Late April to mid May is going to be a busy time for my friends and family …three of them (yes, three!!) are expecting babies. I can’t tell you how many ideas I had for new baby gifts but settling on what I was actually going to make was almost impossible…I’m not known for my decisiveness.
I stumbled across After Dark Sewing‘s Ellie the Elephant and fell in love. Thanks to Beth’s fab little make for her daughter I decided to make my own for all three babies.
The tutorial and pattern can be found here.
The pattern is really good when printed and cutting and assembling the fabric pieces was a breeze so I’d definitely recommend it if you want to make your own. I used cotton for both the body and ears/tail pieces. It doesn’t take long to make the elephant; obviously it took me longer as I was making three at once, but if I made another, I’d be happy I could churn one out in an afternoon.
It was the first time I used the embroidery stitches on my machine (for the eyes) – if you’ve not used yours, try it out on a scrap piece of fabric so you can time when you need to stop stitching as the stitch they (and I) use is a double ‘eye’. I didn’t have any interfacing so I used a square of fabric instead – it’s a great way to use up your leftover fabric scraps after you’ve cut your elephant out.
Top Tip: Have you seen my review of temporary spray adhesive? I used this to glue on my fabric squares to reinforce the eye area
This was probably the most difficult part for me as I struggled to work out where to start stitching my eyes (I unpicked two!) I ended up with a good result; they all look pretty evenly placed but I think that was more luck than judgement in the end (plus I had the luxury of having three elephants to make the best eye matches from)
Don’t forget your chopstick for pushing your trunk out when you turn your fabric the right way…it also helps you when you come to stuff your toy.
If I hadn’t run out of stuffing (I used a 250g bag from my local fabric emporium for the three elephants) I might have made another for me!