The holiday weekend is over, but hopefully
this free sewing
pattern will ease your transition back into the work week! I must confess, I never fully
my childhood fondness for stuffed animals, and I returned from the
Arts TV taping overflowing with creative juices thanks to all of the
artists and projects that I encountered. I’ve also always had a weakness
elephants—and all of these influences combined to inspire me to
this little patchwork stuffie. This is a great project to personalize
friend—or, of course, yourself. I think mine will reside on my bureau;
him every morning will surely brighten up my day. This little stuffie
simple as can be to whip up in an afternoon—and all the directions are
First, click here for the Patchwork Elephant
Pattern Pieces: 4628.Elephant_Pattern.pdf
¼ yard main fabric (I used a striped gray cotton
Scraps of patterned fabrics for the patches
- Sewing machine
- Hand-sewing needle
Matching and contrasting thread
- Grey yarn
Two small blue buttons
- ¾ cups of rice
Note: ¼" seam
allowances are used throughout. Press all seams as you go.
1. 1. Print out the pattern pieces and use them to cut
out the required pieces of fabric. Note that the bottom and head pieces
same, but you should cut the two head pieces along the dashed line.
2. 2. Cut up lots of little squares/rectangles from
your scraps of patterned fabric, with edge lengths ranging from 1½" to
2". Arrange these on top of the right side of the main piece fabrics
you are pleased with their placement. (Keep in mind the ¼" seam
when placing these pieces.)
Pi 3. Pin each fabric piece in place and,
the machine and contrasting or matching thread, edge stitch each
in place. I didn’t sew any patches onto the nose, hands/feet, or face.
3. 4. The arms and feet are the only tricky
construction in this project. First, fold the arm/leg pieces in half so
short sides aligned and the right sides are facing, then stitch the
together. You now have a small fabric tube. Pin one of the circular raw
this tube around the perimeter of one of the arm/feet pieces. This is a
finicky (and may be easier to stitch by hand), but if you go slowly and
adjusting as you sew, it will come together. Don’t worry too much if you
end up stitching an exact circle—imperfections just add character.
4. 5. Sew the front and back body piece together,
right sides facing, leaving about 2" open at the top. Stitch the bottom
the body to the bottom piece in the same way you stitched the arms/legs
5. 6. Stitch the two nose pieces together with right
sides facing, leaving the top of the nose (the end that will attach to
face) unstitched. Trim the seam allowance down to a scant 1/8". Turn the
nose piece right-side out through the opening, using a blunt-tipped
press out all the edges and the tip of the nose. Do the same for the two
and the tail.
6. 7. Place the two ears on the right sides of the
face piece according to the ear placement marks.
7. 8. Place the other head piece on top so the two
head pieces are laying with their right sides facing and the ears in
Pin around the perimeter and stitch the pieces together, leaving the
open. Turn the head piece right-side out; the ears will now be secured
8 9. Stitch the two small buttons onto the face for the eyes.
10. Stuff the arms/legs, head, and nose (no need to
stuff the tail). Leave a bit unstuffed at the ends of each piece to
easier slip stitching. I placed approximately ¾" cups of rice in the
bottom of the elephant body so he would sit sturdily, then stuffed the
the body with fiberfill.
11. Slip stitch the nose to the center of the face.
Pin the arms and legs in the desired locations and slip stitch them in
well, then slip stitch the head to the body
12. If you would like to add yarn to the tail,
thread an approximately 2" strand of grey yarn on a large tapestry
Tie a knot at one end of the thread and pull it through the tail, from
inside and out through the tip. Repeat with two additional strands of
the three strands in a knot at the tip of the tale, then trim them to
13. Slip stitch the tail to the back of the body.
Give your little patchwork elephant a name,