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How to Sew an Elephant Stuffed Animal (with Pattern & Video Tutorial)

how to sew an elephant stuffed animal

As COVID-19 has spread into a global pandemic, many of us have turned to sewing to keep things feeling as “normal” and familiar as possible. If you’ve been following us on the Shannon Fabrics Facebook page, you’ve likely tuned in to watch our National Educator sew some fun new projects in real time every Tuesday as we try to give at-home sewists something to look forward to and keep busy with.

This week, continuing Sew Together Tuesday with another must-watch mini-series, Teresa shares her tips and tricks for creating the cutest stuffed animal elephant. We can’t think of anything that would make self-quarantine more enjoyable!

READ MORE: How to Sew a Throw Blanket & Free Throw Blanket Pattern

Affectionately named “Ellie Elephant”, this sew-at-home elephant stuffy was designed by our friends over at Funky Friends Factory. The pattern can be found for “instant download” here, and it looks (and feels) great sewn with Cuddle® and Luxe Cuddle® in classic elephant hues, or even louder, more colorful designs as Teresa has done below.

how to sew an elephant stuffed animalSample (above) sewn with Luxe Cuddle® Sorbet Mystic, Cuddle® 3 Jewel, Cuddle® 3 Snow White

What you’ll need to sew an elephant stuffed animal

Here is what Teresa recommends for sewing Ellie Elephant:

Most important supplies:

  • Ellie Elephant pattern from Funky Friends Factory
  • ½ yard Luxe Cuddle® (Hide, Heather, Marble, Sorbet, Rose recommended)
  • 10” x 10” scrap of Cuddle® 3 for ears (cotton Fat Quarter can be used instead)
  • 5” x 8” scrap of Cuddle® 3 Snow or White for tusks (cotton scrap can be used instead)
  • Two 12mm safety eyes
  • Stuffing (Fairfield Royal Silk recommended)
  • Sewing machine (with walking foot recommended)

Notions for tracing and cutting:

  • Small, micro-serrated scissors (Famore recommended)
  • Felt tip marker
  • Pattern enlarged to 120%

Notions for sewing:

  • 90/14 Stretch needle (SCHMETZ recommended)
  • Medium grey polyester thread (Mettler or Superior Threads recommended)
  • ByAnnie Stiletto
  • Press Perfect Stiletto (Clover)
  • Walking foot
  • Long flower head pins (Clover recommended)

READ MORE: How to Sew a Protective Face Mask & Pattern (COVID-19)

VIDEO: How to Sew an Elephant Stuffed Animal

Here our National Educator goes step-by-step on how to sew an elephant stuffy with our popular Luxe Cuddle® and Cuddle® minky plush fabrics:

Part 1: How to Sew an Elephant Stuffed Animal 

 

Part 2: How to Sew an Elephant Stuffed Animal  

 

Part 3: How to Sew an Elephant Stuffed Animal

 

Part 4: How to Sew an Elephant Stuffed Animal

 

Join us for Part 4 on the Shannon Fabrics Facebook page at 10 am PDT on April 16. 

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Written by Michael Nystrom
Michael Nystrom is the Inbound Digital Content Manager at Shannon Fabrics. He is a two-time IRONMAN triathlon finisher, USC Trojan and self-proclaimed breakfast burrito connoisseur. When not swimming, cycling or running (or writing about all things fabric), he’s out catching some waves or chasing his dog, Dingo.
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