Just realized that I haven’t done any sock doll for more than a year, wow, how time flies!!! A while ago I received a message from a reader who is looking for Sock Elephant Pattern, I feel bad that I have to answer her “Sorry, I do not have at the meantime” but now I am happy to answer her “YES, YES, YES, here it is!!!”. I can get excited every time I share a new pattern and tutorial, as I know that there is someone out there looking for it!
Just like all my sock doll designs, this sock elephant pattern doesn’t come easy. I have made 3 funny looking sock elephants before I am completely pleased with this pattern. Through the design process I have gone through, I’ve learned that the ears of the elephant must be big enough to bring out the feature of an elephant. In order not to waste the sock material, I was trying to use up all from a pair of socks to sew the sock elephant, with that in mind I have to compromise with the size of the ears of the elephant, that was a huge, huge, huge mistake where I end up with a sock animal that looks like rate but with long nose . Therefore, I have to give in to use other fabrics to make up the big ears. Tada….. that’s the sock elephant I want, Ella, the Sock Elephant.
The pattern comes in 2 options, short legs sock elephant and long legs sock elephant. The short legs sock elephant is sewn from a pair of ankle socks while the the long legs sock elephant is sewn from a pair of crew socks. The ears of the short legs sock elephant are full fabric while the long legs sock elephant has a half fabric ears (another half is from sock material). Another difference between these two versions is the size of the toes, short legs sock elephant has smaller toe size which is made of white felt.
The sock elephant is about 10″ high if sew from an adult sock. Some socks yield bigger doll and some smaller, the size also depends on the amount of stuffing your put in. Besides adult sock, you may also use toddler or baby socks. The picture below shows the toddler sock elephant and baby sock elephant which were sewed from toddler and baby socks respectively. If you are using plain socks to sew the sock elephant, you may add a pattern sock as the shirt of the sock elephant before sewing up the arms (just like what I did for the gray sock elephant below).
The color of the socks brings personality to the sock elephant, at times you will be surprised and get amused by how the sock elephant turns out. It happens to me all the time, this time I laughed out loud to see my sock elephant with chickenpox infection, that’s when I used a red polka-dot on cream base to sew, so choose your sock carefully. I especially love the black/ blue with white stripes sock elephant below, the color makes me feel calm and the little feet are so cute.
Hope you having fun time sewing Ella the sock elephant! Ping me (via contact form) with your photos of sock elephant after you have done it.