Every March is National Craft Month, be extra crafty for the rest of the days until the end of the month to celebrate the month specially meant for us. I am hoping to share more different crafts so you will have more choice to select. I am working all the best I could, juggling the time between a day business that has nothing to do with craft and 2 kids running around at home, also a trip to Hong Kong Disneyland.
As you may have noticed, I love to sew toys and dolls for my kids. Seeing them hugging the toys lovingly is all I want as a return of my late night crafting. This time is a set of 4 elephant stuffed toy dolls, I called them “The Happy Elephant Family”, which resemble the size of my family, Dad-Mom-Daughter-Son.
Looking at the wildlife photo of the elephant colony inspired me to come out with this pattern. I was brought up in an accustomed way like many of you, Father is always the leader and Mother is always the care provider. I hope my kids will follow us until they are big enough to set up their own family and this is how the family branches out.
Today is also my dad’s 70th birthday. My dad is a traditional Chinese man, he is the man who spends his whole life working so hard to bring 4 of us up in the best way he can afford to do. The man who spends all his hard-earned money building a good family foundation, but also the one who forgotten to plan for himself, his retirement and his medical bill. The man still working all his best for us including repairing our house plumbing, electrical appliances, build us furniture & fish pond, plant & harvest our favorite fruits. Happy Birthday, Daddy! You are always our hero and we will always love you.
Elephant Stuffed Toy
Sewing Pattern: Download pattern here.
Material indicated for small elephant is in bracket [ ]
1. Fabric (stripes), 8″ x 18″ [4″ x 9″]
2. Fabric (orange), 6″ x 10″ [3″ x 5″].
3. Ribbon, 4″ [4″]
4. Embroidery Floss (grey)
5. Poly-fill stuffing material
6. Silica gel beads or plastic beads (optional)
7. Letter size paper, 3
1. Sewing machine
2. Sewing needle and pins
4. Erasable fabric marker
Seam Allowance: 1/4″
Finished Dimension: 6 1/2″ (W) x 6″ (H) x 4 1/2″ (D) [3 1/4″ (W) x 3″ (H) x 2 1/4″ (D)]
Download the Happy Elephant Family Sewing Pattern pdf document and print it out with your printer in letter size papers (3 pages).
Get ready all the tools and materials.
I am using Robert Kaufman’s “Chick-a-dee Chick-a-doo” 9 fat quarter bundle, just in case, you would like to know.
Sew ears with the wrong side facing each other; a piece of stripe fabric matches with a piece of plain orange fabric.
Optional: trim 1/4″ seam allowance from the sewing line to neaten the raw edges.
You can either cut the seam allowance with pinking shear or, with scissor then clip curve accordingly to provide smooth curvature.
Turn right-side out and smooth out the seam.
Fold the 2 sides of the ears inward to match the width of the ear markings on the body. Pin or make a few stitches to secure the fold.
Align the paper pattern on the right side of the elephant, trace the facial feature on it with an erasable fabric marker.
Embroidery the lines with back stitches or branch stitches.
An easy way to do the tracing is by slitting the lines on the paper pattern with a sharp object, craft knife or pen tip, to create “holes” for the fabric pen to go through and mark on the fabric according to the line.
Repeat the other side except attaching the ribbon to the tail.
Place both layers with right side facing each other, align, pin and sew from A to B marking.
Remember to leave an opening for turning right side out in the later stage.