Elephant Parade!

Here are some more baby gifts: stuffed elephants.  I used the same pattern as here, so I won’t go through the whole process here.

This was a baby shower present for a mom who loves green. I used a print from my Aunt D’s stash. Aunt D knows this new mom and I thought she’d be extra delighted. Plus the print is adorable!  The eyes are sewn with purple thread.

This is another from Aunt D’s stash, for a friend who had a baby last year. By the time I found out I was pretty much booked solid with sewing until January so this was my first chance to make a present. I thought the fabric was super cute and bright.  I sewed the eyes with bright green thread.  I’m not sure how well it shows up.

Elephant number three is for the sons of a coworker. When I showed her the elephant I’d made for my goddaughter she exclaimed how it was like Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, which her sons love. I decided I’d make them one. I used red, blue, and yellows scraps. I sewed them into sets of strips and then cut out the pieces to make I extra scrappy. So cute right? It’s not the same colors as the one in the book but I really liked it.  The boys loved it, too.  The eyes are sewn with blue thread.

Stuffed animal for N’s 1st birthday

My goddaughter N turns 1 this month (she and Z’s grandpa are birthday twins, in fact, 94 years apart) and I decided to make her a stuffed animal for her birthday.  I bought the Effie & Ollie pattern for a stuffed elephant, by Heather Bailey.  At the store they recommended blowing it up to 150%, so I used my printer/copier to do that.

I still have a lot of scraps leftover from N’s baby quilt because the Lone Star Quilts book I have has instructions to cut out rectangles and squares and sew them on the diagonal, rather than cutting out triangles.  You end up with a lot of excess fabric and I save all of my scraps from everything. (I have piles and piles of scraps.  I really need to start forcing myself to stop after I finish a project and make something with the leftover pieces, but as soon as I finish a project I’m always barreling into something else and I always say to myself “next time.”)  Anyway, I pulled out those scraps because I thought it would be really cute if the elephant matched her quilt.  As you can see, they’re square-ish and already pieced. (Look familiar?  That’s because I already made a doll quilt with similar scraps leftover from N’s baby quilt.  You can read about it here and here.)

The pattern was pretty easy to follow.  I reread it a couple of times when it came to the piecing.  Also, some of the instructions said to sew certain things clockwise or counterclockwise and I didn’t, just because of the way I’d pinned it.  (I didn’t want to re-pin it.)  I didn’t use interfacing – the girl at the store said she hadn’t and as long as I wasn’t using flimsy fabric she thought I’d be fine.  Since I was using good cotton quilting fabrics and some batiks I figured I didn’t need it.

I embroidered a little eye on each side of the head using purple embroidery thread.  (I measured carefully and I think the eyes are even.)  I didn’t want to use buttons or anything a baby could pull off.  I also didn’t add the little heart, star, and flower the pattern included.  I could have simply embroidered them on but I didn’t feel like it.  The elephant is busy enough already.

Here are finished pictures from different angles, so you can see it all:

 

I think it’s super cute.  I showed it to a coworker with small children and she got really excited and said it’s just like Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, who is apparently the subject of a children’s book series.  (The only babies in my family live in Hungary so I’m a little out of the loop when it comes to children’s books.)  I don’t know if N and her sister have the Elmer the Patchwork Elephant book; I should check with their mom (also N).  I mailed the elephant early because I was so excited (I love sending presents!  The only thing better is giving them in person) and N (their mom) called me to say how much she loves it.