Tuesday, February 5, 2013

"Fix-it" Fox (A Boo-Boo Creature)

Sometimes, we think a little card on Valentine’s day is enough for everyone. But my little ones need a little bit of something to show that mommy loves them every day…your little ones probably do, too. And since my toddlers are just now leaving the “paper is something to eat or tear” phase, I wanted to create something for the little ones in my life that was a little more…durable. And honestly, I wanted something for them that would show my love year round.


Enter the “Fix-It Fox”. Remember my “Boo-Boo Bird”? This little guy is another animal friend to help your little one feel better when there is a boo-boo. I guess that means that I have a series of “Boo-Boo Critters”, right? If you’re not familiar with this concept, when little ones fall and have a little bump, instead of handing out band-aids or busting out a hard ice pack or bag of peas…you pull out a little animal from the freezer filled with rice. The cool pack helps the boo-boo, but so does the cuteness factor! This is really a year-round gift, but since this fox is red, well, he works really well for Valentines, too!!

I’m going to tell you right away, my sewing skills are pretty basic. This fox is actually simpler than the bird…fewer places to turn while sewing with the machine!! And if you want, you can sew on the contrasting fabric ears, tummy, and tail with your sewing machine before sewing the edge seam. Honestly, if you make sure that your heat-n-bond is applied correctly, you don’t need I just like using the contrasting hand sewn embroidery floss to give the animal a hand-made feel (and I feel like it makes the appliques just a little more secure than if I left it just ironed on!!

Here are the steps I used:

What you need:
2 contrasting colors of fabric, washed and pressed)--remnants are perfect!


2 large black buttons
1 small black button
thread (your choice if you want a contrasting color
1 pattern
Sewing supplies (needle, scissors, sewing machine, etc)
Heat-n-bond

Cut out the pattern (please click here for the pattern) of the fox with a ¼ inch seam allowance for the body. For the ears, tail, and tummy, just cut out the shape as is. For the body, I folded the fabric so that I would not have to sew up the  base.

With the right side of the fabric facing in, sew around the body leaving about 1-2 inches to allow you to turn it right side out and fill it with rice.




Turn it right side out. A chopstick is perfect for getting the ears turned out. 



Press the fabric again, and lay out the pieces so you know where they go.




Apply the tummy, ears, and tail with heat-n-bond (follow package directions).

Fill with rice. You don’t want to over stuff this little guy, or he’ll be too hard. If it feels like a bean bag…mostly holding the shape, but just a little floppy…it is just about right!

Use a ladder stitch to stitch up the rest of the edge. Amy at Positively Splendid recently posted a fabulous tutorial on how to do this!!

Stitch on the button nose and eyes. Then, using a contrasting color embroidery floss (I used 2 out of the 6 strands), backstitch around the tummy, ears, and tail.





After you let your little one love on it a little, throw it in the freezer. Or, if you are giving it to a little one as a gift, you can safety pin a little poem to it. Here’s my (rather cheesy) attempt at a cute poem/instruction card:

I’m a special little critter
You don’t sleep with me in your bed
You keep me in the freezer
Until you have a boo-boo on your head.
Then you hold me on that boo-boo
It’s better than frozen peas
I promise I stop all the boo-hoos
Won’t you take me home please?

If you're interested, here is the pattern to make your own fox!

Enjoy!!




45 comments:

  1. That is totally ADORABLE! And so helpful!! :) Love it! Stopping by from SITS.

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    1. Thanks! We find these little animals very helpful at our house!

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  3. So cute! And much less expensive than all the band-aids we go through!!

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  4. Adorable! My children have boo boo bunnies they made a few years ago and they still love them. Actually my kids love stuffed animals of all sorts.

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  5. That is the cutest boo-boo creature ever!

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  6. Aww how beautiful!!! The fox is adorable, what a cute idea, and so beautifully made! Very nice!

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  7. This is absolutely adorable! Love it!! :*)

    Brenda
    ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com

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  8. So sweet! I had something on Pinterest that was called a "boo bunny", and it was similar to this. Love it. Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

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  9. Eeek! This is sooo cute! We have those little jelly packs for my boys, but they always tear... I'm going to HAVE to make this.

