This past Friday, both of my younger grandkids had a birthday. Em turned 9 and Ro turned 7. Two years apart, same birthday and they play really well together. I love them dearly.
As some of you know, for the last several years I have been making Christmas gifts for different members of my family. There are several posts here on my blog if you are curious to see what I have made in the past. Anyway, a couple of months ago, I asked the two little ones if they wanted me to make them something this year. Ro said he sure would like some more tie-dye tshirts. Em quickly announced that she wants a stuffed elephant. (I am thinking to myself “a stuffed elephant???”) Hmmm. I have never made anything like that before and had no idea how or where to even start.
So, I went on YouTube and searched for stuffed elephant instructions. I found several that I wasn’t impressed with until I came across one that was the cutest ever. The young lady who was showing how to do it had a pattern and instructions on her Etsy shop. Here’s her link: Sarah
I printed out the pattern and cut it into the various parts, then taped the body of the elephant together.
As you can see from butt to trunk, Ella is about 18″ long (close to 46cm).
Next, the pieces of the body had to be sewn together, with the tail tucked inside and some yarn added. It was not as easy as I had hoped since each side of the body was not cut out exactly the same so there were some gaps in the machine sewn edges. I went back and hand stitched those gaps. We will call them little “boo-boos”. Ha ha. I had found some crystal-ly buttons to use for eyes and drew on some lashes.
Then, the final step was to attach the ears. I did those by hand obviously.
Isn’t this just the cutest thing ever?
All in all, this probably took me several hours since this type of craft is not in my wheelhouse at all. But, I took it on and actually surprised myself.
I cannot wait to see the look on Em’s face when she opens her gift.
Father blesses us with so much. My grandkids are one of the bigger ones. And, how I have managed to create so many different things with my hands, I can’t even imagine. He has blessed me with a lot of gifts. It humbles me how very much He loves me and how very much He blesses me. Such little things that most wouldn’t even consider a blessing. But these are huge! The joy of giving, the joy of a child’s smile, the joy of every single blessed day that just overflows with abundance. We are indeed all blessed in so many ways and that should fill us all with awe!
I hope you enjoyed meeting Ella.