I Made That! Monday · Sewing

“I Made That!” Monday – Nelly The Elephant

-I Made that!-I’ve had this little project on the backburner for a while. I wanted to make one of these cuties for a Christmas gift before life got in the way over the holidays.

This weekend I sat down and realised I still had all the pieces cut out and calling out to be assembled – so I did. I’m rather glad I don’t have to give her away as a present anymore, when she was coming together my new little elephant pal looked so cute I wanted to keep her as a little crafty mascot!


I originally saw this project in a tutorial over at birchfabrics. The example elephants were adorable and I knew I had to make one for somebody.

Nelly 1
Flat Nelly waiting to be stuffed

I picked this lovely blue flowery fabric and in true up-cycling / recycling spirit, the denim ears and tail are made from saved scraps of an old pair of jeans of mine. I really love the contrast of the plain, slightly worn denim on the bright flowery fabric!

Nelly 2

The pattern and tutorial on birchfabrics was great and really easy to follow! If you’re looking for a pattern to make a cute toy for a child in your life, I recommend checking it out.

Nelly 4
Too-close-together eyes, but still pretty!

I just love Nelly’s giant floppy ears, they make her so cute! I wish I’d done her eyes a little further apart, but her squinty gaze doesn’t bother me!

Notes for Next Time

  • Leave a larger seam allowance on the side of the face panels to allow for eyes to be a bit further apart!
  • I like the plain-on-pattern design, I wonder whether pattern-on-plain would work just as well too?
  • I was worried about her being too lumpy, but maybe if I made another I’d put more stuffing in and tear it up a little more to make it more manoeuvrable inside.
  • Plus point!: I was really happy with my invisible stitching the turn-through hole up, you can’t tell where it is at all and it’s super neat and not wonky! This is a big thing for me! I am proud.
Nelly 5
I like how that seam under the ear makes it look like she’s smiling!

I wanted to add that If you’re looking for other cute cuddly friends to make I also found these cute tutorials for a T-Rex and turtle stuffed toys. I may make them myself and create a whole shelf full of blog mascots to sit on my shelf and cheer me on.

To see any or all of my previous “I Made That!” Monday creations you can see them all here!

Hayley Margaret

Share your recent creativity with me this Monday! What have you made?


26 thoughts on ““I Made That!” Monday – Nelly The Elephant

  1. I absolutely love Nellie! She’s dreamy. How do you make all these projects look so easy? I also love your Notes for Next Time section, they always make me smile and I love the concept of learning as you go along. You’re seriously the cutest HM ❤

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    1. Thank you love! I figure if I waited to be perfect at something before I shared it, it’d never happen! I’ve realised my notes are less notes now than they are random thoughts I have about the project. Oh well! I bought some new fabric today that would be lovely as a skirt, now let’s just see if I’m brave enough to try it! 🙂 xo

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      1. Ooh I can’t wait to see! I think being able to knock up your own clothing would be the best best thing. My aunt is insane at that kind of stuff and I’m so jealous. You’re a natural HM, can’t wait to see what you do next. Ps. Perfection is so boring! xoxo

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