Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Jump right in

So I need to just start. Else the feeling of inadequacy and shame that I have been convinced to start a blog will force me to implode. Also (coincidentally) I have to stay up to 1am to fetch the husband on the milk train from London. The two are not unrelated.

I think I shall start with some little elephants which started the current flurry of craftiness.
The grey one was thrifted from some old trousers which no longer fit (not in a good way) and was a total guess from start to finish. I couldn't be bothered to do fancy ears for him so I just singed the edges of the fabric. This was a mistake as they are scratchy and a bit yukky.
I braided some twine for their tails. The lessons learnt helped me when a 1st birthday party came up and I wanted to make a gift.
I gave the little girl the creamy beige one since it most suited her mothers tastes and was asked to make the black one by a friend. And the little pink one was requested by a lady at the birthday party. I had never met her but prefer to believe she wanted the ellie and not just to make friends with me by boosting my crafting ego :). All these little ones were hand sewn but I'm absolutely sure they could be done on a sewing machine. I always thought that animal patterns were daunting but I would seriously encourage you to just go for it! you'd be surprised how easy it is to create a creature.Also I made a simple pattern idea to show you the pieces.
Make a cylinder with a and b. cut 4 of g and 4 of f, use to make open cylinders for feet. cut 4 of e for ears. cut 1 of d and c. by sewing purple to purple, red to red etc start from forehead of elephant and work outwards. (ie red and purple bits first). When reach uncoloured seams on piece d sew trunk (light blue) sections of trunk into tube that seals closed with this tip of d. Stuff all bits and attach to each other.

If you require more detailed instructions I'd be more than willing. Leave a message below but since its waaaaay past my bedtime. goodnight for the first time :)


  1. I've just discovered your blog--glad I found it early so it didn't take too long to read the whole thing!
    I, for one, would love to have more details on the elephant. My niece and nephew have no idea they need one, but they do. And they already have owls! :)

  2. I just found your blog via the link to your sock puppy pattern on One Pretty Thing. I love him and also would love more info on putting an elephant together. Thank you!

  3. These are gorgeous have just stumbbled across your blog & love what you have made! I would really like to have more details on the elephant, i would really like to have a go & make my daughter one

  4. Welcome to the blogosphere. I'll be visiting you often :)


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