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Create a fox pencil case, a perfect stocking filler gift

Today is challenge 10 of the #12DaysofChristmasDIYChallenges

The challenge – Make a small stocking filler gift from your fabric scraps.

I have to admit to a love of stationary, pencils, pens, pencil cases and so on. This has inspired me to design a pattern for a fox pencil case. They are such cute looking creatures, who wouldn’t want such a cute zip bag in their stocking? You could always fill with nail varnish, sewing items, in fact anything the gift recipient would love.

Fancy a fox zip bag? Makes a great pencil case, lip balm, in fact anything! Click trough to the blog for tutorial and free downloadable template


The zip opening is part way down the back of the bag. I have machine stitched the lining in as I went. I suspect there is a better way of doing this. I am very open to suggestions to improve this.

To start download the free template here. The template does not include seam allowance.

Prepare your fabrics, you will need one piece for the front, two pieces for the back (see dotted line for the zip). I suggest using iron interfacing for both the bag and lining.


Layer up the fabric applique design for the foxes face. Use fabric glue to hold in place and secure with machine stitching.

Before you sew the nose on hand stitch whiskers on. I have used chain stitch.


Add the nose.


Stitch the ears together, place fabric right sides together, stitch round and trim. Turn right side out and press.


Place the zip on top of the right side of the lining fabric, place the main fabric on top (wrong side facing you).


Stitch in place. Repeat for the other side of the zip. Press.


Now for the part I am not sure about, I suspect there is a better technique for inserting a zip midway on the back of a bag.

Partially open the zip. Pin the ears in place.


Put the right sides together of the outer bag.  Pin. Stitch round, ensuring you do not sew in any of the lining fabric. Stitch as close to the zip as you can but not straight across (as you will inevitably capture the lining).


Repeat for the lining, but allowing a turning gap. Turn right sides out. Hand stitch to close the turning gap.



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Sandra Shields

Thursday 8th of December 2016

I just made this fox pencil case for my daughter for Christmas, and love it! Thank you for this delightful project. I was wondering if I would be allowed to sell a few that I would make on my Etsy shop giving you credit for the design? Please let me know if this would be allowed. Thanks so much! Sandra


Thursday 8th of December 2016

So glad you are pleased with how your's turned out for your daughter:) I appreciate you asking about selling on Etsy, could you link to either my blog or Etsy shop? Thank you:)


Sunday 13th of November 2016

I love red foxes and this one is adorable.


Friday 11th of November 2016

Oh my goodness Vicky that is so cute!! I love the idea of the chain stitches for the whiskers too!!

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