August 2, 2012

Elephant Family

Stuffed Animal Elephant Family




If you've read some of my other posts, you'll know that I'm crazy about my little nephew - it's hard to believe he's almost 2 years old now!  I've been given strict instructions not to spoil him with "stuff," so instead, he gets a lot of my undivided attention whenever I see him.


Well, lucky me, I recently got to welcome a new niece into the family!  Yaay - double the fun!!  But knowing that my sister-in-law was going to be re-using a lot of stuff for her new baby, I didn't want to get or make anything for her & her family that was going to be the same as what she already had at home.  

A few months earlier, I had come across this tutorial on making a stuffed animal elephant family.  Since the baby's gender was going to be a surprise, I wanted to make something gender-neutral.  This was perfect!  I filed away the link to the tutorial and waited until it was close to baby's arrival to make it.


daddy and mommy elephants
Daddy & Mommy Elephants


Big Brother Elephant
Big Brother Elephant
Knowing that the whole family has a fondness for blue, I wanted to pick some fabrics that were more gender-neutral in tone.  Between a quick trip to the fabric store and rummaging through my stash of scraps, I was able to put together an adorable little family of elephants.  I made a Daddy, Mommy, Big Brother, and Baby Sister elephant.
Baby Sister Elephant
Baby Sister Elephant
Elephant family adventure




Then, to have some fun, I decided to take some photos of the elephant family going on an adventure along the edge of my sofa.  

Silly, I know.  But pretty cute, too!  And my nephew's reaction when he saw them (and then saw the "baby" ones) was priceless.





These elephants will not be making an appearance in my Etsy store due to the "not for commercial use" note on the tutorial. However, if you have some basic sewing skills (and a ton of patience), I encourage you to make some.  The pieces that go into making these are small and can get a bit tricky.  But they make an adorable gift and are sure to be treasured for a long time!
Elephant Family adventure




6 comments:

  1. Yes, they are adorable! You did a great job :) (this is Reena, I still don't know how to leave a post properly!).

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    1. Thanks! I'll show you how to post a comment when I see you with your laptop next. :)

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  2. Those are absolutely too cute for words! What a special gift! I love them!

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  3. Usha, just found your blog. These are so cute!!!! :)

    ~Tamie

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    1. Thanks so much! They were fun to make, but took a long time. But, family is worth it. :)

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