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Happiness is a Petite Pink Pachyderm

I’m not one to keep up with fashion trends, but sewing trends are a totally different story. First it was owls. And now it is foxes. And next? My money is on elephants. Yep, it’s totally elephants.

And as luck would have it, my niece is going through an elephant phase… and asked for a friend to keep her Momo Hippo (now affectionately named Hippo-y the Hippo) company.  Now that she is a full fledged kindergartner, her tastes have shifted to the girlie side — purple, pink and yellow. Well, say no more little lady. This is a phase that Auntie can get behind for Christmas presents.  

I knew I wanted a beautifully light, almost silvery, pink velour for the main body fabric.  I also knew that Aneela Hoey‘s style would be a perfect match for the feminine, but slightly retro vibe that I was going for. But which to choose? Posy or Sew Stitchy? I pulled the fabrics and stared at them for days.  It wasn’t an easy choice, but the pops of red in Sew Stitchy won me over in the end. The little hexies are sweet, but they also provide some good contrast against the velour.

Next I reinforced all my fabric with fusible fleece and light interfacing, traced my templates, and cut out my pieces. Fast forward four hours later… and my Ellie Elephant from Funky Friends Factory was ready for sewing.

I won’t go into a bunch of detail about the pattern, other than to say it was well written and comes together very cleverly. Especially the tusks. Better yet, by the end of the holiday weekend I had one less holiday gift on my To-Make-List. 🙂

Handmade Elephant, pattern by Funky Friends Factory

Handmade Elephant, pattern by Funky Friends Factory

I had way too much fun making this elephant, and see more elephants in the near future! 

{ 7 comments… add one }
  • lori landenburger December 4, 2013, 2:40 am

    that is SO cute!!! love it!

  • Kristel December 4, 2013, 7:02 am

    Super cute!

  • Laura December 4, 2013, 7:50 pm


  • knottygnome December 6, 2013, 12:08 pm

    wow that is so cute! love it.

  • Cindy Kevorken January 11, 2014, 2:58 am

    Hi Jen! Did you fuse BOTH interfacing and fusible fleece to your fabrics or did you use interfacing on one and fleece on the other? Please let me know when you can so my little guy can hopefully look almost as cute yours does! Love him!


    • Jen January 18, 2014, 10:12 am

      Hi Cindy! I’m so sorry for the slow response! For the elephant I used fusible fleece on the velour, and just a light weight interfacing on the quilting cotton (prints). You could probably get away without the light weight interfacing on the cotton, but you really need the fusible fleece on the velour. Velour is virtually impossible to sew without the fleece, at least for me 🙂 I know it’s a total pain in the butt to do all the fusing, but it’s worth it.

      I hope that helps, good luck!

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