I chose this pattern because it had more than two pattern pieces. McCall has a toy elephant pattern, and there's another Simplicity elephant pattern as well, but when I looked at them, I figured they would be hard to shape because they only have two pieces.
When I made the first elephant, Lee said immediately snatched him away and named him Elvis. He's on the left. So I had to make another one for my colleague. He's on the right. Lee's calling him Chunk because he's so plump.
Elvis was going to be completely scrap (he was stuffed with Thinsulate batting left over from making a winter coat for another friend a few years ago) but I had to buy new polyfill stuffing for the new elephant. Now I have half a bag of stuffing leftover, and no one else to make elephants for!
Surprisingly, the polyfill was harder to stuff with than the batting. The newer elephant ended up plumper than Elvis, and Lee insists I must open Elvis up to stuff him more.
|L-R: Elvis, Chunk. Note I did not fold Elvis' ears over. This means that you can flop his ears towards his face, which Lee likes doing. Not an intentional design decision, but one that turned out well.|