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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / 2 (and 1/2)- D Baby Elephant Stuffie on: August 07, 2006 11:37:53 PM
This is the first and only stuffie I've ever made without a pre-made pattern. Figuring out the pattern was difficult. He only has 2 legs and he's only vaguely 3 - D because I stuffed him, but I think he's pretty cute anyway. He's all handsewn out of cotton calico. His eyes are black beads I had lying around.  I assume they're plastic. (They took a long time to sew on because the eye of my needle was too fat to go through the bead. I had to try 3 different needles.)  The tail is a bunch of thread knotted together at top and bottom. The ears were a pain in the butt to sew on for no apparent reason. They never looked symmetrical/even from the front, so I kept re-doing them until I decided they were 'close enough'. 

Anyway, here he is. (Kinda blurry because my camera is bad with close-ups. Sorry.)

I didn't give him a name because he was sent to Hawaii for a swap.

If anyone has tips (specifically, on how to fix the pattern to make Baby Elephant actually 3-D), please share.   (:
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Snowman Ornament on: August 07, 2006 10:57:02 PM
This is my first post ever.  *eep* And it's of of the first stuffed thingy I ever made. Not spectacular, but I liked making them.

I made 2 of these little snowman ornaments. One I sent away for a swap and the other I gave to my boyfriend's family for Christmas. I guess I did pretty well since my boyfriend's Mom hadn't realized it was handmade until I told her how annoying it was trying to sew the arms in. I got the pattern from a book of my Mom's. Can't remember the title right now. It was really easy, but I handsewed everything so it took a long time. Body is made out of natural colored muslin. Heart is made out of some random piece of red cotton stuff Mom had lying around. Wood button was a lucky find in Mom's button box. Scarf is a strip of flannel cut from the cuff of one of my Grandpa's old shirts. Twigs arms were found outside. Eyes and mouth are french knots using regular old thread. Carrot nose is satin stitch in shiny orange sewing thread. Didn't have embroidery floss. The loop to hang him is made of jute and is carefully sewn onto the back of his head.

Hope the images show up alright and aren't too ginormous. If they don't work, please let me know and I'll post links to the pics instead.

Assembly required.


For scale... sorta. My dog, Jack, only weighs 12 pounds and is about 19 inches from nose to rump. He wouldn't sit still long enough to find out how tall he is.

For fun. One of my Mom's cats, Tiger, trying to nap with it.

So there it is! Hope you like it. I'll find the book I got the pattern from and post that info later.
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