Fiona’s adorable ellies

This is a guest post from the talented Fiona at Poppy Makes, who stitched the lovely elephants that are now parading across our home page!

Hello, I’m Fiona and I’m very excited to be a guest on the lovely Annie’s blog. I usually blog at Poppy Makes where I play with fabric, and try my hand at making quilts, clothes and other bits and bobs.

Annie recently sent me some gorgeous Alegria fabric to play with, and I decided to make up some of my favourite ellies to show off the beautiful prints. I used the Effie and Ollie pattern by Heather Bailey to make these very sweet little Elephants that stand at about 4″ tall. Each little ellie only uses a 1/4 yard of fabric (I used a Fat Quarter for each) with plenty of leftovers, and they are one of those very satisfying little projects that can easily be completed in a day.

The pattern itself is really clear and easy to follow, with great diagrams and clear explanations and I would recommend it to a confident beginer, or intermediate sewist. The ellies are quite small and you do have to be quite accurate when sewing to get a nice finish. As long as you sew slowly and follow the instructions, they are a lot of fun to make, and they need to be stuffed firmly, which helps to hide any tiny imperfections in your sewing

To make each little Ellie you need 1/4 yard (or FQ) of fabric, some fusible interfacing, thread and stuffing. I used some pearl cotton for the eyes and scraps of felt for the stars and flowers, but you could use buttons for the eyes and any fabric scraps for the embellishments. I think a little bow above each ear would be very cute!

The stuffing Annie carries is fantastic for this sort of project. It’s great quality and is very high loft, so is great for a squidgy, cuddly softies. These ellies are very firmly stuffed and aren’t bumpy or lumpy as can happen with some stuffing.

I think these little elephants would make a great baby gift as they are the perfect size for little hands to hold and play with, and would be very sweet with a baby’s initial, or name embroidered on the side. They also make lovely pin cushions if you can bear to stick pins into such a sweet looking thing! (I think of it as accupuncture!) My son and daughter both want one, just because they are cute

So, that’s it. A quick, fun project that you can finish in a day. They don’t need loads of fabric, and I think they are very very cute!

Thanks Fiona!

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