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« on: May 16, 2006 09:56:43 AM »

My boyfriend just got a new neice and nephew within days of one another, so I got busy making them presents. Not enough time to knit anything (I had 3 days to do it for the nephew, hee hee), and of course my sewing machine is broken right when I need it so...

I decided I wanted to make something that the kid could use for longer than, say, a pair of booties. i settled on a blanket/stuffed animal: the perfect companion!



I bought some SUPER SUPER soft fleece-fur from Joannes and some doll eyes. I could not find a pattern for a stuffed elephant online so I bought an old bear from the thrift store and examined it, and drew up a quick pattern. I noticed most of the shapes involved were D shapes. I made the head of the elephant as follows:

The face: 2 symmetrical "D" shapes stitched together with the eyes added before I sewed the trunk on

The trunk/tusks: a larger conical shape stitched together w/ two smaller ones

Ears: One larger and one smaller "D" (the Ds this time had bigger and more circular arcs, but still had a flat line side so I could easily stitch them into the head)

Back of the head: a larger sideways "D" shape + a rectangle for the bottom of the head so I could sew it into the blanket.

It was pretty quick (esp considering it was all handsewn!) and I am going to make one for his neice and another for my cousin's new baby.

What do you guys think? Have you ever made these before? I want to make different animals in different colors. I have been thinking about a red fox, or maybe a pink elephant, perhaps a yellow chick.


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« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2006 11:07:23 AM »

aww that is so adorable!!!
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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2006 11:10:22 AM »

how lovely Smiley a pink elephant would be sweet. post more when you make them
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« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2006 11:11:53 AM »

That's great!  Definitely go for the pink elephant.
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« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2006 11:12:18 AM »

I can't believe you hand sewed that!

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« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2006 03:17:23 PM »

That's one lucky kid! It's so sweet!
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« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2006 08:52:30 PM »

That looks so soft! Your niece and nephew are very lucky!
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« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2006 08:55:49 PM »

It looks so soft and cuddly! And It's so adorable!! I'm so jealous! I want one myself~  Wink
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« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2006 05:26:42 AM »

I think my sister spent her early years in one of those..
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« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2006 05:52:08 AM »

Very cute! I take back all the discouraging things I said about the head being the hardest part.  Wink

Turned out awesome.

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