I have made one or two of these just about every evening this week, sketching a template using inspiration from British woodland and garden animals and birds. I've tried to keep the shapes simple and exaggerate their colours and markings in each case.
The shapes are cut out of felt and hand sewn together. There is a front and back section for each animal, with a little wadding slotted in between (some leftover bump interlining from a curtain-making project in this case, but you could use a couple of extra layers of felt). I added the details such as paws, tails or other features on the front half of the animal before sandwiching it all together and sewing around the edges. Not forgetting to tuck in a loop of ribbon at the top to hang them up with.
Here's the back of the bristly badger.
Robin and fox appeared first, followed by badger, wren, thrush, owl and the little doe.
All this has been done whilst sitting on the sofa in front of the television with minimal need for concentration or application, just happy faffing around with scissors and felt and a box of trimmings. What I hadn't noticed immediately, was how mildly annoyed they all appear to be! Mr Cunningham the Fox looks as though he might be already anticipating with trepidation the boxing day hunt, the curmudgeonly badger is most definitely in a surly mood and even the red squirrel looks cross. Perhaps because he can't quite reach that tantalisingly sparkly pear.
The little eyes are all black, metallic glass beads to give twinkle. I wanted to keep the stitches visible and used a mixture of cotton thread and some thicker embroidery silk for the sewing together, I think it suggests quite well their fur or feathers. Whip stitch keeps the front and back sections together nicely but you could use blanket stitch to good effect. This little collection of creatures are very cute and very festive, nestling between the pinecones and lights in their forest garland. Even if some of them are looking a bit Bah Humbug!