the owl pattern that Miriam posted (but where would be the challenge in that?) Finally I came across this post and using their animal templates as a basis decided to be brave and design my own toy. Not being one to make life easy on myself, I decided that I could think of no better animal to make than an ELEPHANT!
Phase 1: Draw a pattern
This was actually fairly easy to do (even for someone as artistically challenged as myself). As well as the basic elephant shape, I drew a line on the pattern to indicate roughly the size of the gusset (unfortunately this is not shown in the picture).
We just happen to have loads and loads of blue fleece fabric lying around at our place. (I bought it one time on impulse at a market in The Netherlands and have been using it for random projects ever since).
The original drawing does not include a seam allowance, so I added about a centimetre on all sides.
At this stage I ended up with 4 pieces of fabric: 2 side pieces which are opposite to each other and 2 gusset pieces which are opposite to each other.
|Two Side Pieces|
|Two Gusset Pieces|
Phase 3: Make a PrototypeEver the pessimist when it comes to my crafty endeavours, I decided that it was best to make a prototype to see if my design worked, so I loosely tacked the pieces together and stuffed the elephant very roughly.
|Phase 4: Unpick everything that I have done so far |
Sew it all together with good stitching and strong thread. For those who are interested, I sewed the two pieces of gusset together first, then carried on sewing round the rest of the body.
Stay posted for the final steps of this project and the finished Elephant!