My daughter’s third grade teacher is having a baby soon, and Betsy wants to make gifts. This teacher loves elephants, as do I, perhaps because my mom made these cheerful, colorful pachyderms for baby me.
They were linked together above my baby carriage, although my mom recently separated them so my daughters could use them as stuffed animals for their dolls.
They’re simple in design, which I really like, and which made them easier to pattern.
I wanted to sew a slightly larger elephant to be used as a stuffed animal for a child, perhaps for the big sister of said coming baby?
Here’s how I made the pattern.
Step One: I put the toy (which is relatively flat) on a copier and enlarged it to 200%, which was about as large as I could go and keep it on an 8 1/2 by 11″ sheet of paper.
Step 2: I made edits to the pattern. I changed/clarified a few of the angles and added an eye and mouth. I tried to add a tail, which ultimately didn’t work.
Step 3: I cut out the pattern pieces from the copy and placed them on a new piece of paper.
Step 4: I carefully cut the ear piece from the body. I taped each pattern piece to the paper and traced around each with a Sharpie.
Step 5: Using a ruler and pencil, I made dots 1/4″ outside of the Sharpie line and played connect the dots to create a seam allowance. I debated using a larger seam allowance, but decided on 1/4″ since some of those turns are pretty tight, and even on the larger toy the trunk isn’t that wide.
Step 6: Sewing time! I tried out the pattern.
I want to tweak it a bit more before we sew the final gift–this pink elephant is a prototype, just for me–but I think it worked pretty well, don’t you?
I’ll post the pattern once we’ve finalized it, for anyone else who’d like to make a little fabric elephant.
Edited to add that this is scrap project 11/101.