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gekkogirl
« on: July 08, 2009 12:48:23 PM »

So I've only recently found craftster (and have lost hours of crafting / gained hours of inspiration in the process Smiley ).

This is my first post and is of my favourite stuffed ellies.






The little grey one was the original and he was born of some old trousers so I could make up the pattern for a gift for a two year old's birthday. I was really happy how he turned out and was going to give him as the gift when my husband demanded that the elephant be "gifted" to him! So try number two was the black one (made of baby corduroy with little embroidered flowers) but my best friend appropriated this one for herself when she saw it.
When I started the project I had plenty of time but this left only two weeks to complete the third cream ellie and since they are all hand sewn I became a bit panicky. Luckily (!) husband went away for the weekend and some girlie movies were at hand! (The fabric is some Prestigious cotton I had left over from cushions)

The final little pink girl was made for a lady at the same birthday party who requested one for an imminent baby arrival. I experimented with a double button for each eye ( a tiny white flower and then a black one and I think it came out with just the right expression). The fabric is a return to baby corduroy.

Please leave comments and suggestions as I'm always up for learning something new but am not sure I'll be making elephants for a while after this marathon Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2009 12:59:30 PM »

i am curious if it was hard to sew them, they look so adorable,nice gift!
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« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2009 01:00:53 PM »

awwwwh! I want one!!
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« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2009 01:19:14 PM »

These are adorable.
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« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2009 01:58:40 PM »

Awww. They're adorable.
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« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2009 02:18:24 PM »

i am curious if it was hard to sew them?

Um. Its hard to say. The trunks and feet are quite small and I knew I was gonna hand sew so I didn't leave much seam allowance. If I had used a machine the finish would be better (Especially the white - had no black!- thread on the grey elephant is a bit uneven round his feet pads) and maybe quicker but the finicky pinning that would be necessary would do my head in! I sew a kind of blanket stitch over the edges (i think that's what you call it) to stop them fraying and I seam (hahah!) to get better results that way because its easier for me to stitch closer together.

Thanks for lovely comments!
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« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2009 02:28:28 PM »

How cuuuute. Where did you get the pattern or did you make the pattern yourself?
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« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2009 02:50:02 PM »

How cuuuute. Where did you get the pattern or did you make the pattern yourself?

I made it myself (and pattern is a loose word since I am definitely a cut first think later kinda girl!  Grin)
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« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2009 02:55:23 PM »

How cuuuute. Where did you get the pattern or did you make the pattern yourself?

I made it myself (and pattern is a loose word since I am definitely a cut first think later kinda girl!  Grin)

ME TOO!! Nothing I make looks that good though. lol. I usually end up with a almost perfect piece, and sure that sounds ok, but when I mess up, I mess up good!! hehe
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« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2009 03:10:07 PM »

How cuuuute. Where did you get the pattern or did you make the pattern yourself?

I made it myself (and pattern is a loose word since I am definitely a cut first think later kinda girl!  Grin)

ME TOO!! Nothing I make looks that good though. lol. I usually end up with a almost perfect piece, and sure that sounds ok, but when I mess up, I mess up good!! hehe

Haha! glad my secret is shared- what you don't know is that the bodies all started out kinda kidney bean shaped and are now round in profile and the trunks vary so much in size because I'm appalling at judging cylindrical things. Also the amount of elephant body parts that didn't make the final product is fantastic!
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« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2009 03:57:41 PM »

cute! i just finished my first elephant last week. is this your pattern? great job.
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« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2009 07:27:14 PM »

I loooooooooove them!  Cheesy 
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« Reply #12 on: July 08, 2009 09:26:42 PM »

I absolutely LOVE these. You are awesome.
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gekkogirl
« Reply #13 on: July 09, 2009 12:19:30 AM »

cute! i just finished my first elephant last week. is this your pattern? great job.
Its mine but I think its a pretty standard design. Well done on your elephant!
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« Reply #14 on: July 09, 2009 01:25:37 AM »

I am completely new to sewing and I'm in awe of everyone who can just make up patterns.
These elephants are so cute.
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« Reply #15 on: July 09, 2009 05:57:34 AM »

oh, these are soooooooooo cute! Cheesy
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« Reply #16 on: July 09, 2009 07:45:23 AM »

Oh my GAWSH. I absolutely love them. Their little button eyes are so cute!
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« Reply #17 on: July 09, 2009 07:49:02 AM »

Oh, these are SO cute!

