Little Elephant Pattern for you

by Helen on February 8, 2011

It seems it is true that pattern submissions are like buses – wait for a while and then two come along together!  This is certainly the case for me as my second submission was featured in this month’s Sew Hip magazine….
Yes, it’s one of my favourite themes – animals in love – this time featuring (at the editor’s request) elephants falling for each other.  It looks great in the magazine, their photography is just so much better than my own and they write the pattern up so well too.
I do like elephants, when I was young I was the proud possessor of a beautiful fat elephant called Enric (no I don’t know why either).  I remember being fascinated that his knitted body was stuffed with my mum’s chopped up old tights – or would it have been stockings in those days?  He had a little hole under his trunk and I could poke my finger in to feel his insides. 
In memory of that long ago, loved to pieces toy, and also inspired by my elephant cushion cover,  I’ve put together a quick pattern for you … a little elephant crafted from felt – easily made in a single evening.  The pattern’s free and, like the magazine, is hosted on Issuu – just click here to view and print.
Above is my modern-day Enric with his friend Isaac, the little knitted bunny and my most recent pattern – an applique/embroidery tea cosy.  This pattern will be included with next month’s magazine as part of an article on using vintage illustration for embroidery.  Just got to get on and write it up before then!  Both toys and the cosy will be on my stall at the Nostalgic Mix Fair in Totnes on the 24th of next month – hope to see some of you there!

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Wipso February 8, 2011 at 12:28 pm

What a cute little elephant. Thank you for sharing it.
A x


LissyLou February 8, 2011 at 2:35 pm

oh he is cute – thank you x


♥ emma bear forever ♥ February 8, 2011 at 2:54 pm

His really cute and I picked up the Sew Hip mag the other week. I still need to make the hottie cover from the first one but had to have the next issue for the gorgeous elelphant cushion xx


Annie xx TheFeltFairy February 8, 2011 at 6:43 pm

He is just adorable! Well done you!!!


Ivo Serentha and Friends February 8, 2011 at 8:50 pm

My compliments for your blog and pictures included,I invite you in my photoblog "photosphera".


Greetings from Italy



CraftCrave February 9, 2011 at 12:36 am

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [09 Feb 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria


Little Green Doll February 9, 2011 at 7:29 am

What a lovely elephant! Thanks for the pattern! :)


Kim February 9, 2011 at 10:51 am

Those elephants are such cuties! Thank you so much for the pattern :)

Much love,


Bumpkin Bears February 9, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Congratulations on the feature, it looks totally adorable, love it. A little while ago I made a large elephant in the style of one I had as a child, for my wee niece. I have been thinking of making up other patterns to offer in my Etsy store, gosh too many ideas and too little time! I have been meaning to email to say I featured your lovely bunny cushion on my Blog. I have started on a new embroidery pattern today, all transferred onto the fabric! Catherine x


Dewi Citra February 10, 2011 at 5:41 am

Visiting from CraftCrave

I love the elephant XD I put it in my Boards in Pinterest
I wish there is Sew Hip magz in Indonesia

Following your blog now



LissyLou February 10, 2011 at 4:55 pm

there is an award for you on my blog x


Sandy Ang March 8, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Your modern day Eric is wonderful.
Love for you to link it up to my challenge here


Jennie April 16, 2011 at 9:32 pm

I have just downloaded your enric pattern and I can't wait to try him out. I have to go thrift some nice wool first, but when he is complete I will post about it on my blog and will let you know how we get on :) Thank you


Tami May 17, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Thanks for the adorable pattern! So cute!

I featured the elephant on my blog:

(P.S. Is your blog name a play on "Hustle and Flow?" I like it!)


baukje September 17, 2011 at 5:31 pm

That elephant pillow is gorgeous!


Jeanne December 31, 2011 at 2:52 am

Hello and how wonderful and lovely to get information from England and yes where I was born also and have so many memories, I look forward to go back soon but in the mean time I am quilting and sewing, and looking up things to do till I can come over to the other side of the pond,,looking forward to meeting and seeing you, HUGS and Cheers angeljeanne – Jeanne xox


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