Pretty Elephant Toy Sewing Project | Click To Download

By | August 31, 2012 at 12:24 pm | 31 comments | Baby, Family, Free Sewing Patterns, Sewing | Tags: , , ,

Making stuffed animals for little ones is lots of fun and this cute and colourful elephant by Denise Mutton is perfect! Our free soft toy sewing patterns are so easy to follow – please let us know how you get on and share photos of your handmade toys in our Project Gallery.

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Instructions:

1. Trace off the patterns and use to cut out 2 x A (body), 2 x B (head and trunk), 2 x C (legs) from one fabric, and 4 x D (ear) and 1 x E (tail) from a contrasting fabric. Fold your fabrics in half before pinning patterns in place and cutting out (to ensure pattern pieces are reversed as necessary).

2. When sewing your fabric pieces together, always have the right sides of the fabric facing. Before turning sewn fabric pieces through to the right side, snip curved seams close to the stitching line taking care not to cut through the sewn stitches.

3. Turn a narrow hem on the long ends of the tail, fold wrong sides facing to bring the hemmed edges together and sew. Knot one end.

4. Using D, cut two ears from interlining. Place two patterned fabric ear pieces together, right sides facing and sandwich an interlining in between. Sew around the curved edges only; turn through and press. Pin an ear to each body piece, aligning raw edges and sew in place.

5. Tack (baste) the legs to the body and sew. Now sew the leg sections together along the straight edge.

6. Sew the head/trunk sections to the body, taking care to keep the legs out of the way. Pin the tail in place facing inwards, and sew the sides together stitching only up to where the legs are sewn – leave a gap for stuffing. Turn right side out, firmly stuff and ladder stitch to close gap. Sew on button eyes.

This project has been excerpted from 101 Easy To Make Craft Projects.

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31 Comments

  1. june wilk (1 year ago)

    such a cute toy. I love it. I try to make soft toys to donate each year and this is just perfect. Thaks so much for the pattern.

  2. Emma (1 year ago)

    A fabulous pattern and free! Thank you so much x

  3. Louise (1 year ago)

    Thanks for the free pattern. After quite a few wrong turns I made it! And it’s very cute indeed, and simple, now that I know how.

    Just one thing that is incorrect in the pattern – you don’t sandwich the interfacing between the 2 ear pieces, you place the 2 ear pieces right side together, and then you place the interfacing on top, stitch all together, and then, when you turn then out, the interfacing is sandwiched in-between. Then you press.

    If you’re giving this as a gift to a baby or toddler, I wouldn’t use buttons for eyes. You could do a little french knot instead.

    Thanks again, I’m definitely going to make this cute little guy again!

  4. Jenny Turner (1 year ago)

    I loved the little elephant but when I tried to download the pattern, only 1/2 was there.

  5. Crafty Jen (1 year ago)

    The elephant pattern is split over 2 pages. If you scroll down in the PDF you’ll find the other pattern pieces.

  6. Suzanne (1 year ago)

    Hi, I’m a beginner and I got really confused where it says to sew straight edge of leg sections together, anyone please help thanks

    • Crafty Jen (12 months ago)

      The leg pieces are for the insides of the legs, so you’ll need to line up a leg piece with each body piece and sew these together with the right sides of the fabric facing each other. Then sew the two leg pieces together in the middle – the straight line refers to the top of the leg pieces.

  7. NewToSew (11 months ago)

    Hi, Is this best hand sewn or machine sewn? I assume we add allowance for seam allowance?
    cheers!

    • Crafty Jen (11 months ago)

      The elephant shown in the picture has been machine sewn, but you can do either according to your preference. Seam allowance is included within the pattern pieces.

  8. Elizabeth (11 months ago)

    Hello! i just tried printing this and it is printing the 2 pages, but it is NOT printing the tail and the Head and trunk. It prints the words “Tail (E)” and “Head and trunk (B)” and the legs and ears but not the outline of the tail and trunk. weird! :(

  9. Elizabeth (11 months ago)

    I saved the PDF to my desk top and printed just the 2nd page and got a very faint dashed line / thin double lined (?) outline of the tail and head/trunk so this will do. still, weird! :) Thanks for the awesome patterns!

    • JBrooks (11 months ago)

      Hi Elizabeth,

      I’m sorry to hear you are having trouble printing the pattern – that error does sound very odd! I have just downloaded this and printed it here in the office to test, and my patterns are printing okay. What software are you using to view and print the PDF?

