Handmade stuffed toys, animal cushions & cloud cushions

The Fox in the Attic

My name is Michelle from The Fox in the Attic. I make handmade, hand-embroidered soft-toy animals, printed cushions & stationery. I work from my studio in St Leonards on Sea accompanied by my ginger cat Floyd.

Having lived in a small house close to the River Thames with my husband, enjoying cooking and tending to the garden, I decided on a whim to try my hand at sewing. Throwing myself in at the deep end, I bought a sewing machine, rediscovered embroidery, made my first soft animal toy (a bunny) and before I knew it The Fox In The Attic was up and running!

A world of possibilities swiftly opened itself up to me, and my ever-growing range of hand-made items began to include cats, foxes, dogs, pin-cushions, napkins, owls and even clouds!

I take inspiration from a huge range of people, places and things: from travel (Sicily, Paris, Amsterdam, Cornwall) to Art (Frida Kahlo, Vincent Van Gogh, Beatrix Potter) to world history (medieval tapestries/illustrated manuscripts), and the Arts & Crafts movements spear-headed by William Morris.

My more esoteric tastes include obscure Victorian botanical illustrations, old postcards, visiting museums and stately homes, antique jewellery (often found in flea-markets around the world) - and I'm also a total sucker for period-films (anything by Jane Austen and I'm there!).
owner, maker, designer, curator, Shipping
Hello!I love sewing, embroidery, antique shops, vintage fabrics, cooking, baking bread, fine-dining, painting and drawing.
maker, Crochet
TheFoxintheAttic uses 2 manufacturers.


  • Fabric Printers Ilkeston, England, United Kingdom Fabric Printers was set up to give individuals the opportunity to have their own designs printed onto fabric. At Woven Monkey we’re using the latest in digital fabric printing. Our methods mean we only use eco-friendly pigment inks on natural fibres.
  • Printed London, England, United Kingdom Printed use the highest quality Hewlett Packard Indigo printing presses in order to give their customers the best quality product and are committed to leading the print industry in minimising the impact of its activities on the environment.

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