This post is waaaaaay overdue, and I’ve been trying to work on it for months. I think I made my fox tee back in April. I don’t have any absolutely amazing photos of it, as creative documentation and I are sort of at odds with one another these days. I’m just excited to finally be sharing!
I’m gonna give a special shout out to my husband, who saved me from the pit of PDF-sharing ignorance and despair. And I’m dedicating this post to Mimi, who never gave up.
Now that the credits are out of the way…
I give you the fox applique tutorial and pattern. You may remember this design from my *ahem* award-winning version of the Archie Doll.
1. Print and cut.
If you’re making your own tee, the pattern I used is Dana’s Basic Tee. You can find my fox pattern here.
I did not include a pattern for eyes and a nose, but you guys should be able to figure that out. They’re just circles and a rounded triangle.
Oh, and I should say that I did this applique with knit, so, when sewn, the edges will be left raw. And I sewed my applique onto my tee front *before* I assembled it, so that my t-shirt and sewing machine wouldn’t get into a fight. And use a ball-point needle!
2. Determine your placement and start sewing.
I don’t have pictures that get really specific about this, but pin on your first layer (the orange fox face), and sew the edges first. Then layer the whiskers and do the same thing. Now, I placed my whiskers a little high for my tastes, I meant to place them flush with the bottom of the fox face. So that’s the one change I’d make if I were doing this again.
3. Sew on the eyes and nose.
4. Sew on the white ear pieces. And throw on some eyebrows for good measure.
Then, if you’re making your own tee, assemble it. Boom, you’re done!
My shirt looks a little weird because I scaled up the pattern to a 5T, but I forgot to make the arms bigger. It doesn’t look as weird when Dex is wearing it. But if you resize a pattern, just remember to resize all the pieces!!
Dexter has worn this shirt like crazy for the past few months, mostly because I put it on him every single time it’s clean.
I’d love to see if anyone recreates this! And, as usual, I’m cool with this being used for personal use, but not for monetary gain.