      Many thanks,

      – James
      @Stitch Craft Create

  10. Emma R (11 months ago)

    Thank-you so much for this pattern. I’ve made three of these now. My latest one I scaled the PDF to 200% and made a big one to give as a Christmas gift.

    They really are gorgeous when made.

  11. Mary A (9 months ago)

    not sure how to attach the inside of the leg fabric??

    • Crafty Jen (9 months ago)

      Sew the leg pieces to the body with the right sides of the fabric facing each other. Sew the two leg pieces together in the middle in the same way before turning out – the ‘straight edge’ refers to the top of the leg pieces. Hope that helps!

  12. Pat P (8 months ago)

    I started with one little gray fleece elephant and loved him. So then I made a hot pink fleece Mama Elephant. To this I added a large (white, of course) fleece Papa elephant. I embroidered the eyes, and added snaps to the trunks and tails, to enable an elephant parade display. Then I used the pattern as an applique in white set on the gray fleece, as a blanket. I backed it with a sweet pink, gray, and white flannel. It makes a beautiful gift. I will post a picture next time I’m on, using my I-Pad. Thank you so much for this adorable and easy pattern.

  13. Beth (7 months ago)

    How much fabric will I need thanks

    • Crafty Jen (7 months ago)

      One quarter metre of each fabric should be enough.

  14. Sue (3 months ago)

    Hi I am having trouble downloading this pattern for some reason. Can you help please.

    • Crafty Jen (3 months ago)

      You can either click on the link above to open the pattern in your browser and download it from there, or you can right-click on the ‘Elephant Toy Pattern’ link above and select ‘Save Link As’ to save the PDF to your computer.
      Hope that works for you! Let me know if you’re still having problems.

  15. Jenny wadhan (3 months ago)

    Hi, I can not get the page with the pattern pieces to come up. Could you please help me.
    Thanks,
    Jenny

    • Crafty Jen (3 months ago)

      Try right-clicking on the link above and choosing ‘Save Link As’ to save the PDF with the pattern pieces to your computer. Then you should be able to open it from there. Let me know if that doesn’t work and we can send a PDF to you directly.

  16. Donna McAfee (3 months ago)

    I just finished making your little elephant by Denise Mutton. I love it! I was wondering though–there are 4 slash marks on the top back of the elephant and I am not sure what they are for. The two two on the front are for the ears, I get that and I assume the two close together are for the tail….but the two on the top are a mystery to me.
    Thanks.
    Donna
    ps since I was making this for a baby, I chose to make the eyes from one of my built in stitches on my machine.

    • Crafty Jen (3 months ago)

      Glad that you love the pattern! The other two marks show the position of the gap to leave for turning and stuffing the elephant. Please send us a photo of your finished toy – we’d love to see!

  17. Aphrodite (2 months ago)

    Hello,

    I have problems in making the tail, it just will not work.
    Is it possible to explain this in a slightly different mannier or show it ?
    I am Dutch speaking and how to create the tail is the only thing I do not understand well, the rest succeed very well.

    Greetings and thanks
    Aphrodite

    • Crafty Jen (2 months ago)

      Take the strip of fabric for the tail and fold over a small amount on each side to create a narrow hem. Then fold the strip in half lengthways with right sides facing and sew along the edge with the hems to close this up and create a thin tube. Turn right sides out and then knot one end. For a neater finish you can sew up one end of the tail before knotting it too. Hope that helps!

  18. Busy Net (1 month ago)

    Hi Ive signed up but when I click on to download the free elephant nothing happens. Do I need to sign in somewhere to get this. It is such a cute elephant can’t wait to get stitching it.

    • Crafty Jen (1 month ago)

      Click on the ‘Elephant Toy Pattern’ link in the ‘You Will Need’ list above and it will open the templates.

  19. Bonnie Saxton (1 month ago)

    I am starting on my first one and am already stuck at the tail. It is too small to make a knot. At least for me. So I made a longer one, folded long ends to meet in the middle, zigzagged down the middle and then tied one end. Then I cut to desired length. If you have an easier way please let me know. This worked fine I the zigzag is sort of cute.
    Thanks for this darling pattern.

    • Crafty Jen (1 month ago)

      You can extend the length of the piece of fabric for the tail and then cut the untied end before sewing it inside the elephant.

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