    Please stop by and share this sometime over at F-it Fridays!
    http://www.parloandlogi.com/category/f-it-friday/

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  10. That is so adorable! I love it - I think I'll be making these for my kids this weekend! Not sure how the buttons would do but we use similar little pillows heated for 2-3 minutes in the microwave for a soothing pack when we have colds or tucking in our blankets on cold drafty nights at the cabin. What an awesome idea! Found you through the Pinworth Projects Party and now following!

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  11. Hi there, it's Lyuba from http://www.willcookforsmiles.com/.
    I have a series every week, where I post my favorite recipes and projects from the blogland. I really love your booboo fox and I would love to share it. Do I have your permission to use your photo as a feature ( linked to your post and blog)? Please email me and let me know ;)
    You can see last week's here: http://www.willcookforsmiles.com/2013/02/the-wcfs-awards-4.html

    Thank you

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  12. Awe super cute! Love his little tail ;). I made my kids "boo boo birdies" and they love 'em!

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  13. Oh, how I wish things like this were around 30 years ago when my babies were babies. You are definitely getting high marks in my book for craftiness. Followed you from Sharefest SITS.

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  14. Awwww!!! My kids would love him! Adorable!

    Much better solution than shaking it off!!

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  15. So cute and useful too! What m ore could you ask for. Stopping by from SITS

    :)

    Kate

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  16. Adorable - foxes are getting to be quite popular! You should develop a line of Boo-Boo critters.

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  17. So cute - love a cute little fox. I'd love for you to come over to Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky party and share your fun idea!
    http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/finding-the-pretty-delicious-linky-party-4/

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  18. This is so sweet! My kiddos love their boo boo friends and they would think this fox was the cutest! Thanks so much for sharing at Monday Funday!

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  19. Super cute! Just found your lovely blog. I'm an architect too so I loved reading you bio!
    -Ana from www.babbledabbledo.com

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  20. That is adorable. thank you for sharing. Visiting you from craft o maniac Monday. www.thememorynest.blogspot.com

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  21. So cute! I can't wait to make these for my boys :)

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  22. So cute! I have two baby showers coming up, this would be such a great gift, thanks for sharing!!

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  23. This is just too cute - I wish I could sew!

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  24. He's so cute! My little one would love him! I'd love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out I love it!

    Melanie Reasons To Skip The Housework

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  25. What a great idea, he is soooooo cute. Kids will love him. If you get a chance come link up at my Pin Party that opened today.

    http://sarahdawndesigns.blogspot.com/2013/02/pintastic-tuesday-link-party-26.html#.URp4AKXoTCc

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  26. I have spotted this guy all over the internet the last few days! He is really cute~ thanks for linking up at Made in a Day!
    Kim

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  27. How sweet! I'd love for you to stop by my weekly link party and link this up. http://thelifeofjenniferdawn.blogspot.com/2013/02/a-little-bird-told-me-link-party-29.html

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  28. Oh that little fox is so darling! I'm pinning!

    <3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original link party is open.

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  29. I'm featuring YOU today over on my blog. Thanks for linking up to {wow me} wednesday. :)

    Ginger

    http://www.gingersnapcrafts.com/2013/02/10-ideas-tutorials-for-boys-featured.html

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  30. So cute!! My kiddos would love this little guy.

    I'd love if you shared this at my Show & Tell party this week. http://www.gingerlymade.com/2013/02/show-tell-13.html

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  31. I found you from Sugar Bee Crafts! I host Fluster Creative Muster Party on Wednesdays and I would love it if you would come by and party with us. Hope to see you there!

    Hugs, Smiles, and Blessings,

    Robin
    Fluster Buster

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  32. Foxes are one of my favorite animals that people use in crafts. I love how you dressed up an ice pack and made it fun for kids. I would totally use it too :)

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  33. Wonderful tutorial! I loved the outcome!
    Great post!! I included it in my post Βόλτα στη Γειτονιά #22 :)
    Have a great week!!

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  34. Seriously. This is toooo cute! Sure puts my heart ones to shape lol. Thanks for sharing girl!

    Have a great weekend <3-stacey

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  35. Love this! So cute!

    I would like to invite you to link up to my linky party, Thrifty Thursday!
    You would fit right in and we would love to have you!
    appleofmamaseye.blogspot.com

    Hope to see you there!

    -Lindsey

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