How to Sew a Stuffed Elephant

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Create a charming stuffed elephant that will delight any child. Sew a family of elephants in different sizes and a variety of printed fabrics. These are perfect for a new baby, a grandchild's birthday or to add decor to a child's room. Use leftover craft pieces from prior sewing projects. Also, these cute stuffed elephants can be sewn and embellished to reflect holiday themes such as Halloween, Christmas, Easter, the Fourth of July or Valentine's Day.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Elephant pattern
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Polyester filling
  • Needle and thread
  • Embellishments
  • Cut the elephant pattern pieces (if not already cut) and press with a warm iron (no steam) to remove any wrinkles.

  • Lay the fabric flat on a work table, right side out or in, so there are two layers (fold one piece of fabric in half). Lay the pattern pieces on top of the fabric and pin the pattern to the fabric with straight pins.

  • Cut the fabric with scissors following the outline of the elephant pattern. Unless otherwise noted on pattern instructions or noted on the pattern piece itself, you will need two identical pieces with each part of the pattern. The elephant pattern may be one or more pieces, depending on the design.

  • If the elephant pattern is one large piece, turn the fabric pieces right side in, aligning the pieces together. Straight stitch one-fourth inch along the edges, leaving three to four inches open for stuffing.

  • Turn the elephant right side out, using the point of closed scissors to push out the sewn parts of the elephant.

  • Fill the elephant with polyester filling, pushing it in with the point of closed scissors where necessary. When filled, close the opening using a thread and needle with an overcast stitch. Sew on embellishments if desired, such as button eyes.

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