* Oriental Blue Birds and Flowers cotton fabric measuring 50 x 29cm
* Oriental Blue Blossoms cotton fabric measuring 48 x 22cm
* Oriental Packed Blossom White cotton fabric measuring 38 x 18cm
* Oriental Stripe Blue and White cotton fabric measuring 15 x 16cm
* Oriental Blue Leaf Motif cotton fabric measuring 19 x 21cm
* Navy blue 2mm dot cotton fabric measuring 12 x 13cm
* 90cm length of 7mm navy blue satin ribbon
* 36cm length of 4mm white piping cord
* Two 9mm round black plastic toy safety eyes
* Black embroidery thread
* Sewing thread in white and navy blue
* Polyester toy filling
* Hand sewing needles
* Sewing machine Stockists
* Size (h x w x d): 36 x 6 x 19cm
* Unless stated otherwise, use a sewing machine for all the sewing.
We think customers will find it hard to resist these gorgeous stacking elephants. Made from stylish blue and white oriental fabrics, they’re bang on-trend for summer homewares, too. They’re really simple to make and can be whipped up in just four hours or so, so are ideal for making to order in fabrics and colours to suit buyers’ decor. Advertise the fact that elephants represent strength, protection and good luck to make these a sure sales winner.
How to make the elephants
1. Use the templates to cut out the following: In Blue Birds and Flowers fabric, cut two Large Elephant Bodies and two Large Legs. In Blue Blossoms fabric, cut two Medium Elephant Bodies and two Medium Legs. In Oriental Packed Blossoms White fabric, cut two Small Elephant Bodies and two Small Legs. In Oriental Blue Leaf Motif fabric, cut four Large Ears. In the Oriental Stripe Blue and White fabric, cut four Medium Ears In the Navy Blue Dot fabric, cut four Small Ears. The templates include a 0.5cm seam allowance so there’s no need to add any more.
2. Using a sewing machine, sew each pair of ear shapes together with right-sides together and leave the short straight end open. Trim the edges to prevent the fabric bunching up, then turn each ear so it is the right side out.
3. Press each ear flat with an iron, then turn the straight edges in by 0.5cm and press down. Pin each ear onto the correct body shape so it is in the middle and that the ears are level. On the small body, position the ear 3cm from the top. On the medium body, position the ear 3.5cm from the top. On the large body, position the ear 5cm from the top. Secure each ear in place with a single line of stitching down the straight front edge of the ear.
5. On each of the small elephant body shapes, positioned just in front of the ear and where the trunk meets the head, sew a curved backstitch eye using all the strands of the black embroidery thread. Make sure the eyes are level on both body shapes and that the curves are the right way up (creating a stretched ‘n’ shape).
6. On each of the large elephant body shapes, just in front of the ear and where the trunk meets the head, sew a downward curved chain stitch eye, using all the strands of the black embroidery thread. Make sure the eyes are level on both body shapes and that the curve is the right way up (creating a stretched ‘u’ shape).
7. On each body shape, pin the correct leg shapes in place, so the edges meet and the right sides are facing each other. Sew all the sides of the legs except the top edge.
8. To make the tails, cut piping cord into three lengths: 14cm for the large elephant, 12cm for the medium elephant and 10cm for the small elephant. Tie a knot in one end of each tail leaving 2cm of the cord on the end. Separate the strands of the cord on the short end to make it fluffy.
9. Pin the body shapes right-sides together. Above the back legs, place the knotted end of the tail inside the body and pin the other end between the edges of the body shapes. On the small elephant, put tail 7cm from the bottom; on the medium elephant, 9cm and on the large elephant, 12cm. Sew body shapes together from top of one leg to top of other leg. Cut notches in the tight curves of the seams to prevent bunching. Turn through.
10. Stuff each elephant with toy filling and sew up the gap between the legs using a blind stitch. Place the medium elephant on top of the large elephant so they are facing the same way and sew the medium elephant’s feet onto the large elephant’s back using a blind stitch. Place the small elephant on top of the medium elephant so all three elephants are facing the same way and sew the small elephant’s feet onto the medium elephant’s back using a blind stitch.
11. Cut three 30cm lengths of blue ribbon. Wrap a length of ribbon around each elephant’s tail and tie in a neat bow, to finish.