But just a word of warning...if you're making these for baby gifts you'll want to either anchor those button eyes so they cannot possibly ever come off, or replace them with paint or embroidery...  Embarrassed

I know that generations of children survived button embellishments on their toys, but unfortunately some didn't, so being super careful will rest your conscience better than anything.   Kiss

Since you're obviously quite adept with a needle, I'd bet you could get fantastically equal, or even better, results embroidering.
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« Reply #18 on: July 09, 2009 04:52:44 PM »

I can't believe you made up the pattern! They are so cute! The pink is my favorite.
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« Reply #19 on: July 09, 2009 07:58:30 PM »

What an excellent first craft to post! They're adorable and so well made! Smiley

Welcome!
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« Reply #20 on: July 10, 2009 05:34:31 AM »

But just a word of warning...if you're making these for baby gifts you'll want to either anchor those button eyes so they cannot possibly ever come off, or replace them with paint or embroidery...  Embarrassed

Good advice. Had actually not thought about that in any meaningful way but luckily I HATE when toys eyes fall off (and, weirdly, the labels that stick out their butts when they are shop bought) so I had sewed these buttons to within an inch of their lives but will definitely keep embroidery in mind for next time.
Thanks!
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« Reply #21 on: July 10, 2009 08:50:45 AM »

Aww, cute elephants!
Nice job, doing it from scratch Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: July 10, 2009 05:58:22 PM »

i LOVE your ellies ! i want one too i especially love the one made from the stripey pants ! <3 !
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« Reply #23 on: July 10, 2009 11:11:18 PM »

So very cute!
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« Reply #24 on: July 18, 2009 03:00:59 PM »

Do you have a pattern for it? Even just a drawign of the pieces used or something similar would be great. These are so cute and I have little cousins who would love these.

Emily
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« Reply #25 on: July 20, 2009 11:02:02 AM »

Do you have a pattern for it? Even just a drawign of the pieces used or something similar would be great. These are so cute and I have little cousins who would love these.

Emily



So here's my pathetic attempt at a quick sketch.
To start-
a- Body length
b-body side
c-face/head sides/trunk
d- forehead/back of head
e- ears
f- legs
g- foot pads

cut pieces
1x c,d,a
2x b
4x g,f,e

For head- the coloured bits get sewn together, in roughly this order:
From tip of forehead piece d to tip of c along each side (see coloured guide lines), continue along the green bits around what is left of each of the c curves. do not close off at imagined position of mouth- this is place to stuff. Sew trunk length (make sure cut all the way to where I've shown for trunk. This helps it wrap around.)
sew straight across bottom of trunk tip.
At this point the head is a stand alone entity.

Make body sewing around diameter of circle b with long edge of a. similar for other edge of a on other b.
legs and feet similar but only circle at foot then gather at top to attach to body. I kinda shove the pieces together and then sew the two bits together. Always sew more than needed so bits don't fall off with rough treatment.

A rough idea it hope it helps. I have found that this kind of head idea can be used for many types of creatures- bears etc.

Smiley
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« Reply #26 on: July 20, 2009 09:31:33 PM »

I may just have a use for this!! Thank you so much for posting that!
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« Reply #27 on: July 29, 2009 09:29:59 PM »

These are so friggin' adorable! And thank you for the tute! Smiley
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« Reply #28 on: July 30, 2009 12:06:07 AM »

These are so freaking cute, but if I had one my grandmas ghost would come smack me, she always said an elephant with its trunk down was bad luck.  Cheesy
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« Reply #29 on: August 09, 2009 02:48:24 PM »

Very beautiful, thanks for the tutorial 
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« Reply #30 on: September 05, 2009 12:01:36 PM »

I just love these. They are so sweet...
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