I recently bought this really lovely elephant material from Spotlight, and I thought it might be nice to make a children’s toy out of it. Luckily, I already had some material for the ears that matched perfectly. It’s actually the same material that I used for my bedhead makeover last year.
To make the shape of the elephant, I had a look at lots of the ‘simple elephant’ drawings that there are online… and then I drew up my own.
I cut out the template, pinned it onto the material and cut around it.
If you make a few cuts like these (above) in the tight corners, the legs will sit better when you turn the elephant the right way out.
I then cut out the ears, ironed up the sides and sewed along them.
I made a small tail too.
Then I sewed the ears to the material and poked in the tail so that it would point the right way once I turned out my elephant after sewing.
I also sewed on some small white buttons for eyes to each side.
Then I sewed around the elephant, leaving an opening to turn it out and stuff it. Once I’d finished the stuffing, I pinned the area to be hand-sewed, and then sewed it.
My little soft toy elephant is now in the mail being sent to a new little baby boy!