Mother and Baby Stuffed Elephants
Remember the sweet little baby dress I made a while back? After I made it, I was feeling very ambitious. I thought it would be fun to also make a coordinating stuffed animal to go with it, and I found the adorable Endearing Elephants free pattern made by Sweetbriar Sisters for Camelot Fabrics.
I love how easy the pattern was to print and assemble, and the end product was adorable.
It was a very quick project to sew, and I think the step that took me the longest was embroidering the eyes on each elephant.
The tutorial said to sew a contrasting fabric on the outside part of each ear, but I decided to put the contrasting fabric on the inside instead. I think it makes it a fun surprise to find that the mom and baby have coordinating ears.
I already had all the supplies I needed in my fabric/yarn stash, so I didn't need to make a special trip to the fabric store.
Everything matched up perfectly, and was easy to sew together. I made sure to sew back and forth over the tail a few times to secure it better, so tiny baby hands won't be able to easily rip it off.
After I clipped the curves on the inside of the elephant, it was ready to be turned right-side out and stuffed.
The fabric for the mother elephant is the same that I made the dress from, and it was given to me by a dear friend several years ago. The gray fabric for the baby elephant came from a fat quarter that I randomly bought at Joann's a couple years ago.
I'm slowly working through my fabric stash in an effort to convince myself I'm not a fabric hoarder...
My friend, the expecting mother, loved the little elephant duo. She has already put them in the baby's room to await her arrival.
I was pleasantly surprised by how easy this project was, and will probably make more in the future!