The little blue guy above is quick and easy to make, and will fit perfectly into the pocket of this pillow. Otherwise, he does just fine on his own, thank you!
• Elephant Pattern (print out here)
• Fat quarter of aqua fabric for body (Dream - c1807)
• Scraps of white elephant fabric for underside of ear flaps (Fun - c2484)
• Scraps of black/colorful hearts fabric for the outer side of ear flaps (Fun - c2486)
• 6" orange Grosgrain ribbon for tail
• Scraps of white and black felt
• Polyester fiberfill
Wash and dry all fabric. Iron if you need to. All seam allowances 1/4" unless otherwise noted.
STEP 1: Print out pattern using this link (see photo 1).
STEP 2: Cut out all the pieces on the solid line (see photo 2).
STEP 3: Trace around each template onto wrong side of fabric. The number of pieces needed is indicated on template (elephant template should be traced twice, once on the wrong side of the fabric and once on the right side of the fabric). Notice how the ear pieces cut from elephant fabric contain elephants centered within the space. Also notice how the pattern is upside down. On finished piece, this will allow for a happy game of peek-a-boo! Cut out the pieces (see photo 3).
STEP 4: Pin white felt into position and sew around the circle using blanket stitch. Repeat with the black felt. Sew right sides of ear pieces together leaving straight edges open. Trim with pinking shears along the seams. (See photo 4).
STEP 5: Turn ears right side out and press. Tuck raw edges in .25" (See photo 5).
STEP 6: With heart sides up, pin ears onto elephant pieces as shown (see photo 6). Using a straight seam, sew just along the top edge to attach.
STEP 7: Pin tail on one side of elephant as shown (photo 7).
STEP 8: Pin right sides of elephant together taking care keep tail safe from seams. Using a straight stitch, sew around the perimeter of the elephant leaving top side open as shown. (photo 8).
STEP 9: With pinking shears, trim excess fabric from seams. Snip curves and corners to prevent puckering. (See photo 9). Turn right side out, then push out corners using a capped pen, skewer, or any other long, straight, skinny object you might have.
STEP 10: Stuff body with fiberfill, starting with trunk and legs. To close the opening, fold raw edges under .25", pin together, and sew closed using slipstitch. Done!
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you think of it, please send a photo of your little guy, I'd love to see it!