but I'm glad I laid it all out first because I'm pretty sure I would have ended up with rows of just one or two fabrics if I didn't. I snapped a picture and printed it out so that I can cross off the squares I've done as I go along. It's nice. I spend about a half hour each night just sewing the squares together for each row, which makes me feel accomplished, but not like I'm overwhelming myself to get it all done at once. I've already learned quite a bit which I can hopefully put into another quilt in the future, but for right now I'm just concentrating on the one I have at hand:)

Anyone else making, or made, a quilt? Any tips?

Simple Fox Mask

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Last week I came across these masks and was completely in love! I thought it would be fun to make my own version of a little fox mask with just some basic stuff (no sewing required!) for halloween.

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I started by making a 'pattern' out of regular copy paper. Folding it in half, drawing just a half on the fold, and cutting out (that way it's perfectly symmetrical) - you can use a plastic mask from the dollar store as a help if you need to! Cut out eyes carefully using en exacto knife. This is a great way to double check and make sure your eye holes and what-not are in a good place before you cut into fabric.

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Fine and Feathered Blog

Using the pattern you made, cut out a piece of felt, and two pieces of fabric. Split the fabric pieces in half. I used the top half from the plaid fabric I chose for the ears, and the plain red for the bottom. Using heat bond, iron fabric pieces to felt following the directions on the package. You can use a few little cut outs for the ears too!

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I sewed a piece of fabric on either side to tie it up!

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It was pretty simple, and I'm pretty happy with how it came out! Wouldn't these be really cute for little kids costumes too?