Free Flora the Elephant pattern for you

I’ve been busy these last few days beginning to assemble the June edition of the Magazine.  We always begin with “Tips for Stitchers” (you can find some of our earlier tips on this blog – please just select the Tips for Stitchers category from the list on the right).  This month’s tip is about making the most of your fabric stash – including using fabrics that may have been in your collection for quite some time. And, having written this tip, it was time for me to put it into action!

I had a good sort out of my stash when I moved from Devon to Somerset, as I knew I wouldn’t have so much storage space.  I simply couldn’t bring myself to part with some beautiful 1930’s medium weight cotton fabric (in great condition, freshly laundered and pressed) featuring peonies and jasmine so I brought it with me.  I have used some to make new Roman blinds for my workroom windows, but still had a quantity remaining with no likelihood of being able to use it in the foreseeable future.

It seemed such a pity just to leave it in a box, so I wondered what I could do with it….. which is how Flora the Elephant was “born”!

Isn’t she pretty!!  She stands around 9″ tall and her tail is hand-twisted (by Rosie and me) cotton twine.  Her under body and ear linings are a lovely soft pink wool blend felt and her eyes are two shiny black beads.  She’s completely machine stitched (apart from closing her stuffing gap and attaching ears and eyes) so is surprisingly fast and easy to make – my Flora only took a couple of hours to sew.  This makes her a great project for newbie softie stitchers!

I have just a very few Flora kits remaining that include this delightful vintage fabric (you can find them here)  But as there are lots of other pretty floral fabrics available I thought it would be fun to share the pattern with you – as I’m sure lots of people have some great fabrics in their stash that would be perfect to make up into their very own version of Flora.

If you’d like the free pattern to make your very own Flora the Elephant then please just CLICK HERE (it includes full-size templates) or click on the image below to view and download from Issuu.

And if you do decide to make your own Flora, then I’d love to see how she turns out!

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Thank you for free pattern. It is hard ro find free ones for softie out there especially for beginner.. I appreciate it.


Thanks for the pattern. I used to have one back in the 70’s and I have misplaced it somewhere. Who knows after all these years. Mine was somewhat different but I loved making them for my children.


Thank you for the adorable Floral the Elephant pattern! What a nice welcome gift! So far I am loving your patterns and newsletter! So glad I found you!


I’ve made all but the ears on the elephant. I can’t find a tutorial showing how to pleat and attach the ears. Can you tell me how this is achieved?


Hi, yes of course Leah. When you’ve made the ears and closed all the seams, simply pinch a small pleat into the straight side with your fingers and catch with a few stitches. Then secure the ear to the side of the head curving the straight seam around the body shape. Hope this helps xx


How did you attach the ears? This is the only step I’m having a hard time understanding. I am pretty much self-taught so specific terminology doesn’t make sense to me. Did you cut a slit in the side of the elephant or did you attach them once the body of the elephant was complete?


Hi Racheal – thanks for your query – they are simply stitched in place once the body is complete. x


I have never made a stuffed toy.
It was fun and I’m happy with the outcome.


Hi, I’m having trouble cutting this out. I’m trying to use one fat quarter 18 x 21 and it’s not enough fabric. Can you show me the pattern layout?


Sorry Tammy as it’s a free pattern I don’t have a layout for you. But a FQ should be plenty – unless you’re trying to make the whole softie from it – don’t forget that the underbodies and ear linings are actually felt, so are not included in the requirements for the cotton fabric.


I downloaded this for my daughter who loves elephants thankyou fot the pattern


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