Saturday, August 2, 2014

Make a Felt Elephant Toy

Last week, I made my nephew a safari-themed mobile. My brother had looked at a few on Etsy that he liked, but they were quite costly. He asked if I would be able to make one. It was super easy and it turned out pretty cute. It cost less than $5 to make! Each animal costs less than $1 to make!

Today, I will show you how to make the elephant. I made mine basic colors, but you can make yours any color that you want.

Needed Materials:
Grey Felt (head, tail, and body)
Pink Felt (inner ears)
White Felt (outer eyes)
Black Felt (inner eyes)
Red Felt (mouth)
Small Amount of Polyfill Stuffing
Sewing Needle
Craft Glue

Step 1: Make a template. I looked through several clip-art elephants for ideas and then drew up a template. I am not artsy at all, so you may want to come up with your own ideas. Here is pdf file of the elephant template that I used.

Step 2: Using your template, cut out the elephant.

Step 3: Staying close to the edges, sew around the body. Put the tail pieces in place as you sew around the body. Be sure to leave an open space to put in the stuffing.

Step 4: Lightly stuff the elephant's body.

Step 5: Once you are happy with the amount of stuffing, sew the hole shut.

Step 6: Follow the same process for the head that you did for the body.

Step 7: Sew the head to the body.

Step 8: Glue or sew on a face and the inner ears. I did not make a template for the eyes, because they are just circles. However, you might choose to use safety eyes or googly eyes or whatever you want. I tried drawing on a mouth, but I didn't like how it turned out, so I made a mouth with felt. 

I think the elephant turned out pretty cute. These felt animals would also make great toys or even decorations. You could also skip the stuffing and use them as embellishments.

Tomorrow, I will show you how to make the lion.

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