Feeling Foxy: Turn an Old Sport Coat Into a Fox Softie

plush fox and turtle

Baby announcements are the perfect inspiration for custom plush animals. When a friend of mine recently shared her exciting news, I joined in the celebration by creating upcycled versions of our pets using a few old suits. My dog, a sassy Pomeranian named Tomatilla, became the foxy influence behind the fox plush animal, who together with my friend’s turtle, Clayton, creates a perfect pair of friends for her new baby girl.

A few sport coats in complementary colors create the fabric for this upcycled transformation. If you don’t have sport coats in your own closet, then try your friends, neighbors, or the closest thrift store. Sport coats that are stained or torn are still perfectly suitable for use. If you have more than one child to make these for, you’ll have plenty of fabric leftover to create several more stuffed animals.

The pattern provided in this project is for the fox. Check back on this site for the plush turtle, with a due date coming soon!

fox and turtle softies

Tomatilla, the foxy inspiration, cuddles right up to the plush fox and turtle

a pair of foxes

A pair of foxes


Step 1

 Open Galleryprint pattern

Print and cut pattern

Print out the fox pattern and cut out all of the pieces.

Step 2

 Open Gallerylayout pattern

Layout pattern

Lay the pattern out on the sport coats and cut out the pieces in the numbers indicated.

Step 3

 Open Gallerycreate the tail

Create the tail

Place the fox tail tip onto the fox tail with the right sides both facing up. Appliqué the tail tip onto the tail by using a zig zag stitch and sewing along the bottom edge of the fox tail tip. Repeat for the other pair of pieces.

Step 4

 Open Gallerycreate the ears and arms

Create the ears and arms

Place pairs of fox ears, arms, and tail together with the right sides facing in. Using a backstitch, sew a 3/8” seam allowance along the edges of the arms and ears, keeping the side that will attach to the fox open. Flip all of the pairs to the right side.

Step 5

 Open Gallerystuff the tail

Stuff the tail

Stuff the tail, arms, and ears with a small bit of fiberfill. Do not overfill, just enough to give them a little fullness.

Step 6

 Open Galleryadd the heart

Sew on the heart

Appliqué the heart onto the front of the body.

Step 7

 Open Gallerycreate the face

Create the face

Draw the smile onto the face. Place the eyes onto the face. Then, appliqué the smile and eyes in place by using a tight zig zag stitch.

Step 8

 Open Gallerysew around the face

Sew around the face

Place the nose and the face on top of the front of the body. Appliqué around the edges.

Step 9

 Open Galleryadd the limbs

Add the limbs

Place the arms, ears, and tail on top of the back of the body with the right side of the body facing up. All of the limbs of the fox should be facing towards the center of the body. Using a backstitch, sew along the edges of each of the limbs.

Step 10

 Open Gallerysew around the body

Sew around the body

Place the front of the body front on top of the back of the body. Using a 3/8” seam allowance stitch along the edge, leaving an opening at the tail.

Step 11

 Open Galleryflip the body

Flip to the right side

Flip the body inside out and press out all of the edges of the fox.

Step 12

 Open Gallerystuff

Stuff the fox

Stuff the fox. Then, using a backstitch, sew up the open edge with a needle and thread. Your fox has been suited up and is ready to play.



About Tiffany Threadgould 


I am a design junkie who gives scrap materials a second life and the head of design at TerraCycle, a company that collects and creates products from waste. My ...

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  1. Hollymbox says:

    Cute, cute, cute.

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