I made a felt elephant recently for Little Imp's cousin....
...and then, perhaps against my better judgement (given the excessive number of soft toys Little Imp already has) I agreed to make her one for Christmas too. Given she is a bit older now I thought a cotton print fabric for the body would be more fun. And I think I was right!
Given how much I liked how that one had tuned out I figured I may as well make her other cousin one too.
So now I have 3 elephants waiting to meet their owners.
I have made elephants for friends before from this Woman's Weekly pattern, but this time I also worked out a great way to add a 'jingle'. I've found in the past that when I insert the little metal bells into softies that the bell becomes far too muffled by all of the fibre fill. My solution in this instance was to do away with the bell altogether & instead I put some beads into a small plastic canister about 4cm high x 2cm diameter. The elephant is fat enough that I could stuff the canister into the middle of it's body still not really don't notice it among all the stuffing. Super Jingly too!
A link to some other elephant softies I've made in the past