Foxes are the new “it” animal… They’re everywhere! Add a little extra foxy to your holidays with this fun and unique round-up from Michelle at That Black Chic.

Edit: Looking for the fox ornament? We goofed and didn’t realize it was a pattern you needed to pay to use. Our Handmade Holidays series only includes free tutorials, patterns, recipes and printables. Just in case you still want that cute little fox you can find the link here, but we’re no longer including him in our official round-up.

Today’s Guest Curator: Michelle from That Black Chic

From Michelle: Hello, Peeps! My name is Michelle and I have a little blog by the name of That Black Chic. My main focus on the blog is to bring about world peace through sewing one stitch at a time! Now, I bet that got your attention. Let me start over. My name really is Michelle and what you can expect to find on my blog is my sewing and DIY adventures. I’m a little offbeat and so are my fashions, but it all makes my day go by faster. Sharing, sewing and showing is what I do. Oh, and before you visit and ask… No, that is not me modeling the clothes on my blog– it’s my daughter, Mori. (I’m going to get a few t-shirts made with that slogan on it!) Have a Happy holiday, and happy sewing!

Make It

Fox Sweater
Cassie Stephens is the world’s best dressed art teacher EVER! Whose kid can say “Mom, I ate peanut butter and jelly for lunch and, oh yeah, Mrs. Stephens was dressed like Mary Poppins today!” She recreates masterful pieces of art on her clothes through various mediums, and felting seems to be one of her favorite ways to create magic. Here she has tackled a fabulous fox… She has a fox on her shoulders and she shares How to Felt a Fox. Now say that three times fast!

Foxy Boxers
Why not make your Fox a pair of Foxy Boxers? Susan from Measure Twice Cut Once Patterns designed this free pattern and tutorial, and Natalie sewed the pictured fox version. We think that this is a quick easy gift that can be made in time for the holiday. You will need to order your fabric– like now– but we totally think it can be done!

Fox Notebook Cover
Fox Notebook Cover
Need a personalized notebook or journal? Katie over at Punk Projects put a fox on it! She guides you step by step, showing you how to create this cool cover up for your note book, journal or maybe even a sketch pad. Who knows?– The things you cover with a fox are endless.

Fox with Antlers
How cute is this Fox with Antlers? April of Modern Handmade (for Imagine Gnats) shows us how to create this little dude. We love the herringbone rust fabric she used for her fox, but you can use any print you want for this project.

Golden Fox Pillow
Michelle thinks everybody needs a little gold in their lives! Why not give them a Golden Fox Pillow? This tutorial from Michelle at That Black Chic comes with a free download for the fox template. The pillow is a great project for a beginner and, guess what?– Your fox doesn’t have to be gold; you can choose any color or print you want for this project.

Stamped Fox Scarf
Joselyn over at Think Crafts was more than happy to be a part of Michelle’s “Foxy Gifts” post. Have you ever tried stamping or made your own stamp? Think Crafts contributor Michelle created this Fox Hand Stamp and used it to personalize this scarf with all these little fox faces! If you’re feeling really crafty you can make your own scarf with a little fabric and some trim.

Foxy iPad/Kindle Sleeve
So you’re looking for a gift for that person who has everything, and you just can’t figure out what to get them? Well Mimi over at Eskimimi Makes has the solution to your problem because there is no way they have one of these… Unless somehow you lucked up on this post and already made them one: a Foxy iPad/Kindle Sleeve. (You can even step it up a notch and use faux fur?! We’re just thinking here.)

Clay Fox Coasters
Who wouldn’t want a customized set of Fox Coasters made by one of their loved ones? Blitsy Craft contributor Katie rolls out the clay and shows you how to make these coasters! Mix up your crafting schedule a bit with the addition of this clay project.

Fox Coin Purse
Got coins? Chelsea over at GYCT Designs has the cutest Fox Coin Purse solution for your money. The best part about this project is you probably will not have to purchase anything if you’re a sewist; this is a project begging for your fabric scraps. You will need a login to get the free pattern and tutorial. This is a great gift for kids.

Foxy Dad’s Travel Bag
This is the gift that keeps on giving, or at least it gives you additional travel storage! The foxes on the inside are so unexpected and it also sends a little message to that special guy. Melissa of Polkadot Chair provides you with the pattern, and shares a few tips and tricks for making this Foxy Dad’s Travel Bag.

Mix It

Fox Cookies
Bridget shows us how to decorate heart shaped cookies into Fox Cookies. She also has a host of additional cookie recipes on her Bake at 350 site.

Print It

Arctic Animal Paper Fans
Mr. Printables comes through with another free and fun project to channel busy kid energy through the winter season! Size these Arctic Animals down for ornaments or gift toppers, or make a festive, winter garland.

Win It

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The Sewing Machine Accessory Bible: Get the Most Out of Your Machine—From Using Basic Feet to Mastering Specialty Feet

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Author: Wendy Gardiner + Lorna Knight
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Whether you are a beginner or have been sewing for years, this book is packed with all the information you need to get the most out of your sewing machine, simply by changing the feet.

– Everything you need to know about feet attachments, from basic feet such as the zigzag foot to specialty fabric and technique feet that will help you invent new design ideas for your sewing projects.
– Work effortlessly with a full range of fabrics, learn great time-saving tricks, and experiment with a range of decorative effects by following the authors’ creative “ideas files.”
– Includes a guide to needle, thread, and fabric choices and buying advice for choosing basic, mid-range, and top-end sewing machines, embellishers, and sergers.

We Love to Craft Christmas: Fun Stuff for Kids 17 Handmade Fabric & Paper Projects

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Author: Annabel Wrigley
Publisher: C&T Publishing / FunStitch Studio

Get your crafty kid in the holiday spirit by giving the definitive guide to creating stylish, handmade gifts. Seventeen modern projects of varying skills levels run the gamut from pillows and barrettes to wreaths and ornaments, made using only paper or fabric. Your crafter will learn how to choose the best materials for each project, and the book’s tips and tricks will make each project easier and more fun.


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Author: Tracey Meharg
Publisher: Murdoch Books

Homemade, artisanal, and jaw-droppingly delicious, these 50 donut recipes put store-bought versions to shame. Try them sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon, filled with jam or Chantilly cream, drizzled with honey, frosted with chocolate, and topped with salted caramel or an adults-only vodka-laced icing. There are even gluten-free and vegan options. But get ‘em while they’re hot, because they’ll disappear fast!

Stylish Skirts: 23 Simple Designs to Flatter Every Figure

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Author: Sato Watanabe
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Sew chic and original skirts with this stylish sewing book.

Stylish Skirts is the English edition of a popular Japanese sew-it-yourself fashion book which allows you to create simple yet stylish skirts that look and feel great—at a fraction of the cost of store-bought fashion. With this Japanese Sewing book, there’s no end to the kinds of skirts you can create to match your body shape, your taste in fabrics and colors, and your mood (not to mention your favorite tops, shoes and accessories)! The instructions and diagrams are a snap to follow and provide a huge variety of styles—from ultra-feminine to artfully disheveled. All 23 skirt designs in this book look great in different fabrics, colors, prints and textures—so the options are truly endless. The enclosed DIY sewing instructions make cutting and sewing these skirts a breeze.

Author Sato Watanabe has written many of the most popular Japanese sewing books on the market. In this new book, she shows you how to make professional-quality skirts easily and inexpensively at home. She studied clothing and accessory design at Tokyo’s famous Bunka Fashion College before beginning a career as a magazine editor, eventually turning her writing skills to creating bestselling books!

Check out our 2014 Handmade Holidays list for more fun, creative ideas.

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