Toy Society Donation

This little elephant is on his way to Australia for a drop by The Toy Society. I hope he finds a happy home there!

I drew the pattern for this myself, but modeled it after the beautiful softies at WREN handmade.

16 comments:

Missie Krissie said...

He is beautiful, I love his colors. Very well done, especially drawing the pattern yourself!!

The Toy Society said...

Oh Jill, he's just gorgeous! Thank you, can't wait to meet him in person. I'll get to thinking of a good spot for him!

liz.beth said...

Dear Toy Society, please leave him in Surry Hills near my house. Love liz.beth.

gigi said...

Oh how cute! You did such a great job! I'm so impressed that you did your own pattern. Talent, talent!

Liz said...

Very cute! I love the fabric.

Arya said...

very cute! I always enjoy seeing your creation because it keeps pushing me to pull out my ancient sewing machine or buy a new one so that I can start working on my own craft projects.

jeffandjess said...

I found your blog looking for burp cloth patterns (i think that was it!) and you totally inspired me to start sewing! I really want to try one of these cloth animals, but i really want to make an elephant for my friend's little girl! Is there any chance you could give me some guidance on altering the original pattern, because I've seen on your blog that you've made several like that. Thanks for all your inspiration!

Marian said...

You simply amaze me. Love your blog - cannot get enough of it! I love all that you are doing. Great Job!!

Jill said...

To jeffandjess and all those who have asked about this on previous elephant posts -

I wish I had the techie ability and know-how to make up an electronic pattern, but I don't. Sorry! Maybe someday I'll get the required software and figure out how to use it.

To get a basic idea of how to construct this kind of animal, go take a look at the Pointy Kitty pattern on Wee Wonderfuls.

http://weewonderfuls.typepad.com/wee_wonderfuls/downloads/Pointy-Kitty-Pattern.pdf

I made the body of my pattern similar to piece "B" in her pattern, but minus the tail, and added a head (and shaped like an elephant, of course). You just need a basic outline of an elephant. The legs and trunk should be drawn thick (to incorporate seam allowance). To give you an idea of the size, my elephant outline fills a regular sheet of printer paper. Cut two pieces of fabric to this shape.

You'll also need the underbelly piece (the wee wonderfuls piece "C"). I traced the first elephant I drew and cut off the belly/legs. Cut 2 pieces of fabric to this shape.

For the ears, draw a large D. Cut four piece of fabric to this shape.

I use braided yarn for the tail.

You can kind of follow the wee wonderfuls pattern to figure out how to sew it together.

One thing I do differently: I add little circles of fabric at the feet and trunk openings to give them a flat end (does that make sense? look at the photos of the wren handmade elephants to see what I am talking about). I hand-sew this part. However, I think sewing the legs/trunk straight across on the ends would be easier and look just as good.

Make sure you leave an opening on it's back to fill with stuffing. I use poly-fill pillow stuffing. Stuff all the way down the legs and trunk before filling the rest of the body.

I hope this isn't 100% confusing! If you have questions, feel free to email me - homemadebyjill @ gmail . com

Good luck!

Ewokgirl said...

Super cute! I'm becoming more brave about sewing, so I just might need to try that one. It would make a great baby gift!

shawn said...

Very cute.. and what a lovely thing to do.. You could start a Toy Society here with all of your great stuff!!

Kristie said...

After seeing your blog, I thought you might be interested another blog that has a tutorial on it on how to make a breast feeding cover. It is really cute and looks easy to make. I didn't see one on your blog. So here is the link:
http://madebythemamamonster.blogspot.com/2008/04/nursing-cover-tutorial.html
You have a lot of cute things to make on your blog. I am a beginning sewer and I am excited to try and make a few of your projects. If I get the time, I have three kids with one more on the way! The diaper cake you made was so cute. Thanks for posting all of your cute projects!

eye in the sky said...

can i have that elephant for my niece? lol. she adores all things elephant. great blogsite.

Lauren said...

Oh this is too adorable. I'm such a sucker for elephants. I'm really loving your nesting!

x-ray fluorescence said...

very cute!Love your blog - cannot get enough of it! I love all that you are doing. Great Job!!

Jill said...

Thanks for this post! I was searching the internet for elephant stuffed animal patterns, and couldn't find anything. Thanks for the link to the cat pattern, I was able to make my own elephants.

http://jillmadeit.blogspot.com/2010/11/stuffed-animal-elephants.html