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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.
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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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gekkogirl
« 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.

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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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