Kids Fox Dress Up Hoodie Tutorial

Created By:

Heather Petersen

Skill Level: Advanced

Halloween is right around the corner and I promised my fox-loving niece I would make her something foxy, so today I am going to show you how to easily sew a dress-up hoodie for kids.  I will be using the Mouse House Creations Dress Up Hoodie Sewing Pattern, sweatshirt fleece, my Janome AirThread 2000D serger, and my Janome S9 sewing machine for construction.  Let's get started!

Janome Supplies Required


Fabric and Notions Required
  • rotary cutter
  • scissors (for paper)
  • pins or pattern weights
  • printed & taped sewing pattern in the desired size for ears/tail - Purchase pattern here!
  • pen or pencil
  • thread matching body & accessories colors
  • small amount of fiberfill (or whatever you want to use for stuffing)
  • sweatshirt fleece knit
  • french terry knit (or whatever you select for accessories)


Step 1 – Edit Tail Pattern

Once you have printed and assembled the pattern, to make the fox accessories print the deer ears pattern and the cat tail pattern (follow in instructions).  Before cutting out the cat tail take a pen or pencil, widen and curve the sides and draw a zig zag across the tip as shown below.


Step 2 – Cut Out Pattern

Follow the pattern instructions for laying out and cutting out the pattern.  For cutting out the tail pattern, cut the whole pattern first on your selected tail fabric and then cut the zig-zag bottom piece of the pattern on your selected fabric as shown.


Step 3 – Attach Front Pocket 

Follow the instructions for attaching the front pocket.  I serged the flaps and then used clips to secure the top and sides to the wrong side as the fabric is bulky and did not require pressing. 

I used a medium zig zag stitch to secure the pocket to the front bottom pattern piece of the hoodie as shown.


Step 4 – Sew Raglan Sleeves 

Follow pattern instructions to sew the raglan sleeves together, taking care to match the sewing pattern notches for the front and back of the sleeve to the front and back pieces correctly.  I serged the sleeves, but you can sew with a regular machine as the sweatshirt fleece does not unravel.


Step 5 – Assemble Fox Ears & Tail 

Lay the two earpieces on top of each other with the inside earpiece on top both right side out.  Cut around the inside earpiece to make it smaller than the outside piece (as shown).  Straight stitch around the inner ear to the outer ear leaving the bottom open.  Take your stuffing and gently stuff it into the ears until they are able to stand up on their own

For the tail piece, lay the zig zag tip on the right side of the bottom of the main tail piece and pin the zig zag and secure the sides.  Straight stitch across the zig zags from end to end.  Take the two tail pieces with the tips attached and lay them right sides together and secure down both ends.  Straight stitch with a long stitch around the tail to the tip leaving the flat tail end open. Turn to right side out and poke out the tip so it makes a point.  Stuff as much as you like.


Step 6 – Assemble Hood

Follow the instructions for assembling the hood option with ears.  Sew the lining pieces first and then insert the ears inside, making sure they are facing the right direction.  Secure the enclosure making sure you are getting the ears in the seam, and then serge/sew the seam closed.


Step 7– Finish Hoodie

Follow the instructions for finishing attaching the hood to the body and then the body of the hoodie with cuffs and waistband, making sure to follow the instructions to attach the tail piece onto the middle of the back body piece when attaching the waistband.


You are done!

We hope you enjoy this tutorial! We love to see what you sew up so please tag us on our social media #girlcharlee #girlcharleefabrics #janome #janomeartisian.

Happy Sewing & Have a Great Halloween!

~ Heather


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